The King presents the New Entrepreneur of the Year awards

The King presents the New Entrepreneur of the Year award to Milan Rupertsson. In the background are members of the Nomination Committee: Permanent Secretary Director Rafael Bermejo, former County Governor of Blekinge County Director Gunvor Engström, and Group CEO Göran Lundwall from Almi. Photo: David Sica/Stella Pictures

On Tuesday 22 October, The King presented the New Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
There are two categories. The New Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented to a person with a foreign background who lives in Sweden and who has started a business in a short space of time using limited resources. The Pioneer category is awarded to a person with a foreign background who has lived in Sweden for a longer period of time and who has succeeded through hard work in building up a growth company that is innovative within its industry.
 
The New Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Milan Rupertsson from Ifab AB.
 
The reasons for winning were as follows: "Milan came to Sweden in 2010 from the Congo. One year later, she had started her own business. She chose to enter the male-dominated logging industry without any money, and using a second-hand machine. In the face of stiff competition, and following a few test commissions, she has now won five-year logging agreements."
The King presents the Pioneer award to Emad Bayoumy from Pyramidbageriet AB. In the background are Permanent Secretary of the Nomination Committee Rafael Bermejo, Chairman Björn Eriksson and committee member Gunvor Engström. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King presents the Pioneer award to Emad Bayoumy from Pyramidbageriet AB. In the background are Permanent Secretary of the Nomination Committee Rafael Bermejo, Chairman Björn Eriksson and committee member Gunvor Engström. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Pioneer award was presented to Emad Bayoumy from the Pyramidbageriet AB bakery.

The reasons for winning were as follows: "Emad started with SEK 400, and now has an annual turnover of SEK 40 million. In 1996, an Egyptian baker moved to Dala-Järna. He immediately began to create different varieties of bread that combined Swedish and Egyptian baking traditions. Emad's crispbread has enjoyed great culinary success, and is now often showcased as an example of Swedish food."

About the New Entrepreneur of the Year awards


The New Entrepreneur of the Year awards were founded in 1999. They represent a way of providing role models and highlighting good examples among people from foreign backgrounds.
 
The awards are presented each year to people from foreign backgrounds who have achieved success with their companies with limited resources, through hard and determined work.
 
The foundation responsible for the awards is the International Entrepreneur Association in Sweden (IFSexternal link, opens in new window).