Controlant won Gulleggið in 2009 and now come in as a sponsor of the Golden Egg 2023, the country's largest entrepreneurial competition, thus giving back to the innovation and entrepreneurial community in Iceland.
Controlant knows firsthand how important it is to support startups and entrepreneurs, but in 2009 Controlant won Gulleggið and gave the recognition to founders tremendous encouragement to continue the development of the company and put their ideas into practice.
Since then, Controlant has grown and thrived, and today the company employs around 420 people in five countries to develop, manufacture and service monitoring solutions used by the world's largest pharmaceutical companies to ensure medicines and vaccines arrive safely and efficiently at their destination.
Controlant has won numerous awards and recognitions, both here in Iceland and abroad, including the Growth Spurt 2022 for the strong development of a start-up company, the President of Iceland's Export Award 2021 and the Icelandic Innovation Prize 2020.
Continued growth is expected over the next few years as there has rarely been a greater need for safe, efficient and traceable transportation of sensitive medicines with sustainability and waste minimisation as a guiding principle.
This year, Controlant is celebrating its 15th anniversary and celebrates being able at that juncture to support entrepreneurs who want to put their ideas into practice.
Gísli Herjólfsson, CEO and one of the founders of Controlant:
"It was a tremendous encouragement for us to get Gulleggið in its day. We were then a traditional scepter with very few employees, little to no income but big ideas that we wanted to make a reality. Following the recognition and strength from Rannís, the ball started to roll where we could attract great people and investors to pursue the big ideas. We are happy to now be able to give back and support the innovation community in Iceland, which is a very important ground for future entrepreneurs."
Kristín Soffía Jónsdóttir, Managing Director KLAK – Icelandic Startups:
"Not to forget, Controlant is the first sponsor of the Golden Egg to have won the entrepreneurial competition. Controlant is the company we refer to when we talk about the success of the Golden Egg and it is very important to us to get them in as sponsors. Not only do they give the competition financial strength, but they bring in experience and knowledge that will definitely give us more powerful Golden Eggs."