project - an initiative by EFER in collaboration with IESE Business
School (Barcelona) and the Warsaw School of Economics - aims to
identify entrepreneurs who have built innovative
growth companies that are born and located in Central & Eastern
Europe and Russia and who successfully expanded into international
We want to honor those entrepreneurs
and also initiate a case writing process to develop relevant local
entrepreneurship teaching materials and a book, because experience
around the world has shown, that entrepreneurship education is most
impactful and successful when young people learn from role models that
they can identify with.
Central and Eastern Europe has some
great entrepreneurial talent and while a number of people were able to
set up remarkable firms, many more of them are needed. Especially those
that are willing and able to grow beyond their countries' own national
borders and be competitive in an increasingly global world.
Entrepreneurship education will play a crucial role in every country's
future ability to develop new generations of capable entrepreneurs that
are inspired to start new international ventures.
project has gone through a multi-stage nomination and selection
process. Sourcing of potential candidates and companies was made
through the EFER alumni network, private, governmental, and academic
partners and networks in the entrepreneurship and business ecosystem.
This was followed by data exploration from different sources in the
We have received more than 100 nominations
from many highly qualified candidates from: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, East Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and
Entrepreneurs have been selected by a prestigious
selection committee composed of leading figures from the academic and
business communities, ensuring a sufficient level of diversity with
regard to countries, industries, topics, growth phases, challenges,
internationalization strategies, etc.
selected 25 entrepreneurs were honoured at the Entrepreneurs Gala on
21st July 2011 in Warsaw, Poland