Submissions are invited from the industry from August 24 until September 25. They should relate to investment, exit, and fundraising activity in the last 12 months, i.e. September 27, 2019 to September 25, 2020. Submissions can be made on behalf of third parties. No allowance is made for the number of submissions. Nominations can be made via this website or by email (

TheAVCJ Editorial Board will evaluate the entries and submit a long list in each category to a select panel of industry judges. The judges will consider these recommendations, and if necessary, review the original submission documents and propose alternative candidates. The final shortlists - no more than five per category - will then be drawn up.


The shortlists will be posted online for the entire private equity and venture capital community to vote on from October 14 until November 2. As in previous years, voting is not limited to AVCJ subscribers but voters must register - providing name, firm and contact details - so as to avoid vote packing. No more than 10 votes will be accepted from employees of a single firm. The PE and VC community has a 50% say in the result, with the judges and the AVCJ Editorial Board accounting for 40% and 10% respectively.

Three categories are not subject to a public vote. The Responsible Investment Award and the Operational Value Add Award are presented at the discretion of the AVCJ Editorial Board with input from separate expert judging panels comprising industry professionals with experience in ESG and operations, respectively. The AVCJ Special Achievement Award is presented solely at the discretion of the AVCJ Editorial Board, although as in previous years, suggestions from the private equity and venture capital community are considered and valued.

The winners will be announced on November 16, preceding the AVCJ Forum, which runs from November 17 to November 19.


There is no limit on the amount of documentation that can be submitted in support of nominations. However, please bear in mind that it is easier for the judging panel to assess entries that are reasonably concise and clearly identify the merits of a particular deal, fundraise, firm or individual. In the Responsible Investment and Operational Value Add categories submissions will only be considered if they are accompanied by supporting documentation.

All entry materials are treated as confidential. Should AVCJ wish to disclose any information - for example, in the explanatory text that features in the short lists - it will only do so with explicit permission from those concerned.

If you have any further questions, please contact Tim Burroughs, Managing Editor of AVCJ (