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23 February 2022

BTV’s Lukasz named as a rising star

Lukasz Garbowski of Btomorrow Ventures (BTV) has been named as a Global Corporate Venturing ‘Rising Star’ of 2022.

Lukasz, investment director and co-founder of BTV – BAT’s corporate venture unit – was one of 50 people to be listed in the prestigious ranking.

The annual awards  are given to the rising stars who have joined the corporate venture capital community within the past five years. The winners have made a name for themselves, their unit and the industry as a whole and represent the top 0.5% of the industry.

The rigorous selection process involved researching more than 20,000 industry professionals across more than 2,500 corporate venturing units.

Lukasz said: “It’s a great honour to land this award and is recognition of the hard work of everyone in the team.

“BTV is a great place to be and it’s a joy to work somewhere that enjoys the standing and experience of a company like BAT, combined with innovation and agility of a start-up. Watch this space as there’s a lot more to come from BTV!”

BTomorrow VenturesThe award for Lukasz comes after BTV’s Managing Director, Lisa Smith was named in the top 100 Global Corporate Venturing Powerlist 2021 .

Lisa said: “Another award like this is a huge recognition for a unit that made its first investment less than two years ago. Lukasz is a deal phenomenon - his energy, tenacity and creativity have enabled him to close an extraordinary 12 deals in under two years.
“It’s been a joy to have him as a co-founder of BTV and I’m delighted he’s been recognised as a rising star.”

BTV helps support BAT’s A Better Tomorrow™ transformation to a multi-category consumer goods business. Its work gives BAT early access to cutting-edge technology, unlocking innovation through R&D collaborations and enabling “test and learn” in new product categories, primarily in the areas of wellbeing and stimulation, biotech, science, sustainability and technology.

At the time of writing, BTV has completed 17 investments across the globe – with more to follow in 2022.

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