Competition

Regional Round

2,500 nominees have been screened and evaluated by 50 expert ambassadors and jury members.
Now 13 categories have found their 5 finalists. One from each of the Nordic countries.

Who will conquer the Nordics?
Your votes combined with the regional jury decides.

VOTE FOR REGIONAL WINNERS HERE

Competition Framework

Phase 1: Nomination opens

Anyone can nominate a person, company or organization in all categories per country through the public online nomination system. From each nominee, data will be collected based on the criteria of each category for further evaluation of each nominee in the competition.

Phase 2: Selecting National Finalists

Each of the country partners will invite a group of at least 5 ambassadors, which have an extensive knowledge and experience in the startup ecosystem. The panel selects 5 national finalists from the nominations for each category using the criteria and the collected data. Their participation ensures that only the most promising companies are selected in the shortlist. The shortlist consists of a minimum of 5 national finalists per category in each Nordic country. The National Finalists are published online and public voting for the finalists opens which can be done through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.

Phase 3: Finding National Winners

Each of the country partners invites a national jury with extensive knowledge and experience relevant to specific categories. There are 5 jury members per category. The ranking of each finalist is done through a star based system provided by NSAwards, where each finalist is rated from 1 to 5 stars. The public votes weigh as one jury member, and they are equivalent to stars. Each finalist receives from 1 to 5 stars depending on the number of votes gathered through the online voting phase. The overall rating of each finalist is based on the sum of the stars from the national jury and the public voting. Finally, the national winners are announced at the national events and also published online. At the same time, public voting opens again for all the national winners, which are now competing to win on the regional level.

Phase 4: Finding Regional Winners

The regional voting opens to the general public. NSAwards invites a regional jury with extensive knowledge and experience in the startup ecosystem, which can be from the Nordic region as well as outside the region. There are 7 jury members per category. The ranking of each finalist is performed as in phase 3 (the national round). Finally, the regional winners are announced at the grand finale and also published online after the award show.

National Winners

Regional Jury Board

  • Hussein Kanji

    Hussein Kanji

    United Kingdom

    Hoxton Ventures

    Linkedin
  • Anette Nordvall

    Anette Nordvall

    Sweden

    Early stage Tech Investor

    Linkedin
  • Bernard Moon

    Bernard Moon

    United States

    Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group

    Linkedin
  • Mark White

    Mark White

    United States

    Partner, White Summers Caffee & James LLP

    Linkedin
  • Manuel Koelman

    Manuel Koelman

    Germany

    Co-Founder PIRATE.global

    Linkedin
  • Till Ohrmann

    Till Ohrmann

    Germany

    CEO/Co-Founder at PIRATE.global

    Linkedin
  • Eddie Arrieta

    Eddie Arrieta

    Colombia

    Publicize's President, FI Mentor and World Economic Forum Global Shaper

    Linkedin
  • Craig Wing

    Craig Wing

    South Africa

    Futurist and speaker working at the nexus of leadership, strategy, exponential organizations and corporate culture

    Linkedin
  • Alexander Jarvis

    Alexander Jarvis

    United Kingdom

    Founder at Perfect Pitch Deck. We build fundable decks for VC fundraising

    Linkedin
  • Sandras Phiri

    Sandras Phiri

    South Africa

    Director Startup Grind Cape Town. CEO Africa Trust Academy. International motivational and inspirational speaker

    Linkedin
  • Heath Sanchez

    Heath Sanchez

    Australia

    Growth Hacker at heatsanchez.com

    Linkedin
  • Daniel Dippold

    Daniel Dippold

    Germany

    President at Kairos Society

    Linkedin
  • Charles Odii

    Charles Odii

    Nigeria

    Founder SME100Nigeria

    Linkedin
  • Anne H. Worsøe

    Anne H. Worsøe

    Norway

    Partner & Portfolio Manager at Bakken & Bæck

  • Camilla Watz Johannessen

    Camilla Watz Johannessen

    Norway

    CEO at 657 Oslo

    Linkedin
  • Bjorn Christensen

    Bjorn Christensen

    Norway

    Partner at Alliance Venture and Owner, Alliance Venture

    Linkedin
  • Dr. Gyula Feher

    Dr. Gyula Feher

    Hungary

    CTO and Founder at Ustream, an IBM Company

    Linkedin
  • Seth Allen

    Seth Allen

    United Kingdom

    Building meaningful relationships, communities and ecosystems in food & startups

    Linkedin
  • Anjali Virmani Paul

    Anjali Virmani Paul

    Sweden

    Global Business Strategy and Innovation Advisor.

