The KTH Great Prize 2012 awarded to Spotify’s Daniel Ek
Daniel Ek, the 29-year-old entrepreneur behind the music streaming service Spotify, has been named winner of the KTH Great Prize for 2012. Ek becomes the youngest honouree in the 67-year history of the award.
“Daniel Ek, entrepreneur and founder of Spotify, has been awarded the KTH Great Prize 2012 for his innovative application and successful commercialisation of information technology at the highest international level. He has contributed to a fundamental re-shaping of the way consumers listen to music.
“Mr. Ek’s service has shaken up the music industry around the world. His creative innovation and co-operation with thousands of record labels has established a new business model for music consumption.”
KTH President Peter Gudmundson says this year’s winner is richly deserving of the honour: “Daniel Ek is a shining example of how advanced technology can be transformed into new products, expansive applications and even behavioural changes among a wide audience.”
Seminar with Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify
Daniel Ek – founder and CEO of the music service Spotify, was awarded the 2012 KTH Great Prize with the following motivation: ”For his innovative use and successful commercialisation of information technology on a high international level. He has contributed to a fundamental shift in how people consume music. Daniel Ek is the entrepreneur who has taken the music service so far as to shake up the music business worldwide. Thanks to his innovative skills he has collaborated with thousands of music labels to establish a new business model for the consumption of music”.
April 22, Daniel Ek will visit KTH and talk about the start and development of Spotify, followed by interactive discussions on other areas that might be the next to follow the Spotify example and revolutionize established industries.
To participate at the seminar, please register on the link below:
April 22, 10:00 – 12:00
“Plattan” Singsing, Lindstedtsvägen 30
In the evening, the Startup Pub hosted by the KTH student incubator Student Inc. and THS, takes place at the Q restaurant.