Rising maritime stars step into the spotlight with the Young Entrepreneur Award.
Árnadóttir and Larsen-Hakkebo triumphed from a hotly contested shortlist that also included Karoline Sjødal Olsen, CEO and co-founder of Blue Lice, Inty Grønneberg, CEO and Founder of Ichthion, and Magnus Eikens, Morten A. Christophersen, David M. Knutsen, Miriam E. Wennberg, and Stian T. Magnusson, co-founders of Connect LNG. Click here or on the photo to learn more about the shortlisted nominees.
The 38 year-old Finn was chosen from a final shortlist that included Joel Spark, Co-Founder of Spire, Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund, and Christine Spiten, Co-Founder of Blueye Robotics.
Young Entrepreneur Award 2015
In 2015, the award went to Boyan Slat, CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, which he founded based on a technically feasible and financially viable method that targets the removal of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time. Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat combines technology and entrepreneurship to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece in 2011 and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered: why can’t we clean this up? He then devised a system with an array of floating barriers catching and concentrating the debris to enable a platform to efficiently extract the plastic afterwards. In 2013, he dropped out of his aerospace engineering studies to found The Ocean Cleanup. In 2014, the concept turned out to be a technically feasible and financially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years’ time. Raising $2.2 million through crowdfunding, the organization was able to enter the pilot phase of the project.
Young Entrepreneur Award 2013
Tor M. Østervold of ECOsubsea was the first winner of the newly established award. Based on his experience working on board a commercial vessel and completing his master’s in international shipping in Plymouth, Østervold came up with an innovative idea: cleaning the hull without damaging paint and at the same time collecting debris, thus sparing the environment damage. Born into a family of fishermen, he is CEO of ECOsubsea, a company he founded in 2008 and whose partners include Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and Innovation Norway. Their technology, approved for use in five ports, increases ship energy efficiency and reduces operational costs, invasive species and emissions. A successful company that spearheads challenges or solutions in a new way.