    Linkedin
  • Pernilla Kjellstrom

    Pernilla Kjellstrom

    Sweden

    Founder and Startup Coach at Happy Unicorn Coaching - Bringing happiness to business

    Linkedin
  • Claes Mikko Nilsen

    Claes Mikko Nilsen

    Finland

    Managing Director at Nordic Business Angel Network

    Linkedin
  • Voitto Kangas

    Voitto Kangas

    Finland

    CEO at Maria 01

    Linkedin
  • Magnus Thor Torfason

    Magnus Thor Torfason

    Iceland

    Assistant Professor at University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands

    Linkedin
  • Margret Ormslev Asgeirsdottir

    Margret Ormslev Asgeirsdottir

    Iceland

    Director of Finance, Administration and HR at Carbon Recycling International

    Linkedin
  • Sigyn Jonsdottir

    Sigyn Jonsdottir

    Iceland

    Head Of Professional Services at Men & Mice

    Linkedin
  • Kristín Hrefna Halldórsdóttir

    Kristín Hrefna Halldórsdóttir

    Iceland

    Account Manager at Meniga

    Linkedin
  • Preben Mejer

    Preben Mejer

    Denmark

    Founder, Chairman

    Website
  • Niclas Mollin

    Niclas Mollin

    Sweden

    SaaS Entrepreneur and investor

    Website

Jury members of Best Entrepreneurial Artist category

  • Kristian Riis

    Kristian Riis

    Denmark

    Musician in the Danish award-winning band Nephew as well as a serial entrepreneur. Founder and owner of NordicLA.

    Linkedin
  • Heidi Luukkonen

    Heidi Luukkonen

    Finland

    Consulate General of Finland, Coordinator, Creative Industries & Communications.

    Linkedin
  • Trond Tornes

    Trond Tornes

    Norway

    Working on a new setup for a music tech company.  Former: Successful international Chief Strategy Officer of a steady fast-growing and internationally expanding music tech company, Phonofile, based out of Oslo, Norway. 

    Linkedin
  • Oliver Luckett

    Oliver Luckett

    Iceland

    Founder and Co-CEO at HausMart.

    Linkedin

National Jury

  • Michael Eis

    Michael Eis

    Denmark

    CEO booomerang.dk / Formand Dansk Crowdfunding Forening

    Linkedin
  • Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

    Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

    Denmark

    Board member and investor

    Linkedin
  • Christel Piron

    Christel Piron

    Denmark

    CEO PreSeed Ventures, Early stage Investor / Micro VC

    Linkedin
  • Per Mikael Jensen

    Per Mikael Jensen

    Denmark

    Group CEO at Altinget.dk, Mandag Morgen, Altinget.s

    Linkedin
  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning

    Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning

    Denmark

    Founder, Managing Director at Creative Business Cup

    Linkedin
  • Anniken Fjelberg

    Anniken Fjelberg

    Norway

    Co-Founder at 657 Oslo / Superblaise / Untold Insight

    Linkedin
  • Berg Moe

    Berg Moe

    Norway

    Partner & CEO at EntraHouse, Entrepreneur by heart, Angel Investor Facilitator, GEW organizer and TEDx speaker.

