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Investor Allstars 2018 shortlist announced

Investor Allstars shortlist celebrates the strength and velocity of Europe’s brightest stars in tech

London, 21 September 2018 – GP Bullhound and Growthbusiness have unveiled the shortlist for their 16th annual Investor Allstars Awards, to reveal an all-star cast of digital pioneers who are driving the growth of the European digital economy.

The Investor Allstars 2018 Awards ceremony will take place on 4 October at the Hilton, Park Lane, London, and will bring together the leading figures of Europe’s investment landscape, along with many of Europe’s most successful technology entrepreneurs and innovators. Tech magician and hacker Tom Webb will be the event’s keynote speaker, and Charlotte Hawkins will host the evening.

GP Bullhound’s Managing Partner, Manish Madhvani, commented: “This year’s shortlist features the brightest stars in the tech industry from across the continent – all of these companies are at the forefront of developments in the tech sector and demonstrate a high velocity and resilience, the key ingredients for success in Europe’s tech industry.”

Niki Dowdall, MD Events & Marketing at Bonhill Group plc commented: “The shortlist for the Investor Allstars Awards 2018 is more impressive than ever before. These companies embody the exceptional achievements of Europe’s digital economy and the future prospects for the trail-blazing tech talent.”

The Awards return during a landmark year for Europe’s tech community, with recent research from GP Bullhound indicating that the European technology ecosystem is generating an unprecedented number of billion-dollar businesses. 2017 marked the highest year of tech investment on record for European billion-dollar companies, with $20bn raised within Europe.

In the afternoon of 4 October, some of the most exciting technology companies in Europe will take part in the challenge to be crowned Europe’s Allstar Company of the Year. Egress, Mambu, OpenClassrooms, Partnerize, Topia and Volocopter will present their pitches before a panel of 40 high profile investors, which will vote to select the winner.

The Investor Allstars Awards 2018 are organised by GP Bullhound, the global technology advisory and investment firm, and GrowthBusiness.co.uk, a Bonhill plc publication specialising in providing information for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth business.

The event is sponsored by Orrick, Barclays, Berenberg, Bird&Bird, Calibre One, Cooley, Shoosmiths, Taylor Wessing and Withers Tech alongside a media partnership with WIRED.

INVESTOR ALLSTARS 2018 SHORTLIST

VC Fund of the Year
Accel
DN Capital
Draper Esprit
Eight Road Ventures
EQT Ventures
Felix Capital
Index Ventures
Lakestar
Northzone
Octopus Investments

Exit of the Year
Auto1 (DN Capital GVC II)
Creditcall (FPE Capital LLP)
Grapeshot (Albion)
Roku (Sky Ventures)
Shazam (DN Capital GVC I)
Spotify (Northzone V)
Third Bridge (Beringea)
Trustly (Bridgepoint Development Capital)

Growth & Buyout Fund of the Year
EQT Ventures
General Atlantic
Idinvest Partners
Livingbridge
Partech Growth
Synova Capital

Investor of the Year
Ed Lascelles – Albion Capital
Elodie Dupuy – Full In Venture Partners
Stephanie Hospital – OneRagtime
Frederic Court – Felix Capital
Nenad Marovac – DN Capital
Pär-Jörgen Pärson – Northzone
Simon Cook – Draper Esprit
Simon Menashy – MMC Ventures Ltd
Tom Bradley – Oxford Capital Ventures

Entrepreneur of the Year
Christian Faes – LendInvest
Dan Cobley – Blenheim Chalcot
Daniel Ek – Spotify
Greg Isbister – Blis
Jason Stockwood – Simply Business
Naren Shaam – GoEuro
Rob Pierre – Jellyfish

VCT of the Year
Albion Capital
Beringea
Downing
Foresight
Mobeus Equity Partners
Octopus Ventures

Seed Fund of the Year
Downing
High-Tech Gründerfonds
IQ Capital
LocalGlobe
Mercia Fund Managers
OneRagtime
RLC Ventures
Seedcamp
SyndicateRoom

Service Provider of the Year
Charles Russell Speechlys
Cooley
Fieldhouse Associates
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe)
Private Equity Recruitment
Shoosmiths
Squire Patton Boggs
Taylor Wessing
The Up Group
Withers Tech

Specialist Debt Provider of the Year
Barclays
Clydesdale Bank Growth Finance
Columbia Lake Partners
Investec
Kreos Capital
Silicon Valley Bank
TriplePoint Capital

Tech4Good
Big White Wall
OffGridBox
Open Bionics
Salary Finance
Soma Analytics
TechforTrade

Enquiries
For any enquiries, please contact investorallstars@gpbullhound.com, visit www.investorallstars.com or follow on Twitter @IASAwards

To book a place or a table at the awards, please contact Shane Ryan, Event Sales at Bonhill plc, Shane.ryan@bonhillplc.com,

About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound.

About Growthbusiness
GrowthBusiness is a business essential for today’s entrepreneur, featuring profile interviews with business leaders and serial entrepreneurs, how-to guides from Europe’s top venture capitalists, lawyers, accountants, bankers and alternative finance providers, as well as industry-leading reports on the biggest developments in the start-up world. The site features in-depth interviews, news and analysis of hot-button topics affecting the world of business today, from trends in fundraising and financial management, to leadership, productivity and workplace culture and inclusion. Growthbusiness.co.uk is a Bonhill plc website.