founder of the year
THE WINNERS ARE AWARDED AT THE GALA
The winners in each category, female and male, are awarded by large scale founders acting as jury at the Founders Awards Gala on September 20, 2023 and receive the award commonly called The Growth Rings.
FOUNDERS ALLIANCE INDEX
The global founders and their companies nominated to Founder of the Year are ranked based on the Founders Alliance Index, which takes into account past performances, future potential and societal benefits.
CULTIVATING GLOBAL GROWTH
The Founders Award, with its growth rings, is one of the most important symbols for Founders Alliance as a prime contributor to growth in all phases of large scale company building. It is also the main inspiration for the Founders Alliance logo.
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HONORING ALL PHASES OF THE GROWTH CYCLE
To encourage long-term, sustainable and equal ownership, Founders Alliance pays attention to women and men in every step of the entrepreneurial journey and honor winners in five categories: from the young founder, through all phases of a company’s growth cycle to the founder who through a lifetime achievement has developed one or more companies, and who embodies a true role model for other founders.
THE GROWTH RINGS
All founders embody a seed that grows into a successful company.
Just like trees in a forest, founders are the most important organism in the ecosystem that creates growth in the world.
The symbol that pays tribute to these successful founders we call The Growth Rings.
“It starts as a seed in the founder’s mind. For it to grow strong, patience is required and real perseverance. During a company's development, strong years with good conditions alternate with meagre and tough years without development."
The Founders Awards annual growth rings symbolise this story.
young founder of the year
ACTING AS A CATALYST FOR GROWTH
Young Founder of the Year is awarded to young founders who have the potential to build a successful company, be a good leader and develop into a role model for other young founders. The purpose of the award is to encourage further success, acting as a catalyst to growth for the young founders.
Our criteria for being nominated to the Young Founder of the Year award are the following.
CRITERIA FOR YOUNG FOUNDERS
is under 30 years of age at the time of nomination
has started and runs a limited company
the founder and any co-founders together are majority owners
has a revenue of at least 50,000 EUR
has the potential to become a successful founder
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TO STIMULATE MORE MEDIUM SIZED INTERNATIONALLY EXPANDING COMPANIES
Founder of the Year is Founders Alliance's main award, and aims to draw attention to and highlight global large scale founders who own and operate sustainable companies, and thus stimulate more medium-sized and large internationally expanding companies.
The founders and their companies are ranked based on the Founders Alliance (FA) Index, which takes into account past performances, future potential and societal achievements.
To pay attention to the highest performing founders in several company development phases, and to highlight female and male winners, Founder of the Year is awarded to male and female founders in three categories based on financial results the year prior.
CRITERIA FOUNDER OF THE YEAR
Founders of Small Size Companies - active founders of a private or public limited company with a revenue of cirka 2-10 MEUR with at least 20% ownership in a profitable company.
Founders of Medium Size Companies - active founders of a private or public limited company with a revenue of cirka 10-50 MEUR with at least 20% ownership in a profitable company.
Founders of Large Size Companies - active founders of a private or public limited company with a revenue of more than 50 MEUR with at least 20% ownership in a profitable company.
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Founder of the Year Honorary Award is Founders Alliance’s most prestigious accolade and is presented annually at the Founders Awards Gala.
By rewarding particularly successful founders who have made a lifetime's contribution, Founders Alliance wishes to inspire sustainable company building and inspire other founders to act as similarly great role models.
The criteria for Founder of the Year Honorary Award are as follows:
CRITERIA FOUNDER OF THE YEAR HONORARY AWARD
has built a limited company with over 10 MEUR in annual sales
has made a lifelong contribution of sustainable and long-term company building
has enhanced societal well being based on employment, tax revenue and community involvement
is a role model for other founders, business and society (no longer need to be operational)
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