The Grand Finale of Nordic startup competition hosted by Global Startup Awards together with the regional partner WeLoveStartups took place on Teusday in the beautiful Østre Gasværk Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The event had an impressive lineup with some of the best players of the startup ecosystems from the five participating countries- Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Denmark, Norway, and Finland won four awards each, while Sweden got three, and Iceland got one. Some of these winners will have the chance to compete globally with the winners of some of the categories from other regions of Global Startup Awards in 2019.
Here’s the list of startups that won.
- Startup of the Year: Templafy (Denmark)
Templafy is a cloud-based, Enterprise-grade SaaS document template and digital asset management platform.
Jan Erik Solem is the co-founder and CEO of Mapillary, the street-level imagery platform that uses computer vision to extract map data at scale. Jan Erik is a computer vision specialist and a former maths professor, and has authored several books on computer vision.
- Investor of the Year: Hampus Jakobsson (Sweden)
Hampus co-founded two companies (TAT – acquired by Blackberry, Briskio – fold), and three organizations to help startup (MalmoStartups, FastTrack, and The Ground). In total, he has done 85 investment, with 80% in Europe.
- Best Newcomer: Varjo (Finland)
Varjo Technologies is creating the world’s best hardware and software for groundbreaking VR/AR/MR computing devices, merging the real and digital worlds seamlessly together in cinematic quality.
- Best AI/Machine Learning Startup: Corti (Denmark)
Corti has built an AI-based assistant that helps emergency service call-takers (112, 911 etc) better diagnose patients. Like a dispatcher, Corti analyzes everything a caller says and shares. The data is sent through layers of artiﬁcial neural networks in real-time. As an emergency call proceeds Corti looks for patterns in the call data to help the human dispatcher be more thorough and efﬁcient, never missing a single clue.
- Best Bootstrapped Startup: Vainu (Finland)
Vainu was officially launched in August 2014 with a mission to collect, read, and understand all the information ever written about every company in the world, and then make this information comprehensible to everyone. Now four years later Vainu is nearing 1M MRR, 200 employees and over 100 million companies in its AI-driven database.
- Best Social Impact Startup: Karma (Sweden)
Karma is a social enterprise dedicated to battling one of the world’s largest climate issues: food waste. With the Karma app, restaurants and grocery stores can sell their surplus food to consumers at a lower price.
- Best FinTech Startup: Invesdor (Finland)
A financial technology company founded in Finland in 2012, Invesdor operates an online investment platform that connects ambitious European growth companies with investors worldwide.
- Best FoodTech/AgriTech Startup: Saga Robotics (Norway)
Saga Robotics provides farming as a service using fully autonomous field robots. The robots are self-driving and operate day and night, performing different tasks in the field.
- Best Health Tech Startup: Nightingale Health (Finland)
Nightingale Health is the innovator of an internationally recognized NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) metabolomics technology, supplying biomarker analysis services for human serum, plasma, urine, CSF and umbilical cord blood samples.
- Best Coworking Space: 657 Oslo (Norway)
657 Oslo is Norway’s largest coworking space for creative industries. The 657 OSLO team believes that collaboration is the new competition.
- Best Accelerator or Incubator Program: Accelerance (Denmark)
Accelerace is one of the world’s top 10 seed accelerators. Since 2008, Accelerace has spotted, trained and invested in more than 500 of the most promising Danish and international startups and growth companies.
- Ecosystem Hero of the Year: Sissel Hansen (Denmark)
Sissel Hansen is the founder of the book series Startup Guide, often described as the Lonely Planet for entrepreneurs, and Startup Everywhere, a global platform for entrepreneurs. She created her first startup business when she was 19 years old. It failed, and in 2012 she moved to Berlin, wondering how to avoid making the same entrepreneurial mistakes and how to gather the information she needed to create a successful business in a new city. Over the next two years, she launched several small businesses to help provide knowledge and inspiration to young entrepreneurs. This was the seed of the Startup Guide – a guide to the local startup scene. Today, the Startup Guide is available for 20 cities, with 10 more in the works. In 2017 and 2018 we recognised Sissel also as one of Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space.
- People’s Choice: Thorbjorg Helga Vigfusdottir (Iceland)
Thorbjorg was also a finalist in the regional finale of the Nordic Startup Awards as Founder of the Year. Her startup Kara connects clients with virtual professionals, in healthcare, education and beyond. For clients, Kara is a place for secure and friendly video conferencing.
- Best Entrepreneurial Artist: Josef Yohannes (Norway)
An entrepreneurial artist from the creative industry that has shown the greatest development within growth, impact, and innovation over the last 12 months.
“In 2010 I got an idea to create my very own superhero who I called The Urban Legend when I was in Botswana, South Africa and several other countries. I wanted my superhero to be the first global black superhero, that could inspire kids from all over the world and especially Africa, because there is a lack of good role models coming from there. He is a superhero who fights against evilness and oppression, he gives the poor, the forgotten and those who can’t stand for themselves a voice.”
The Urban Legend is available in 12 different languages and its part of school curriculum in Norway, Kenya and Eritrea.
- Brave Founder Beginnings: Olivier Mukuta (Norway)
A migrant or refugee startup founder 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. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukuta grew up in Malawi, before going to Norway in 2005 with his family as quota refugees at the age of 18. Today, he is the CEO of VipiCash, which cuts out the middle and misuse of remittance and donations using blockchain.