September 29, 2021

Nominations for Business Angel of the Year 2021 awards!

Nominations for the 2021 Business Angel of the Year Award are now open!

With new unicorns and soonicorns emerging, the year 2021 is proving to be exceptional for the Polish startup scene. An increase in funding and number of startups shows that the ecosystem is more dynamic and robust than ever. It would be impossible to achieve this without the support of business angels - private investors, who use their experience, money, and networks to help startups reach new levels.

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 perfect candidate for the award should be:

  • a serial private investor dedicated to expanding their portfolio with diverse enterprises
  • a supporter and mentor committed to the development and growth of startups under their wing
  • an experienced entrepreneur or manager willing to share their know-how and contacts
  • an ambassador of angel investment in Poland focused on propagating early-stage private funding

The BAY Award is presented in four categories:

  • Business Angel of the Year - for the most prominent angel investor in 2021,
  • Debutant of the Year - for the best first-time investor,
  • Ecosystem Award - presented by the startup community for the most supportive business angels,
  • Venture Award by VCLeaders - recognizing the VC fund standing out for their co-investments with business angels and ecosystem-building activities.

Each of the Business Angel of the Year Awards' laureates is a serial investor, dedicated to expanding their portfolio with diverse enterprises, as well as bringing value and supporting the development and growth of startups under their wing. 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: Paweł Kastory (2020), Marcin Tchórzewski (2020, Debutant), Paweł Zylm (2020, Ecosystem Award), Wojciech Kostrzewa (2019), Dawid Urban (2018).

 To nominate, click HERE.