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GP Bullhound Summit:PARIS & Media Momentum Awards

Paris, 16 May 2014

GP Bullhound announces the winners of Media Momentum Awards

GP Bullhound hosts GP Bullhound Summit:PARIS, an invitation-only event hosting 100 of the leading entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the European digital scene.

JustEat, Switch Concepts, CLX Networks, BlaBlaCar, Fetch, and Shopcade have all walked away with awards at GP Bullhound’s 11th annual Summit and Media Momentum Awards, which recognise the leading companies in the digital economy. The 2014 invitation-only event took place in Paris.

A prominent event in the technology calendar, the Summit is attended by a select group of 100 CEO’s and entrepreneurs from some of the most interesting companies in the European digital economy. The daytime event saw talks from JB Rudelle founder of Criteo, Bernard Liautaud founder of Business Objects, Tom Bedecarre chairman of AKQA, and head of Twitter Europe Ali Jafari, as well as debates around critical developments in the digital economy, the coolest apps, latest ground-breaking technologies, key trends and gazing into the future looking at robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. In the evening, guests attended the Media Momentum gala, where the award winners were announced.

The awards, hosted by GP Bullhound, have become the top league table for Europe’s fastest-growing digital companies. This year’s categories were:

- Fastest revenue grower of the year, won by Switch Concepts
- Fastest revenue grower of the year, larger company, won by CLX Networks
- Fastest earnings grower of the year, won by Fetch
- Most innovative company, won by BlaBlaCar
- Media Momentum entrepreneur of the year, won by David Buttress, CEO JustEat
- Judges’ award, presented to JustEat
- Coolest app, won by Shopcade

"The Summit and Media Momentum Awards are a celebration of Europe’s growing technology sector. The Summit is designed to inspire, with some of the most brilliant minds in Europe coming together to debate and discuss the issues of the sector,” said Manish Madhvani, Managing Partner at GP Bullhound and Media Momentum judge. “We are seeing a fundamental shift in the size and quality of technology companies in Europe. True global leaders and companies being valued at more than one billion dollars are now common events.”

The Summit and Awards take place in a different tech hotspot each year. The event is free, run as not-for-profit and financed by GP Bullhound and a small group of companies wishing to support entrepreneurship in Europe. Sponsors for 2014 included Berenberg, London Stock Exchange, Olswang, Invus, Scottish Equity Partners, Barclays, MTGx, Gimv, TeleCity Group, Frog, Idinvest, NasdaqOMX, Harbert European Growth Capital Fund, General Atlantic and Mutual Benefits.

About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high net worth individuals.

Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for many category leaders, most recently selling Pozitron to Monitise, Pure360 to SEP, Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture.

In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Advisers of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards, and Manish Madhvani, a Founding Partner of GP Bullhound, was named as the winner of the fourth annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Award.

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GP Bullhound Summit:Paris 2014 Program

Once a year GP Bullhound invites the top 100 stars of the digital economy to the GP Bullhound Summit. This event is by invitation only and open to entrepreneurs and CEOs. In 2014 we spent an awesome day and evening together at Palais de Tokyo in the flourishing Internet hotbed of Paris.


In May 2014 we took the event to Paris, one of the major European hubs for Internet startups. You will be impressed by the quality of the companies in 2014's Media Momentum league tables listing the fastest growing and most promising companies in the European digital media economy.


Who attended? Meet the fastest growing digital companies in Europe and other decision makers. The winners of the Media Momentum Awards were revealed in Paris during the awards ceremony on 15 May 2014.


"Thanks for such a superb evening! This was the most impressively organized awards event I’ve attended, and it was a real pleasure to meet such a vibrant and successful group of individuals."

Paul Hartigan, CEO, PharmiWeb Solutions

"Manish, Fantastic event – just what the sector needs."

Seb Bishop, Founder , eSpotting

"Thanks so much for our invite to the wonderful event today. We will celebrate being on the radar screen in your wonderful new media awards. Congratulations on a very successful event!"

