Business Review Awards, the annual event gala that aims to recognize the outstanding achievements of the business community throughout the past year, is getting close to the finish line by announcing this year’s finalist.

The second stage of the judging process is now finalized: from a record number of candidates across all ten categories with over 100 nominees, 43 made it to the short list. The independent jury, formed of representatives of the Romanian business elite, evaluated the companies and leaders that excelled in their area of business in the past year, according to the judging procedures.

The finalist for each category are:

 

  1. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
  • “Aiming for the Olympiad!” by the eMAG Foundation
  • “Bursa Binelui” by BCR
  • Acquisition of ventilation machines for medical centres by ENGIE Romania
  • Hospice Casa Sperantei by Kaufland
  • “Idei din Tara lui Andrei” by OMV Petrom
  • “The Garden with Remedies” by Secom

 

  1. BEST COMEBACK STRATEGY
  • Blue Air
  • Gosselin Mobility
  • Impact Developer & Contractor
  • Softelligence

 

  1. INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY
  • Hypervisor Introspection (HVI) by BitDefender
  • inteliLIGHT by Flashnet
  • MIRA by Mira Rehab
  • FinTech OS by Softelligence

 

  1. BEST START-UP SUPPORTER
  • AeRO by the Bucharest Stock Exchange
  • The Venture by Chivas Regal
  • Startarium by Impact Hub & ING Bank
  • Accelerator Program by Spherik Accelerator
  • Innovation Labs by Tech Lounge

 

  1. BEST EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE
  • “Managers for Romania” by BCR
  • Profiling Project by Mega Image
  • “Free Monday” by WebDigital

 

  1. ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  • Daniel Truica – Vola.ro
  • Ioan Iacob – Qualitance
  • Laurentiu Banescu and Alexandru Geamanu – Bere Zaganu
  • Radu Savopol – 5 To Go
  • Teodor Blidarus – Softelligence

 

  1. DEAL OF THE YEAR
  • Noriel ( for being acquired by Enterprise Investors )
  • Enterprise Investors ( for selling Profi to Mid Europa Partners )
  • Vector Watch/Gecad Ventures ( for selling to FitBit)

 

  1. BEST START-UP
  • 5 To Go
  • Get Pony
  • Iutta
  • Flex
  • Yellow Menu

 

  1. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
  • Dragos Anastasiu – Eurolines
  • Felix Patrascanu – FAN Courier
  • Ilinca Paun – Colliers International
  • Radu Georgescu – Gecad Ventures

 

  1. EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS
  • Autonom
  • eMAG
  • Regina Maria
  • Vola.ro

 

The description and judging procedure for each category can be viewed here.

The competition has only been made possible with the dedication and valuable contribution of the Jury members, which ensured the integrity of the process each year, applying professional assessments during the nomination and voting stage of the competition. The jury of this year’s edition of Business Review Awards includes:

 

  • Anca Rarau – Marketing Director, BCR
  • Cosmin Alexandru – Transformation Partner, Wanted Transformation/Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Istvan Kocsolade – Manager, Accenture Management Consulting
  • Joshua Burke – Commercial Attaché & Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, US Embassy Bucharest
  • Marius Ghenea – Investment Director, 3TS Investors
  • Matteo Patrone – Director for Romania, EBRD
  • Oana Bulexa – Managing Director, The Practice
  • Oana Craioveanu – CoFounder, Impact Hub
  • Silviu Stoica – Partner, Popovici Nitu Stoica si Asociatii
  • Sotiris Chatzidakis – Executive Vice President, CEO Clubs

 

The winners will be celebrated in the presence of over 200 top business community members at the awards gala taking place at Radisson Blu on February 27. The evening will begin with a networking cocktail at 7 pm, followed by the award ceremony and celebratory dinner. To participate at the event register online on the dedicated website or drop us a line at events@business-review.ro.