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20 September 2023 06:00PM-11:00PM CESTGrand Hôtel Stockholm, Sweden - (UTC +02:00)

Member & Finalist Invitation

It is with great pleasure that we warmly welcome you to the 22nd Founders Awards Gala and an evening with your peer large scale founders at Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden on September 20, 2023.

The celebration begins with a pre-Gala Drink at 6:00 pm (18:00). During the Founders Awards Gala we will enjoy a 3-course dinner, exchange experiences and insights as we are inspired by the evening’s festivities. 

Founders from various countries around the world are nominated in each of the three categories of Founder of the Year, Young Founder of the Year and Founder of the Year Honorary Award. 

The winners will be announced at the 22nd Founders Awards Gala at Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, September 20, 2023. 

Dresscode: Cocktail Attire

Warm welcome!

Founders Awards is a number of awards such as Young Founder of the Year, Founder of the Year and Founder of the Year Honorary Award, presented annually by Founders Alliance in Sweden to recognize achievement amongst founders. 

The awards were first presented in 2001, and winners will receive the commonly called Growth Rings. The purpose is to inspire the sustainable creation of companies by rewarding and spotlighting particularly successful ones. 

To encourage long-term, sustainable and equal ownership, Founders Alliance pays attention to female and male founders 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

What all founders have in common is that they themselves are 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 meager and tough years without development. The Founders Awards annual growth rings symbolize this story”

Program (UTC +02)

06:00 PM

Check-in, Registration & Pre Gala Drink

You will find your table and seating allocation under your Personal Program in the Gala App. 

Please be on time and note that the doors will close at 7:00 PM.

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Spegelsalen, or the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Hôtel
06:45 PM

Table Seating

Time to take your seat at the table. Doors closes at 7:00 pm.

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Spegelsalen, or the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Hôtel
07:15 PM

Founders Awards Gala

During the Founders Awards Gala, we enjoy a 3-course dinner and are inspired by each other and from the participating founders on stage. 

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Spegelsalen, or the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Hôtel
11:15 PM

Afterparty The Hall of Mirrors

Afterparty until AM 01:00 at Grand Hôtel, Hall of Mirrors.

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Spegelsalen, or the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Hôtel


Recommended hotels: During your stay in Stockholm we recommend that you book one of the following hotels. 

Hotel Kung Carl a centrally located hotel at vibrant Stureplan in Stockholm.

Hotel Kungsträdgården your new home away from home, next to the Royal Garden, in the heart of StockholmBerns is a historical boutique hotel located at the centre of Stockholm’s dynamic shopping and restaurant district, overlooking Berzelii Park and the Baltic Sea. 

Grand Hôtel is situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. This is also the venue of our Founders World Summit as well as the venue for the Founders Awards Gala September 20, 2023

Berns  is a historical boutique hotel located at the centre of Stockholm’s dynamic shopping and restaurant district, overlooking Berzelii Park and the Baltic Sea. 

Hotel Diplomat is the unique Art Nouveau palace and its stunning views of the Stockholm waterfront make for a five-star hotel experience in every sense of the word. 

Villa Dagmar is a beautiful and creative home for the curious traveller who is seeking a hotel in Stockholm with both heart and soul in a chic and conscious part of the city, next door to the historic Östermalms saluhall.

Dress Code - Cocktail Attire

For Women

As a general rule, stay away from both maxi and mini dresses and opt for something in between. You don't have to wear a cocktail dress to a cocktail party, though jumpsuits, pantsuits, blazers, and blouses in fine materials are all great alternatives.

For Men

A suit is required for men's cocktail attire. It can be a full suit or separate blazer and pants, but they should still look formal. 

As always, we have room for adding a little more of your personal style.

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Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Founders Alliance at a Glance

Founders Alliance was established in 2002 by Niclas Carlsson. Today Founders Alliance is a premium collaborative business forum for founders of large-scale corporations, owners of international growth companies and engaged in multiple social impact initiatives around the globe.

Founders Alliance facilitates a platform for collaboration for founders (members) incl. Founders Groups, one-to-one introductions, closed online communities, international business trips and events (hybrid). 

The Founders World Summit, which is the annual culmination delivered for the 9th time September, September 19-20 2023 interlinked with the 22nd Founders Awards Gala September 20, 2023 at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm.

Its membership comprises over 300 high performing founders owning over 3000 companies in all parts of the world stretching across all industries and areas of expertise. 

The core of Founders Alliance is independent from state funding, financial actors, advisory firms and academic institutions.

For membership requests please contact niclas.carlsson@foundersalliance.com.