BR Awards Gala 2017: Let’s meet the finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year award | The story of last year’s winner

Newsroom 23/02/2017 | 10:47

As the 12th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR magazine’s flagship event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the business community, will take place on February 27, we want to put the spotlight on the 10 categories and finalists that were selected by the independent jury for their exceptional activity in 2016.

For BR Awards 2017, the jury looked at over 100 nominees and selected 43 companies, entrepreneurs and executives that will compete for a trophy.

Learn how to book your place at the Gala

The Entrepreneur of the Year category awards the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business, looking either at the innovative nature of the business started or at the growth parameters and the created value.

The story of Dan Isai – the winner of the previous edition

Dan Isai Salad Box

Dan Isai, one of the four founders of food company Salad Box, won in this category after his company had increased the number of locations by 35 percent and had registered a boost in turnover in 2016.

Last year, the entrepreneur rolled out a new fast-food brand called Pep&Pepper and Isai was also looking to launch a new coffee shop chain.

 

The finalists were selected by an independent jury based on the following criteria:

Development of the business over the years

Unique characteristics of the business

Results achieved against investment and the overall industry

Look at the ethics and values exemplified in the business

The added value of his/her business on the market

The finalists of this category are:

Daniel Truica – Vola.ro

Ioan Iacob – Qualitance

Laurentiu Banescu and Alexandru Geamanu – Bere Zaganu

Radu Savopol – 5 To Go

Teodor Blidarus – Softelligence

The jurors of BR Awards 2017

  • 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 Capital
  • 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
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