In a highly competitive contest of Estonian-American innovative partnerships, FORTUMO takes home the winning trophy at the Estonian American Innovation Award ceremony today. The award was presented by Ambassador Levine, Minister Paet, AmCham President Andrus Alber, BAFF Board Member Andres Trink and Technology Evangelist from Microsoft Dr. James Whittaker.ERPLY was declared the runner up and eight other business/non-profit partnerships – BoleFloor/Form, Cybernetica, Guardtime, Marinexplore, NowInnovation, Pipedrive, Plumbr, Secured 3D – received special recognition as finalists.Addressing an audience of Estonian and U.S. businesses, civil society representatives and students, Ambassador Levine said, “The Estonian-American relationship is maturing, growing and becoming even more dynamic. So often, people only talk about the headline grabbing issues like our close working relationship in cyber security and cooperation within NATO. Those storylines are deserving of all the praise they get. However, they are now not the only story. Instead, there is a growing vibrancy to the Estonian and American relationship in technology, business and arts and culture. And one of our main reasons in hosting the Innovation Award is to raise awareness of what is truly happening.”
The annual award is a cooperative project of AmCham Estonia, U.S. Embassy, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF), . Initiated in 2011, it recognizes innovation by Estonians in partnership with Americans in a broad range of fields. As winner, FORTUMO will receive 10,000 euros, and the runner up, ERPLY, will receive 5,000 euros.
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