Here is from Mashable: The Social Media Guide, Ben Parr’s excellent post (04/05/2009) introduction to start with:
“Silicon Valley isn’t the only place that’s a hotbed for social media and web entrepreneurship: Europe is filled with skilled entrepreneurs and successful startups.
Today, Mashable is exclusively announcing the 19 finalists in a European startup competition, selected by a panel including Amazon CTO Werner Vogels.
It’s all part of the 2009 Next Web Conference in Amsterdam this month, which gathers together Europe’s tech community and brings it some well-deserved international attention.
One element of the conference is the Rising Sun Startup Rally, giving the very best startups a chance to make their pitches to the audience (most will also launch at the conference, so their products are not yet publicly accessible). Four more startups will be chosen to present through a public voting process.
So without further ado, the 19 web startups to watch this year…“