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  • Portfolio News
  • 25 September 2013
  • 13 min read
  • Words: Northzone

Pär-Jörgen Pärson wins Investor of the Year

We’re incredibly proud of Pär-Jörgen, who was awarded the prestigious Investor of the Year award at the 2013 Investor Allstars gala in London.

LONDON: 26 September 2013 – Pär-Jörgen Pärson was announced as the winner of the award for Investor of the Year at the Investor Allstars Awards 2013 last night at a ceremony at London’s National History Museum. Celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship and the professional investor community, Investor Allstars is an annual event produced by GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, and GrowthBusiness, a Vitesse Media website specialising in providing information for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises.
Pär-Jörgen Pärson is a General Partner at Northzone, the technology investment fund. Founded in 1996, the partnership has expanded to dominate the north European investment market, with a range of notable investments including Spotify, Nimsoft, Avito, Tobii, Pricerunner, StepStone, and Lastminute. Northzone’s aim is to support businesses that truly make a difference. Pär-Jörgen Pärson wasa awarded Investor of the Year due to his high level of involvement with investments such as Spotify, Avito, iZettle and Widespace. His focus on early stage businesses with significant potential to reshape industries on a global level continues to drive his investment thesis.

Manish Madhvani, chairman of the judging panel and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound, commented: “The judges always have a tough time selecting the award winners and this year was no exception. The winners reflect the innovative spirit of the European entrepreneurs and showcase the strength and depth of the European professional investor community. I congratulate all the winners and those that were shortlisted, who are excellent role models for everyone in the European finance and technology industries.”

Pär-Jörgen Pärson commented: “I am incredibly happy to be bestowed such an honour! It all boils down to two things! I am very lucky to be a part of a premier VC firm – Northzone, a true partnership. Equally important is the fact that we were chosen by stellar entrepreneurs such as Daniel Ek, Jonas Nordlander and Henric Ehrenblad – they are a great source of inspiration for me, all of Northzone and lots of other entrepreneurs.”

Niki Baker, CEO of Vitesse Media commented: “Investor AllStars 2013 was a wonderful night of celebration and I want to congratulate all the winners and those shortlisted for their achievements this year. The European venture capital and technology community should be proud of all its success in the last year.”

The Award’s headline sponsor was global investment company Sferiq. The premium sponsors were Orrick, a global law firm, and MTI Ventures, which focuses on early stage venture capital and management in software, communication, life sciences, materials technology and industrial products.

The award category sponsors were Ballou PR, Berenberg, Growth Company Investor, Information Age, Private Equity Recruitment and Reeves.

The event sponsors were Bird & Bird, finnCap and The Up Group.

About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm and Berlin. 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 and most recently sold Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com
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.

About Vitesse Media

GrowthBusiness is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises. It offers a goldmine of practical information, insights and inspiration for established businesses that are achieving rapid expansion, helping them overcome obstacles to their growth and maximise their potential. The website is brought to you by Vitesse Media Plc.

Vitesse Media is a multimedia business and offers award-winning publications, fast-growing websites, exciting events and much-acclaimed research. They are the leading specialists in growth businesses,¬ entrepreneurs and CEOs, their investors, advisers and suppliers. Vitesse Media is quoted on AIM.