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The prize was presented on 2 April during the meeting of Börssällskapet at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in front of a capacity audience. A silver Gothenburg statuette and a cheque for SEK 25,000 were presented by the Chair of Gothenburg City Executive Board, Axel Josefson, and Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group. The winner of the Gothenburg Company Prize 2018 is I-Tech, a biotech company that has developed a sustainable method for preventing barnacles from settling on vessel hulls.

Axel Josefson, Chair of Gothenburg City Executive Board, and Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group present the Prize to I-Tech AB (Left to right: CFO Magnus Henell, Chairman of the Board Stefan Sedersten, CEO Philip Chaabane). Photo: Tim Kristensson/Happy Visuals

“In a country with so many exciting and promising companies, we feel very humbled to be winner of the Gothenburg Company Prize. I-Tech, a company born out of local academic research and largely backed by local financiers, is at the centre of a global expansion of the marine sector which is so important to Gothenburg. We share this honour with everyone who has been part of our almost 20-year journey,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.

I-Tech was founded in 2000 and is a spin-off from research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. It is a research-intensive company that applies biotechnology to one of the maritime industry’s major problems, barnacle settlement. I-Tech’s product Selektope is a substance that is added to marine coatings to prevent barnacles from fouling vessel hulls. Selektope is unique in being the world’s only marine anti-fouling agent that does not kill barnacles.

Facts about the Gothenburg Company Prize:

  • Every year Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group awards the Gothenburg Company Prize to successful companies that are run and developed in the Gothenburg region.
  • The prize consists of SEK 25,000 and a silver statuette.
  • Since it was established in 1994 the Gothenburg Company Prize has been awarded to around 60 companies.

Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group is a platform for collaboration between trade & industry, organisations, municipal administrations and academia, and is aimed at making Gothenburg even more competitive and attractive. The Trade and Industry Group uses initiatives and projects to stimulate inclusivity and long-term skills provision, in order to contribute to an attractive, dynamic and sustainable metropolitan region.

The winner of the 2018 Prize is I-Tech, a biotech company that has developed a sustainable method for preventing barnacles from settling on vessel hulls. The Prize will be presented by Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group and the Chair of Gothenburg City Executive Board, Axel Josefson, on 2 April during the meeting of Börssällskapet.

Management team, I-Tech. Photo: Anders Bryngel

– This year’s winner is a company that has demonstrated impressive entrepreneurship and innovation. Through innovative research it has changed its industry and is now at the cutting edge of development. I-Tech has a unique, sustainable and world-leading product, says Kristin Mari Riera, project manager, Göteborg & Co’s Trade and Industry Group.

I-Tech was founded in 2000 and is a spin-off from research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. It is a research-intensive company that applies biotechnology to one of the maritime industry’s major problems, barnacle settlement. I-Tech’s product Selektope is a substance that is added to marine coatings to prevent barnacles from fouling vessel hulls. Selektope is unique in being the world’s only marine anti-fouling agent that does not kill barnacles.

– In a country with so many exciting and promising companies, we feel very humbled to be winner of the Gothenburg Company Prize. I-Tech, a company born out of local academic research and largely backed by local financiers, is at the centre of a global expansion of the marine sector which is so important to Gothenburg. We share this honour with everyone who has been part of our almost 20-year journey, says Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.

Electric bike company EcoRide and IT company Pilotfish Networks are the winners of the Gothenburg Company Prize 2017. The prize was awarded by the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co and the Chairman of Gothenburg City Executive Board, Ann-Sofie Hermansson, on 5 February, 2018.

Foto: Marie Ullnert

“This year’s winners are two companies that have both demonstrated impressive entrepreneurship and innovation. Through their innovative work they have changed their respective industries and are now at the cutting edge of development,” said Lennart Johansson, Director of the Trade & Industry Group at Göteborg & Co. He awarded the prizes together with Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Chairman of Gothenburg City Executive Board.

Since its foundation in 1994 the Gothenburg Company Prize has been received by around 60 successful companies that are run and developed in the Gothenburg region. The prize consists of SEK 25,000 and a silver statue.

EcoRide

EcoRide was formed in 2007 by the young brothers Martin and Christian Walleräng who, taking inspiration from China, wanted to bring electric bikes to Sweden and give everyone a chance to cycle more and reduce climate impact. EcoRide is now the leading electric bike company in the Nordic region and sells around 10,000 bikes each year.

“The Walleräng brothers, who created EcoRide, timed the launch of their electric bikes very well and the company has had a fantastic journey. EcoRide is now almost synonymous with electric bikes. For the bike industry it is important to continue developing urban infrastructure to reduce environmental impact and find good transport solutions. We are still in the early stages of sustainable development. It’s naturally a great pleasure to receive the Gothenburg Company Prize and it’s something that everyone in the company should be proud of,” commented Mårten Nydahl, CEO of EcoRide.

Pilotfish Networks

Pilotfish Networks, which was formed in 2000, was originally a spin-off from Ericsson. The company has brought the Internet of Things to public transport and made it both smarter and more eco-friendly by developing systems that optimise and manage complex wireless data communications to and from mobile devices. Their product is currently installed in around 5,000 vehicles in several countries.

“This is the first time we have won a prize and it feels amazing. Getting this recognition in our own city makes it extra special! Digitalisation and public transport are in a period of growth, and between 2016 and 2017 we doubled our business. There is strong demand in our industry and we will continue to improve our product and business,” said Tomas Gabinus, CEO of Pilotfish Networks.