November 25, 2020
AS COBIN Angels, we are dedicated to changing this situation which is why since 2018 we have been presenting the Business Angel of the Year (BAY) award for the most notable private investors. The special Award Committee selects the laureates out of the nominations and recommendations submitted by other business angels, entrepreneurs, and startup founders.
Now, we are once again asking the investment and startup community to name the leading angel investors of this year.
To nominate a business angel for the award, please fill in the form HERE. The deadline for recommending candidates is January 17th, 2021.
The perfect candidate for the award should be:
The BAY Award is presented in three categories:
In the previous years, out of the numerous nominations we received, the Award Committee selected candidates that distinguished themselves with business acumen, courage in taking risks, and dedication to working alongside startup founders as equal partners. They were:
2019 - Wojciech Kostrzewa, CEO of Billon
Wojciech Kostrzewa is the CEO of Billon, a fintech company specializing in blockchain technology. Before, Wojciech spent 28 years building large banking and media companies. He worked as the CEO of the media conglomerate ITI Group and banks Polski Bank Rozwoju and BRE Bank (today mBank). He also managed the activities of Commerzbank in Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Polish Business Roundtable, the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of ERGO Hestia, and the member of the board of directors of Stadler Rail and the supervisory board of Canal+ Polska.
2018 - Dawid Urban, Co-founder of CHIC Group
Dawid Urban is a business angel, entrepreneur, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He co-created the CHIC Group and its e-Smoking World brand, currently a part of the British American Tobacco group. Dawid is also an owner and co-owner of several companies, including well-known clothing brands (e.g. Local Heroes, Sugarfree). Initiator and co-founder of Take & GO autonomous chain stores.
The 2020 Business Angel of the Year award will be presented during a ceremony in mid-February. Depending on the pandemic conditions, the event will be held either virtually or in a hybrid format at the CIC Warsaw campus in the newly opened Varso Place complex.
The nomination form is also available below.