Winners of Startupper of The Year, Startup Investor of The Year awards announced
The winners of the Best Startupper of The Year and the Startup Investor of The Year awards were announced at a special edition of Tokeportal.hu's series of online pitches, at the Startups' New Years' Eve event aboard the Trip Ship, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The awards were created by leading startup ecosystem service providers such as the Founder Institute, Startup Hungary, Startup Campus, Startup Maffia, Rocket Shepherd, and Tokeportal.hu.
The Best Investor of The Year honor was awarded to Péter Balogh, who was one of the initial investors in Nav'n Go (now known as NNG), before becoming an angel investor with his firm Baconsult Kft, which is known to have invested in 30 startups already, providing them with more than 1,000 hours of mentoring services and some HUF 850 million worth of investment. The investor is also known for being one of the "sharks" in the Hungarian tv show "Cápák között" (akin to U.S. show Shark Tank and British show Dragons' Den).
Balogh said that 2020 was the year of the startups, which implemented digitalization successfully both in their operation and in their business model. The elemental need for digitalization was the perfect opportunity for startups to scale their operation. But of course, it was indeed an unforeseen risk for investors as well. 2021 shall bring even more changes, he said, and it will turn out which startups can keep on growing and maturing.
The Startupper of The Year was awarded to Gergely Romhány, who has been shaping the Hungarian startup ecosystem for a long time now. His business, Trustchain was founded in 2016 with the purpose of ensuring and providing legal safety in the digital world. Romhány shared Balogh's views, noting that 2020 not only was the year of startups and but it was the year of changes and the survival of startups based on the ability how quickly they are able to implement and incorporate the new changes into their strategies.
For Trustchain, 2020 was a successful year, as they extended their client base to 2,500 international and local partners. The number of contracts signed through Trustchain was 300 in February, however by the end of the year, this number reached 11,000. Their clients include the Hungarian investment funds and businesses specialised in clinical research. Romhány shared that he is particularly proud of the increase in their clientele and in the number of transactions made through their platform. He outlined that Trustchain's customer service department had a vital role in Trustchain's success, as their professional competence, skills, and overall customer-oriented view resulted in the utmost satisfaction of their clientele.
Besides winning the Tokeportal INVEST T-shirt, NASA Award winner Puli Space Technologies will engrave the winners' names and messages on the Space Plaquette to be delivered to the Moon in cooperation with Astobotics, USA, in 2021. Further info on Puli's campaign is available at https://tokeportal.hu/puli.
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