The Norwegian winners of Nordic Startup Awards

Last night saw the first in the series of national finales of Nordic Startup Awards, with the Norwegian Final being arranged by Startup Norway and Oslo Business Region.

Gathering more than 200 attendees at Gamle Museet in central Oslo, the evening was a celebration of an ecosystem that has been the little brother in the Nordic region, but which over the last year has shown tremendous progress, with the fastest growth in number of investments.


“We have never had more nominations of good candidates than this year – it shows us that the Norwegian startup scene is getting stronger and more active. Last year we saw Norway take home 3 prizes at the Nordic Final, and we hope to be able to take home at least as many at this  year´s Nordic Finale in Reykjavik” says Maja Adriaensen, CEO of Startup Norway.


The winners in the Norwegian Nordic Startup Awards Final was chosen by a Jury, with the public voting also playing a significant role.

The winners were a mix of well-known names and some names probably new to the general public.

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Photo credit: Noor Dawod Photography


Aaaand the winner is…


Best Bootstrapped: Socius

The first Award of the night went to media startup Socius. Despite no funding they have managed to grow a strong international team, and their customers include publishers Conde Nast and Axel Springer.


Best Exponential Startup: nLink

With their Mobile Drilling Robots they are revolutionising the construction industry, allowing manual labour to perform 5-10 times faster.


Best Social Tech Startup: No Isolation

Social tech startup No Isolation have gained much attention and praise for their avatar robots, aimed at solving the problem with isolation for kids with long term illnesses.


Best IoT Startup: Unacast

Unacast is the blood veins in the body of IoT and connects all sensors in the world to each other and to digital domains.

Since their launch in 2014 they have signed some of the world´s largest proximity companies.

CTO Hero of The Year: Christian Hager

Might be most famous for being the CTO and co-founder of Nabobil, where he has helped build the AirBnB for cars. Nabobil has fast become a favorite in Norway, where the sharing-society is getting a strong position.

He is currently the CTO of 3 startups, and the CEO of one.


Startup Media of The Year: Joacim Lund

As an established commentator in Aftenposten, Joacim Lund has for long time been an important critical voice in the age of increased digitalisation.


Best Accelerator Program: Angel Challenge

Not originally meant as a accelerator program, the founders soon after launch found out that the intensive 8 week-program functioned exactly as that, by supporting investors to accelerate with startup investments. As per today, 40 companies and 52 business angels have been part of their program.

Best Investment Company: Northzone

With offices both in Norway, Sweden and UK, Nothzone has become a well-known name in the Nordics. Last year saw them do 35 investments/follow-ons, of which 9 were new companies.

Notable investments include Spotify, Trustpilot, Avito, Lastminute, Pricerunner, Nextgentel, and Stepstone.


Best Business Angel: Kim Daniel Arthur

An angel investor since 2011, Kim Daniel is one of the more established angel investor in Norway. A succesful serial entrepreneur(EA Games acquired his company Playfish for 2.4billion NOK in 2009) he is not only investing in startups, but he is also commited to help build a stronger startup ecosystem, and is among the initiators behind FLOW


Best Office Space: FLOW

This Tromsø- and Ofoten-based coworking space is an exciting addition to the ecosystem in Northern Norway, and a good proof things are also happening other places than in Oslo.

As a partner in the total innovation ecosystem they do a great job in supporting  and coordinating efforts to connect the Northern startup community with that in the rest of the Nordics.

Best Newcomer: No Isolation

Things have gone in rocket speed for social tech startup No Isolation.

In under a year they have managed to close their first 5million NOK funding round, launched their beta phase of avatar robots, and they are now also the winners of 2 Nordic Startup Awards.

Founder of The year: Are Traasdahl

Well-famous now for many as the founder of Tapad, the company acquired this February by Telenor for $3 billion, Are is a serial-entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing.

Startup of The Year: Xeneta

With their ambition of disrupting the sea logistics industry, by bringing big data analytics into it, Xeneta have become a favorite both among media, investors and in the general public. Last year they raised a $5,3 million Series A funding from its previous backers Creandum, Point Nine Capital, and Alden, alongside new investor Alliance Venture, bringing the total raised to $8.5 million.