    Linkedin
  • Pal T. Naess

    Pal T. Naess

    Norway

    Director of Entrepreneurs and Startups, Innovation Norway - Co-founder of Optimalprint (Gelato)

    Linkedin
  • Per-Ivar Nikolaisen

    Per-Ivar Nikolaisen

    Norway

    Co-founder and Editor i Shifter.no

    Linkedin
  • Ari Jonsson

    Ari Jonsson

    Iceland

    President of Reykjavik University

    Linkedin
  • Auður Nanna Baldvinsdottir

    Auður Nanna Baldvinsdottir

    Iceland

    Electricity economist, renewable energy enthusiast

    Linkedin
  • Kristín Hrefna Halldórsdóttir

    Kristín Hrefna Halldórsdóttir

    Iceland

    Viðskiptastjóri/Account Manager at Meniga

    Linkedin
  • Flosi Eiriksson

    Flosi Eiriksson

    Iceland

    Manager - Export Consultancy and Competence building at Íslandsstofa - Promote Iceland

    Linkedin
  • Magnus Thor Torfason

    Magnus Thor Torfason

    Iceland

    Assistant Professor at University of Iceland - Háskóli Íslands

    Linkedin
  • Margret Ormslev Asgeirsdottir

    Margret Ormslev Asgeirsdottir

    Iceland

    Director of Finance, Administration and HR at Carbon Recycling International

    Linkedin
  • Paula Gould

    Paula Gould

    Iceland

    Head of Brand & Communications at Men & Mice

    Linkedin
  • Sigyn Jonsdottir

    Sigyn Jonsdottir

    Iceland

    Head Of Professional Services at Men & Mice

    Linkedin
  • Stefán Þór Helgason

    Stefán Þór Helgason

    Iceland

    Senior Associate at KPMG

    Linkedin
  • Claes Mikko (Nieminen) Nilsen

    Claes Mikko (Nieminen) Nilsen

    Finland

    Managing Director at Nordic Business Angel Network

    Linkedin
  • Oskari Kettunen

    Oskari Kettunen

    Finland

    Co-founder & COO at Neverthink - Join Us!

    Linkedin
  • Riku Asikainen

    Riku Asikainen

    Finland

    Angel investor and Entrepreneur

    Linkedin
  • Sami Lampinen

    Sami Lampinen

    Finland

    Managing Director & Partner, INVENTURE

    Linkedin
  • Voitto Kangas

    Voitto Kangas

    Finland

    CEO at Maria 01

    Linkedin
  • Inka Mero

    Inka Mero

    Finland

    Chairwoman and Co-Founder, Pivot5

    Linkedin

Ambassadors

  • Christoffer H. Malling

    Christoffer H. Malling

    Denmark

    Head of InnoFounder/Programme Director at Danish Design Centre

    Linkedin
  • Simone Okkels

    Simone Okkels

    Denmark

    Journalist, writer, and consultant at Simone Okkels Inc. PR Manager at Accelerace.

    Linkedin
  • Avnit Singh

    Avnit Singh

    Denmark

    CXO at TechBBQ

    Linkedin
  • Sussi Bianco

    Sussi Bianco

    Denmark

    Specialist in Welfare Tech Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Concept and Business Developer | Speaker | Board member

    Linkedin
  • Jernej Dekleva (Jay)

    Jernej Dekleva (Jay)

    Denmark

    Program Manager

    Linkedin
  • Anders Günzel-Jensen

    Anders Günzel-Jensen

    Denmark

    iFood Centre manager, Food eHub lead & Venture Village Mayor

    Linkedin
  • Tiina Nyman

    Tiina Nyman

    Finland

    President at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society

    Linkedin
  • Vesa Riihimäki

    Vesa Riihimäki

    Finland

    Head of Startup & Growth Business Unit in Nordea Finland

    Linkedin
  • Teemu Polo

    Teemu Polo

    Finland

    Corporate | Startups | Government

    Linkedin
  • Pia Erkinheimo

    Pia Erkinheimo

    Finland

    Innovation Co-worker, Board Member, AI and Sales Enthusiast

    Linkedin
  • Leo Kadieff

    Leo Kadieff

    Finland

    Consultant in International Business & Chairman Young Entrepreneurs of Finland

    Linkedin
  • Elin Salome Gudmundsdottir

    Elin Salome Gudmundsdottir

    Iceland

    CEO at Icelandic Startups

    Linkedin
  • Helga Valfells

    Helga Valfells

    Iceland

    Founding Partner at Crowberry Capital

    Linkedin
  • Ragnheiður H. Magnúsdóttir

    Ragnheiður H. Magnúsdóttir

    Iceland

    Head of Utility Maintenance at Veitur ohf

    Linkedin
  • Jennie Claesson

    Jennie Claesson

    Sweden

    Arbetar passionerat för ett bättre Sverige

    Linkedin
  • Carl Josefsson

    Carl Josefsson

    Sweden

    Lean Startup and Venture Creation expert, creating results thru fact based business development.

