Business Review Awards Gala 2019
March 4 | Radisson Blu Hotel | Bucharest
About

Over the previous 13 editions of the event, Business Review sets the spotlight on the achievements of the business community, thus awarding and celebrating the companies, business leaders and entrepreneurs that showed drive, initiative and who achieved the best results in their class of business.

Facts & Figures from the previous editions

  • 13 Editions of BR Awards
  • Over 110 Honorable Jury Members
  • Over 500 of Romania’s most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, companies and initiatives in the spotlight
  • More than 2,000 representatives of Romania’s business elite
Why attend
INVEST IN YOURSELF

Witness inspirational initiatives, programs and companies and meet the people behind these successful accomplishments

NETWORK

250+ influential top executives, active investors, successful entrepreneurs, officials and diplomats

GET INSPIRED

A truly special evening in the company of like-minded individuals that aim to create value for businesses, for people, for Romania

Agenda
19:00
Registration & Welcoming Cocktail
20:00
Awards Gala & Celebratory Dinner
21:30
Networking Cocktail
Categories
1. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - Companies
The Community Development - companies category - awards the CSR initiatives of both Romanian and foreign companies and recognizes their contribution to the community, by demonstrating their commitment to implementing medium and long term programs/projects. It looks to reward companies’ involvement in community development programs with a high social and or economic impact on the society.
  • Proven social impact of the business / initiative (community impact) in terms of number of direct beneficiaries, the impact on the community it is implemented in, the added value for the local CSR market / civil society scene;
  • Developing long term programs or projects for local communities (long term commitment to the local community);
  • The initiatives coming from both companies and NGOs must address a real need of the community (e.g. education, social intervention, health, environment, smart city);
  • Being transparent to the local community by publishing annual sustainability reports (GRI 4) is an advantage.
2. BEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE - NGOs
The Community Development - NGOs category - awards the initiatives of local NGOs and recognizes the their contribution to the local community or society as a whole, by demonstrating their commitment to implementing medium and long term programs/projects. It looks to reward NGOs involvement in community development programs with a high social and/or economic impact on the society.
  • Proven social impact of the business / initiative (community impact) in terms of number of direct beneficiaries, the impact on the community it is implemented in, the added value for the local CSR market / civil society scene;
  • Developing long term programs or projects for local communities (long term commitment to the local community);
  • The initiatives coming from both companies and NGOs must address a real need of the community (e.g. education, social intervention, health, environment, smart city);
  • Being transparent to the local community by publishing annual sustainability reports (GRI 4) is an advantage.
3. INNOVATION IN TECHNOLOGY
This award recognizes novel, innovative and research-driven strategies, developed in/for Romania. The category is meant to cover the many developments related to the introduction of new products, services or campaigns, as well as the roll-out of R&D oriented investments.
  • Clear element/elements of innovation of the business/service;
  • At least 2 years’ existence on the market;
  • Financial support received for implementing the idea (which demonstrates its innovative potential);
  • The outcome/impact on the economy/society;
  • The potential to be scalable.
4. BEST EMPLOYER
Now more than ever, organizations are investing in the improvement of their people practices. Gone are the days when HR operated as an external entity – hiring, firing and moderating conflict. The world of HR is constantly evolving, and now the key objective for attracting and retaining top talent into business is the focus on people practices.
  • Career opportunities within the company;
  • Personnel turnover;
  • Impact of the company on the local labor market;
  • The importance of the company for the local economy (as sector, number of employees, products/services it offers);
  • Qualitative reviews: employees’ feedback, employer branding efforts, engagement, retention;
  • Worldwide HR trends (such as to focus on people-centric themes, including digitalization, millennials, transparency, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing – subjects that look at increasing employee drive and satisfaction) applied within the Romanian branch/the local company (could be Romanian, not just multinational);
  • Employee conditions;
  • Developing talent throughout all levels of the organization and demonstrating its leadership status in the HR environment.
5. DEAL OF THE YEAR
This category acknowledges the most important business transactions of the previous year, regardless of the transaction type. It recognizes the deal that had the most impact and significance in 2018, in financial terms and in the development of the local economy, or of a particular industry. It looks at novel elements of the respective transaction, and how the deal stands out on the local or regional business scene.
  • Value of the transaction;
  • Impact within the industry/ local business scene and economy as a whole;
  • Novelty elements characteristic to the transaction;
  • The company’s value – transaction’s value ratio is to be considered (for the seller company).
6. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR - Best CEO of large companies
The award seeks to recognize remarkable achievements of business people that go above and beyond their daily roles and responsibilities as head of companies, local or international. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: Business Leader of the Year for CEOs of large companies and for CEOs of SMEs.
  • the company’s results measured against the market conditions in the respective industry;
  • their involvement in improving the business environment and on trying to solve some of the society’s current challenges;
