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GrabCAD wins first Estonian American Innovation Award 2011!

December 15, 2011
Ambassador Michael C. Polt, Riigikogu Speaker Enne Ergma and GrabCad team. (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

Ambassador Michael C. Polt, Riigikogu Speaker Enne Ergma and GrabCad team. (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

Ambassador Michael C. Polt and Riigikogu Speaker Enne Ergma on December 15 announced GrabCad as winner of the first Estonian American Innovation Award, at a special ceremony in Tallinn. GrabCAD, with offices in Boston and Estonia, has built an online community and marketplace that connect mechanical engineers with people and companies that need things built—everything from auto parts and motorcycles to custom furniture, toys, and mobile devices, received a plaque and 10,000 euros. Runner-up University of Tartu Institute of Physics, which received a plaque and 5,000 euros, is working with the University of Michigan in developing two digital devices to diagnose and monitor cataract and other eye diseases with significantly greater precision, portability, and ease of use. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation.   

In his comments at the event, Ambassador Polt encouraged more Estonian innovators who have worked with U.S. counterparts to enter the competition next year.  The award, which was launched by Ambassador Polt on July 4, recognizes innovation from all sectors, including IT, commerce, science, the arts, and civil society.