People´s Choice Award: VIO

People´s Choice goes to the Startup with the most public votes. So maybe not a surprise then, that VIO was the winner of this Award. Started as a student-project at NTNU, they have grown to become popular both among publishers and an audience of young tech oriented people.

Learn more about the criteria for the different categories.

About Nordic Startup Awards

Nordic Startup Awards is a series of events happening in the Nordic countries, aimed at promoting and celebrating the startup ecosystems in the Nordic region.

This is the 4th year it is arranged, and it´s also the edition yet which have engaged the most people, with more than 700 nominations and 18,000 votes.


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Although the total amount invested in Norway is still fairly low, investments in Norwegian startups are growing faster than anywhere else in the Nordics year on year, demonstrating its potential to become a significant hub in its own right

-The Nordic Web

Nominations for the 4th Nordic Startup Awards are now open, and we need YOU to nominate your Norwegian startup heroes.

Last year Unacast, Mesh and Dirtybit all won an Award at the Nordic finale, making Norway tied with Denmark for the most Awards. With a startup scene stronger than ever we should have strong contenders also this year. Help us get the best contenders at the Nordic Grand Finale in Reykjavik May 31 by nominating your favourites.

Deadline for nominating your candidates is February 25. Nominate here: 


The categories are

Startup of the Year

Founder of the Year

CTO Hero

Startup Media of the Year

Best Newcomer

Best Bootstrapped

Best Social Tech Startup

Best Business Angel

Best Investment Company

Best Office Space

Best Accelerator Program

Best IoT Startup

Best Exponential Startup

Edgefolio awarded Best Startup Company 2014

Oslo Innovation week kicked off with Startup Weekend Oslo as an official pre event this past weekend, and the official opening monday at DogA.

Oslo Innovation Week (OIW) is the largest innovation convention in Europe. It is a significant meeting place to discuss opportunities and practices for growth and innovation every year. Oslo Innovation Week is managed by Oslo Business Region (previously Oslo Teknopol). Project owners are The City of Oslo,  Akershus County Council and Innovation Norway. Oslo Innovation Week coordinates and markets the overall program, but the schedule is a selection of individually organised events that are of innovative relevance.

One of these events was the Norwegian Investment Forum that took place at Forskningsparken tuesday 14th of october. The forum aims at “presents the most interesting blend of promising startups”  and ”offer an exclusive opportunity to meet the leading Norwegian and Nordic investors to share information and know-how about prospects, trends and key issues, and to make new business contacts.”

During the event Norway’s top start ups made their heartfelt pitches, mingled with VCs and everyone was was treated to pannel discussions involving some blue-chip names. In that regard, the 2014 Norwegian Investment Forum had something to offer for all stakeholders. Perhaps the cherry on the cake were the brilliant keynote speeches by Allan Young (of Runway) and Jonas Kjellberg (of Skype), that left Norway’s aspiring entrepreneurs with even more fire in their bellies.

During the after-party law firm Selmer gave out a special award, The Selmer Award to The Best Startup Company 2014. The winner was selected among the pitching companies at Norwegian Investment Forum. With many great startup pitches earlier in the day it was a close race, but Startup Summer alumni Edgefolio made the best case and was announced winner of this prestigious award.

Leopold Gateen (to the right) receiving the award for startup of the year 2014 from law firm Selmer. Photo credit: Rowen Pillay, co-founder and COO at edgefolio

“I’m humbled by this award. There were so many great startups today solving real-world problems, and that makes this award even more special. A huge thank you to the Edgefolio team, I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.” – Leopold Gasteen, Founder and CEO

The prize was to go to a “standout Start-up company that has made a significant impact in the past 12 months”. The judging criteria was that “the company must be in an early venture, stage, have the potential to go global and should communicate a clear and understandable business model in a professional manner”.

In a nutshell, Edgefolio is like angel-list, but for Hedge Funds. Their platform empowers investors with fresh and relevant data on managers, and gives manager the ability to market themselves in a scalable and compliant way. The by-products are increased efficiency in cap raising, and heightened transparency something the Industry dearly needs

Receiving awards is not a new thing for the talented entrepreneurs at Edgefolio. They already have a great track record as a promising norwegian startup. They won no less than two prizes at The Nordic Startup awards, the national newcomer award and the founder Leopold Gasteen won the founder of the year award.

