The CEE Capital Markets & FinTech Awards aims to recognize listed firms and top investors – and the full ecosystem of support such as international brokers, bankers, lawyers, IR professionals, and auditors – for their contribution to the development of CEE’s capital markets.

In 2018, we are expanding our Awards in 2 directions:

a) We will include not only publicly-traded companies but also private companies backed by PE/VCs and promising young companies with high-growth potential. These companies will be from a wide range of sectors, from FinTech to xTech and old-economy companies.

b) Matching Investors with Companies. Our aim is to connect great companies with smart money. Focusing on 3 stages (Start-Ups; Expansion Stage; Undiscovered Gems), we see the need to match Great Companies with Smart Institutional Investors – and help provide capital through the full life-cycle of the company.

Consequently, we have additional Awards categories and a daytime Summit Agenda that connects a Limited number (VIP Invitation only and pre-screened) of high-potential companies with international, institutional investors (with primary focus on US, Germany, UK, and Scandinavia)

Break-out Sessions and Matchmaking:

a) StartUp Pitches: 25 brilliant or brash business ideas (for those looking for 100,000 euro to 500,000 euro). (Companies must be pre-approved.)

b) “Expansion or Next Stage”: 15 revenue-generating companies in next stage of financing (Euro 500,000 -5,000,000) with 15 minutes to pitch their idea. (Companies must be pre-approved.)

c) “Undiscovered Gems” – 9 Publicly-listed companies have 25 minutes to present their case to institutional fund managers (disruptive business models, unique advantages of CEE-based companies, and overlooked niches in CEE). (Companies must be pre-approved).

With both local and international media organizations present, the CEE Capital Markets Connect Awards promotes the opportunities of CEE’s capital markets to a broader market of American and western European institutional investors, pension funds, family offices, and hedge funds.

More than 250 guests are expected at this 4th annual Awards, including top management of listed companies in the CEE region and international, institutional investors – and a large new group of PE investors and private companies.

The evening will begin with cocktail reception in the ballroom foyer. Dinner and award presentations will take place in the main ballroom.

3 Aims of the Summit and Awards:

“We have 3 main goals in organizing these Awards”, said Thom Barnhardt, organizer of the CEE Capital Markets Connect Awards. “First, we want to encourage more global investor attention on the CEE region – stretching from the Baltics to the Black Sea – with its more-dynamic economies than western Europe – to attract more global investors to the region’s great companies. Secondly, we want to highlight top entrepreneurs and managers creating and building great companies.”

The third goal is to connect Great Companies with smart Insitutional investors via our daytime “Connect” Summit. We see the need to match CEE-based companies with International Investors.



CEE Capital Markets Connect Awards distinguishes top public companies listed in Central Eastern Europe – and fast-growing PE/VC-backed Private companies.

The 4th annual CEE Capital Markets Connect Summit & Awards Gala will be held 12 September, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, highlighting BOTH publicly-listed and PE/VC-backed companies who are leading the dynamic and fast-paced changes in the CEE region’s capital markets sector. Last year, a total of 126 Nominations were received from Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The final Short-List included 83 leading companies, who competed for the top-prize in 17 categories.

In addition to Poland, international guests attending were from UK, US, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Japan, UAE, Israel, Romania, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Belarus.

CEE Capital Markets & FinTech Awards 2018

Date: 12 September 2018

8:00 – 14:00 CEE Capital Markets & FinTech Summit

8:00 – 9:15 Registration and light networking breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 KeyNote Speaker
9:30 – 10:15 VIP Panel: Raising capital in CEE – versus non-CEE options
10:15 – 10:45 Coffees and Networking
10:45 – 12:30 Matching Investors with Companies. Break-out Sessions (By Invitation Only), focusing on 3 stages of a company capital raising: Start-Ups (25); Expansion Stage (15); and Undiscovered Gems (9).
12:30 – 14:00 VIP Invitation-only Networking Luncheon.

18:30-20:00 Opening VIP cocktails
20:00-22:00 Three-course dinner, and Awards presentation
22:00-23:30 Wine Tastings, closing cocktails and entertainment


Short Listed Companies