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
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
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
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
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.