The gazelle is often portrayed as one of nature’s ‘underdog’ animals, usually the target of a lion or a cheetah. But gazelle is much more than that – it is a smart and adaptive animal, highly alert and sensitive to the presence of other animals and always on the watch. The human world and the animal kingdom share so many parallels – so many obstacles and predators, the need to adapt in order to survive. And to be successful these days, companies must be quick, creative, innovative – which is basically the description of a gazelle. No wonder the Slovenian Gazelle is an award presented to three fast growing companies in Slovenia.
The Slovenian Gazelle, an annual award for the fastest growing company in Slovenia, traces its origins back to 1991, the year Slovenia announced its independence. This recognition of business growth led to the Gazelle Project, launched in 2001 by the business weekly, Gospodarski vestnik (GV), with a view to stressing that fast growth and good entrepreneurial models are two most essential factors for Slovenia’s economy. Since then, three top ‘hot growth’ companies have been chosen among regional winners. By 2003, the Golden Gazelle Award had emerged as one of the most prestigious business prizes in Slovenia. Over the last 14 years, the Gazelles have become invincible in all respects, showing the importance of growth, innovation and survival instinct of Slovenian companies. The project not only features a list of 500 award-winners, but also provides a platform for all ambitious entrepreneurs who dare to realise their vision. All in all, a growing and dynamic economy!
CD Congress Centre Ljubljana/Cankarjev dom is the venue for the most important cultural and business events in Slovenia, and it suitable that the awarding of “business Oscars” like Slovenian Gazelle are being called, takes place here. The prominence of the reception hall and the stage of the Linhart Hall are unique and you simply cannot experience and organize such a pleasant and prestigious event with such a large number of visitors. Miha Vrbinc