The moment we've all been waiting for is here - it's time to meet the finalists of the first-ever Baltic scale innovation and sustainability awards. Our expert Jury of international and local experts from 12 countries worldwide has done an amazing job and selected the finalists out of more than 320 applications, all based on the methodology created by Plan A.
Three finalists are selected in each of the eight subcategories. We all will have an opportunity to hear more about finalists' achievements during the Awards Ceremony on December 9, where all the finalist submissions will be presented. One winner in each subcategory will also be announced during the Awards Ceremony. Make sure to join the awards ceremony online by registering for the event here.
On behalf of the whole Helve team, we would like to say a huge thank you to each and every enterprise, individual, and startup for sharing your achievements in sustainability! We hope that your work inspires others to follow the example you set.
First things first - huge congratulations to the finalists! Make sure to give them some love by sharing this article on our social channels! But now 🥁🥁🥁- let's meet the finalists:
Finalists of the IMPACT category
Large & medium enterprises
Enefit (Baltic) - Locally produced energy from renewable sources only for households and businesses
Trafi (Lithuania) - Connected mobility solutions for people, cities, and companies
Vėjo projektai (Lithuania) - Electric city buses DANCER & DANCER Mobility, a service package for transport operators
Commune DIY (Lithuania) - Sustainable products and materials made by 100% recycled hardwood skateboards
PLŪKT (Latvia) - Herbal teas in biodegradable, plant-based tea bags & black tea made of wild fireweed herb
Institute for Environmental Solutions (Latvia) - Solution that monitors the rice fields in Vietnam using satellite data to reduce methane emissions
Rockit Impact Accelerator (Lithuania) - Acceleration program focused on growing sustainable B2B solutions
Viimsi Municipality Government (Estonia) - Sustainable urban drainage systems that manage stormwater runoff
Vilnius City Municipality (Lithuania) - An open platform that encourages sustainable energy idea implementation in Vilnius
Finalists of the INNOVATION category
AUGA group (Lithuania) - The world's first hybrid biomethane and electric tractor for professional farm use
AUS DESIGN (Estonia) - Industrial upcycling: producing clothing from pre-production leftover fabrics
Rokiškio sūris (Lithuania) - Renewable energy generated by heat pumps using heat from waste
Gelatex (Estonia) - Technology to produce nanofiber scaffolds for cultured meat
Grünfin (Estonia) - A sustainable investing platform
TerraWaste (Latvia) - Innovative technology (HTLooP) for non-recyclable waste recycling
Finalists of the CHANGEMAKER category
Estonia Diana Paakspuu, CEO at Re-use Center
Gary Urb, Co-Founder, and CEO at UP Catalyst
Kadri Piho, Co-founder at Beamline Accelerator, coach at ClimateLaunchpad, and head of Ida-Viru county green strategy plan
Latvia Dagnija Blumberga, climate neutrality ambassador and professor at Riga Technical University
Kristīne Nagle, sustainability advisor and creator of Your Impact House
Mairita Lūse, environmental activist, councillor at Riga City Council
Lithuania Julija Maslinskaitė, sustainable entrepreneurship ambassador
Karolina Gurjazkaitė, dam removal advocate and environmental expert at Lithuanian Environmental Coalition Nikolaj Martyniuk, Co-Founder and CEO at WePower Network
More information about the finalists' work and achievements can be found here on the Finalists' section of our webpage. The achievements and submissions of all finalists will be presented on December 9 at the Rimi Baltic Sustainability Awards ceremony, where the winner in each category will be announced. The award ceremony will take place online, and anyone interested is invited to register for the award ceremony here.
“It is a pleasure that already in the first year of the Rimi Baltic Sustainability Awards, we have received more than 320 applications from active people and professionals, small companies and large, as well as well-known brands in all 3 Baltic countries. This shows that innovation is in focus in any sector, and a lot of resources and a great deal of enthusiasm are devoted. These finalists demonstrate how sustainability innovation links not only to IT but also energy, transport, finance, and other sectors and show how vast and different solutions are possible in each of them. Everyone's contribution to sustainability is significant, so we want to tell the general public about it by awarding the finalists in the "Changemaker" category,” shares Zanda Sadre, Corporate Brand and Communications Director at Rimi Baltic Group.
Now that you know the finalists, you most definitely need to join the awards ceremony to find out the winners, so press "going" to Rimi Baltic Sustainability Awards Facebook and LinkedIn events to know all the topical information and be at the ceremony.
Rimi Baltic Sustainability Awards are organized by innovation management company Helve with the support of the general partner Rimi Baltic, methodology partner Plan A as well as partners e-solutions company Dokobit, PwC Latvija, and Citadele bank. The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on December 9.