SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 16, 2014) – Prezi, the cloud-based presentation platform company that helps presenters connect more powerfully with their audiences, today announced that CEO Peter Arvai, CTO Péter Halácsy and Principal Artist Ádám Somlai-Fischer have won the coveted Europas award for “Best Startup Founder or Co-founders.” In its fifth year, the annual Europas Awards celebrate Europe’s most forward-thinking, progressive and innovative technology companies. Nominations were received and voted on by the public, then narrowed to a category of six for the final round of judging by a jury of entrepreneurs and investors.
The winner of the “Best Startup Founder or Co-Founder” category was chosen based on the company’s rapid global growth and their initiatives to drive innovation and support entrepreneurs in Europe. Underscoring these criteria, Mike Butcher, the founder of the Europas, said, “Prezi’s founders not only instilled a wonderful company culture, but also showed how a winning product can attract 40 million users so quickly. Such success stories are rare and the Europas Awards wanted to emphasize this great achievement.”
This recognition of rapid global growth comes soon after Prezi turned five years old and doubled their user-base in one year, averaging 55,000 new sign-ups each day over the past six months. Prezi attributes this growth to the increasing need for effective communication in this era of information overload. In a larger effort to support this, Prezi is also available in French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
A leading SaaS company revolutionizing the online workspace, Prezi is ideal for frequent business presenters such as creative agencies, sales reps who use the iPad app to boost field sales, and individuals who need a powerful way to pitch to investors or clients. Among the Prezi community are companies such as Crunch Fitness, which has noted a 30% increase in their franchise closing-ratio since pitching with Prezi and now has 88 locations in the United States. Many other forward-thinking companies, such as Autodesk, Bloomberg, Box, Discovery Communications, Edelman, Walgreens and Zendesk, have also moved beyond the slide.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation platform that helps people connect more powerfully with their audience. Unlike slides, Prezi’s open, zoom-able canvas lets users show relationships between the big picture and fine details, putting their ideas in context. With Prezi, the message is more likely to resonate, motivate, and be remembered, whether delivering a sales pitch to a high-value client or a TED Talk to the world’s foremost thinkers. Founded in 2009, with offices in San Francisco and Budapest, Prezi now fosters a community of more than 40 million users representing over 120 million prezis around the world. With investors including TED Conferences and Accel Partners, Prezi is in the business of making presenters great.
About The Europas
The Awards celebrates the most forward thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across over some 20+ categories. Startups can apply for an award or be nominated by someone else, a shortlist is selected by a panel of judges, followed by public peer voting and then a final ruling by the judges. Judges this year include YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, Troy Carter (manager of Lady Gaga), investors from Accel, Balderton and Google Ventures, and journalists from The Next Web, TechCrunch, Wired, and more.
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