Strategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cindy Pasky announced on Wednesday, Feb. 28 the winners of the 2nd annual Lithuanian-American Innovation Award at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Established by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation, the American-Lithuanian Business Council and the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award was created to be awarded to a Lithuanian individual, organization, university, or firm that has developed an innovation in collaboration with a U.S. partner.
“Congratulations to the future leaders of innovation,” said Pasky, the only non-Lithuanian trustee on Vilnius University’s endowment. “What is most exciting is the bilateral partnerships that all finalists have formed. These collaborations will move the world forward. Thank you to the ALBC, BAFF, the U.S. Embassy here in Lithuania and Vilnius University for supporting innovation.”
At the ceremony co-sponsored by the U.S. Ambassador, American Lithuanian Business Council and funded by the Baltic American Freedom Foundation at Vilnius University, the top two winners were awarded cash grants of 10,000 euros or 5,000 euros. Earning the first place award, UAB Vittamed, which created the world’s first non-invasive gauge of pressure head (intracranial pressure) and in second place, Deeper, the first smartfood sonar fishfinder.
“Innovation is a major factor in the growing economy. No matter what it is – medicine, industry, agriculture, or business – innovation leads to and boosts economic efficiency and competitiveness,” Anne Hall, U.S. Ambassador said during the ceremony. “For this reason, we are contributing to the Lithuanian-American Innovation Awards – they draw attention to the high level of innovation and cooperation between Lithuanian and American partners and provide modest financial support for this cooperation to continue. Our states are at the forefront of the development and implementation of innovative solutions. This award is one of the ways to spread the message to the world.”
For a complete list of finalists, visit amlithbc.org.