Karen Hanton, Managing Director,

"Thank you again for kindly including us in your Top 50 and for hosting an entertaining event. The PR on Media Week's website today is great for the event and for us. Hopefully we'll be back again next year!"

Andrew Troullides, Managing Director, Optimad Media Systems

"I personally thank you very much for including me last night and congratulate your team for having put together such a tasteful, fun and effective event. Well done! Great group of people - enjoyed meeting so many of them that I did!"

Suzanne Aaronson, Founder, Suzanne's Files

"It was an amazing night, thanks so much!"

Mark Charkin, Head of Sales & Marketing, Vice President, Bebo

"Quick thank you for last night, excellent event and very professionally managed. I met a number of great contacts who have already provoked positive strategic thoughts."

Ashley Harrison, MediaFed

"I’d just like to thank you and all the team at GP Bullhound for an excellent event, I thoroughly enjoyed your hospitality and the chance to meet some of the industries key people."

Craig Lister, Jellyfish

"I just wanted to say how delighted I was to have been one of the sponsors for MM in Barcelona. You pulled off a great event. Having the full day can be difficult but you kept it lively and varied and it made the dinner start with all the attendees ready to enjoy the evening."

Richard Brass – Schroders Private Banking

"Thank you for an outstanding time in Barcelona. I feel very inspired by the event. Well done to your team."

Chris Whitelaw – I Spy Marketing

"It was a real pleasure to come to the event!! Thanks for having me over. Really enjoyed. Great crowd!!"

Jose Marin – IG Expansion

"Many many thanks for including me. A super event! A big success, people will remember a great and unique setting."

John Meeks – TA Associates

"Thank you all for another wonderful event. It was a thoroughly stimulating and enjoyable day (and evening!), again filled with inspirational and dynamic characters from our industry.(2012) A huge thank you to all at GP Bullhound - from Hugo & the team at InSkin Media

It was a first-class event, great people, a stunning venue and brilliantly organised.  Thank you all.(2011)"

Hugo Drayton – InSkin Media

"… it was a terrific event and a highly impressive line-up of exciting entrepreneurs. All-in-all, more reasons to keep up the momentum and make it on the list of fastest growing companies in 2012 or 2013..."

Andreas Bodczek – SponsorPay

"THANK YOU for organising such an excellent event, it was very valuable to us and thoroughly enjoyable!"

Charles Wiles – VisualDNA

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for organising what was definitely the best event I have been to. The people you assembled and the general vibe of the day and evening was really great to be part of. We met some wonderful people and were really inspired to have such great feedback for what we are doing."

Alex Willcock – VisualDNA

"Thank you for a great event. It was really good for connecting with all the interesting people and I already see a lot of new great business opportunities for Starlounge."

Hans Becker - Starlounge

"I had a wonderful time and it was a really well run event!"

Chris Whitelaw–I Spy Marketing

"It was a really good event, thank you! Invitation much appreciated."

Mark Curtis – Flirtomatic

"Thanks for a good event."

Hjalmar Winbladh – Rebtel

"Thank you.  Please pass on my thanks to the team and also congratulations on a well-run, interesting event, with great mix of people."

Gareth Williams – Skyscanner

"Great event with an excellent turn out!"

Pascal Gauthier – Criteo

"I just wanted to briefly thank you -- it has been a truly outstanding event and experience, with great attendees, drinks and conversations (not sure if this is the right order of importance, though :). As always a pleasure to have been part of it."

Marcus Polke – Acton Capital Partners

"This was a great event!"

Nils-Holger Henning, Bigpoint

"It was a great experience – not only were the daytime discussions hugely inspiring and insightful, but it was a privilege to mingle with such a great crowd of people. A great event, all in all, and the location was stunning. Needless to say we are delighted with the award (which we are showing to anyone who’ll look!)"

Sophie Cornish – notonthehighstreet

"Great pleasure and much credit to you all for an excellent organisation."

Mark Sebba – NET-A-PORTER

"Thank you it was an honour to be on the panel and great to meet all the ambitious entrepreneurs. Nice to see that Europe can foster such an excellent breed of technology companies."

