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GP Bullhound and Vitesse Media announce shortlist and event details for Investor Allstars 2014

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2014 16:17 CEST

London, 10 September - The shortlist has been announced for The Investor Allstars Awards 2014, taking place on 24 September 2014 at The Lancaster, London. The annual event is organised by GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, and GrowthBusiness, a Vitesse Media publication specialising in providing information for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises.

Now in their 12th year, the awards will celebrate excellence in entrepreneurship and the professional investor community. Awards will be presented for: VC Fund of the Year, Exit of the Year, Growth/Buyout Capital Fund of the Year, Investor of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Male Entrepreneur of the Year, Corporate Development Team of the Year, VCT of the Year, Private Investor Network of the Year, Europe’s Allstar Company of the Year, Service Provider of the Year, Equity Gap Fund of the Year and the Sferiq Award for Digital Innovation in Art.

There will also be keynote speeches from the likes of David Buttress from JUST EAT and a live performance featuring the ROLI Seaboard, a radically new musical instrument reimagining the piano keyboard using digital technology.

The Investor Allstars Awards will also feature Europe’s Allstar Company, a challenge where five of the best known technology companies in Europe will compete to win the accolade for being Europe’s most exciting company. Achica, BlaBlaCar, Farfetch, NewVoiceMedia and Zound Industries will present in the morning and the winner will be announced at the ceremony in the evening.

“It has been an outstanding year for growth and innovation in Europe,” said Manish Madhvani, Managing Partner at GP Bullhound. “European investors are building global leaders and driving billion-dollar exits on a regular basis. Investor Allstars celebrates these investments and draws attention to the innovators and risk takers."

“The Investor Allstars Awards highlight entrepreneurs and VCs who are driving the technology sector forward,” said Niki Baker, CEO of Vitesse Media. “The Awards are an opportunity for the European venture capital community to consider the biggest successes of the past year and look forward to the trends and innovation still to come.”

“We have been seeking to identify and champion companies using the internet to make the art world more investor-friendly,” says Ulvi Kasimov, the founder and head of investment company Sferiq, who was recently recognised by Forbes magazine as one of Russia’s ten most successful venture capitalists. “We hoped that the Sferiq Award for Digital Innovation in Art would expose finalists to the attention of international technology investors, who could thus partner with early-stage innovators claiming a share of a £40 billion-plus market.”

The full shortlists for the Awards are:

VC Fund of the Year
Accel Partners
Idinvest Digital Fund II
Index Ventures
Intel Capital
Northzone Ventures
Octopus Investments
Scottish Equity Partners
XAnge Private Equity

Exit of the Year
CarTrawler – ECI Partners
Criteo – Elaia Partners, Idinvest Partners, Index Ventures
Fjordnet – Beringea
Just Eat – Index Ventures, Vitruvian Partners
King Digital Entertainment – Index Ventures
La Fourchette – Serena Capital, Partech Ventures, Otium Capital
Natural Motion – SPARK Ventures, ISIS Innovation, Balderton Capital
Neolane – Auriga Partners, XAnge Private Equity
Supercell – Atomico Investment, Accel Partners, Index ventures
TDX – Investcorp Technology Partners

Growth/Buyout Capital Fund of the Year
Business Growth Fund
Encore Capital
EQT Partners
Inflexion Private Equity
Investcorp Technology Partners
ISIS Equity Partners
Synova Capital
Technology Crossover Ventures
Vitruvian Partners
 
Investor of the Year
Kevin Comolli – Accel Partners
Benoist Grossmann – Idinvest Partners
Ben Holmes – Index Ventures
Christophe Maire – Atlantic Internet
Nenad Marovac – DN Capital
Rory Stirling – MMC Ventures
 
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Fleur Emery – Green & Pleasant Lager / Emery Barnard Design
Nathalie Gaveau – Shopcade
Ekaterina Konovalova – IQcard
Nicola McClafferty – Covetique
Sara Murray – Buddi
Kathryn Parsons – Decoded
Holly Tucker – Notonthehighstreet
Debbie Wosskow – Love Home Swap

Male Entrepreneur of the Year
David Buttress – JUST EAT
Kevin Cornils – Glasses Direct
Jonathan Gale – NewVoiceMedia
Clive Jackson – FlyVictor
Frédéric Mazzella – BlaBlaCar
Alex Saint – Secret Escapes
Vijay Srinivasan – Cambridge Technology Partners
 
Corporate Development Team of the Year
Bertelsmann
Monitise
ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG
Schibsted Growth
St Ives
 
VCT of the Year
Albion Ventures
Edge Performance
Maven Capital Partners
Mobeus Equity Partners
Octopus Investments
ProVen Growth & Income VCT
YFM Equity Partners
 
Private Investor Network of the Year
Angel Academe
Crowdcube
Envestors
London Business Angels
Maven Investor Partners
Seedrs
Spintop

Europe’s Allstar Company of the Year
Achica
BlaBlaCar
Farfetch
NewVoiceMedia
Zound Industries

Service Provider of the Year
Bird & Bird
Clydesdale Bank Growth Finance
JAGShaw Baker
Kemp Little
Kreos Capital
Olswang
Silicon Valley Bank
Taylor Wessing
 
Equity Gap Fund of the Year

EC1 Capital
High-Tech Gründerfonds
Midven
MMC Ventures
Notion Capital Partners
Passion Capital
Seraphim Capital
 
Sferiq Award for Digital Innovation in Art
Articheck
Artstack
Artsy
ArtViatic
ArtWeb.com
Paddle8
Rise Art
Saatchi Art
Sedition Art
Vastari

The headline sponsor of the 2014 event is global investment company Sferiq. Award sponsors include: Orrick, a global law firm; Private Equity Recruitment, a specialist recruitment firm in the private equity sector; and Berenberg, an international private bank. Bird & Bird and JAGShaw Baker are further sponsors of the evening.

Enquiries
For enquiries please contact Cecilia Roman, cecilia.roman@gpbullhound.com
To attend the event please contact Rebecca Stanley, rebecca.stanley@vitessemedia.co.uk +44 207 250 7050

GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for tech category leaders, most recently selling Pingdom to SolarWinds, Cambridge Technology Partners to Atos, Pozitron to Monitise, Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com.
In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Adviser of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards, while Manish Madhvani, a founding partner of GP Bullhound, was named as a winner of the fourth annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Awards.

Vitesse Media
Vitesse Media is a multimedia business that offers award-winning publications, fast-growing websites, exciting events and much-acclaimed research. It is the leading specialist in growth businesses, entrepreneurs and CEOs, as well as their investors, advisers and suppliers. Vitesse Media is quoted on AIM. www.vitessemedia.co.uk

GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for tech category leaders, most recently selling Pingdom to SolarWinds, Cambridge Technology Partners to Atos, Pozitron to Monitise, Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com.
In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Adviser of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards, while Manish Madhvani, a founding partner of GP Bullhound, was named as a winner of the fourth annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Awards.