Last Year’s Winners
THE BEST GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH EAST EUROPE
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Republic of Kosovo
Kosovo is the biggest reformer in South East Europe in terms of helping start-ups, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report Index. Kosovo has jumped to 13th place in the world in the start-up category, moving up from 47th place in just one year. It has relaxed the bureaucratic procedures, simplified its tax system, and has one of the lowest tax rates in Europe, with a 10% income tax and 0% tax on dividends.
THE BEST ANGEL INVESTOR OF THE WORLD 2016
Peter Cowley, Super Angel, UK
‘’Over the last 7 years, I have invested in over 55 companies, with 5 failures and 5 returning cash to shareholders. Although I am nowhere near having as much cash out as I’ve invested, based on standard VC rules, I am sitting on a 3X value increase, which looks likely to be 4X later in 2017. I have stated publicly that if I get just £1 more back than the total amount I invested, the journey will have been worthwhile because of the satisfaction, enjoyment and learning I derive from the process.’’
THE BEST CEOPRENEUR OF THE WORLD 2016
Paul Doany, Chief Executive Officer of Türk Telekom, Turkey
‘’Entrepreneurship is a way of life, whether one is capable of investing or not. It involves a combination of insatiable creativity and a fearless willingness to take risks, but with a balancing wisdom to ensure a realisable reward across the full range of risk activities. Such CEOs are the kind you find on the front line in their company’s battles. I have always encouraged the people working around me to embrace risk. I firmly believe risk-taking will be increasingly important in the future, knowing that companies have to change faster than ever before, which means the paradigm must change.” Paul Doany
THE BEST FINTECH INVESTOR OF THE WORLD 2016
Alastair Lukies, UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech, UK
Alastair Lukies is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion of the UK’s global FinTech industry. He founded Monitise in 2003, and three years later, the company was recognised as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, he led the company’s demerger from Morse and its listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1,500 staff on four continents.
THE BEST GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE WORLD
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Investment, Support and Promotion Agency, Turkey
The Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) is tasked with encouraging and supporting investments that are needed for the further economic development of Turkey. It is the first government investment agency in the world to take angel investment and cross-border investments onto its agenda.
The Best Woman Leader in Globally Engaging The Early Stage Investment within
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of the World 2016
Candace Johnson, President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN)
Candace Johnson is the co-initiator of SES/ASTRA and SES Global, the world’s pre-eminent satellite group. She is also the founding president of Europe Online Investments S.A., the world’s first internet-based online service and satellite broadband network and founder of Loral Cyberstar-Teleport Europe, Europe’s first independent private trans-border satellite communications network. Ms Johnson is also founding president of the Association of Telecommunications and Value-Added Service Providers (VATM), the Association of Private Telecom Operators in Germany, and the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN).