About CEE-Released

Nominate your company until June 12 and win a an exclusive invitation to the EBAN Annual Congress 2018, on June 25-27th in Sofia, Bulgaria. You will have the unique opportunity to represent your country, elected as the MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANY and the future builder of the regional economy.

The goal of the annually organized CEE-Released project is to carry out a search for and to expose as well as train the best CEE-based companies that may be classified as early stage, growth and scale ups companies, representing various sectors of the economy and operating on local or international markets.

CEE-Released will enhance and increase the chances and opportunities for the companies participating in the program to grow their businesses, to implement winning strategies and to open or broaden the access to financing. CEE-Released will focus on enabling the companies to have access to financing through equities (provided by public markets’ investors, private equity and venture capital funds, business angels and HNWI), as well as financing through debt instruments, especially provided by private debt funds and individual investors.

Qualifications are now available in selected CEE countries where EBAN is active, which includes: Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldovia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In 2017, EBAN Annual Congress took place in Malaga, Spain. It gathered over 500 attendees from 46 countries across the world. Undoubtedly, this will be a huge occasion to meet and learn from key market players as well as great opportunities of access to capital.


April ’18
June ’12
25-27 June ’18
July – December ’18

April ’18


start of the Nomination phase
4 weeks

June ’12

End of Nominations phase
Review of the participants by the local Nomination Committees
Qualification to the next stage
shortlisting of 15 local finalist by the Jury

25-27 June ’18

Galas & Awards
National Galas: Announcement of the 15 local finalists
Award Gala: 26 June 2018  in Sofia, Bulgaria – Reward of the CEE-Released champions

July – December ’18

Attracting Capital
Strategy & Innovation
Audit & Accounting
Corporate Governance
Brand Identity
Life of a company having investors

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From the CEE-Released Organisers

CEE-Released will offer to CEE businesses a better recognition and exposure to international, diversified flows of capital, through extensive program covering what investors and markets nowadays pay attention to, that is compliance, standards, transparency and relationship management.

Zuzanna Kurek, Co-Founder & Partner Cornerstone Communications www.cornerstone-comm.pl

As a leading Europe’s network of early stage investors, we see in the CEE-Released concept, which is to be developed in one of the most dynamically growing business areas of the world, a great contribution to building on economic ecosystems. This is a visionary project, that will bring advantages in the field of business development, based on values such as corporate governance, financial transparency and access to capital”

Candace Johnson, President of EBAN www.eban.org

We want to prove, through CEE-Released, that the winning horses are those who are well prepared, open-minded and searching every day for an opportunity to grow and develop, both personally and professionally. We want to provide this value to participating companies and to business professionals supporting the program.

Ludwik Sobolewski, Co-Founder & Partner Cornerstone Communications www.cornerstone-comm.pl

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About EBAN

European Business Angels Network is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 197 member organisations in 59 countries around the world. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 9,9 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.

Cornerstone Communications

Cornerstone Communications is the first CEE-focused investor relations business, a capital market agency, market valu enhancer and regional internationalizer. The company is dedicated to providing services in the area of investor relations (IR), shareholder engagement, capital markets PR and arranging capital market partnerships between companies and investors. Heartquarted in Bucharest and Warsaw, present throughout the CEE region.



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