    Linkedin
  • Jeremie Poirier

    Jeremie Poirier

    Sweden

    CEO at Skåne Startups

    Linkedin
  • Sonia Kaurah

    Sonia Kaurah

    Sweden

    Community Manager at SUP46 (Start-Up People of Sweden)

    Linkedin
  • Anna Nordell-Westling

    Anna Nordell-Westling

    Sweden

    CMO & Co-Founder at Sana Labs

    Linkedin
  • Tony Kjenner

    Tony Kjenner

    Norway

    Managing Director at Start Norge | Co-Founder and Managing Director at CoHub | MSc. IndØk student |

    Linkedin
  • Maria Amelie

    Maria Amelie

    Norway

    Founder hos Startup Migrants

    Linkedin
  • Ingrid Sommerli

    Ingrid Sommerli

    Norway

    Rådgiver at Kunnskapsparken Bodø AS

    Linkedin
  • Mats Trones

    Mats Trones

    Norway

    Business Developer at Norinnova Technology Transfer AS

    Linkedin
  • Even Fjellestad

    Even Fjellestad

    Norway

    Adviser at Business Region Kristiansand

    Linkedin
  • Þorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson

    Þorsteinn Ingi Sigfusson

    Iceland

    Icelandic physicist prominent in the field of energy research, Director of Innovation Center Iceland at the University of Iceland

  • Kjartan Olafsson

    Kjartan Olafsson

    Iceland

    Owner & Founder at Volta Labs

    Linkedin
  • Erlendur Steinn Gudnason

    Erlendur Steinn Gudnason

    Iceland

    Full Stack Founder and Chairman of the Board at Spectaflow

    Linkedin

Categories

The Nordic Startup Awards is a unique series of events in the Nordic countries - Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland - to recognize, celebrate and connect the Nordic startup ecosystem. In addition to being regional, it is also cross-sectorial, bringing together all the actors within the startup ecosystem from startups and investors and many more.

The 2018 Award Categories are described below.

  • Startup of the Year

    Startup of the Year

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with the product/service.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Description

    A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth, sales, funds raised, uniqueness, the impact of the product/service and leadership in the ecosystem.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be through an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best AI/Machine learning Startup

    Best AI/Machine learning Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and most efficient and powerful application of deep tech / artificial intelligence / big data to reinvent how businesses and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Bootstrapped Startup

    Best Bootstrapped Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with the product/service with no funding. Own investments and grants are allowed.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, and/or environmental issues aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best FoodTech/AgriTech Startup

    Best FoodTech/AgriTech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with a product/service that uses technology to improve agriculture and food production, supply chain, distribution channels, and consumption.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Health Tech Startup

    Best Health Tech Startup

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with a product/service that uses technology to keep people healthier and/or improve the ability to diagnose and treat illness.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    Description

    A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support, and resources to fast-growth tech start-ups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

    Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

    Description

    A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge, and expertise.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Description

    An individual is known by the passion for entrepreneurship and ability as well as willingness to
    help startups and entrepreneurship grow. Keywords: Passion, pay-it-forward, ability and willingness to use experience and/or ability to help.
    NOMINATE HERE!

  • Best Entrepreneurial Artist

    Best Entrepreneurial Artist

    Description

    An entrepreneurial artist from the creative industry that has shown the greatest development within growth, impact, and innovation over the last 12 months.

  • Brave Founder Beginnings

    Brave Founder Beginnings

    Description

    A migrant or refugee startup founder(s) in the technology field who has shown notable achievements over the last year in the Nordic region and acts as a role model for their own community.