Founder of the Year aims to draw attention to particularly successful founders and stimulate the growth of more medium-sized and large internationally expanding entrepreneurial companies.
The four categories within Founder of the Year are awarded to operationally active founders who have built one or more successful companies. The founders and their companies have been ranked based on the FA Index, which takes into account:
- Past performances - for example sales, profitability and growth
- Future potential - for example terms of ownership, international establishment and long-term perspective
- Societal benefits - for example employment, tax revenues and community involvement.
Finalists Founder of the Year - Category 1
In the 1st category of Founder of the Year active main founders participate with at least a 20% ownership share in a Swedish company with more than SEK 1 million in profit for the year and approximately SEK 20 - 50 million in turnover based on financial results in 2020.
Name: Monica Born
Turnover 2020: 46 Msek
Superfront is a design company founded out of a wish to give more people the possibility to enjoy beautiful and sustainable design by bringing new life to the millions of Ikea cabinets out there.
Name: Rahel Belatchew
Company: Belatchew Arkitekter
Turnover 2020: 19 Msek
Belatchew Arkitekter is an architectural firm with a human-centric approach and strong design at the heart of its projects. The projects range widely, from homes and offices to community properties both in Sweden and internationally.
Name: Pierre Persson
Company: Mud Studios
Turnover 2020: 40,3 Msek
Mud Studios is a creative production and post-house with worldwide experience and partnerships with some of the best and most renowned photographers, agencies and creative professionals in the world.
Name: Carl-Johan Beckman, Niklas Uddholm and Kristian Johansson
Turnover 2020: 46.4 Msek
Awave is a full service web agency that helps the customer create the optimal website, from idea to business benefit. The web agency has a professional consulting team in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Riga.
Finalists Founder of the Year - Category 2
In the 2nd category of Founder of the Year active main founders participate with at least a 20% ownership share in a Swedish company with more than SEK 2 million in profit for the year and approximately SEK 50 -100 million in turnover based on financial results in 2020.
Name: Maria Åkerberg
Company: MARIA ÅKERBERG
Turnover 2020: 106,5 Msek
MARIA ÅKERBERG is a family-owned business and Sweden’s leading professional brand within natural skincare. Environmental responsibility permeates the entire business, and quality and transparency always come first.
Name: Therése Lorentzon and Johanna Deras
Company: PRO TEMPORE
Turnover 2020: 86,7 Msek
PRO TEMPORE is a consultant business for qualified finance consultants. Through partnerships that are characterized by personal dedication, effective matchmaking and clear expectations they help large international companies or organizations in rapid growth or change.
Name: Jónas Antonsson
Company: Raw Fury
Turnover 2020: 116.7 Msek
Raw Fury is a game publisher and a passion project that helps indie developers find success and stay independent. The company believes in games that can make a difference.
Name: Carl Hörberg
Turnover 2020: 121.7 Msek
84codes automate the operation of message queue servers and databases in the cloud. Their services allow customers to build complex software, supporting big data and IoT workloads, reaching billions of people.
Finalists Founder of the Year - Category 3
In the 3rd category of Founder of the Year active main founders participate with at least a 20% ownership interest in a Swedish company with more than SEK 3 million in profit for the year and approximately SEK 100 - 500 million in turnover based on financial results in 2020.
Name: Pirkko T. Kyllönen
Company: Språkservice Sverige
Turnover 2020: 397 Msek
Språkservice Sverige works to create conditions for many people to understand and be understood, whether it is from text to text or communication between people in authorities, private companies and other organizations.
Name: Mikael Kretz and Håkan Paulsson
Turnover 2020: 404 Msek
Qgroup is a multi-branding, high end IT consulting service company with competence ranging from embedded development, e-commerce, big data, QA to full stack programming.
Name: Niklas Hedin
Turnover 2020: 402.4 Msek
Centiro is a tech company that connects, empowers, and makes delivery networks available and smarter for marquee brands. All types of goods get delivered on time in over 200 countries thanks to Centiro technology.
Finalists Founder of the Year - Category 4
In the 4th category of Founder of the Year, active main founders participate with at least a 20% ownership interest in a Swedish company with more than SEK 10 million in profit for the year and more than SEK 500 million in turnover based on financial results in 2020.
Name: Cecilia Ekholm
Company: Särnmark Group
Turnover 2020: 586 Msek
Särnmark Group was founded with a mission to empower people with disabilities through entrepreneurship. Over 3000 employees work as personal assistants all over Sweden, and in Spain, Särnmark has a rehabilitation center targeting patients from Scandinavia.
Name: Magnus Wilhelmsson
Company: Nordic Wellness incl. Sportlife M W
Turnover 2020: 1 billion Sek
Nordic Wellness is Sweden's largest gym chain in terms of numbers of gyms. By December 2023, they aim to have 300 gyms around Sweden.
Name: Johan Waller, Kristian Liljefors, Fredrik Palmgren
Company: Business Wellness Group / Centigo / Accigo
Turnover 2020: 536 Msek
Business Wellness Group is a platform for a growing number of talents and leaders who want to contribute to the creation of a new generation of organizations. Within the group the two main operating businesses are consultant firms Centigo and Accigo.