  • their quality of being key opinion leaders would be an advantage;
  • The company’s organizational culture: e.g. oriented towards empowering their employees;
  • The main changes that took place within the company in the last year and the way its leader reacted to (e.g. implementation of digitalization process, a takeover, adjust/extend their activity, etc);
  • Evidence of the nominee’s achievements and role as a leader within the community;
  • SMEs (companies with less than EUR 50 million in turnover)
7. BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR - Best CEO of SMEs
The award seeks to recognize remarkable achievements of business people that go above and beyond their daily roles and responsibilities as head of companies, local or international. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: Business Leader of the Year for CEOs of large companies and for CEOs of SMEs.
  • the company’s results measured against the market conditions in the respective industry;
  • their involvement in improving the business environment and on trying to solve some of the society’s current challenges;
  • their quality of being key opinion leaders would be an advantage;
  • The company’s organizational culture: e.g. oriented towards empowering their employees;
  • The main changes that took place within the company in the last year and the way its leader reacted to (e.g. implementation of digitalization process, a takeover, adjust/extend their activity, etc);
  • Evidence of the nominee’s achievements and role as a leader within the community;
  • SMEs (companies with less than EUR 50 million in turnover)
8. EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS
This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a local business over a longer period of time, looking at aspects such as innovative character, development achievements, market share and the overall relevance for the local business environment. In today’s hyper-fast world, excellence requires building flexible, nimble organizations that can quickly adapt to rapidly changing markets without losing sight of their vision of winning.
  • A bias for action;
  • Staying close to the customer;
  • Autonomy and entrepreneurship;
  • Clear and compelling organizational values;
  • Focusing on what they do best;
  • The strategy for development in the past years;
  • Business growth over the previous year;
  • Unique endeavors to support the local business community;
  • Sustainable development strategy;
  • Top market position;
  • Exceptional business growth compared with peers.
9. BEST START-UP in the services industry
This award recognizes the overall impact of the new investors that have made their entrance on the local market in 2018. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: start-ups specialized in delivering services and start-ups specialized in manufacturing products.
  • Number of jobs created;
  • The value of the total investment in the business so far;
  • The added value / level of innovation it brings for the sector it activates (for services start-ups);
  • The dimension of the business created;
  • The economic impact: recovering an economic sector or a region of development, contributing to the diminishing of the unemployment rate;
  • Its potential to extend abroad.
10. BEST START-UP in the manufacturing industry
This award recognizes the overall impact of the new investors that have made their entrance on the local market in 2018. For the first time this year, this category is split in two sub-categories: start-ups specialized in delivering services and start-ups specialized in manufacturing products.
  • Number of jobs created;
  • The value of the total investment in the business so far;
  • The added value / level of innovation it brings for the sector it activates (for services start-ups);
  • The dimension of the business created;
  • The economic impact: recovering an economic sector or a region of development, contributing to the diminishing of the unemployment rate;
  • Its potential to extend abroad.
11. BEST GREEN PROJECT
This category awards the efforts made by companies / NGOs to bring their contribution to the environment protection, by implementing projects with a high impact on the environment and society as a whole. It aims also to recognize their efforts towards educating Romanians in the spirit of recycling and protecting the environment.
  • The real impact of the project to the environment;
  • It should be a long-term commitment / initiative;
  • The investment made in the project;
  • Its potential to be developed nationwide.
12. BEST EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local emerging business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business (expansion on the local and other foreign markets, significant organic growth, high potential for development of their business both on a local or international market).
  • Development of the business over the past year;
  • Sustainable growth of their business;
  • Potential to become a major player in their specific industry / sector at national level and/or abroad;
  • Look at the ethics and values exemplified in the business;
  • The pace of increasing its annual turnover.
13. BEST FINANCIAL PARTNER FOR SMEs
This category awards the efforts made by financial institutions in their endeavor to improve the SMEs sector in Romania, considering that SMEs represent the driving force for any economy.
  • The financial support offered for supporting the businesses of SMEs (EUR mln offered as banking loans);
  • Types of businesses (their sector of activity) financed and their impact on the development of the local economy;
  • The importance of innovation in selecting the SMEs that will be financed throughout a banking loan;
  • The importance of the sectors where SMEs are active for the local economy.
14. BEST ACCELERATION PROGRAM FOR START-UPS
This category awards the efforts made by business accelerators and incubators in their endeavor to improve the Romanian start-ups and to encourage the entrepreneurial initiative in Romania.
  • The support offered for local start-ups;
  • Types of businesses (their sector of activity) incubated and their impact on the development of the local economy;
  • The importance of innovation in the businesses that will be incubated or included in the acceleration program;
  • The importance of the sectors where the start-ups incubated/accelerated are active for the local economy.
Nominate a candidate / project

