Poland shows its strength at Emerging Europe Awards in London

Awards ceremony at the Emerging Europe Leaders’ Meeting & Awards 2019 Photo Credit: Emerging Europe
At the 2nd Emerging Europe Awards, which took place at the EBRD HQ in London, Polish entries won an impressive number of the event’s distinctive trophies.

LUG, the Zielona Gora-based lighting systems producer, was named as the CEE region’s Global Champion of the Year, an award which recognises companies who strengthened their operations outside the region in 2018, organically or through acquisition.

The City of Warsaw beat all other cities in the region to Business-Friendly City of the Year.

Praga Koneser Center won Best Urban Renewal Project for the transformation of the former Warsaw Vodka Factory in the Praga district of the capital city into a business and cultural centre, with Poland’s Holo4Labs – a company which implements and customizes services for individual needs of laboratories – taking the title of Innovation Initiative of the Year.

Insignes Lab, a start-up from Poland specialising in the development of novel antimicrobial components, which can be used in several products to make a safer and cleaner environment, was named the Social Impact Start-Up of the Year.

Michał Łupkowski, International Relationship Director at LUG Light Factory, (right) accepted the award on behalf of the company.

The winners were selected by an international jury from a total of 949 applications, representing all 23 countries of emerging Europe, 120 companies and organisations, spread across 12 categories. In addition, 23 investment promotion agencies and 75 cities have been included in two research projects: the Investment Promotion Report and the Business-Friendly City Perception Index.

Ryszard Wtorkowski, President of the Board at LUG S.A. Capital Group, said: “Internationalisation is one of three pillars of our development strategy for 2017-2021. Being named Global Champion of the Year by Emerging Europe’s jury of international experts is a clear sign that we are getting closer to our strategic vision of becoming the international leader of innovative lighting solutions. This award is the success and effect of the work of our team of 700 professionals who, thanks to their skills and commitment, improve our position on the international arena on an everyday basis.”

Partners' & Media Breakfast with (Right - Left): Richard Stephens, Founder and Editor, Poland Today; Adrian Bridge, Journalist, The Telegraph; Craig Turp-Balazs, Editor-in-Chief, Emerging Europe; Kasia Madera, Presenter, BBC World News; Samuel Burke, Business & Technology Correspondent, CNN Business

Other notable awards included ‘The Professor Günter Verheugen Remarkable Achievement Award’, which went to Alex Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, and Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of North Macedonia, for resolving the long-running name dispute of what is now North Macedonia, while The Princess Marina Sturdza Remarkable Achievement Award went to Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank. 

Vilnius took home the City FDI Promotion Strategy of the Year, beating Poznań and Debrecen (Hungary) into 2nd and 3rd place respectively, and Invest Lithuania won the National Investment Promotion Agency of the Year for the second year running. “There has been some improvement over the past year,” said Andrew Wrobel, Emerging Europe’s founding partner, strategy and content. “This year, the best IPA scored 72.4 out of 100, up from 67.6 in 2018, and the top five IPAs scored over 50. Ten agencies improved their position in the ranking. However, the five IPAs at the bottom of the list all scored below 20 points, less than the lowest-ranked agency in 2018. The most worrying factor is that fewer agencies responded to enquiries from the investor who teamed up with us to carry out the research. The most promising one is that IPAs see the benefits of automating certain procedures.”

Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of North Macedonia was the joint winner of
The Professor Günter Verheugen Remarkable Achievement Award

See more photos and the full list of winners on the Emerging Europe Awards website.

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