Emerging Europe Awards 2018

21-22 June 2018, London, United Kingdom

Business leaders, heads of Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), senior city & regional authorities, ambassadors, embassy officials, entrepreneurs and social movements from across the Emerging Europe region and Western Europe gathered in the UK capital to debate key issues and recognise excellence in the region. The event was an opportunity to emphasise and advance Emerging Europe’s core aim of bringing the countries of emerging Europe closer together, especially on the global stage.

The inaugural edition of the Awards featured 12 winners: nine chosen by over 100 jurors out of 90 nominees, one — the Lifetime Achievement Award — was given by the Emerging Europe team who also selected the winning trophy. The final Awards — the National Investment Promotion Agency of the Year — resulted from a comprehensive research carried out by Emerging Europe.

Investment Promotion Agency

Investment Promotion Agency

Winner — Invest Lithuania

2. Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA)
3. Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH)

Global Market Champion

Global Market Champion

Winner — Solaris (Poland)

2. Wizz Air (Hungary)
3. Avast Software (Czechia)

FDI Project

FDI Project

Winner — Amazon (Slovakia)

2. JP Morgan Chase & Co (Poland)
3. Chocolette Confectionary (Latvia)

City FDI Strategy

City FDI Strategy

Winner — City of Wrocław (Poland)

2. City of Sofia (Bulgaria)
3. City of Poznan (Poland)


Research and Development Initiative

Research and Development Initiative

Winner — Siemens Czech Republic

2. International Center of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane (Poland)
3. Sentiance (Lithuania)

Tourism Campaign

Tourism Campaign

Winner — Plečnik’s Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2. Lonely Planet Best Value Destination 2018, City of Tallinn (Estonia)
3. Where.ge, Georgia Today Group (Georgia)

Renewal Project

Renewal Project

Winner — New Bazaar (Tirana, Albania)

2. America for Bulgaria Foundation: The Little Heroes Initative in Pirogov Hospital (Bulgaria)
3. The Municipality of Lviv, The Renovation of Mytna Square (Ukraine)

Social Impact Start-up

Social Impact Start-up

Winner — Deepdee (Belarus)

2. ParrotOne (Poland)
3. UniExo (Ukraine)


Equality-Friendly Initiative

Equality-Friendly Initiative

Winner — Mnem Care (We Care, Georgia)

2. Convergys, Lean In Circles (Romania/CEE)
3. Business Class Academy, Objectivity/PwC/UBS & Partners (Poland)

Young Empowerment Initiative

Young Empowerment Initiative

Winner — Teach For Armenia

2. ex aequo, EBRD Private Sector Youth Initiative (Croatia) and It’s Up To Me Foundation: The Big Adventure ‘It’s Up To Me’ (Bulgaria)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner — Professor Günter Verheugen, former Vice President of the European Commission

Awards Trophy

Awards Trophy

Winner — Barbara Szőke and Bálint Szalai, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (Hungary)

 
  • Receiving an Emerging Europe Award is a huge honour. I’ve come as one but I’m here on behalf of tens of thousands.
    Larisa Hovannisian
    Larisa Hovannisian
    Founder
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    Teach for Armenia
  • Winning the Emerging Europe Awards will make Wrocław more popular among professionals and lure talent to our city.
    Karolina Grzyb
    Karolina Grzyb
    Deputy Director
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    Wrocław Agglomeration Development Agency
  • I'm so proud of winning such a prestigious and independent award, especially considering the very high standard of all other nominees in our category.
    Roman Valny
    Roman Valny
    CEO
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    Siemens Czech Republic
  • I am very glad to receive such a prestigious award. We are proud that Solaris is a brand enjoying global recognition and appreciation. The Global Champion of the Year award is a wonderful confirmation of that fact, placing us in the elite group of top enterprises that won in 2018, including giants like Amazon and Siemens.
    Dariusz Michalak
    Dariusz Michalak
    Deputy CEO
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    Solaris Bus & Coach
  • "Our involvement has provided us with many great opportunities to build relationships with representatives of businesses, governments, investment promotion agencies and financial institutions working across CEE. The first edition was a great success. PwC is not only continuing to stay involved for the 2019 edition but expanding the scope of our participation - and I strongly encourage leading organisations to get involved."
    Jeffery McMillan
    Jeffery McMillan
    Global Head of Communications
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    PwC
  • I am delighted to be part of the Emerging Europe Awards.The initiative matches what we at GE also aim to create: strong cooperation with local authorities and businesses which have demonstrated excellence in raising awareness, social progress and economic development. Through the awards we truly are supporting the development of the region.
    Michael Keroulle
    Michael Keroulle
    Chief Commercial Officer
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    GE Steam Power
  • The Emerging Europe Awards opened a new horizon to me, a horizon where young people and youth workers as myself have their say, where our achievements are celebrated, where we are perceived as equal partners on the path of progress of emerging Europe.
    Ana Alibegova
    Ana Alibegova
    Director of Programme Development
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    MladiInfo, Macedonia
  • This is my first lifetime achievement award and I have very mixed feelings. So let’s call it an award for lifetime achievement so far. I will continue to work, and while and I’m not in a position to make decisions anymore, a couple of weeks ago I became aware that there is now a new position, called influencer. I see myself as an influencer for the future of Europe.
    Günter Verheugen
    Günter Verheugen
    former Vice-President
    -
    European Commission

