CYEA 2013 has been successfully completed on February 6th with the award ceremony. Rakel Sölvadóttir, founder of Skema, won the first Creative Young Entrepreneur Award.
Close to one hundred people gathered on the evening of February 6th in the lecture hall of Arion Banki headquarters to attend the Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (CYEA) ceremony. CYEA is a way to honor creative solutions that corporations find by complying to corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles. The award was held for the first time in Iceland and was organized by JCI Reykjavik International, an English division of JCI Iceland.
The ceremony was opened by the Minister of Industries Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir.
Four finalists – Hilmir Ingi Jónsson from ReMake Electric, Rakel Sölvadóttir from Skema, Hjálmar Gislason from DataMarket, and Eirikur Hrafsson from GreenQloud have presented their business cases at the ceremony.
Based on presentations, follow-up questions and application forms, the judges (KC Tran, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon Recycling International; Árdis Ármannsdottir, Marketing Director of The Innovation Center Iceland; Brynhildur Daviðsdóttir, Professor in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland; Páll Ásgeir Davíðsson, Founder and Director of Vox Naturae; and Jenný Jóakimsdóttir, National President of JCI Iceland 2007) have selected a winner.
Nominees were judged by the creativity of the product or process they have initiated; implementation of CSR values into their business practices; solution to a problem; leadership qualities and the positive impact they have created on the environment and society as a whole.
Rakel Sölvadóttir from Skema was announced the winner of the first CYEA. The judges recognized creativity of Skema’s methodology and long-term positive impact it has on children and society. Skema specializes in teaching children programming from early age, and their methodology is based on research in psychology, pedagogy and computer science.
“We, as individuals, consumers, employees, and business owners have a lot of influence on the society and the environment.” said Elizes, the project initiator and a member of JCI. “Here, we witnessed incredible achievements that we can learn from”.