2015 Winners & Shortlist

VC Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Accel Partners
DN Capital
Earlybird
Index Ventures
MMC Ventures
Northzone
Octopus Investments
Scottish Equity Partners
Ventech

 WINNER: Accel Partners

This award is for professional excellence and is open to all European venture capital firms and corporate venture firms that make investments in high growth companies. The Award is based upon the achievements in the period 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence demonstrating:

• A track record of innovative fundraising, investments and exits.
• A reputation for adding considerable value – not just finance – to portfolio companies.
• A reputation for working closely with the early stage investment community.

Growth Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Business Growth Fund
Eight Road Ventures
Foresight Group
Frog Capital
General Atlantic
Partech Ventures

WINNER: Eight Road Ventures

This award is for professional excellence and is open to all European buyout and development capital firms that make investments in high growth companies. The Award is based upon the achievements in the period 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A track record of innovative fundraising, investments and exits.
• An explanation of how the fund has added considerable value – not just finance – to portfolio companies.
• Examples of how there has been a close working relationship with the early stage investment community.

Exit of the Year

Shortlist

Endomondo – SEED Capital
FDM Group – Inflexion
Wireless Logic – ECI Partners
Yemeksepeti – General Atlantic
Zoopla – Atlas Ventures & Octopus Investments

WINNER: FDM Group – Inflexion

This award is open to all European investors who achieved an exit for shares or cash between 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• Your role in growing the business.
• Your role in the exit strategy and executing the deal.
• The shareholder value created by the exit.
• The impact on the Founder shareholders.
• The positive impact on the wider community.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Shortlist

Ismail Ahmed – World Remit
Alex Chesterman – Zoopla
Tomas Kull – Mathem
Jose Neves – Farfetch
Alex Saint – Secret Escapes
Jamie Ward – PayasUgym

WINNER: Alex Chesterman – Zoopla

This award is to acknowledge European entrepreneurs and their contribution to the European economy.

The judges were looking to find the standout Entrepreneur of the year who had made a significant impact in the past 12 months through:

• Their contribution to the Entrepreneurial eco-system.
• Successes in the past year such as business growth, leadership excellence and delivering value to shareholders.
• The viability and future growth potential of their business.

Buyout Fund of the Year

Shortlist

ECI Partners
EQT Partners
HgCapital
KKR
Livingbridge
Vitruvian

WINNER: ECI Partners

This award is for professional excellence and is open to all European buyout and development capital firms that make investments in high growth companies. The Award is based upon the achievements in the period 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A track record of innovative fundraising, investments and exits.
• An explanation of how the fund has added considerable value – not just finance – to portfolio companies.
• Examples of how there has been a close working relationship with the early stage investment community.

Investor of the Year

Shortlist

Jon Coker – MMC Ventures
Fred Destin – Accel Partners
Ben Holmes – Index Ventures
Nenad Marovac – DN Capital
Hans Otterling – Northzone
Tom Stafford – DST

WINNER: Ben Holmes – Index Ventures

This award is to acknowledge individuals who have made a significant impact on the European venture capital market within the last 12 months, between 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A strong network from which to source deals.
• An ability to assess opportunities, manage the due diligence process and close deals in difficult circumstances.
• A reputation amongst portfolio companies for providing valuable support.
• A significant role in driving the venture capital industry forward.

Private Investor Network of the Year

Shortlist

Crowdcube
Envestors
London Business Angels
Maven Capital Partners
Seedrs

WINNER: Crowdcube

This award is open to all business angel networks, family offices and private investor clubs in Europe, and is based upon achievements in the period 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A track record of sourcing high quality investment opportunities.
• An ability to attract and retain active private investors.
• A process for disseminating “best practice” amongst members.
• A strong working relationship with the venture capital community.
• An impressive track record in securing finance for small businesses.

Corporate Development Team of the Year Award

Shortlist

GBGroup
IMImobile
JUST EAT
ProSiebenSat1
Tamedia
Wipro

WINNER: JUST EAT

This award is for professional excellence and is open to Corporate Development teams and the M&A teams of corporates who acquire high growth companies. The Award is based upon the achievements in the period 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A track record of innovative acquisitions and integration.
• Examples of how there has been a close working relationship with the investment community.

Seed Fund of the Year

Shortlist

AngelLab
EC1 Capital
Forward Partners
High-Tech Gruenderfonds
MMC Ventures
Pre-Seed Innovation
Seedcamp

WINNER: High-Tech Gruenderfonds

This award is open to all European funds that are active primarily in the sub €1m investment market. The award is open to all Seed Venture Capital Funds, Regional Venture Capital Funds and Enterprise Capital Funds. The Award is based upon the achievements in the period 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• An ability to source and manage unique deal flow – Your skill in structuring, negotiating and making investments.
• Your ability to create shareholder value.
• Your involvement in supporting local small business initiatives.
• Your ability to work together with other seed funds, private investors and follow-on investors.

VCT of the Year

Shortlist

Albion Ventures
Beringea
Edge Investments
Foresight Group
Maven Capital Partners
Mobeus Equity Partners
Octopus Investment
YFM Equity Partners

WINNER: Mobeus Equity Partners

This award is open to all Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), government promoted investment funds where there is tax relief for private investors in the funds and restrictions placed on the type of investments the fund can make. The award is based upon the achievements in the year 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• A track record of fundraising between 1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015.
• An impressive level of investment and exits achieved during the period.
• A reputation for providing valuable strategic and commercial advice to portfolio companies.
• A strong financial return for private investors.

Service Provider of the Year

Shortlist

Barclays
Bird & Bird
Kreos Capital
Mills & Reeve
Olswang
Osborne Clarke
Seven Hills
Shoosmiths
Silicon Valley Bank

WINNER: Kreos Capital

This award is open to specialist advisor firms across all disciplines that serve the European venture capital industry. This includes legal advisors, placement agents, venture debt providers, head-hunters and due diligence providers. The award is based upon the achievements of the adviser in the period 1 May 2014 – 30 April 2015.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• An ability to be innovative, creative and adding value in a deal.
• Commitment to contribute to the industry and driving it forward.

Europe’s Allstar Company

Shortlist

Auctionata
Believe Digital
HelloFresh
Lendinvest
Sigfox

WINNER: Sigfox

During the day of the event select investors voted for the company they regard as Europe’s most valuable technology company from the shortlisted companies above.

Previous finalists include: Farfetch, Zoopla, Klarna and BlaBlaCar. This will be run in association with Bloomberg TV.

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