• Nicole Ruskell

Riviera Business Club: Nominations open for Business Person and Startup of the Year Awards

The Riviera Business Club’s annual awards celebrate local excellence with the Business Person of the Year and Start-up of the Year!


The happy winners from 2021: Guillaume Bonnefoi of Dare + Drink for Start Up of the Year (centre) and Veronique Langer (centre right), Founder & CEO of Linguapolis. ©Riviera Business Club

One of the largest international business clubs in the French Riviera, the RBC has been a home for business networking and educational workshops for several years. It is a not-for-profit business association based in the heart of the Riviera, between Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and Sophia Antipolis and offers a cordial environment for business owners of all nationalities to gather and connect in an English-speaking settings. What sets the RBC apart from other business groups is its longtime affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Nice Côte d'Azur.


Each year, the Business Person of the Year (BYOP) and Startup of the Year Award are granted to the candidate with the strongest business model, service or other outstanding factor. The Nominees will be judged by an independent panel of judges (author included) which works closely with a representative from the CCI in a transparent process including personal interviews of and presentations by the nominees. The winners are announced during a gala dinner award ceremony.


Judging criteria:

  • Strategic Vision and Planning

  • Innovation

  • Leadership

  • Customer Centricity

  • Sustainability


If you know someone you find particularly deserving of such an award, or you would like to support a new business you love, click the link below to nominate them on the RBC’s website. The nominations are anonymous, but you can feel free to tell them you’ve put them forward for the award. Would you like your own business considered for the short list? Advertise the award on your own channels so your top customers can nominate you.


The RBC awards not only increase the business’ visibility, but also, through the rigorous meetings with the jury, help the business owner structure and prepare for added growth.


Nominations opened on 10 September and close on 20 October, so make sure to nominate your favourite businesses before the deadline! You do not have to be a member to nominate, nor does the business of your choosing. You can nominate more than one business, but make sure check the eligibility below to make sure the business qualifies:


Eligibility requirements :


The RBC Business Person of the Year Award 2022

  • The Company should be registered and doing business on the French Riviera for 3 years or more

  • Nominees and persons nominating to do NOT need to be Club members

  • Nominees should be nominated by one of their ‘fans’ (should not nominate themselves)

  • Nominees can be of any nationality and do not necessarily need to speak English


The RBC Start Up of the Year Award 2022

  • The Company should be registered and doing business on the French Riviera for at least 6 months but less than 3 years

  • Nominees and persons nominating to do NOT need to be Club members

  • Nominees should be nominated by one of their ‘fans’ (should not nominate themselves)

  • Nominees can be of any nationality and do not necessarily need to speak English


To nominate a business person or startup for the award, visit the RBC website:


Curious to join the Riviera Business Club?

There has never been a better time to join the club, as there has been a complete overhaul of the management, a new and enthusiastic board are ready to make the club an indispensable tool for local business owners.


In addition to lectures and masterclasses, the offers regular meet-ups and networking events with a wide range of local businesses. The next event is a 'Business Speed Dating' evening where you can meet and greet local companies in a fun and speedy intro session. This event is open to the public, so it's a great way to get a taste for the club and see if you'd be interested in joining.


To reserve your spot at the "Rentrée Meet-up" click here.

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