BR Awards 2020 | The shortlisted nominations. Celebrating the business champions of 2019

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 27/02/2020 | 17:18

The 15th edition of the Business Review Awards Gala is almost upon us. BR’s flagship event, which for the past 14 years has become one of the landmarks of the Romanian business community, will take place on March 2nd at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.


The Gala will include two musical acts from the Arpeggione Quartet and a surprise artistic experience centered on a Grand Piano from Steinway & Sons, where our guests will enjoy the works of such maestros as Ludwig van Beethoven, Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann.

Interested to join the Gala as an audience member? Book your place here.


The esteemed jury members have gathered up this week and reviewed over 100 nominations to select the shortlist in each of the nine categories of this year’s gala. Also, the jury members have put forward seven names for the Jury Award of the Year category, where you can still cast your vote until March 1st at 6 PM (Eastern European Standard Time | UTC +2). But for now, let’s get to know the shortlisted nominations and meet the seven outstanding personalities in the Jury Award of the Year category.


Jury members deliberating on the nominations and the Business Review team


  1. CSR initiative of the year
  • Bookster, for The magic of a library project;
  • Immofinanz, for supporting Hospice Casa Sperantei;
  • Vodafone Romania, for the renovation and modernization for a neonatal intensive care unit in the South-Eastern Region of Romania;
  • Coca-Cola HBC, for La TINEri este Puterea/YOUth Empowered;
  • The TOFLEA Foundation, for MINTE project (Măsuri Integrate pentru Reducerea Abandonului Școlar) and IDEAL project.


  1. Community Development Project of the year
  • Electrogrup, for Ghimbav – Brasov Airport project;
  • Immofinanz, for myhive;
  • One United Properties, for One Floreasca City;
  • Forte Partners, for Sector 0 Initiative;
  • Iulius, for Iulius Town Timisoara.


  1. Law Firm of the Year
  • Schoenherr si Asociatii SCA;
  • Stoica & Asociații;
  • RTPR Allen & Overy;
  • Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații;
  • Clifford Chance Badea.


  1. Innovator of the year
  • UiPath, for developing a low code, AI-powered hyperautomation platform;
  • Kinderpedia, for the smart tool created for educators, teachers and principals;
  • Arctic, for opening the first Industry 4.0 factory in Romania;
  • FintechOS, for the platform with embedded AI capabilities for the use of the customers;
  • Druid, for the AI-drive personal assistant;
  • Groupama Asigurari, for Video Assist, the smartphone app for registering claims;
  • Mindspace, a modern coworking center;
  • Vodafone, for the first live concert that integrated a live hologram, a world premiere;
  •, for Vola Rambursabil, an insurance service unique in Romania.


  1. Employer of the year
  • Banca Transilvania;
  • Genpact;
  • Groupama Asigurari;
  • Vodafone Romania;
  • Zitec.


  1. Acquisition of the year
  • Medlife, for buying 51 percent of the stake in Rózsakert Medical Center;
  • Vodafone Romania, for buying UPC Romania;
  • Abris, for buying Dentotal;
  • Innova Capital, for buying Optiplaza and Optical Network;
  • AFI, for buying NEPI’s office portfolio in Romania.


  1. Executive of the year
  • Fulga Dinu, Immofinanz;
  • Radu Savopol, 5 to go;
  • Mihai Marcu, MedLife;
  • Alexandru Lăpușan, Zitec;
  • Antonio Eram, Netopia Payments;
  • Iulian Dascalu, Iulius.


  1. Excellence in business
  • MedLife;
  • 5 to go;
  • Autonom;
  • Farmec;
  • Grampet Group;
  • Netopia Payments;
  • Zitec.


  1. Sustainability Plan of the Year
  • Biodeck, for biodegradable and compostable packaging;
  • Lidl Romania, for sustainable development goals;
  • Kaufland Romania, for the program to reduce single-use plastic bags;
  • Skanska Property Romania, for Equilibrium 1 office project;
  • Cooperativa de Energie, for making green energy.


  1. Jury Award of the Year
  • Daniel Dines, Founder and CEO of UiPath;
  • Chris Simion-Mercurian, director and writer;
  • Maria Lucia Hohan, designer & owner at MLH Creation Factory;
  • Valeriu Nicolae, Casa Buna;
  • Ana Maria Popescu (Branza), 2020 World Cup winner in Epee singles;
  • Iulian Rotariu, Romanian firefighter who won the 220-km Ultra Africa Race;
  • Tudor Giurgiu, film director.


Facts & Figures from the previous editions

  • 14 Editions of BR Awards;
  • Over 120 Honorable Jury Members;
  • Over 550 of Romania’s most inspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, companies and initiatives in the spotlight;
  • More than 2,100 representatives of Romania’s business elite.
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