STA, 26 October - EKWB, a Komenda-based company developing and producing components for water cooling systems for custom-made high-performance computers, is this year's winner of the Golden Gazelle Award for the best fast-growing company presented by the publisher Dnevnik.
The 2021 Golden Gazelle statue was handed to EKWB director Edvard König by President Borut Pahor at a ceremony in the National Gallery in Ljubljana on Tuesday.
The award jury said that the "development of EKWB from a hobby-driven start-up into a high-quality international company is from textbooks."
It has been launched into the orbit of the best by the mixture of knowledge entrepreneurship and shared values of two exceptional individuals, engineer Edvard König and economist Matjaž Krč," it added.
The fastest-growing company of the Central Slovenia region is a global leader in its segment, numbering more than 200 employees. It generates 99% of its revenue internationally, as it sells its products to a total of 139 countries.
Last year, EKWB generated EUR 38.5 million in revenue and EUR 82,364 in added value per employee, which is almost double the national average.
"I'm very proud that the award jury recognised us as one of the drivers of development of our country. What led us here? It was simply our passion to innovation, something better, to testing boundaries and, of course, hard work," König said.
President Pahor thanked Dnevnik for launching twenty years ago the project that was "entrepreneurial initiative from the aspect of Dnevnik and an incentive for further work for the award winners."
He added that the entire community also benefited from the awards, thanking the award winners "for making sure that we are able to establish on the 30th anniversary of our independence that we have a healthy economy."