Tallinn recognised its most outstanding entrepreneurs

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 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 updated.


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 design process.

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.


More information:

Jaanus Vahesalu
Business Development Manager
Tallinn City Enterprise Department
Tel. 640 4425
e-post: jaanus.vahesalu@tallinnlv.ee