The winners were selected from 100 finalists. The group of finalists has, over the course of the year, analyzed more than 804 companies that sent their growth plans.
The jury paid attention to the credibility of the business model (e.g. revenue logic, products/services, customer segments, need), growth capability (e.g. team, attitude, credibility) and market potential (domestic or international, scalability). The choice was difficult, but the jury was ultimately unanimous on the decision. Among the companies it was in common, that the businesses were genuinely international.
“The company has credible opening-ups with big customers, and the team is capable of delivering international growth,” said Seppo Sneck, Chairman of the Jury. “The company has proven technology and convincing leadership that will enable the team to reach their goals.
The founder and CEO of Cajo Tehchnologies Niko Karsikas receiving the award
Kasvu Open is the largest project for sparring eager to grow companies with growth experts in Finland. Throughout the competition every eager to grow company has an opportunity to present own growth plan to a great number of experts free of charge. As a result, companies have a clarified growth plan, enlarged network of the best possible growth venture experts and investors in the country.
In 2018 over 900 experienced managers will meet 450 small and medium size companies for a total amount of time exceeding 4550 hours. Following the main goal of Kasvu Open, hundreds of experts offer own knowledge and skills on a voluntary basis. Kasvu Open gathers growth professionals, investors and other partners into one solid network, which supports companies.
Although first defined as a competition, Kasvu Open does not aim at bringing companies to compete for the titles. On the contrary, it builds a platform where each company can introduce own ideas, test them, receive feedback, polish the plans and try to solve problems together with the experts on the way of making own dreams come true. Absolutely anyone can participate in Kasvu Open, regardless of the scale of growth or goals.
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