Spencer has been awarded as ‘Startup of the Year’ during Tech Startup Day in Brussels. Best scale-up is 3D software builder TwikitBecycled gets the award for Student Startup of the Year, while Find.me is the most Disruptive Startup. The Tech for Good Award, that was handed out for the first time, goes to Smartnodes, a startup that builds smart lighting modules. 

For the third year in a row Startups.be awarded Belgian top startups during Tech Startup Day in Brussels. A specialist jury made up of Omar Mohout (Sirris), Simon Alexandre (The Faktory), Benny Debruyne (Trends), Frank Maene (Volta Ventures), Isabel Michiels (Agoria), Jérome Constant and Olivier Peeters (BNP Paribas Fortis) compiled a shortlist of companies in five categories, and the Belgian startup community selected the winners.

"A total of 2,343 people voted, that's a record”, explains Content Director Frederik Tibau of Startups.be. "It’s clear that the TSD Awards have become an important item on the tech calendar, quite a few of the nominated startups set up a whole campaign online. In a way this makes sense, because the winners of the past years have told us that a TSD Award increases the credibility of their startup with customers and investors alike."

Spencer, the digital ‘buttler’ for employees, has been awarded as Startup of the Year in the Egg. The Antwerp startup got 28% of the votes. Blockchain specialist SettleMint was a close second with 27% of the votes. 

The Brussels startup Muuselabs, that built a jukebox for kids, ranks third with 19 percent of the votes, and Yields.io (16 percent) and Preesale (11 percent) ended up fourth and fifth.

Twikit was honored with the award for Scale-up of the Year. The 3D specialist participates in a three-month coaching program at the Flanders New York Accelerator (FNYA), and the company raised a total of 2.5 million euros in external capital so far.

Twikit got 31 percent of the votes, while festival software and cashless payment provider Playpass seduced 26 percent of the voters. NGdata (18 percent), Qover (14 percent) and eRowz (11 percent) complete the top five.

Disruptive innovation

In a world that is constantly changing, it’s common sense to give a lot of attention to the award for 'Disruptive Innovation of the Year'. In this category, it’s the personal online assistant Find.me that won the first prize.

Find.me collected 25 percent of the votes, followed by Slimbox (23 percent), Robovision (23%), Airshaper (22%) and Timbtrack (7%).

Becycled received the award for Student startup of the Year. Young graduate Sam Vynckier developed a marketplace for new and second hand bikes, it doesn’t get more Belgian than this.

Becycled convinced a staggering 36% of the voters, while WinWinner followed at 19%. Ergopraktijk also got 19% of the votes, while Axiles Bionics (15 percent) and IOBee (11 percent) complete the top five.

Tech for Good award 

Finally, Smartnodes from Liège got the very first Tech for Good Award, powerd by BNP Paribas Fortis. This award wants to celebrate startups and scal-ups that work in climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation and pollution.

Smartnodes got 27 percent of the votes, and was followed closely by iFlux (26 percent). InOpSys convinced 19 percent of the voters, Fyteko 14 percent and Qpinch also 14 percent.

"We are very pleased with the winners that were chosen by the Belgian startup community," Frederik Tibau of Startups.be explains. "Spencer only exists for 15 months, but has already been able to seduce Microsoft to become part of its Office 365 software.”

“Our scale-up of the year, Twikit, recently set up an office in New York and is working together with companies such as Walmart, while ‘Disruptive Innovator of the year Find.me is revolutionizing the online search and add space. Becycled clearly has a lot of fans in Belgium, and we’ve been following Smartnodes fo quite a while now, it’s a very interesting company.”

Among the prizes for the winners is a free seat on one of Startups.be’ GoGlobal missions to Asia or the US, flex desks for one year at Becentral in Brussels, a two-year expert hosting package courtesy of Combell, a 6-month seat at the Belcham offices in New York (Pulse Foundation), and many more.

Tech Startup Day is organized with the kind support of Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen, Innovation Hub by BNP Paribas Fortis, Orange, Combell, hub.brussels, Microsoft, be.brussels, Digital Wallonia, Pulse Foundation, ING, Van Olmen & Wynant, Agoria, DXC Technology & Startup Guide.