Leading company in electronic voting, SCYTL, wins award for international promotion of Catalonia
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia and PIMEC present the second annual Catalan Business Diplomacy Award
he Catalan Business Diplomacy Award was established to give recognition to companies which, through their international activities, contribute to promoting the image and visibility of Catalonia around the world. The winner of the 2014 edition is SCYTL. This multinational Catalan firm specializes in electronic voting systems and other aspects of electoral questions in the digital environment. The award was given tonight (8 July) by the President of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, during the fund-raising dinner held at the Pimes Awards 2014 organized by PIMEC (small and medium-sized business association).
SCYTL (www.scytl.com) first came into being as a project at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and has grown to be a world leader in its sector. It operates in thirty-five countries and its headquarters are in Barcelona. SCYTL was in charge of the ballot count in the EU elections in May and has developed many electronic voting projects around the world. Seeing the potential of this company, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, invested 30 million euros three months ago in SCYTL, via Vulcan Capital – making it the first European investment of this north-American investment fund.
Through this award the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia and PIMEC recognize the contribution of Catalan companies’ international activities to the promotion of Catalonia and its image, or brand, worldwide. Albert Royo, Secretary General of the Council, explained that the Catalan Business Diplomacy Award “aims to recognize those companies which simply identify themselves as Catalan and which, through their business activities, help to put Catalonia on the world stage, offering an image of excellence and spreading its values, assets and appeal – SCYTL is a good example of one such company.”
The objectives of business diplomacy are: to disseminate the brand of the country; to focus actions on regions, markets and countries of priority interest; to eliminate obstacles for trade and commerce; to improve the international image of Catalonia; and, in brief, to increase business and investments.
Last updated: 7 October 2015