The Evening Welcome Reception at the Palace of Westminster

Selected guests were hosted at the Churchill Room in the very heart of the Palace, located next to the House of Lords terrace overlooking the River Thames. The gathering was a chance to meet & network in this grand environment, and the guests were addressed by Andrew Wrobel from Emerging Europe, Günter Verheugen, former European Commissioner for Enlargement (1999-2004), Richard Stephens, and – last but not least – by Andrew Rosindell MP, who kindly hosted the reception and gave the attendees a very personal speech about the importance of the CEE region for Britain and himself personally.

The Morning Conference & Presentation of the Investment Promotion Agency Survey at the EBRD HQ

The day started with a Keynote Presentation by Helena Schweiger, Associate Director and Senior Economist from the EBRD, entitled Sustaining Emerging Europe’s Impressive Growth.

Then Andrew Wrobel, Head of Content Strategy and Content from Emerging Europe, presented the much-awaited highlights from the landmark study & research into the 23 national investment promotion agencies of the emerging Europe region.

This was followed by the official launch of the Emerging Europe Alliance of Business Services, Innovation and Technology by Tom Quigley, CEO of the Alliance.

The Morning Breakout Sessions (EBRD)

Attendees then divided into two groups, with the business leaders, IPAs and embassy representatives heading to the grand Boardroom, on the 10th floor, to discuss the findings from the IPA survey under the title Destination Investment (read more about the session).

The more entrepreneurial and social movement-minded participants headed to the ultra-cool discussion room for a session about innovation in the emerging Europe region under the title Social Innovation & Dynamic Entrepreneurship. (to read more, click here).

The Afternoon Conference & Awards Ceremony (EBRD)

The much-anticipated climax of the event kicked off with a Welcome Address by Philip ter Woort, Director, Head of Business Development at the EBRD.

Next came one of the major parts of the day, the Keynote Speech by Günter Veuheugen, who put the whole event, and raison d’être of the Emerging Europe Awards, in context by telling participants about the early days when expansion further east was by no means a foregone conclusion.

The former commissioner’s address was followed by another highlight of the day, a very lively Business Leaders Fireside Chat with Olga Grygier-Siddons, CEO of PwC Central & Eastern Europe, and Peter Stracar, President & CEO of GE Europe, and moderated by Samuel Burke from CNN.

Then came the Emerging Europe Awards ceremony, the part nominees from all of the categories had been anticipating for the last few weeks. The ceremony was led by Richard Stephens, ably assisted by Simon Bračun, Partner of KBP law firm, Olga Grygier-Siddons and Claudia Patricolo, Deputy Editor of Emerging Europe.

The event finished with a celebratory drinks reception, hosted by KBP law firm, followed by an unofficial after-party next to the Gherkin, which lasted late into the night.

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Armenia

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Belarus

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Croatia

Croatia

Czechia

Czechia

Estonia

Estonia

Georgia

Georgia

Hungary

Hungary

Kosovo

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Latvia

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Lithuania

Lithuania

Moldova

Moldova

Montenegro

Montenegro

North Macedonia

North Macedonia

Poland

Poland

Romania

Romania

Serbia

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Slovenia

Ukraine

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