Founder of the Year 

Honorary Award

Founder of the Year Award Honorary Award is Founders Alliance most prestigious accolade and is presented annually at the Founders Gala. By rewarding particularly successful founders who have made a lifetimes contribution, Founders Alliance wishes to inspire sustainable company building and inspire other founders to act as similarly great role models.

Each year, the Founders Alliance Exemplary Council nominates the winners of the award. Founder of the Year Honorary Award laureates, one man and one woman, receives the Growth Rings Award at the Founders' Gala on September 22, 2022.

During the summer of 2022 Founder of the Year Honorary Award will be announced here. Stay tuned!

Criteria for Founder of the Year Honorary Award

  • has built a limited company with over SEK 100 million in annual sales
  • has made a life long 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

Winners Founder of the Year Honorary Awards 2021

Christina Wahlström, founder of Mama Mia, and Darko Pervan, founder of Välinge, were awarded the Growth Rings in Gold for the Founder of the Year Honorary Award 2021 at the Founders’ Gala held at Stockholm City Hall on September 16, for their lifelong contribution to sustainable and long-term company building.