Optidev CEO Fredrik Logenius nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year
In early October, Optidev’s Fredrik Logenius and Christian Lundin were named Borås Entrepreneur of the Year 2020. Just a few weeks later, CEO Fredrik Logenius has now also been nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, a programme which spans more than 60 countries around the world. Logenius, one of Western Sweden’s ten finalists for the prize, has a good chance of progressing to the national final in Stockholm on 29 January 2021.
“It feels great that Optidev’s success and my work as CEO have received so much attention lately. The nomination as Western Sweden’s Entrepreneur of the Year is proof of our efforts and it’s a huge honour for me personally,” says Logenius.
Competing alongside some of the foremost entrepreneurs in the world
EY Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the world’s most prominent awards for entrepreneurs. As an organisation, each year EY arranges an awards ceremony to raise awareness of entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship. The competition is held at regional, national, and international level in 140 cities across more than 60 countries. The winner of the main prize will represent Sweden at the world final in June 2021 to compete for the title World Entrepreneur of the Year.
In order to be nominated for the award, entrepreneurs must have founded a company that has been active for at least five years and has a turnover of at least SEK 10 million, or at least ten employees. This autumn, independent juries will select six regional winners in the four prize categories. In addition to the main prize, there are also prizes for Female Shooting Star of the Year, Male Shooting Star of the Year, and Best International Growth. They will then advance to the national finals at Stockholm City Hall on 29 January 2021.
Growing and award-winning employer
Optidev has been developing and supplying business-critical mobility solutions for more than 20 years, including everything from digitalisation for industry-leading transport and logistics companies such as Postnord, DHL, and DB Schenker, to data-secure systems for ticket checks on public transport. Early on in the pandemic, Optidev also created an app solution so that pupils could still get a school lunch despite distance learning, while also supporting the local restaurant industry. The solution was a huge success in Borås and has since been picked up by several other Swedish municipalities.
“For us, it went without saying to offer our expertise. What’s more, it’s great to see that our solutions are useful and make day-to-day life easier,” says Logenius.
From its head office in Borås, Optidev has grown steadily. It now employs around 90 people and has an annual turnover of SEK 187 million. For several years the company has actively pursued a positive internal culture for its employees. The company has featured on the Great Place to Work list in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
In early September, Optidev AB was acquired by the Norwegian firm Techstep ASA. Together, the companies are consolidating their positions as leading players in cost-effective and complete mobility solutions with an emphasis on transport, logistics, data security, and Managed Mobility Services (MMS).