Companies can enter the competition until February 15, taking into account the judging criteria for each category by filling in the online form or by contacting the organizers at events@business-review.eu

Jury
Ilinca Păun
CEO | The Entrepreneurship Academy
Oana Gheorghiu
Co-founder | Daruieste Viata
Carmen Uscatu
Co-founder | Daruieste Viata
Dragoș Gheban
Managing Partner | Catalyst Solutions
Șerban Roman
Vice President, Country Director Romania | Enterprise Investors
Cristian Nacu
Senior Country Officer | International Finance Corporation
Franz Weiler
CEO, Uniqa Asigurări | President, Foreign Investors Council
Dan Balotescu
Managing Partner | Media Investment
Florian Nițu
Managing Partner | Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații
Horațiu Florescu
CEO | Knight Frank Ro
Dragoș Tuță
Founder & General Manager | The CSR Agency
Judging Procedure

The Jury:

  • Consists of top senior professionals representing the business community
  • Is to apply qualitative & quantitative assessments for each candidate based on the information they are given
  • Is assembled to nominate and vote the best representative for each category
  • Members of the jury cannot be nominated (as individuals)

The president of the jury, voted at the first Jury Meeting, will:

  • Cast the deciding vote in case of a tie
  • Have full access to all information submitted by the nominees (directly into the online platform)
  • Supervise the final voting process and scores

Judging process

  • Will consist of two stages (two Jury meetings and an online vote) as follows: a nomination stage – First Jury Meeting (January 2019) and a review stage (short listing – online vote on the eve of the Second Jury Meeting when the final vote is cast – February 2019)
  • Each member of the jury is responsible for their proposals and should nominate candidates which meet the eligibility requirements

The nomination stage:

  • The jury will assemble once for the nomination stage. For each category every member of the jury can propose up to 3 candidates. After the jury meeting, the proposed candidates will receive a standard form to fill in and submit before the second round of the judging process.
  • In case a jury member is representing a company that has been nominated for one or more categories he will not take part at the vote for that specific category (categories)
  • Any company who fits the eligibility requirements can submit an application (self-nomination) on the Business Review Awards event page (https://bit.ly/2SDojE0) or at events@business-review.eu until February 15

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least one-year performance history through to December 31st, 2018;
  • Have consistent and positive investment objectives over the past year in accordance with the judging criteria of the specific category they are applying for.

Shortlisting and final voting stage

All candidates will fill-in and submit a standard online form. These standard forms will be the support for the decision taken by the jury during the second meeting. If there are more than 3 nominees in one category, the jury will short list the top 3-5 by a ranking system previous agreed on, or simply using qualitative assessments.

Confidentiality

All information regarding the nominees is confidential and shall not be disclosed by the jury to the public or any other third party.

 

Vox Populi

We believe culture and arts have a crucial role in shaping us and in our well-being, therefore this year Business Review invites you to be a part of the voting process and choose your favorite initiative
that makes us proud to be Romanians.

BEST PROMOTER OF ROMANIA THROUGH ART

Nomination process

Step 1: Choose the category/categories that best fit/s your achievements or the company’s accomplishments.
*you can fill-in multiple online forms in different categories and the nomination process is free of charge

Step 2: Business Review team sends you an email describing the judging process and criteria and attaches the online as well as Word versions of the form for each of the selected categories. Submit your nomination, in English, and enter the competition by February 15!

Step 3: The Jury evaluates all submitted forms and makes a shortlist including 3 to 5 nominees that are the most successful in complying with the requirements. The short list will be announced on the website.

Step 4: The shortlisted nominees receive a VIP invitation to Business Review Awards Gala.

Step 5: The winners are awarded their prizes at the Gala in March 4, in the presence of more than 200 business leaders, officials, leading foreign investors, diplomats and entrepreneurs.

At its 14th edition, the Awards will celebrate 2018’s pacesetters in an intense competition evaluated by an independent jury which ensures the integrity and transparency of the judging process. The nominees for each category will undergo a judging process and the winners will be publicly announced and presented with their awards during the Gala ceremony on March 5, in the presence of Romania’s 200 top business community representatives.

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