On 13 October, NESsT presented its third ‘Golden Egg Award’ for excellence in international venture philanthropy to Brian Wardrop of DBG Eastern Europe, a CEE-focused private equity firm with offices in Budapest, Bucharest, Prague and Warsaw. The award recognizes Wardrop’s leadership as one of the most active advisers, donors and volunteers to the NESsT Venture Fund in Central Europe.
Brian Wardrop has been a regular financial supporter of the NESsT Venture Fund since 2002. He has also been an active member of the NESsT Business Advisory Network (BAN) and has helped to recruit many of the 30 plus active BAN members in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). ‘He is a great philanthropic role model for his peers,’ said Lee Davis, NESsT’s Co-Founder & CEO. ‘He has raised awareness of venture philanthropy among his colleagues and friends across Europe, helping to build confidence in our work among the private equity industry.’
On receiving the award, presented at the 9th Annual CEE Private Equity Forum, an event that brings together private equity and venture capital professionals active in the CEE region, he made a persuasive case for NESsT’s work, describing it as ‘critically important’, particularly in view of the ‘funding gaps for non-profits in CEE as international donors exit’. NESsT is ‘an extremely well run, highly efficient, committed organization’, he said, ‘and it’s very simple to get involved. If we just make a few email introductions, we can make a huge difference.’
The NESsT Golden Egg Award was established in 2001 to promote excellence in the field of venture philanthropy and to celebrate international venture philanthropy role models.
For more information see http://www.nesst.org/furthering_award.asp