Made in Romania is an original project of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. The first edition of the project took place throughout 2017, following the launch in February 2017. In January 2018 BVB launched the second edition of the project.
Organized for the first time in the history of the Romanian capital market, Made in Romania is a unique project of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, launched with the goal of identifying and promoting Romania’s top companies. Bucharest Stock Exchange’s objective behind Made in Romania is to identify the future engines of Romanian economy and assist these companies throughout a full year in order to help them bring their businesses to the next level, by improving transparency, visibility, reputation and, most importantly, gaining access to capital needed for further growth and development.
December 14, 2017
Announcement of the 2nd Edition; relaunch of the new website
January 15 – February 16, 2018
Period for submitting nominations by the Nomination Committee members as well as entrepreneurs
Shortlisting of 50 companies out of all submissions received, based on the of Nomination Committee Members and BVB
March 19 – April 3
Public vote for selection of the 'Choice of a Public'
Meeting of the Jury to establish the finalists
Made in Romania Gala: official announcement of 15 companies that will enter the BVB League
May - November
Training for the 50 shortlisted and 1-on-1 meetings for final 15
Official opening to launch the second edition of Made in Romania book with the stories of the 15 finalists
In the first stage, we invite Romanian entrepreneurs, partners and supporters, as well as the employees of innovative Romanian companies to submit their applications using this website. The online form will be available for submissions starting January 15, 2018.
In the second stage, BVB together with the members of the Nomination Committee will select 50 companies, which will go on to the next stage in which 14 companies will be selected by a special Jury consisting of 12 top market experts. The 15th company will be selected by public vote, which will be available on this website in March 2018. The audience will be invited to vote for one of the 50 finalist companies, which, in their opinion, has the biggest chance of becoming a successful Romanian story.
The Made in Romania project will not end there since it will offer entrepreneurs more benefits. The 15 finalist companies will enter the ‘BVB League’ – a special mentoring program offered by the Bucharest Stock Exchange and its partners. Between April and November 2018, the Bucharest Stock Exchange, together with its partners, will provide support and mentoring to the finalists by providing them with training, workshops, networking and business development opportunities that will aim at stimulating growth and development. The trainings offered will cover areas such as, but not limited to: branding, marketing and sales techniques, product development, management consulting, alternatives for financing, financial reporting, investors relation, listing processes etc.
Made in Romania Nomination Committee
- Editor in chief
- INC SA
- TechAngels Romania
- V7 Capital
- Executive Director
- Founder & CEO
- NETOPIA mobilPay
- Angel Investor
- Head of Research
- Banca Transilvania
- EMEA Managing Partner
- Brand Innovator
Made in Romania Jury
- Bucharest Stock Exchange
- Deputy CEO
- 3TS Capital Partners
- Senior Adviser to the Board
- Banca Transilvania
- Founder & CEO
- Salad Box
- Bittnet Systems
- Partner, Head of Banking and Finance
- Bucharest Stock Exchange
- Founder & CEO
- Digi24 TV
- Horváth & Partners
The companies’ interest in Made in Romania project was significantly higher in the second edition, as 201 companies were registered in the project at the end of the Nomination Period (January 15 – February 16), by 20% more than in the first edition. This success could not be achieved without the help of the members of the Nomination Committee, the Jury, the partners, but especially the companies that entered the first edition of the BVB League and who were Made in Romania’s ambassadors.
Out of the 201 registered companies, the Bucharest Stock Exchange together with the Nomination Committee, consisting of 12 experts from various branches of the economy and well anchored in the local economy, chose 50 semi-finalists. It has been hard work, decisions have been made difficult because each company has a unique story, even if some of them are active in the same field.
In the next stage of the project, the relay was handed over to the Jury, who was given the difficult task of selecting only 14 companies to enter the BVB League. The 15th company was selected by public vote. The voting session took place between March 19 and April 3, at which time 42,540 votes were registered on www.bvbleague.ro, almost four times more votes than in the first edition of the Made in Romania project (2017). The 15 finalists were officially announced on April 25, 2017, during Made in Romania Gala. In the attached brochure you can discover the 50 semi-finalists and their short stories.
Between May and November, finalists and the other 35 semi-finalists will benefit from a special program dedicated to supporting long-term business development, covering topics such as marketing and branding, strategy and innovation, audit and development finance. Depending on the topic of each month, workshops, trainings and meetings will be held for the teams and employees of the selected companies.
