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The "Venture Investor" 2014 National Award is handed to the leaders of Russian venture capital industry



Winners of the "Venture Investor" 2014 National Award were named at the award ceremony which took place on October 14, 2014 within the Moscow International Forum "Open Innovations".

The "Venture Investor" National Award was founded by Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA) and RVC in 2014, and has been awarded to the leaders of the Russian venture capital industry – to the funds which show high class and culture of investment activity, establish professional standards of business practices and define key trends of the domestic venture capital industry’s development.

Selection of applicants for the Award took place in two stages. At the first stage, on the basis of analytical data, the funds with the highest indicators of activities evaluated by quantity and volumes of transactions and exits were selected from more than 200 venture funds which actively operated in the territory of Russia.

Then the Expert Jury including the Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Fursenko, the RVC CEO Igor Agamirzyan, the Almaz Capital Partners managing partner Alexander Galitsky, the President and co-chairman of Council of Skolkovo Foundation Victor Vekselberg, the Russian Private Equity Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriyev, the VTB Capital Asset Management CEO Natalia Plugar and others, defined nominees within internal discussion and secret ballot.

This year, Almaz Capital Partners, BVPEF, BVPEF III, BVPEF IV, Frontier Ventures, Guard Capital, I2BF Global Ventures, InVenture Partners, Runa Capital, Russia Partners, Softline Venture Partners, WEB Innovations, Bioprocess Capital Ventures, Finam, Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan, and Yakutia Venture Company were among the nominees of the Award.

The winners of the Award declared on October 14 at the award ceremony at the "Open Innovations" Forum became:

  • In the "Best Venture Transaction" nomination – I2BF Global Ventures.
  • In the "Best Exit" nomination – the funds of Baring Vostok group (BVPEF, BVPEF III, BVPEF IV)
  • In the "Best Venture Investor in Real Technologies" nomination – Bioprocess Capital Ventures.
  • In the "Best Regional Venture Fund" nomination – Investment and Venture Fund of the Republic of Tatarstan.
  • In the "Best Syndicated Venture Transaction" nomination – Frontier Ventures.
  • In the "Smartmoney" nomination – Russia Partners.

"We expect that a pool of qualified investors knowing and understanding nuances of the market, able to recognize and manage risks, will be created and constantly grow soon. The "Venture Investor" National Award is founded to define the leaders, the experience and qualification of which will become peculiar reference points for the already acting and new players", – noted Igor Agamirzyan, CEO of RVC.

"The Award will be annual, and we are planning to hold the award ceremony within the "Open Innovations" events. We hope that the Award will become the most authoritative action for definition of leaders of the Russian venture investments market. Care and impartiality of primary selection of nominees, and, also, high level of competence of the Expert Jury members – heads and founders of the largest Russian institutes of development, venture funds, the government officials of the highest rank who are defining innovative and investment climate in the country in general – will allow the "Venture Investor" National Award to become some kind of a "quality mark" defining standards of work in the venture capital market", – said Albina Nikkonen, the RVCA CEO.

About RVC

JSC RVC — the state fund of funds, institute of development of the Russian Federation, one of the key tools of the state in creation of national innovative system. Authorized capital of JSC RVC makes more than 30 billion rubles. 100% of the RVC capital belongs to the Russian Federation represented by Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (Rosimushchestvo). The total number of the funds created by JSC RVC comes to 15, their total size – 25.2 billion rubles. Share of JSC RVC – 15.7 billion rubles. The number of innovative companies invested by the RVC funds reaches 161. The total volume of the capital invested – 14.5 billion rubles.

About RVCA

Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA) – is the Russia's first professional organization uniting the leading players of the Russian private equity and venture capital market.

Activity of RVCA is directed at assistance to formation and development of the Russia’s private equity and venture capital market, stimulation of innovative activity and rise in competitiveness of the real sector of Russia’s economy.



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