As the 13th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR magazine’s flagship event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the business community, will take place on March 5, we want to put the spotlight on the 11 categories from which the independent jury will select the winners for their exceptional performance in 2017.


In 2017, Alexandru Geamanu and Laurentiu Banescu were named Entrepreneurs of the Year for developing their craft beer brand Bere Zaganu.

“I would like to thank everybody who drank our beer (…) and one last thing – exactly four years ago, on this very date, we signed a contract and we brought this brewing facility and we started dreaming of building an authentic Romanian brand,” said Geamanu, the winner of last year’s Gala.

Last year, the company opened in Bucharest its first craft beer bar in a bid to support the further development of the business. The beer maker recorded a turnover of RON 3.5 million. It controls a production plant near Valenii de Munte.

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More about the category

This award recognizes the entrepreneurial efforts and achievements of a local business person who has managed to develop a successful regional or national business, looking either at the innovative nature of the business started or at the growth parameters and the created value.

How are the nominees judged?

The jury takes into account the following criteria before making a decision:

Development of the business over the years

Unique characteristics of the business

Results achieved against investment and the overall industry

Look at the ethics and values exemplified in the business

The added value of his/her business on the market

The effort made to support and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs

This year’s jury

Marius Ghenea, Partner, 3TS Capital | Jury President

Florian Nițu, Managing Partner, Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații

Fady Chreih, CEO, Regina Maria

Serban Roman, Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors

Anca Harasim, Executive Director, AmCham

Cristian Sporiș, Vice President, Raiffeisen Bank

Marius Ștefan, CEO, Autonom

Maria Tudor, Chief Media Officer and Business Development Lead, CEE, Publicis One

Dan Petre, Partner, D&D Research

Cătălina Rousseau, CEO, BDR Associates

Dan Nechita, Co-Founder & President, Smart Everything Everywhere


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