The winners of the 2017 Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards were announced at the gala reception held on October 4th, Tallinn Entrepreneurship Day.
The purpose of the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards competition
is to recognise and value entrepreneurs and all enterprising
organisations. Thus, awards were given to the most accomplished
entrepreneurs in seven main categories.
This year, the title of Best Development Project was
awarded to Astri Kinnisvara OÜ for the development of
the Baltic Station Market. The Astri Group created a
new, contemporary and architecturally exciting market on the
border of the Old Town, which has significantly redesigned the
entire area, including the vicinity of the Baltic Station, as
one of the gateways of Tallinn.
The Omniva-Starship-Daimler robotic “last mile” pilot project
was named the Best Cooperation Project. The project is
being led by AS Eesti Post (Omniva), Starship
Technologies OÜ and Daimler AG/Mercedes-Benz. The
cooperative efforts of three international companies in three
different fields have resulted in the testing of a new service,
which will provide an effective solution for the delivery of
packages “on the last mile.”
3park OÜ was recognised as the Brightest
Startup of 2017. The company’s main activity is the
construction and maintenance of high and low adventure trails.
In addition to the uniqueness of the business model, the
company is characterised by excellent added value, return on
turnover, and the large share of exports in its sales revenues.
The opening of the KGB prison cells on Pagari St, which
was carried out by the Kistler-Ritso Eesti Foundation, was
recognised as the Best Tourism Accomplishment. One of
the most infamous and feared interrogation prisons of the
Soviet era, which had been closed to the public, has now been
open to visitors since the summer. The authentic
environment of the KGB cells as a silent and direct witness to
the gross violations of human rights is extremely interesting
for both local and foreign tourists.
This year, the title of Job Creator of the Year went to
Pipedrive OÜ. The company, which offers sales software,
started operations seven years ago and is one of the Estonia’s
startup success stories. More than 50 thousand clients in 140
countries, and 300 employees in Estonia, the U.S. and Portugal
(soon also in England) – these are indicators that characterise
the rapid growth of the company during the last few years.
The title of Responsible Company was awarded to Telia
Eesti AS. The company is characterised by a new, fresh, and
integrated approach to responsible entrepreneurship in all
fields by skilfully linking the approach to the company’s
business model. The company’s new environmentally friendly
headquarters surprises with its activity-based workstations.
And the environmental management standards, as well as the
management of the supply chain, have also been thoroughly
This time, the Eco-Innovation Award, went to
HeyDay Organic OÜ for the implementation of an
innovative high-pressure method for producing organic
juices. The company opened an organic juice factory in
Tallinn at the end of last year that is the first of its kind
in the Nordic countries. And it is now causing a juice
revolution by producing 100% natural juice without heat
processing. The unique high-pressure method enables the juices
to remain fresh and vitamin-rich for a significantly longer
period of time.
This year as well, the best applied research projects were
selected in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts,
Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, and the
Estonian Schools of Applied Higher Education Foundation.
In cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts, the
Applied Research Award was given to Johanna Jõekald’s MA
thesis titled Shaping Space by Experience Data.
The technique described in the paper enables performance data
collected by a brain-computer interface from a test subject in
a virtual reality environment to be included in the spatial
In cooperation with Tallinn University, the Applied Research
Award was given to a set of learning games related to
traffic safety for the first stage of study in general
education schools, which was commissioned by the Estonian
Road Administration. This is a practical, playful and reusable
means of teaching traffic safety to school children, which, by
using various senses and activities, supports the
implementation of progressive activating teaching methods.
In cooperation with the Tallinn University of Technology,
the Applied Research Award was given to an applied science
project that is developing algorithms for Bosch
Sensortec, a producer of acceleration sensors, to make activity
monitors more energy efficient and precise. The developed
algorithms enable the physical activities performed by a person
to be classified and the energy they consume to be assessed.
The project was led by Ivo Fridolin from the Institute of
Health Technologies at the Tallinn University of Technology.
In cooperation with the Estonian Schools of Applied Higher
Education, the Applied Research Award was given to Tanel
Uibokand and Kaur Vahtrik’s scientific project that seeks to
find application possibilities for rapidly renewing natural
resources, focusing therein on straw as an agricultural
by-product. In the course of the project, the prototype for a
single-use bio-degradable straw container was completed.
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Tallinn City Enterprise Department
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