201 nominated companies
50 semi-finalist companies
15 companies enter the BVB League
Find out the short stories of the 50 semi-finalists (the text is in Ro)
AllviewThe largest Romanian producer of mobile phones, tablets and other gadgets
ApiLandThe company with the most varied range of apicultural products in Romania
Aqua CarpaticaThe second most sold brand in the entire natural mineral water market
Bebe TeiThe largest specialized store for products for pregnant women and children between 0 and 4 years old
Bilka SteelThe Leader of the Roof Systems Market
CărtureștiConcept-bookstore chain, dedicated to a new experience of buying and promoting books and cultural events
City GrillThe largest Romanian chain of restaurants
Cramele RecașThe largest Romanian bottled wine exporter
FarmecThe largest Romanian cosmetics manufacturer
iHuntDirect importer of mobile phones and accessories from China and distributor of mobile phones under its own brand
MusetteOne of the most prestigious fashion brands in the world
QualitanceDeveloper of innovative digital products and services with large companies around the world using emerging technologies - IOT, blockchain, machine learning, AR and VR
SimultanThe largest Romanian milk processor
Te-Rox ProdThe largest European supplier of safety belts, car covers and car seats for children
Tremend Software ConsultingDeveloper of IT solutions based on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, IOT, machine learning or micro services
Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) is the central institution of the Romanian capital market being the system and market operator authorized by the Romanian FSA. BVB facilitates the flux of money between investors – those in possession of capital – and entrepreneurs in need of capital for development. BVB offers a financing alternative to mature companies, which can raise capital through the Main Market, as well as start-ups and SMEs for which the AeRO market was created. Both of the markets are able to accommodate shares and bonds issuances. in 2017 alone, new offerings of shares and bonds of a total value of RON 5bn were absorbed by the Bucharest Stock Exchange investors, both institutional and retail and most of the offers were oversubscribed.
Banca Transilvania Financial Group supports Romanian entrepreneurship. BT offer includes banking services, investment and financing options, asset management, securities trading, financial and operational leasing as well as direct financing. Banca Transilvania, the centerpiece of BT Financial Group, is a second biggest bank in Romania in terms of assets. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is BT’s significant shareholder. It is the first banking institution in Romania listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and one of the blue chips listed on BVB.
Mazars has more than 20 years of experience in providing specialized support to large international groups, Small and Medium sized Enterprises, private investors and public bodies, at every stage of their development, consolidating in the recent years its market position among the top 5 companies specialized in audit and financial consulting, tax consulting, accounting, payroll and personnel administration.
Horváth & Partners are independent, international management consultants with over 700 highly qualified employees. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, we have offices at locations in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, Horváth & Partners are a proud member of the Cordence Worldwide global management consulting partnership, which strengthens our ability to undertake consulting projects in important economic regions of the world with the highest professional expertise and precise knowledge of local circumstances.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) is the largest and one of the most reputed law firms in Romania, having more than 25 years of experience. NNDKP provides integrated legal, tax advisory services and intellectual property counselling through its specialised entities, and operates through its headquarters in Bucharest and four regional offices across Romania, located in Timisoara, Brasov, Craiova and Cluj-Napoca.
S.S.I.F. Tradeville S.A. has been an authorized broker since 1994, with more than 20 years of experience on the Romanian capital market and over 10 years of experience in intermediation of financial instruments on foreign markets (NYSE /Euronext, NASDAQ, TSX, London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Burse, etc.). It is the leader of the retail segment and the online trading in Romania (1st place by the number of trades brokered on the BVB) with more than 9,300 open investment accounts. Tradeville S.A. is also the leader in application of technological innovations in the Romanian capital market, the first Romanian broker who introduced the possibility of trading via the Internet. It has developed the first online platform in 1999 and since then it has developed a whole range of web-based and mobile trading applications. Since 2017, Ulise.ro is the newest Tradeville platform assisting clients in trading ETFs worldwide in different domains: IT, Financial, Energy, Medical, Telecom, etc.
Catalyst Romania is the first private equity and venture capital fund designed for Romania. Initially sponsored by 3TS Capital Partners, one of the leading private equity and venture capital firms in Europe, Catalyst Romania is mainly funded by the European Investment Fund (EIF), through the JEREMIE initiative, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Catalyst Romania is currently managed by a local team based in Romania and aims to make early stage venture capital investments in Romanian SMEs from the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors, with investments in the range of €200,000 up to €2,000,000.
We like entrepreneurs that love their business more than they love their cars and invest in the future of their brand. We work with open-minded entrepreneurs who believe that their brand is an important business card for their business profit. We like to believe that Romania’s true chance consists of our power to refine romanian brands that have at least 7 years on the market, and to make them more seductive, more desired, more vendible, more profitable.