MIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

THE COMPETITION HAS ENDED. We received 96 nominations. THE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED ON 11.12.2019.

A NEW COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2020. 

The aim of the Suomen Yrittäjät Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year competition is to acknowledge and highlight entrepreneurs who have moved to Finland.

  • When choosing the winner, the story is given more weight than business results.
  • The chosen winner will have found a way to do business in Finnish society, despite the challenges of language barriers and cultural differences.
  • They will be an engaging example to other immigrants and respected in his or her own community.
  • Their business must be profitable and have growth prospects.
  • The entrepreneur must have taken care of all their legal obligations concerning the business and must have a solid reputation
  • This entrepreneur will convey a positive attitude to life and business.
  • The chosen winner may either operate a single-person business or be an employer, or even a pair or team of entrepreneurs.

Who can nominate the winner?

Anyone may submit a nomination in Finnish or English by 20 November. Suomen Yrittäjät will process the nominations, after which a dedicated jury will choose the winner and runners-up from among five finalists. The winner will receive a €3,000 prize from the Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company, while those awarded second and third place will receive a certificate.

To be nominated for the competition, the immigrant entrepreneur must meet the following conditions:

  • - The entrepreneur was not born in Finland.
  • - Their native langauge is not Finnish, Swedish or Saame.
  • - The business’s finances must be in order.
  • - The entrepreneur has registered a business in Finland which has been operational for at least three years.
  • - A pair or team of entrepreneurs may be nominated for the competition. A single-person business may also be nominated.
  • - A member of the Suomen Yrittäjät immigrant entrepreneur network management team may not be nominated.

» You may nominate an entrepreneur by using this form.