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Winners of Investor AllStars Awards 2012 announced

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GP Bullhound and Vitesse Media reveal winners of prestigious awards, including the Investor of the Decade

LONDON, UK; 28th September 2012 – The winners of the Investor AllStars Awards 2012 were revealed last night in a ceremony at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, which was attended by over 500 entrepreneurs and the leading figures of Europe's venture capital and private equity communities. The ‘Oscars’ of the venture capital industry, the AllStars is an annual event organised by GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank and GrowthBusiness, a Vitesse Media website specialising in providing information for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises.

“The judges for this year’s AllStars had a harder job than ever before, analysing the achievements of the investor and entrepreneurial communities over the past ten years as well as the last twelve months,” said Manish Madhvani, chairman of the judging panel and managing partner, GP Bullhound. “Despite going through what has been one of the most challenging periods in history for the financial sector, the level of competition was extraordinary. It’s therefore with great pleasure that I congratulate each of our award-winners and those that were shortlisted on this remarkable success.”

2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the event and this year’s awards looked back at some of the most lucrative investments and exits of the decade, as well as the past twelve months; the pinnacle of which was the ‘Investor of the Decade’ award. This was won by Danny and Neil Rimer, Index Ventures, who beat off stiff competition from Mark Advani, ISIS Equity Partners; George Coelho, Good Energies; Alexander Galitsky, Almaz Capital; Nic Humphries, HgCapital; Yuri Milner, Digital Sky Technologies and Dr Jos B Peeters, Capricorn Venture Partners.

“The quality of this year’s award-winners reflects the excellence that we’re now seeing in the venture sector in Europe,” said Niki Baker, CEO, Vitesse Media. “AllStars 2012 was a magnificent night of celebration for a vibrant and deserving community and I congratulate the winners and all those who contributed to the last ten years of success in the venture industry.”

A full list of awards and winners is below:

Investor of the Decade
Winner: Danny and Neil Rimer, Index Ventures
Shortlisted: Mark Advani, ISIS Equity Partners; George Coelho, Good Energies; Alexander Galitsky, Almaz Capital; Nic Humphries, HgCapital; Yuri Milner, Digital Sky Technologies and Dr Jos B Peeters, Capricorn Venture Partners.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish of notonthehighstreet.com
Shortlisted: Alastair Crawford, 192.com; Jim Darragh, Zeus (SEP); the founders, Klarna; Mark Gerhard, Jagex; Rob Keve, Fizzback; Sheng Liang, cloud.com; Alicia Navarro, Skimlinks; Jonas Nordlander, Avito and Elena Masolova, Pixonic.

Service provider of the year
Winner: Silicon Valley Bank
Shortlisted: Bird & Bird; Brown Rudnick; Kreos Capital; Microsoft BizSpark; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; PER and SGH Martineau.

Venture capital fund of the year
Winner: SEP (Scottish Equity Partners)
Shortlisted: Advent Venture Partners, Fidelity Growth Partners, Gimv, Idinvest Partners, Index Ventures and Northzone.

Investor of the year
Winner: Frédéric Court - Advent Venture Partners
Shortlisted: Mark Advani / Adam Holloway - ISIS Equity Partners; Nic Brisbourne - DFJ Esprit; Mike Chalfen - Advent Venture Partners; Andrew Davison - Scottish Equity Partners; Davor Hebel - Fidelity Growth Partners; Danny Rimer - Index Ventures.

Exit of the year
Winner: Incitia Ventures / Algeta
Shortlisted: App-DNA – Foresight; App-DNA - Mobeus Equity Partners; Cloud.com - Index Ventures; Wiggle - ISIS Equity Partners; Zeus Technology - Scottish Equity Partners; Zong - Advent Venture Partners.

Growth / Buyout fund of the year
Winner: ISIS
Shortlisted: EQT Funds; Frog Capital; Inflexion; Investcorp Technology Partners.

VCT manager of the year
Winner: Mobeus Equity Partners
Shortlisted: Albion Ventures; British Smaller Companies; Downing; Foresight; Maven Capital Partners UK; Octopus Investments - Specialist Finance Team.

Private investor network of the year
Winner: Beer & Partners
Shortlisted: Braveheart Envestors; Enterprise 100; London Business Angels; MMC Ventures; Seedcamp.

Equity gap fund of the year
Winner: Fast Lane Ventures
Shortlisted: Eden Ventures; High-Tech Gründerfonds; IQ Capital; MMC Ventures; MTI; Nesta; NorthStar Equity Investors.
 
Cleantech fund of the year
Winner: Capricorn Cleantech Fund NV
Shortlisted: Frog Capital; Gimv; Innogy Venture Capital; Octopus Investments - Specialist Finance Team.
 
"Orrick is proud to support Investor AllStars in its 10th year and to sponsor the award for ‘Cleantech Fund of the Year’,” said Stephanie Bates, corporate partner, Orrick. “Congratulations to Capricorn Cleantech on its well-deserved win, which recognises the fund’s strong record of innovative investments and adding considerable value to those companies with which it works."

David Ward, Managing Partner of MTI Ventures, says: “Investors Allstars was founded back in 2002 to provide a way to celebrate innovation and the achievements of entrepreneurs, early stage businesses and their investors. A decade after MTI co-founded the event it is proud of its highly successful evolution and is delighted to be one of Investor Allstars longest serving supporters.”

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About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is a leading investment banking firm providing advice on mergers & acquisitions and institutional capital-raising to emerging growth companies in the Technology sector. The firm was established in 1999 and has a proven track record with over 120 completed M&A and Private Placement transactions on behalf of leading global entrepreneurs and business builders. The firm’s international team, comprised of some of the most experienced technology advisory professionals, together with its dedicated approach has helped establish its leading global position. GP Bullhound has strong domain expertise in the areas of Internet and Digital Media, Software and Services, CleanTech and Hardware, with a focus on providing pre-eminent advisory services to some of the best entrepreneurs, management teams and investors around the globe.

Vitesse Media
Vitesse Media is a multimedia business and offers award-winning publications, fast-growing websites, exciting events and much-acclaimed research. We are the leading specialists in growth businesses entrepreneurs and CEOs, their investors, advisers and suppliers. Vitesse Media is quoted on AIM.
www.vitessemedia.co.uk

GrowthBusiness
GrowthBusiness is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises. It offers a goldmine of practical information, insights and inspiration for established businesses which are achieving rapid expansion, helping them overcome obstacles to their growth and maximise their potential.
www.growthbusiness.co.uk