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The Nordic Startup Awards is a series of events in the Nordic countries, to recognize and celebrate the startup ecosystems based in the Nordic region

What is the Nordic Startup Awards

Regional Winners 2016

  • Rainmaking Loft

    Rainmaking Loft

    Denmark

    Best Office Space

    Website

    Description

    Rainmaking Loft supports tech startups by providing them with a highly inspiring work environment to develop their innovations faster.

  • Arctic Startup

    Arctic Startup

    Finland

    Startup Media of the Year

    Website

    Description

    ArcticStartup is helping to build communities with uncapped opportunities through media, events, PR and consulting since 2007.

  • STING Accelerate

    STING Accelerate

    Sweden

    Best Accelerator Program

    Website

    Description

    STING is a Sweden's accelerator program who enables talented people to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses.

  • Moaffak Ahmed

    Moaffak Ahmed

    Finland

    Best Business Angel

    LinkedIn

    Description

    Moaffak Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur and hands-on early stage investor with over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in Europe, North America and Asia.

  • Northzone

    Northzone

    Sweden

    Best Investment Company

    Website

    Description

    Northzone is a technology investment partnership, chosen by exceptional entrepreneurs as a long-term partner for growth.

  • Karolina Fund

    Karolina Fund

    Iceland

    Best Social Tech Startup

    Website

    Description

    Karolina Fund is a platform to share great ideas for creative projects. Each project shared has a funding goal and a specific time limit set by the creator. In return for pledges to projects, creators offer rewards.

  • 720°

    720°

    Finland

    Best IoT Startup

    Website

    Description

    720° is a solution utilising artificial intelligence on real-time environmental data from sensors across large buildings to continuously evaluate indoor environmental quality and its impacts on health & productivity of occupants, providing customers with intelligence for issue prevention and data-driven optimisation.

  • Clearhaus

    Clearhaus

    Denmark

    Best Exponential Startup

    Website

    Description

    Clearhaus is an EU payment institution and acquirer, authorised by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and is a principal member of Visa and MasterCard. Clearhaus provides payment solutions for online stores across Europe.

  • Catchbox

    Catchbox

    Finland

    Best Bootstrapped

    Website

    Description

    Catchbox's first product, is the world's first throwable microphone, a way to get audiences involved to asking questions and making comments.

  • Umut Alp

    Umut Alp

    Sweden

    CTO Hero of the Year

    Website

    Description

    Umut Alp is the CTO of Truecaller, a company that finds the right contact information, and identify the name behind a number, regardless of it being saved into their phone.

  • Universal Avenue

    Universal Avenue

    Sweden

    Best Newcomer

    Website

    Description

    Universal Avenue is a platform that the world’s top online brands use to grow at new markets worldwide. They scout for talented people worldwide that after an application and training process become brand ambassadors, connecting the brands they represent with venues such as hotels, restaurants, shops and experience.

  • Are Traasdahl

    Are Traasdahl

    Norway

    Founder of the Year

    LinkedIn

    Description

    Are Traasdahl is the founder of Tapad Inc., a marketing technology firm renowned for its breakthrough, unified, cross-device solutions. With 91.2% data accuracy confirmed by Nielsen, the company offers the largest in-market opportunity for marketers to address the ever-evolving reality of media consumption on smartphones, tablets, home computers and smart TVs.

  • Realm

    Realm

    Denmark

    Startup of the Year

    Website

    Description

    Realm is building a new, on-device database for Android (& iOS), that replaces SQLite or higher-level frameworks like Core Data, greenDAO, OrmLite, etc.

  • Medilync

    Medilync

    Iceland

    People's Choice

    Website

    Description

    Medilync is changing how diabetes is treated. Their product, Insulync, simplifies the physical burden of diabetes management by bringing all devices and supplies into one elegant device: store and use your preferred insulin pen and test strips, smart glucose reader built-in, lancet with the ability to replace as often as recommended, automatically saves your data, never manually to cloud storage.

National Winners 2016

Denmark

  • Tiny Rebels

    Tiny Rebels

    Best Bootstrapped
    Website
  • Clearhaus

    Clearhaus

    Best Exponential Startup
    Website
  • Sensohive

    Sensohive

    Best IoT Startup
    Website
  • Reshopper

    Reshopper

    Best Social Tech Startup
    Website
  • Realm

    Realm

    Startup of the Year
    Website
  • Rainmaking Loft

    Rainmaking Loft

    Best Office Space
    Website
  • Next Step Challenge

    Next Step Challenge

    Best Accelerator Program
    Website
  • Northcap

    Northcap

    Best Investment Company
    Website
  • Brian Munkholm (Realm.io)

    Brian Munkholm (Realm.io)

    CTO Hero of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Theis Søndergaard (Vivino)

    Theis Søndergaard (Vivino)

    Founder of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Tommy Ahlers

    Tommy Ahlers

    Best Business Angel
    LinkedIn
  • DR - Løvens Hule

    DR - Løvens Hule

    Startup Media of the Year
    Website

Finland

  • Catchbox

    Catchbox

    Best Bootstrapped
    Website
  • Frosmo

    Frosmo

    Best Exponential Startup
    Website
  • Heimo

    Heimo

    Best Social Tech Startup
    Website
  • Mothership of Work

    Mothership of Work

    Best Office Space
    Website
  • Startup Sauna

    Startup Sauna

    Best Accelerator Program
    Website
  • Lifeline Ventures

    Lifeline Ventures

    Best Investment Company
    Website
  • Tuomo Riekki (smartly.io)