Mans Hultman – Qlik Technology

"I thought the event was excellent, it's quite rare for me to say so as with the ever increasing frequency of events most disappoint. Calibre of attendees was the most pleasing and I did receive some excellent feedback. I look forward to attending in the future as a company under consideration and not one of potential."

David Rose – We R Interactive

"Thanks so muchfor a brilliant event. I enjoyed every minute of it!"

Kate Burns - Accelerate

"Thanks for organizing this very interesting event!"

Reinout Dijkstra, ticketscript

"Big thanks for the greatest day of my life! The event was professional in every detail, great people, fantastic speeches, party, everything!"

Niklas Adalberth, Klarna

"Thanks for organising such a great event!"

Rob Jonas, inmobi

"Thank you for inviting me to the GP Bullhound Summit in Berlin. I found it a really interesting day and it was great to catch up on lots of digital happenings from all over Europe, as well as making some useful contacts."

Sarah Jordan, Oxfam

"It was a fantastic event. I met tons of interesting people and really enjoyed the content."

Andy Coker, Infectious Media

"Many thanks to GP Bullhound for the opportunity of presenting our company to such a qualitative event. I was very glad to meet fellow entrepreneurs, and actors of the european e-commerce sphere."

Guillaume Paoli, Aramis Auto

"Thanks for the invitation and it was a fantastic event! There were many great conversations with many interesting people"

Andy Chen, Preview Networks

"Thank you Per and Manish, a really fun yet also stimulating and thought provoking day. I can se why GP Bullhound has the excellent reputation it does."

Bernard Howard, Vive Unique

"Stort tack för fantastisk dag och kväll. Skall bli skönt när huvudvärken lägger sig senare ikväll..."

Jacob de Geer - iZettle

"Thanks again for having us along to a great event. It was another fantastic group of people. In particular, all of the entrepreneurs I spoke to felt it was a really special and unique event and were really grateful to you and the team for putting it on."

Stephen Lowery - Frog Capital

"Thank you very much for a great summit. It was good to speak to other experienced entrepreneurs. I really enjoyed it and it was highly useful - a lot of great connections came up."

Anders Ibsen - Atosho

"It was a great event and a great evening, quite unique (refreshing!) for an investment bank so, thank you for having me."

Brian Lieber - Battery Ventures

"Thanks a lot for the opportunity to meet so many interesting and successful people and share experiences. The event and venue were great, keep up the amazing job!"

Branko Milutinovic - Nordeus

"Thank you for inviting me and hosting another fantastic event, credit to GP Bullhound."

Martin Forbes, Chief Operating Officer & EU MD Vibrant Media

"Excellent. Just excellent. Thank you for being such gracious hosts."

Peter Read

"Many thanks for another excellent day and evening - in another beautiful European city. As ever you gathered an inspirational crowd and put on a great great show. Thank you."

Hugo Drayton, CEO, Inskin Media

"Thank you for a really enjoyable time in Stockholm. I found summit both fascinating and inspiring."

Michael Tomlins, CEO, Infomedia

"Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event yesterday - it was a fantastic opportunity to meet some very interesting people and it was clear how much thought and hard work had gone into making it all happen."

Alice Bentinck, Co-founder, Entrepreneur First

"Bravo for the excellent organisation of the Summit, it is at many levels amongst the best business events I have ever attended amongst 300+ venture and business events I have attended in the last 20 years"

Yann Mauchamp (@yannmau), Founder & CEO

"Congratulations for the great organisation and the quality of the conferences."

Francis Jaluzot - Founder WittiZApp

"Thank you and the GP Bullhound team for the fantastic day you have organized. Truly insightful and fun. It has been an honor to participate."

Cedric Hutchings, CEO Withings

"Thank you for a wonderful event last week. Your team really did an exceptional job and we were proud to be associated with the event, both as sponsors and as friends or GP Bullhound."

Johan Kampe, Senior Managing Director Harbert

"Many thanks for a splendid conference, dinner and awards event last week. As ever, you assembled a great crowd, in a wonderful venue, in a truly great city, and put on a grand show."

Hugo Drayton, CEO InSkin Media

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