During the evening event, all finalists were announced and now have the chance to win prizes at the Umea Gala on 23 March. The three companies that can become the cultural and creative company of the year are Facit Bar, Turborilla and Mat & Event Umeå. The prize is awarded by eXpression Umeå in cooperation with the Umeå Creative Industry Association.
The cultural and creative industries play an important role in Umeå's attractiveness and economic development. Therefore, it feels great to have the opportunity for the second year to recognize driven and skilled entrepreneurs. As usual, it has been difficult to select three finalists, but we see this as a sign of how strong the creative sector is in our region, says Barbro Renkel, CEO of eXpression Umeå and chairman of the jury.
Here are the three finalists together with the jury's motivation:
"With a clear ambition to showcase Sweden's entire register and world-leading position in beverages, Facit Bar has truly put Umeå on the cocktail map. Their creative concept of using only Swedish ingredients and influences ranges from cocktails, food and art to cultural events. Facit Bar's curiosity to constantly innovate drives the development of small-scale local food production, which enriches both the Swedish cultural heritage and Umeå's cultural life."
"Turborilla has its feet firmly rooted in Umeå's game development mill while globally evolving into one of the greats in the action sports category. In recent years, they have worked actively to promote Umeå and northern Sweden as an important hub for game development while driving the process for a more gender-equal industry. With a big heart for the digital craft, the company continues to create captivating experiences for enthusiastic audiences around the world."
Food & Event
"There's no escaping the passion and clear sustainability focus that drives the team behind Mat & Event. By engaging large and small players from across the Umeå region, they have succeeded in democratising gastronomic experiences for both the connoisseur and the curious. Umeå Smakfestival and Smakpromenader are recurring favourites that enliven Umeå's cultural life and continue to be relevant thanks to the company's drive to constantly evolve."
The Cultural and Creative Enterprise of the Year Award is presented in cooperation with Umeå Creative Industry Association.
Expression also presents the Innovative Company of the Year award together with stakeholders from the innovation support system. Info about all finalists and prizes can be found on the Umeågalan website.