On Tuesday 7 October, The King presented the New Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
After a welcome by Maroun Aoun, CEO of IFS, and former County Governor Björn Eriksson, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Canada's ambassador Kenneth Macartney spoke about Canada's integration work:
"We want to benefit from the potential and the commitment offered by those who choose to settle with us. We have opened our borders to more than a million people since the Second World War. We view immigration, integration and citizenship as an entire process: after immigration comes integration, and then people put down roots. Canadians see immigration as a positive thing. Canadian employees have long recognised the advantages of a diverse workforce, not least when it comes to those who work with the international market."
Ratna Omidvar from the Maytree Foundation then spoke about the foundation's work and about the similarities between Sweden and Canada.
Rafael Bermejo, Permanent Secretary of the Nomination Committee, and the previous year's winners Milan Rupertsson from Ifab and Emad Bayoumy from Pyramidbageriet also spoke, after which this year's nominees were presented.
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 award is presented to a person with a foreign background who has lived in Sweden for a longer period of time and who has succeeded in establishing a strong and profitable business.
The New Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Temerlan Mamergov from Standart Bygg & Platt AB.
The reasons for winning were as follows: "Temerlan Mamergov fled the war in Chechnya and came to Sweden in 2004. In 2008 he started his own business, which now has 22 employees and a turnover of SEK 30 million."
The Pioneer award was presented to Emanuel Dohi from Dohi Sweden AB.
The reasons for winning were as follows: "Emanuel Dohi is a true serial entrepreneur, who came from Romania as a 6-year-old. He started his first company immediately after university. He has started more companies since then, and today he owns and runs a digital media company."
Emanuel Dohi gave a speech of thanks. "We are settlers of our time. We have no new continents to discover and no dictatorships to fight, but we have new digital arenas to conquer and we are doing so together."
An honorary prize was also presented for the first time. The prize was awarded to Ibbe Gnem, who founded Distriktstandvård Sverige AB together with Jan Lindqvist.
The ceremony ended with a song performed by Marie Lalá, accompanied on guitar by Henric Karlsson.
The New Entrepreneur of the Year awards were established in 1999. The aim is to provide role models and highlight good examples.
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 (IFS).