Founder of the Year

Founder of the Year is Founders Alliance's main award and aims to draw attention to and raise the profile of founders and thus stimulate more medium-sized and large internationally expanding entrepreneurial companies.

The finalists in each category introduce themselves and their companies to a jury of qualified founders who select the winners, two women and two men, who receive their honorary award, Founder of the Year 2022 during the Gala at Stockholm City Hall in Sweden September 22. The award is part of the Founders Awards. 

Founder of the Year finalists will be announced summer 2022. Stay tuned!

      Winners 2021

      Founder of the Year 1st Category

      In the 1st category of Founder of the Year active main founders 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 2021.

      Winners 2021: Monica Born - founder of Superfront and Pierre Persson - founder of MUD Studios received the Growth Rings in Gold, and Rahel Belatchew - founder of Belatchew Arkitekter and Carl-Johan Beckman, Kristian Johansson and Niklas Uddholm - founders of Awave, received the Growth Rings in Silver for the Founder of the Year 2021 award.

      Founder of the Year 2nd Category

      In the 2nd category of Founder of the Year active main founders 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 2021.

      Winners 2021: Maria Åkerberg - founder of MARIA ÅKERBERG and Carl Hörberg - founder of 84codes received the Growth Rings in Gold, and Therése Lorentzon and Johanna Deras - founders of PRO TEMPORE and Jónas Antonsson - founder of Raw Fury received the Growth Rings in Silver for the Founder of the Year 2021 award.

      Founder of the Year 3rd Category

      In the 3rd category of Founder of the Year active main founders 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 2021 .

      Winners 2021: Niklas Hedin - founder of Centiro and Pirkko T. Kyllönen - founder of Språkservice Sverige received the Growth Rings in Gold, and Mikael Kretz and Håkan Paulsson - founder of Qgroup received the Growth Rings in Silver for the Founder of the Year 2021 award.

      Founder of the Year 4th Category

      In the 4th category of Founder of the Year, active main founders 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 2021 figures.

      Winners 2021: Cecilia Ekholm - founder of Särnmark Group and Magnus Wilhelmsson - founder of Nordic Wellness received the Growth Rings in Gold, and Johan Waller, Kristian Liljefors and Fredrik Palmgren - founders of Business Wellness Group received the Growth Rings in Silver for the Founder of the Year 2021 award.