Visionary entrepreneur awarded the Key to Gothenburg
The Key to Gothenburg is a symbolic prize that is awarded by Business Region Göteborg normally to a company and investment in the Gothenburg region that is considered of great importance for the region’s long-term growth and development. This year, as the city celebrates its 400-year anniversary, we wanted to acknowledge, an individual that has meant, and means a lot, for Gothenburg’s development.
Mattias Jonsson, chair of the board at Business Region Göteborg, handed over the prize to Ola Serneke at an event celebrating the 400-year jubilee on 1 June. He also read the motivation:
“Ola is an entrepreneur and visionary who through his engagement and pioneering work has made a positive impact on Gothenburg’s growth and development. His contribution to the city's business climate and community is significant. With determination and perseverance, he has identified and implemented large and complex projects, which are making their mark on the city and its skyline. His commitment and dedication have not only contributed to the city's infrastructure, but also developed Gothenburg as a dynamic and attractive place for businesses and residents.
Ola is a person who has literally shown that it is possible to reach sky-high goals, with a great desire to improve, not only Gothenburg, but the world. Now Scandinavia’s tallest building will soon be completed, Gothenburg's new landmark. Perhaps it is the courage to dare, that has made his journey the success story it is.
Thanks, from us and Gothenburg!”
Ola Serneke is the owner and former CEO of Serneke and the driving force behind the Karlatornet skyscraper project. Located at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, the building is due for completion in 2024. Karlatornet will be 246 metres tall, which makes it the tallest building in Scandinavia. Since it was established by Ola in 2002, Serneke has become one of Sweden’s biggest construction companies. It is also very active in terms of sponsorship and CSR projects.