We have been a bit busy after the Nordics Startup Awards that we haven’t updated the blog with the winners, but suffice to say that it went with a bang! Hosted by Daniel Mann from Google Ground Budapest, we got covered by BBC, attended by 400+ people, and ended literally with a fanfare with a fun samba band guiding the attendees from Edderkoppen Theater to the after party event at MESH.
The winners represent the best of the Nordics, showcasing talent, ingenuity and hard work.
Icelandic startup Plain Vanilla was the big winner as they won Startup Of The Year. Their games has been downloaded 20 million times. Plain Vanilla has sign a deal with Coca Cola and Fifa World Cup.
Danish developer Jonas Bruun Nielsen, who develops Screenmailer, a free software that allows users to record their screen activity and email or stream the video, is selected as the Developer Hero, while Best Newcomer goes to Jumpstarter, a startup that offers super fast, simple and hassle-free website hosting.
TicTail creator Carl Walderkranz won Founder of The Year for offering services that allows small retailers to set up their own websites. Tictail is judged to have a great potential as a disruptive technology to the small retail market.
Best Investor goes to Lifeline Ventures from Finland, who has been investing in SuperCell, among others. SuperCell delivered 4.000 times rate for Lifeline, who also invest in other enterprises such as a hi-tech waste collection business and a business developing 3D-printed toys.
FundedbyMe managed to snatch the Best Service Provider. What’s different of FundedbyMe compared to other crowd funding service is that it allows people to be investor in the long run rather than getting early access to products such as offered in Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
And the Best Startup Journalist award goes to Greg Anderson, a North Carolina native who now edits Arctic Startup, an English-language blog based in Helsinki that covers digital startups in the Nordics.
Last but not least, recognition in the form of “One To Watch” award are given to DirtyBit.
The event had a live crowd funding campaign hosted by FundedbyMe with pitches from Rom&Tonik, Instrument Champ and LoveTagged, and a premiere of a video of LIFT Nordic, a pitch competition held earlier in May.
It was a great night for startups in the Nordics region.
Picture credits: Jon Wright