The secrets behind Europe's top investors and entrepreneurs

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From the viewpoint of a judge

I have been judging the Investor Allstars awards since the start, now some 11 years, and I still use the same old jokes on my fellow judges. However while the jokes may not have advanced, the quality of the contestants has improved markedly.

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