16 September 06:00 PM - 01:00 AMStockholm City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden - (UTC +02:00)

Personal Invitation 

It is with great pleasure that we warmly welcome you to Founders' Gala and Founders Awards at The City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden on September 16, 2021 (on our twentieth anniversary). 

The City Hall is famous for its grand ceremonial halls, unique art and architecture and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on December 10 every year. It is also where Founders Alliance was officially inaugurated twenty years ago.

The celebration begins with a pre-Gala Drink in The Golden Hall at 6:00 pm (18:00) followed by a roundtable talk moderated by experienced founders. 

During the Founders Gala, we will enjoy a 3-course dinner, exchange experiences and insights as we are inspired by the evening’s festivities. 

To encourage long-term ownership and perseverance, we have begun to be ever more attentive to every step of the entrepreneurial journey. 

The Annual Rings Award is an acknowledgement of such and is given to the Founder of the Year in six developmental phases; from the young founder, through all phases of the company's growth, to the founder who through a lifetime’s effort has developed one or more companies, and has become a good role model for other founders.

The winners in each category, two women and two men, chosen during the gala by qualified founders acting as jury and who will present the Annual Rings Award, of silver and gold at the Founders Gala.

Warm welcome!

Preliminary Program (UTC +02)

Registration & Pre Gala Mingle in The Golden Hall

You will find your table and seating allocation in the Gala app. Come in good time.

The Golden Hall is a lavish 44 meter long banqueting hall upstairs in Stockholm City Hall, named after the golden wall mosaic designed by the artist Einar Forseth, after an idea by the City Hall architect Ragnar Östberg. The hall is known for being the venue where the dance is held after the Nobel Banquet in the City Hall's Blue Hall.


Presentation & Round Table Talk

Presentation and Round Table Talk. We encourage in depth exchanges of experience at the table, where founders take up the challenge and with a founder moderator who steers the discussions.

You will find your table seating in the Gala app. The roundtable talks start at 6:45 PM. 

Doors to the City Hall will close at 6:30 PM. Please make sure that you are on time. 


Welcome to Founders Gala incl Founders Awards

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

The City Hall is famous for the grand ceremonial halls as well as its unique art and architecture. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on the 10th of December every year. It is also where Founders Alliance was officially inaugurated 20 years ago.

Live broadcast starts at 7:30 PM.


Twenty Year Anniversary Celebration Party

Welcome to join Founders Alliance Twenty Year Anniversary Celebration Party with Gala dance and mingle in the Golden Hall.


Thank you for a wonderful Gala!

After Gala Party

Location to be decided.



Official Hotel: During your stay in Stockholm Hotel Diplomat is serving as the official meeting centre for all participants at the Founders' Gala. Please reserve your overnight stay on this link. Limited number of rooms. As of April 1, we cannot guarantee the availability of hotel rooms.

Dress Code Black Tie. For women to dress for black tie a floor-length dress or gown is the ideal outfit. For men this dress code means tuxedo or dinner jacket.

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

Founders Alliance at a Glance

Founders Alliance Sweden was established in 2002 by Niclas Carlsson together with fifty entrepreneurs who joined him to start a collaborative forum of large scale founders. All shared a vision for sustainable and large international corporate creation, responsible ownership with positive societal impact, the very same values that are upheld to this day. 

Founders Alliance is the premier collaborative business forum for Sweden's top founders. Its membership is comprised of over 400 high performing founders, owners in a network of 2000 companies stretching across all industries and areas of expertise. 

In 2015 Founders Alliance started the international expansion, now with 250 active large scale founders headed by 50 international founders with headquarters in 11 countries including: USA (CA), India, China (Hong Kong), United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain. 

Founders Alliance international members are founders of large scale international corporations, owners of other international growth companies and engaged in multiple social impact initiatives around the globe. 

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.