Espoo finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 competition

The Finnish New Business Centers Association annually awards the national New Entrepreneur of the Year. This year, the competition has been renewed so that in addition to the New Entrepreneur of the Year elected by the jury, the audience’s favorite will be awarded. Anyone can vote for their favorite online from October 15 to October 31, 2021. Innovation Home from Espoo is also involved in the competition. Take part in the public vote!

The main partner of the competition is Oma Säästöpankki , and the other partner is the National Board of Patents and Registration .

The New Entrepreneur of the Year competition rewards entrepreneurs who have set up their business a few years ago with the help of the New Entrepreneurship Center and whose business has been successful. The winners of previous years include Vincit, Kyrö Distillery and Unikie.

This year’s finalists are:

HR Mentor (external link)  –  Päivi Savolainen ,  Mervi Okkonen  &  Kirsi Tikkanen , Kuopio
The company specializes in corporate personnel acquisition and supporting personnel services, as well as versatile employment for personal customers.

Innovation Home (external link)  –  Petra Erätuli-Kola  &  Katja Aalto , Espoo
The company offers new types of flexible office services and business premises solutions for both small startup companies and large corporations.

Linnan Sähkö ja Tarvike (external link)  –  Petri Korhonen , Savonlinna
The company’s business includes an electrical supply store, a wide range of services for various electrical work and, among other things, electrical safety training.

MetForce (external link)  –  Toni Salmi  &  Ville Honkanen , Mikkeli
A modern metal workshop focusing on the manufacture and installation of load-bearing, CE-marked steel structures.

Metsän Woima (external link)  –  Juho Haukkala ,  Tomi Bremer  &  Mari Koivisto , Ylöjärvi A
growth company that supplies solid fuels to heat and power plants in Finland.

Taiko (external link)  –  Patrik Edman  &  Pia Edman , Kaarina
Taiko is an online digital marketplace for Finnish visual art.

Read more about the finalists and the public vote at (external link)

Successful entrepreneurs from all over Finland

The Regional New Business Centers will announce their own candidates for the competition, from which the finalists will be selected by the competition jury. This year, more than a dozen good candidates from all over Finland entered the competition. The jury selected the finalists for the final and public vote on the basis of the business idea, entrepreneurial attitude and company key figures.

– The competition has a long tradition, as the New Entrepreneur of the Year has been chosen since the 90’s. With the reform, we want to make the competition more visible to the general public and introduce successful entrepreneurs, in the early stages of which our business advisors have been allowed to participate, says Susanna Kallama, CEO of the Finnish New Business  Centers Association .

The national New Entrepreneur of the Year is promised a cash prize of 5,000 euros and the public favorite 2,500 euros.

The national Entrepreneur of the Year elected by the jury and the winner of the public vote will be awarded in Helsinki on 17 November. Media representatives are welcome to attend the awards ceremony at the premises of the National Board of Patents and Registration (Sörnäisten rantatie 13) from 2 p.m.

More information:

Suomen Uusyrityskeskukset ry
Managing Director Susanna Kallama (external link)
tel. +358 40 587 2445

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News 15.10.2021 / Finnish New Business Centers Association



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