Russia Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 – the winner is announced!

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  • Andrei Romanenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of QIWI Group, wins the National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Contest in Russia

Moscow, 30 November 2012 – The Russian winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award was announced. At the 2012 final award ceremony held on 29 November in Moscow, Andrei Romanenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of QIWI Group, was recognized as the winner of the national Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Contest in Russia. In summer 2013 Mr. Romanenko will represent Russia in competing for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Andrei Romanenko is a natural born businessman. He became an entrepreneur when still at school, in the 10th form, when he started to burn computer games and design covers for them.

After leaving school, he entered a private university to devote more time to business. He made his first big money in cellular communications industry.

Today, Andrei Romanenko is a co-founder of QIWI Group and of two venture funds - iTech Capital and AddVenture.

Under his leadership, QIWI terminals have become Russia’s most popular payment tool used by 80 million people each month.

The independent jury also announced winners in the following categories:

Most Successful IPO Vladislav Baumgertner
B2B Serikbai Bisekeyev
IT Kirill Varlamov
Master of Business Svetlana Gabunia
Production Yevgeny Demin
High Technology Artur Isayev
Young Entrepreneur Vladimir Mlynchik
Young Entrepreneur Denis Reshanov
Financial Services Andrei Romanenko
Medical Science and Health Julia Frangulova
High Growth Business Alisa Chumachenko
Revival of Business Andrei Shemetov
Mining and Processing Albert Shigabutdinov

“The role of entrepreneurship in our society has significantly increased over the last 10-15 years. In a fast changing world, where the boundaries between markets are blurred and emerging markets continue to evolve, entrepreneurs are one of the key drivers of success,” said Alexander Ivlev, Country Managing Partner for Russia, Director of the Entrepreneur of the Year® Program in Russia. “The finalists of our contest have achieved spectacular success in their lines of business. However, we admire their willingness to offer support to others who want to become entrepreneurs as well as their remarkable success. With such support, Russia has great potential for entrepreneurship”.

Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award
The Entrepreneur Of The Year® program was held in the United States in 1986 for the first time. In the past 26 years, it has significantly expanded and now spans more than 50 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

Russia joined the contest in 2003.

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