Tallinn recognised its brightest entrepreneurs

The winners of the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards for 2016 were announced at the festive reception for Tallinn Enterprise Day on the evening of October 5th.

The objective of the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards competition is to recognise and value entrepreneurs and all entrepreneurial people. Thus awards were given to the most accomplished entrepreneurs in seven main categories.

This year, the title of Best Development Project was awarded for the development of the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel by Olympic Entertainment Group AS. An outstanding 13-storey hotel and entertainment complex was completed this summer to replace the 8-storey depreciated 12l-room Hotel Kungla that was built in 1969. The new complex is operated by Hilton Worldwide. This “casino hotel” which is unique in Estonia is enhanced by architecture typical of the brand.

The Connected Health Cluster, headed up by the Tallinn Science Park TEHNOPOL Foundation, was recognized as the best cooperation project. The Connected Health Cluster, with its more than 50 partners, helps Estonian companies in the health field to market their products globally. The cluster can already point to many achievements in the form of new cooperation partners, new products and services, as well as companies that have grown out of the cooperation between the cluster members.

OÜ Velström Vallner Tohver was recognised as the brightest startup in 2016.  This is the first company in Estonia to provide interim management services, which are provided by a managing director, financial director, personnel director and assistant. In addition to the uniqueness of the business model, the company is characterised by large added value and excellent profit margin.

The opening of the Hilton Tallinn Park Hotel, by Olympic Entertainment Group AS was recognised as the best tourism accomplishment. The Hilton brand that operates 4,500 in almost 100 countries is a mark of quality throughout the world. The luxurious casino, hotel and conference centre will attract wealthier vacationers, as well as participants in world-class conferences and events to Tallinn.

This year, the title of job creator of the year went toOÜ EUROBIO LAB. The company is focused on the production and sales of natural and ecological cosmetics. Eurobio Lab, which started operations in 2014 in the Mustamäe district as a subsidiary of Natura Siberica, the large Russian cosmetics concern, has created over 160 new jobs and is continuing to expand.   

The title of responsible company went to AS Tallinna Lennujaam. The Tallinn airport, which is celebrating its 80th jubilee this year, is characterised by a systematic and consistent approach to the topic of sustainability by skilfully integrating it into the company’s business model. During the last year, great attention has been paid to customer service in cooperation with partner companies and to the reduction of its ecological footprint.

The Eco-Innovation award, which was including as a main category for the first time, was given toconsortium lead by AS Eesti Post (Omniva) for initiating the e-Receipt project.  The objective of the project, which involves various sectors, companies and the state, is to make everyday retailing paperless. The project enables buyers to see all their receipts in one place and thereby manage the related documents, while also creating new business opportunities for companies through software solutions.

As has become a tradition, in cooperation with the EstonianAcademy of Arts, TallinnUniversity, Tallinn University of Technology, and the EstonianSchools of Higher Education Foundation, the best applied research projects were also selected.

In cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Arts, the applied research title went to concept of a multi-purpose unmanned rescue vehicle developed byAS Milrem, a defence contractor, which includes a universal solution for vehicles performing rescue work in dangerous locations. The author of the scientific work is Ragnar Plinkner.

In cooperation with Tallinn University, the applied research title went to the flood maps for Estonia’s inland bodies of water, which were commissioned by the Estonian Insurance Association, and which enable flooding risked to be more accurately assessed when insuring properties. The team responsible for the scientific research was headed by Hannes Tõnisson from the Institute of Ecology at TallinnUniversity.

In cooperation with the Tallinn University of Technology, the applied research title went to the development of an e-service model for medicine dosing. Commissioned byCelsius Healthcare OÜ, the prototype provides clinical decision support, based on the data of patients with kidney disease, for the doctors making medicine dosing recommendations.  The research work was headed by Peeter Ross from the e-Medicine Lab at the Tallinn University of Technology.

In cooperation with Estonian Schools of Higher Education, the applied research title went to an innovative prototype for a cordless screwdriver cartridge that simplifies and speeds up work on the job site. The author of the innovative accessory, which is being patented, is Peter Šverns from the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences.