Nominees 2019

The companies, organisations, agencies and local governments below have all been chosen as nominees for the Emerging Europe Awards.

Apart from the National Investment Promotion Agency of the Year category, in which all the regional IPAs have been included, all nominees have been selected because of their excellence and impact on the local or national scene.

FDI Project of the Year

This category assessed investment projects which have had a positive impact on the country or local area in which they have been implemented or completed, in 2018.

Aerostructure Technologies, Georgia
Balfin, Albania
Bayer, Ukraine
Continental, Lithuania
Jaguar Land Rover, Slovakia
Mercedes Benz, Poland
Milteks, Georgia
Multivac, Bulgaria
Neo Group, Lithuania
Telamon, North Macedonia

Global Champion of the Year

This category was open to companies from the region with no foreign capital that strengthened their operations outside the region in 2018, organically or through acquisition.

Adamed, Poland
Blue Projects, Romania
CCC, Poland
Cleveron, Estonia
Grupa Nowy Styl, Poland
Inter Marine Group, Poland
LUG, Poland
PPF Group, Czech Republic
Valmera Glass, Latvia
Wielton, Poland

Regional Champion of the Year

This category was open to companies from the region that strengthened their operations and/or expanded to new countries within the emerging Europe region in 2018, organically or through acquisition.

AD Plastik, Croatia
Conte, Belarus
Grampet Group, Romania
Itaka, Poland
Maxima Grupe, Lithuania
Mokate, Poland
OTP Bank, Hungary
Sazka Group, Czech Republic
Tucano Coffee, Moldova
United Group, Serbia

Research & Development Project of the Year

This category looked at R&D investment projects established in a country in the emerging Europe region in 2018, which uses local talent and expertise thus creating highly-skilled jobs.

Acronis, Bulgaria
Devexperts, Bulgaria
Ericsson, Hungary
Gedeon Richter, Hungary
Hello 2, Kosovo
RoboticsX, Slovenia
TCL Research, Poland
Teslasuit, Belarus
Verint Systems, Romania
Viavi Solutions, Romania

Innovation Initiative of the Year

This category was open to companies and entities operating in emerging Europe, which have implemented innovative practices or technologies in their products, services or processes in 2018, resulting in a significant improvement in the effectiveness or results of their business, sector or industry.

Badamygeny, Poland
Barin.io, Estonia
eInspector, Serbia
Holo4Lab, Poland
Lightopsy, Poland
Quick Cash AI, Georgia
ROL, Lithuania
Santander One Pay FX, Poland
Solaris, Poland
Ukrtransgaz, Ukraine

Renewal Project of the Year

This category covered projects which have transformed a building, public space or community in 2018, bringing a neglected place back to life, creating sustainable use and/or conserving heritage.

Brandville, Ukraine
Gosposvetska Ljubljana, Slovenia
Networld Varna, Bulgaria
Open Theater Tirana, Albania
Praga Koneser Centre, Poland
Revitalisation of Lodz, Poland
Sisak Moslavina County, Croatia
Skanderbeg Square Tirana, Albania
UBB HQ Gallery, Bulgaria
Writer’s Hub, Slovenia

City FDI Promotion Strategy of the Year

This category assessed strategies of municipal investment promotion departments or agencies in 2018, evaluating their creativity, effectiveness and success.

Debrecen, Hungary
‎Galați, Romania
Klaipėda, Lithuania
Kraków, Poland
Łódź, Poland
Niš, Serbia
Poznań, Poland
Sosnowiec, Poland
Vilnius, Lithuania
Wrocław, Poland

Social Impact Start-Up of the Year

This category was open to start-ups whose purpose is to improve people’s lives. The start-up should have been set up after January 2016 and have majority stakeholders from the emerging Europe region.

CoPlay, Czech Republic
Echo, Georgia
Freewa Project, Croatia
Gater, Belarus
Genomtec, Poland
Glucocarer, Lithuania
Holoroad, Poland
Insignes Lab, Poland
Lingva Skills, Ukraine
OmoLab, Croatia

Equality-Friendly Initiative of the Year

This category is open to entities whose initiatives promoted inclusion and equal treatment of individuals or groups regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs, in 2018.

Buta Art and Sweets Sumqayit, Azerbaijan
Charity project «I see!» Minsk, Belarus
Everyone's Business Vilnius, Lithuania
“i” Family Inclusive Theatre Minsk, Belarus
#ilovediversity campaign Poznań, Poland
LGBT-friendly Certificate Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mátra Resort Parádsasvár, Hungary
New Door NGO Riga, Latvia
Space for Girls Foundation Warszawa, Poland
Youth Cancer Europe Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Tourism Campaign of the Year

This category assessed national, regional and municipal tourism promotion campaigns in 2018, focusing on their creativity, effectiveness and success.

#beourguest, Moldova
#EstonianWay, Estonia
Georgia Travel, Georgia
Mingorspravka Guest card, Belarus
MoustacheTour, Slovenia
Spice of Europe, Budapest, Hungary
The G-spot Vilnius, Lithuania
Tirana Photo Festival, Albania
Two million reasons, Slovenia
#visitPoland, Poland

Young Empowerment Initiative of the Year

This category covered initiatives in 2018, whose goals are to increase young people’s opportunities, awareness, self-confidence and engagement in society.

City Incubator, Slovenia
Deti MBA, Belarus
Go Beyond, Latvia
Promocija, Montenegro
Tekwill, Moldova
TransferHUB, Poland
UA Tech, Ukraine
UCGA Educational Program "Board Direction", Ukraine
Ukraine Reformers Architecture with the EBRD, Ukraine
Zicer Startup Factory, Croatia

Young Influencer of the Year

This category was open to young people, no older than 30 years old on 31st January 2018, who — through politics, social activism, another influencing activity or by their own example — influenced society in their community, country or in the wider region, for the better, in 2018.

Florin Badita, Romania
Olga Grudniak, Poland
Mateusz Hołda, Poland
Ondřej Kania, Czech Republic
Edvin Kanka Ćudić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Timotej Kotnik, Slovenia
Olga Kudinenko, Ukraine
Margo Lazarenkova, Belarus
Marek Materek, Poland
Taras Yavorskyy, Ukraine

National Investment Promotion Agency of the Year

This category assessed the performance of 23 national agencies promoting their countries as an attractive foreign direct investment destination in two areas — communications and enquiry handling.

Albanian Investment Development Agency
Business Armenia
Azpromo, Azerbaijan
National Agency of Investment and Privatisation of Belarus
Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Bosnia Herzegovina
Invest Bulgaria Agency
Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia
CzechInvest
Enterprise Estonia (EAS)
Enterprise Georgia
Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency
Kosovo Investment and Enterprise Support Agency
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
Invest Lithuania
Invest Moldova
Montenegrin Investment Promotion Agency
Invest North Macedonia
Polish Investment and Trade Agency
Invest Romania
Development Agency of Serbia
Slovak Investment and Development Agency
Spirit Slovenia
Ukraine Invest