2016 Winners & Shortlist

VC Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Accel Partners
Atomico
Dawn Capital
DN Capital
Draper Esprit
Eight Road Ventures
Felix Capital
Idinvest Partners
Index Ventures
Octopus Ventures
Scottish Equity Partners

 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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Exit of the Year

Shortlist

Accel/Northzone (Avito)
Accel Partners (Supercell)
DN Capital (Purplebricks)
Eight Road Ventures (Treatwell)
Entrepreneur First/Octopus Ventures (Magic Pony)
Oxford Capital (Oxitec)
Synova (Kinapse)
Vitruvian Partners (OpenBet Technologies)

WINNER: Entrepreneur First/Octopus Ventures (Magic Pony)

This award is open to all European investors who achieved an exit for shares or cash between 1 May 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Growth Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Ardian
BGF
EQT Ventures
Highland Europe
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
TCV
Vitruvian Partners

WINNER: Highland Europe

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 2015 – 31 May 2016.

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

Nic Brisbourne (Forward Partners)
Jon Coker (MMC Ventures)
Frederic Court (Felix Capital)
Sonali De Rycker (Accel Partners)
Benoist Grossman (Idinvest Partners)
Nenad Marovac (DN Capital)
Martin Mignot (Index)
Philip Shapiro (Synova)
Tom Stafford (DST)

WINNER: Nenad Marovac (DN Capital)

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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Buyout Fund of the Year

Shortlist

EQT Partners
HgCapital
Inflexion Private Equity
Investcorp
Livingbridge
Synova Capital

WINNER: EQT 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 2015 – 31 May 2016.

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.

Corporate Development Team of the Year Award

Shortlist

BlaBlaCar
Just Eat
ProSiebenSat.1
Wipro
Zoopla

WINNER: ProSiebenSat.1

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 2015 – 31 May 2016.

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.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Shortlist

Eric Carreel (Withings)
Joelle Dinnage (Global Arts Agency)
Jose Neves (Farfetch)
Julia Boesch (Outfittery)
Lopo Champalimaud (Treatwell)
Sarah Wood & Scott Buttons (Unruly)
Tomas Kull (Mathern)

WINNER: Jose Neves (Farfetch)

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.

VCT of the Year

Shortlist

Beringea (ProVen Growth & Income VCT PLC)
Foresight Group
Mobeus Equity Partners
Octopus Ventures
YFM Equity Partners

WINNER: Octopus Ventures

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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Private Investor Network of the Year

Shortlist

Angel Academe
Crowdcube
Envestors
HBS Alumni Angels
London Business Angels
QVentures

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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Seed Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Connect Ventures
Enterprise Ventures
Entrepreneur First
Forward Partners
High-Tech Gruenderfonds
Symvan Capital

WINNER: Entrepreneur First

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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Service Provider of the Year

Shortlist

Bird & Bird
JAG Shaw Baker
Mills & Reeve
MJ Hudson
Olswang
Orrick
Osborne Clarke
Shoosmiths
Taylor Wessing LLP
The UP Group

WINNER: The UP Group

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 2015 – 30 April 2016.

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.

Special Debt Provider of the Year

Shortlist

Barclays
Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank
Columbia Lake Partners
Idinvest Partners
Investec Corporate Lending
Silicon Valley Bank

WINNER: Investec Corporate Lending

This award is open to specialist debt providers across all disciplines that serve the European venture capital and private equity industry. All types of firms are invited to enter including banks, debt funds or other specialist lenders. The award is based upon the achievements of the provider in the period 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2016.

The judges looked for evidence of the following:

• Commitment to contribute to the industry and driving it forward. • Number of loans originated. • Value of loans originated • Notable loans made / impact of your involvement

Europe’s Allstar Company

Shortlist

Darktrace
Kreditech
Picanova
Stratajet
Watchfinder

WINNER: Darktrace

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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