2017 Shortlist

Exit of the Year

Shortlist

Aquiline (Simply Business)
Boozt (Verdane Capital Advisors)
InnoGames (Eight Road Ventures)
Purple Bricks (DN Capital)
SkyScanner (Scottish Equity Partners)
Talend (IdInvest Partners)
Teads (Partech Ventures)

WINNER: SkyScanner (Scottish Equity Partners)

This award is open to all European investors who achieved an exit for shares or cash between 1 May 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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 & Buyout Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Beringea
Eight Roads Ventures
EQT Ventures
IdInvest Partners
Inflexion Private Equity
Kennet Partners
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Livingbridge
Scottish Equity Partners
TCV
Verdane Capital Partners

WINNER: Livingbridge

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 2016 – 31 May 2017.

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

Accenture
JUST EAT
Sage Group
ProSiebenSat.1
Zoopla Property Group

WINNER: Sage Group

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 2016 – 31 May 2017.

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

Alex Prenn (Receipt Bank)
Christian Faes (LendInvest)
Hendrik Klindworth (InnoGames)
Jason Bosch (OUTFITTERY)
Samir Desai (Funding Circle)
Sandra Sassow (SEaB Energy)
Saurav Chopra (Perkbox)

WINNER: Samir Desai (Funding Circle)

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.

Investor of the Year

Shortlist

Avid Larizadeh Duggan (Google Ventures)
Benoist Grossman (IdInvest Partners)
Brian Caulfield (Draper Esprit)
Davor Hebel (Eight Roads Ventures)
Jon Coker (MMC Ventures)
Norman Fiore (Dawn Capital)
Sitar Teli (Connect Ventures)
Vishal Gulati (Draper Esprit)

WINNER: Benoist Grossman (IdInvest Partners)

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 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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.

VC Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Atomico
Eight Road Ventures
EQT Ventures
Idinvest Partners
Northzone
Notion Capital
Octopus Ventures
Salesforce Ventures
Scottish Equity Partners
Ventech Capital

 WINNER: IdInvest 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 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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.

VCT of the Year

Shortlist

Albion Ventures
Beringea
Foresight Group
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 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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.

Special Debt Provider of the Year

Shortlist

Barclays
Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank
Columbia Lake Partners
Downing Crowd
Idinvest Partners
Kreos Capital
Silicon Valley Bank

WINNER: Kreos Capital

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 2016 – 31 May 2017.

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

Seed Fund of the Year

Shortlist

Accelerated Digital Ventures
Entrepreneur First
Episode 1 Ventures
Forward Partners
LocalGlobe
MMC Ventures

WINNER: LocalGlobe

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

Charles Russell Speechlys
Intralink
JAG Shaw Baker
Mills & Reeve
Orrick
Private Equity Recruitment

WINNER: Orrick

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 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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.

Tech4Good

Shortlist

Applied
Big White Wall
Bulbshare
CoderDojo
Freeformers Holdings
HyperionDev
Unforgettable

WINNER: CoderDojo

Digital Innovation in Art

Shortlist

Articheck
Auctions Aftersale
JonasLund
The Artists Web
ValueMyStuff.com

WINNER: Articheck

The Award recognises a company or individual in the art industry that has used digital technology or the internet to disrupt and innovate within their field.

Artists, dealers, financiers and other parties involved in the visual arts have been considered. The judges will take into account the originality of the ideas, products or services; any revenue growth achieved or potential; and the candidate’s success in popularising the innovation, measured for example by growth in webs traffic or visitor numbers

Europe’s Allstar Company

Shortlist

Fnatic
Garrison Technology
LendInvest
MSAB
OakNorth

WINNER: LendInvest

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 CNBC.

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