Last Year’s Winners

THE BEST GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH EAST EUROPE

SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2016

Republic of Kosovo

Kosovo is the biggest reformer in South East Europe in terms of helping start-ups, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report Index. Kosovo has jumped to 13th place in the world in the start-up category, moving up from 47th place in just one year. It has relaxed the bureaucratic procedures, simplified its tax system, and has one of the lowest tax rates in Europe, with a 10% income tax and 0% tax on dividends.

 

THE BEST ANGEL INVESTOR OF THE WORLD 2016

Peter Cowley, Super Angel, UK

‘’Over the last 7 years, I have invested in over 55 companies, with 5 failures and 5 returning cash to shareholders. Although I am nowhere near having as much cash out as I’ve invested, based on standard VC rules, I am sitting on a 3X value increase, which looks likely to be 4X later in 2017. I have stated publicly that if I get just £1 more back than the total amount I invested, the journey will have been worthwhile because of the satisfaction, enjoyment and learning I derive from the process.’’

Peter Cowley

 

THE BEST CEOPRENEUR OF THE WORLD 2016

Paul Doany, Chief Executive Officer of Türk Telekom, Turkey

‘’Entrepreneurship is a way of life, whether one is capable of investing or not. It involves a combination of insatiable creativity and a fearless willingness to take risks, but with a balancing wisdom to ensure a realisable reward across the full range of risk activities. Such CEOs are the kind you find on the front line in their company’s battles. I have always encouraged the people working around me to embrace risk. I firmly believe risk-taking will be increasingly important in the future, knowing that companies have to change faster than ever before, which means the paradigm must change.”  Paul Doany

 

THE BEST FINTECH INVESTOR OF THE WORLD 2016

Alastair Lukies, UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech, UK 

Alastair Lukies is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion of the UK’s global FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003, and three years later, the company was recognised as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, he led the company’s demerger from Morse and its listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1,500 staff on four continents.

  

THE BEST GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE WORLD

SUPPORTING CROSS BORDER INVESTMENT ECOSYSTEM 2016

Investment, Support and Promotion Agency, Turkey

 

The Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) is tasked with encouraging and supporting investments that are needed for the further economic development of Turkey. It is the first government investment agency in the world to take angel investment and cross-border investments onto its agenda.

 

 

The Best Woman Leader  in Globally Engaging The Early Stage Investment within

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of the World 2016

Candace Johnson, President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN)

Candace Johnson is the co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also the founding president of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network. Ms Johnson is also founding president of the Association of Telecommunications and Value-Added Service Providers (VATM), the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany, and the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN).

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’Today, stock exchanges throughout the world are more keen to open their doors to SMEs’’


Luca Peyrano, CEO of ELITE - London Stock Exchange Group

London Stock Exchange Group proposes a unique programme, ELITE, an integrated service designed to help SMEs prepare and structure for the next stage of growth through access to long term financing opportunities.It targets SMEs with a sound business model, clear growth strategy and a desire to obtain funding in the near future. It now accounts for more than 200 companies of different sizes and sectors, more than 150 partners and more than 70 long term. Enjoy the exclusive interview with Luca Peyrano, Head of Primary Markets Continental Europe, London Stock Exchange Group

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