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Significant recognition for Unisport – awarded for the best company in Kasvutarina 2018

Press Release   •   Apr 13, 2018 11:12 GMT

Mikko Kilpeläinen - Unisport and Juha Peltola - Vaaka Partners

Unisport has been selected as a winner of the Finnish Venture Capital Association and PwC's annual Growth Builder 2018 contest. More than 700 companies participated in this year’s competition. Together with the help of Vaaka Partners, the company has managed to multiply its turnover in a short time and become the Nordic market leader in sports facilities surfaces and equipment. The winner of the contest was nominated by a jury composed of experts in the fields of business, communications and investors. The jury was reassured by Unisport's unique growth story, where growth has happened both organically and rapidly through acquisitions.

“Internationalization and vision are unique in Unisport’s story. The company has managed to get ahead of development through acquisitions and to ensure that international growth opportunities will continue in the future,"
commented the chairman of the jury and the new CEO of Vake Oy, Taneli Tikka. "Unisport is a great example of co-operation between a company and an investor, with competent management creating brilliant results together."

"This recognition is a great prize for work done. We have done significant things, and we get more power to continue the path of growth. Together with Vaaka, we intend to continue seamless co-operation and strategy in line with growth, both organically and in the form of acquisitions, with the aim of improving the company,"
says Mikko Kilpeläinen, CEO of Unisport.

Finnish Venture Capital Association promotes the interest of venture capital and private equity investors and their positive impact on growth companies and the national economy in Finland. Majority of the Finnish private equity and venture capital investors are members of the association. The association also has limited partners and service providers, who are engaged in activities that benefit the private equity and venture capital industry as members. FVCA improves the operating environment of the industry through active policy work, communications and research activities. In addition, the association develops and maintains professional standards and guidelines for the industry in Finland and provides training for the members. FVCA is a member of Invest Europe, the association representing Europe’s private equity and venture capital industry, as well as their investors.

Unisport is the market leader in sports and exercise facility services in the Nordics and has growth prospects in Northern Europe. It has turnover of 155 million euros and 360 employees in 6 countries. The head office is located in Helsinki. The companies operating in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the UK, and Latvia complement each other product-wise and geographically. The aim is to reach a significant growth in sales and to become a leading North European one-stop service partner whose sports facility concepts provide attractive sports facilities that make people move.

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