Swedish start-up Energy Effective Solutions wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2022Brussels, Belgium, 15 June 2022
The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) and Junior Achievement Europe (JA Europe) are delighted to announce that Energy Effective Solutions, a Swedish start-up, is the winner of the tenth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award.
This year’s edition was dedicated to women entrepreneurs, for the third time in a row.
Ida Norström, Founder and CEO, won the hearts and minds of the jury with her ambition to grow her business into one of Europe’s largest electricity companies and lead the transition to a modernised electricity industry. An inspiring young business leader, Ida Norström started her career at fourteen years old only and had already completed an apprenticeship before finishing high school.
Energy Effective Solutions programs and installs holistic, energy-efficient electrical projects that range from automated control systems to solar cells and electric car chargers. Ida Norström identified the growth potential stemming from consumer demand in sustainable solutions and has developed a team that is skilled and able to take advantage of this trend. The choice of Energy Effective Solutions is also meant to encourage young females to engage in this sector that is crucial for the EU and the world.
The distinguished jury included Kelly Adams-Smith, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the EU; Daniel Carrera, President, UPS Europe; Chris Delaney, President EMEA, Goodyear Europe; Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU; Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament, Martin Jetter, Senior Vice President and Chairman, IBM Europe; and Gilles Thiebaut, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HPE Northern Western Europe. The jury members had the difficult task of choosing a winner amongst three Junior Achievement Europe alumnae: Auguste Kaknevičiūtė, Founder and CEO of ONE 100 from Lithuania; Gry Larsen, CEO and owner of Pakkeriet Hadsund from Denmark; and Ida Norström, Founder and CEO of Energy Effective Solutions from Sweden.
As she received the award, Ida Norström, Founder and CEO, Energy Effective Solutions, said “It is an honour to receive this prize and I look forward to starting the mentorship programme with such inspiring business leaders, as I take my company to the next level.”
Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, said, ‘As we celebrate the European Year of Youth, I am thrilled to honour emerging women leaders. Entrepreneurship plays a key role in growing our economy and providing new opportunities to all segments of society. AmCham EU looks forward to mentoring and supporting Ida Norström to help her innovative company do both.’
Diana Filip, Deputy CEO, JA Europe, added, ‘Every multinational business we know today, started with the vision and ambition of individuals, who passionately and relentlessly worked to make their idea a reality. We are very thankful to AmCham EU and its members for supporting our JA alumnae in their entrepreneurial accomplishments.’
The AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award was launched in 2013 to recognise young people who have chosen to become entrepreneurs and to foster entrepreneurship in Europe. The initiative is supported by AmCham EU's Executive Council and organised in collaboration with JA Europe. Each finalist is presented with a monetary prize toward their start-up. In addition, all finalists will also receive mentorship from top European CEOs of AmCham EU member companies. AmCham EU also makes a contribution to the three local JA Europe organisations, recognising their contributions to fostering entrepreneurship at local level