    Tuomo Riekki (smartly.io)

    CTO Hero of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Elias Pietilä (Wolt)

    Elias Pietilä (Wolt)

    Founder of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Moaffak Ahmed

    Moaffak Ahmed

    Best Business Angel
    LinkedIn
  • Arctic Startup

    Arctic Startup

    Startup Media of the Year
    Website
  • TruongSinh Tran-Nguyen (Smarp.com)

    TruongSinh Tran-Nguyen (Smarp.com)

    People's Choice
    LinkedIn

Iceland

  • Geosilica

    Geosilica

    Best Bootstrapped
    Website
  • Guide to Iceland

    Guide to Iceland

    Best Exponential Startup
    Website
  • Medilync

    Medilync

    Best IoT Startup
    Website
  • Karolina Fund

    Karolina Fund

    Best Social Tech Startup
    Website
  • Mint Solutions

    Mint Solutions

    Startup of the Year
    Website
  • Hus Sjavarklasans

    Hus Sjavarklasans

    Best Office Space
    Website
  • Startup Reykjavík

    Startup Reykjavík

    Best Accelerator Program
    Website
  • NSA Ventures

    NSA Ventures

    Best Investment Company
    Website
  • Ragnar Ægir Fjölnisson (Kaptio)

    Ragnar Ægir Fjölnisson (Kaptio)

    CTO Hero of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Fida Abu Libdeh (Geosilica)

    Fida Abu Libdeh (Geosilica)

    Founder of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Kjartan Örn Ólafsson

    Kjartan Örn Ólafsson

    Best Business Angel
    LinkedIn
  • Norðurskautið

    Norðurskautið

    Startup Media of the Year
    Website

Norway

  • No Isolation

    No Isolation

    Best Newcomer
    Website
  • nLink

    nLink

    Best Exponential Startup
    Website
  • No Isolation

    No Isolation

    Best Social Tech Startup
    Website
  • Xeneta

    Xeneta

    Startup of the Year
    Website
  • Angel Challenge

    Angel Challenge

    Best Accelerator Program
    Website
  • Northzone

    Northzone

    Norway

    Best Investment Company

    Website
  • Christian Hager (NaboBil.no)

    Christian Hager (NaboBil.no)

    CTO Hero of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Are Traasdahl (Tapad Inc)

    Are Traasdahl (Tapad Inc)

    Founder of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Kim Daniel Arthur

    Kim Daniel Arthur

    Best Business Angel
    LinkedIn
  • Joacim Lund (Aftenposten)

    Joacim Lund (Aftenposten)

    Startup Media of the Year
    Website
  • VIO Media

    VIO Media

    People's Choice
    Website

Sweden

  • Universal Avenue

    Universal Avenue

    Best Newcomer
    Website
  • Lunchback

    Lunchback

    Best Bootstrapped
    Website
  • Cellink

    Cellink

    Best Exponential Startup
    Website
  • Shortcut Labs

    Shortcut Labs

    Best IoT Startup
    Website
  • Lingio

    Lingio

    Best Social Tech Startup
    Website
  • Epicenter - Stockholm House of Innovation

    Epicenter - Stockholm House of Innovation

    Best Office Space
    Website
  • STING Accelerate

    STING Accelerate

    Best Accelerator Program
    Website
  • Northzone

    Northzone

    Sweden

    Best Investment Company

    Website
  • Umut Alp (Truecaller)

    Umut Alp (Truecaller)

    CTO Hero of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Carl Pei (OnePlus)

    Carl Pei (OnePlus)

    Founder of the Year
    LinkedIn
  • Henrik Torstensson

    Henrik Torstensson

    Best Business Angel
    LinkedIn
  • Breakit

    Breakit

    Startup Media of the Year
    Website
  • Welcome! app

    Welcome! app

    People's Choice
    Website

Framework

1 Nomination opens online: everyone can nominate everyone in all categories.

2 After nominations are closed, the National Finalists are announced (picked by the country partners together with their National Ambassadors). The Nordic Startup Community can vote on all finalists.

3 National Winners are chosen among the National Finalists by a jury. There are 5 jury members judging in each category. The public votes count for one jury member. Voting opens again after National Winners are announced.

4 Regional Winners are chosen among the National Winners by a jury. There are 5 jury members for each category. Again, the public votes count for one jury member.

Find all the important dates below

Nomination Opens

Nomination Closes

National finalists are published by NSA HQ

Public voting opens (national level)

Public voting closes (national level)

National Finals

Norwegian Finale (by Startup Norway)

Swedish Finale (by Startup Sweden)

Icelandic Finale (by Icelandic Startups)

Finnish Finale (by Arctic Startup)

Danish Finale in collaboration with WeLoveStartups and Danish Industry at Industriens Hus

Regional Voting

Public voting opens

Public voting closes

Grand Finale

Regional winners announced in Iceland, in collaboration with IcelandicStartups

Grand Finale