Tallinn recognizes its brightest entrepreneurs

The winners of the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards for 2015 were announced at the festive Tallinn Entrepreneurship Day reception held on the evening of October 7th.

The purpose of the Tallinn Entrepreneurship Awards is to promote entrepreneurship and introduce the most active companies and organisations to the public at large. Thus prizes were awarded to the most outstanding entrepreneurs in six main categories.

The title of Best Development Project was awarded for the development of the AS Technopolis Ülemiste Bernhard Schmidt office building. The 13-storey building with space for 1,000 employees is the highest building in the Ülemiste and airport area, which will become the focal point of ÜlemisteCity, Tallinn’s largest business district.  The façade, which is inspired by the QR code, and solar panels that are integrated into the building emphasize the technological aspirations of the region.

The Telliskivi Creative City, which is run by Telliskivi Maja OÜ, was recognized as the best cooperation project. TelliskiviCreativeCity, which promotes creative activities, has flexibly developed cooperation with private enterprise, the public sector and NGOs. The joint activities of the more than 200 lively businesses and residents operating in Telliskivi have created a synergy for the development and growth of good ideas and companies.

Lingvist Technologies OÜ was recognized as the brightest startup in 2015. Lingvist is language-instruction software, which, based on the statistical analysis of language, enables one to learn languages quickly and effectively. The startup company that got its start from an international business accelerator now teaches more than 120,000 students around the world, and the company has piqued the interest of investors and the world’s largest language instruction firms.

TheSEB Tallinn Marathon, organised by the Spordiürituste Korraldamise Klubi MTÜ,was recognised as the best tourism accomplishment. Arecord number of 19,500 participants at this year’s SEB Tallinna Marathon make it the region’s largest amateur sports event. For the first time there were more than 2,000 foreign participants, who came from 49 countries, thereby introducing Tallinn as destination for an increasing number of sports tourists.

This year, the title of job creator of the year went to Widex Eesti OÜ. The Danish company, which assembles digital hearing aids, already started its activities in the Nõmme district of Tallinn in 2012. Since that time, the company has vigorously expanded, and increased the number of employees by approximately 150 in 2014.  

The title of responsible company went to Manpower Estonia, whose everyday activities are related to labour issues. As a spokesperson for sustainable enterprise, the company has made a significant contribution to the employment of people with special needs, the valuing of volunteer work, and the necessity for cooperation with sector-based organisations. A special award called Eco-Innovation 2015 was also presented in the responsible company category, with the goal of recognising the most energy-friendly new or significantly improved product, service or technology introduced to the market. The award was won by Flydog Solutions OÜ for the development of a sea monitoring system for assessing environmental conditions.

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 the design solution for a regulative children’s speedway motorcycle frame, which focuseson developing a design for a suitable means of transportation for a motorsport called speedway children’s class. The author of the research work is Anneliis Tapfer.

In cooperation with Tallinn University, the applied research title went to a project testing the utility of 3D colour sheet prototypes and a feasibility analysis of the product, which tested the utility and efficiency of 3D colour sheets, i.e. ones with elevated outlines, as prototype teaching aids for the development of children with impaired vision. The author of the research work is Kätlin Anniko.

In cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology, the applied research title went to an interdisciplinary research project, which was a collaborative effort of Tallinn University of Technology, the Estonian Road Administration, TTK University of Applied Sciences and foreign experts, to find new means of determining the quality characteristics of bitumen binders. The author of the research work is Andrus Aavik.

In cooperation with Estonian Schools of Higher Education, the applied research title went to a product development project for an innovative moisture-proof finishing tile that is decorated with textile; the author is Oliver Laats from TTK University of Applied Sciences.

For more information:


Jaanus Vahesalu

Head Specialist, International Projects
Tallinn Enterprise Department

Tel. 518 7879
e-mail: Jaanus.Vahesalu@tallinnlv.ee