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Co-founders Rowen Pillay and Bastien Bourdon receiving the national Best Newcomer award at Nordic Startup awards. Photo credit: Jonathan Wright

Born out of Gründergarasjen in April 2013, where he was given free desk space and a monitor, Leopold went about validating what his closest friends and family were calling a “crazy idea”. It was at  Gründergarasjen where Leopold met his CTO Harish Narayanan, who balanced out Leopold’s wild ambition with extraordinary development talent and an intensely thoughtful approach to problem solving.

Fast forward six months Edgefolio was established as an AS, and team of A-players was built around it. Since then, it has been a story of growth and traction. They have maintained the same thoughtful approach to the problems they are solving, and as a result have created a name for themselves in the industry.


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Norwegian Startup Awards – The Jury

Picking which company will be the next big hit is a challenge for anyone. So to make sure we pick the best of the our nominees to represent Norway in the Grand Finale we have assembled a team of top quality judges. All of them have long experience in evaluating companies – either to invest in them, to partner with them or to support their operations. We are very proud to announce our jury:

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Norwegian Nordic Startup Award finalists announced

We are very excited to announce that the finalists for the Norwegian final in the Nordic Startup Awards. Read on to learn who will compete to represent Norway against the 4 other Nordic countries. The winners of each category will be decided at our Norwegian awards show 13. November – and get a chance to go to the Grand Finals in Copenhagen to compete for fame, glory and recognition.

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Norwegian launch of Nordic Startup Awards

Thanks to everyone joining for our launch of the Nordic Startup Awards in Norway. Was a lot of fun to see so many supporting the idea and effort. As we want to be bigger, better, stronger and faster than our neighbours we need your help in nominating your favorite Norwegian startup company, favorite investor, founder, developer, designer or journalist or service provider.

Enjoy some photo’s from the event:

Launch party for Nordic Startup Awards in Norway

The categories you can nominate in are the following:

Best Newcomer
Must have under 12 months in operation.Has received professional funding (VC, professional angel, etc.). Under 5 years in operation.

Has received professional funding (VC, professional angel, etc.). Under 5 years in operation.

Has not received any professional funding. Friends, Family & Fools do not count. Under 5 years in operation.

Must have started operations somewhere in the Nordics. No requirement to have any offices located in the region at present.

Startup of the Year
This is 100% jury voting.

Startup Journalist
The journalist that has put the best focus on the startup / tech community in the past 12 months.

Best Professional Investor
Individual or organization that has done the best investment in the past 12 months. An exit from the investment at present is not required.

Designer of the Year
The designer that has released the best web / app / product design in the past 12 months.

Developer Hero of the Year
The developer that has given / provided the most value to the local tech / startup community (eg. most resourceful code share on GitHub).

Founder of the Year
The CEO / (co)Founder that has created the most value (monetary / customers / growth) in the past 12 months.

Best Service Provider
A company that deserves the recognition for its help & services to the startup industry.

We are hard at work setting up the Norwegian event that will take place November 13th in Oslo. We hope you will join us in putting Norway on the map with this celebration of the Nordic startup communities.

Link: Nordic Startup Awards

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It was a great atmosphere at the Nordic Startup Awards launch party. Looking forward to seeing the best Nordic startups coming together for the finals.

What is going on in the Oslo Startup community?

LOAD 2012
Tuesday 18. September | Radisson Blu Plaza, Oslo
One-day conference about logistics and e-commerce.

Node.js Realtime frameworks
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 PM |, Grensen 5-7

SDShare – a protocol for RDF data syndication
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM
Hear about the SDShare protocol and experiences being made using it in commercial projects.

Open Coffee
Thursday, 09.00 | Mesh Café, Tordenskioldsgate 3
Come meet supporters, future and current entrepreneurs over a cup of coffee.

HTML5 in your TV and what Responsive Web Design does not solve
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM | Mesh, Tordenskioldsgate 3
ost of us has picked up on the terms mobile first and responsive design by now, but does it solve all the needs we have? And what is the next market web technology will emerge into and can we apply our existing skills to it? In this meet-up we will try to look a bit into the future and see what is next in the pipeline.

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