Important: read or download the M&A Awards 2021 regulations her
Dear dealmakers,
Thank you for answering our call to send in your nomination for this year's M&A Awards! You are about to endorse a candidate for the M&A Award for Best Venture Capital Deal.

The nomination period for this M&A Award runs until 1 October. After the nomination period is closed, a short list is selected from the total list of nominated candidates.

Subsequently, the Panel of Judges will assess all shortlisted deals and cast their votes to create a top 3 of finalists for the M&A Award Venture Capital Deal 2021. The organization will publish the finalists for the M&A Awards 2021 at the end of October on

Please note that only deals that meet the challenging requirements and expectations for this Award will be shortlisted.

Does your nomination meet the criteria for Best Venture Capital Deal 2021?
Venture Capital deals are defined as deals involving Belgian based start-up/scale-up companies and Venture Capital firms. Venture capital provides growth capital for start-ups or young high growth companies. Venture Capital refers to equity investments made for the launch, early development or accelerating the go-to-market process.

The distinguishing feature with a venture capital deal is that there is an investment in a company that goes through a technological, high-risk pre-investment and therefore initially has negative cash flows. 

Nominated deals are determined by the strategy behind the deal, the complexity of the transaction, evidence of great and authentic leadership of the management, innovative deal, a competitive exit price and the development of a strong, progressive culture and wider contribution to all stakeholders.

Growth factors such as revenue, EBITDA, employment, new markets, innovation, etc. are decisive for the jury.

Criteria for your endorsement
In this questionnaire you will be asked to write an endorsement (question 9) to substantiate the nomination for Best Venture Capital Deal 2021. Your endorsement must be specific and consist of a minimum of 500 words. The organization will reject all nominations submitted that do not meet these criteria. All questionnaires must be submitted before 1 October 2021.

By completing this questionnaire, you agree that your written endorsement may be published on the websites and

Fact & Figures
- Your contact details 
- Name of the deal
- Brief description and outline of the deal
- Date closed
- Published value
- Buyer(s)
- Target(s)
- Seller(s)

Your endorsement, why does this deal deserve a nomination?
- Why should this deal win the Award for Best Venture Capital Deal? 
- What was the deal rationale?
- What is the impact of this deal for the company?
- What is the impact of this deal for the direct stakeholders?
- What is the impact of this deal on society?
- What was most complex about this deal?
- Involved firms and advisors buy side 
- Involved firms and advisors target
- Involved firms and advisors sell side

- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the buyer
- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the target
- Reference for M&A Awards organization to contact at the seller