London, 25 April 2013 – SwiftKey co-founder and CEO Jon Reynolds has been named as Young Tech Entrepreneur of the year at the Europioneers. Presented in Amsterdam last night, the awards are created by the European Commission in conjunction with The Next Web and seek to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe.
The award was given to Jon Reynolds after a remarkable year for SwiftKey which saw its intelligent keyboard app become the best-selling Android app globally. At the ceremony, the jury of industry experts praised the company’s goal of making device interaction faster, smarter and more personalized.
“I’m honored to win the award at a time when there is such huge growth in tech start-ups throughout Europe,” said Jon Reynolds. “My fellow co-founder and CTO Dr Ben Medlock and I are extremely proud of the team we’ve built at SwiftKey, as well as being able to fly the flag for London’s exciting technology scene. We remain excited about the future potential for our technology and it’s rewarding to be recognized for what we’ve achieved so far.”
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said the awards were founded to “bring to an end the myth, the fairy tale, that all of the good ideas come from Silicon Valley.” Kroes continued by saying: “Tech entrepreneurs are the secret ingredient to innovate Europe out of crisis. The amazing and inspiring finalists for Europioneers fill me with a lot of hope: Europe has what it takes to succeed.”
The award was presented by Werner Vogels, the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Amazon.com, and Vice President Kroes during a ceremony at the Transformatorhuis in Amsterdam.
Also nominated in the Under 30s category were Daniel Ek from Spotify; Hiroki Takeuchi and Matt Robinson from GoCardless; Daniel Marhely from Deezer; and 6Wunderkinder’s Christian Reber.
SwiftKey is a No.1 best-selling app on Google Play in over 50 countries, with contextual predictions available in 60 languages and counting. SwiftKey’s language technology is also available to license and comes pre-installed on a number of leading smartphones. For more information about SwiftKey, visit www.swiftkey.net.