Warsaw, Poland – The London-based think tank Emerging Europe, which aims at fostering the economic and social development of the CEE region, has announced the names of the 120 companies, organisations and individuals who have been nominated for its 2019 awards. Once again confirming the country’s status as Europe’s growth champion, Poland leads the way with 33 nominations, while Hungary has seven, the Czech Republic five, and Slovakia two.
“We have been working with the countries of emerging Europe for a number of years now and we have already learned that there are great initiatives carried our in each of our countries,” said Andrew Wrobel, founding partner at Emerging Europe.
The Emerging Europe Leaders’ Meeting & Awards is an initiative aimed at showcasing the best of the CEE and to “promote the values of vision, empowerment and leadership”. Selected from a total of almost 1,000 applicants, the 120 nominees of this second edition come from all of the 23 countries which make up the region.
Winners will be announced as part of the Emerging Europe Leaders’ Meeting and Awards, which will take place on 27-28 June at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. There are 17 awards categories in total. Each winner will receive a trophy representing the 23 countries, specially designed by Barbara Szőke and Bálint Szalai, two Hungarian arts students from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, who won the Emerging Europe Awards Trophy Contest last year.
Poland leads the nominations
Mercedez Benz in Poland and Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia have been nominated in the best FDI Project of the Year category, which assessed investment projects which have had a positive impact on the country in which they have been implemented. Poland also has the Adamed Group, CCC, Grupa Nowy Styl, LUG and Wielton, along with the Czech Republic’s PPF Group, nominated for the Global Champion Award, as well as Itaka and Mokate, nominated for the Regional Champion Award, alongside Hungary’s OTP Bank and the Czech Republic Sazska Group.
The Polish municipalities of Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Sosnowiec and Wrocław, recently named best and most reputable city in Poland, as well as the Hungarian city of Debrecen have all been nominated for the best City FDI Promotion Strategy Award. #visitPoland and Hungary’s Spice of Europe, Budapest, have also been nominated in the the Best Tourism Campaign category.
In the Social Impact Start-Up category open to start-ups whose purpose is to improve people’s lives, we find the Czech Republic’s CoPlay, as well as Genomtec, Holoroad, and Insignes Lab from Poland. Young entrepreneurs from Poland – Olga Grudniak, Mateusz Hołda and Marek Materek – as well as Ondřej Kania from the Czech Republic are also among the nominees for the Young Influencer category, which is open to young people, no older than 30 years old, who influenced society in their community, country or in the wider region, for the better.
The first edition of the Emerging Europe Leaders’ Meeting & Awards attracted almost 600 applicants, made over four million social media impressions and was attended by more than 350 participants, according to the Emerging Europe website.