President puts four winners on a pedestal
This year, one of The Internationalisation Awards of the President of the Republic was given to honour Finland’s centennial celebrations.
The special Finland 100 prize was awarded to Ponsse, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forest machines. Founded in 1970, the company is active in 40 countries and 80 per cent of its turnover comes from export.
Ponsse was chosen as the recipient of the special award, as its story “reflects how Finland has grown from a country of agriculture and forestry to an information society that fearlessly utilises digitalisation and bioeconomy, without letting go of its roots deeply grounded in the forests and looking after the community”.
Elsewhere, the Growth Company Award was won by Oulu-based iLOQ, which develops digital locking systems that harvest their own energy. iLOQ is “an example of how digitalisation can open-mindedly be combined with an industry where it’s traditionally not been used”.
In the Newcomers category, the winning name is Framery. The company manufactures and develops soundproof private spaces, such as phone booths for offices. Its selection is based on the company continuing and renewing the traditions of functional Finnish furniture in a new environment and supporting the wellbeing, creativity and productivity of office employees.
The Community Award winner is Finnish Business Angels Network FiBAN, which is a non-profit association with over 600 approved investor members seeking new growth companies.
The Internationalisation Awards of the President of the Republic are granted to Finnish companies and organisations that have achieved international success. The President, currently Sauli Niinistö, grants the award annually on the recommendation of Team Finland.