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Nordic Startup Awards opens nominations for 2017

Pressemeddelelse   •   Mar 07, 2017 13:36 CET

On March 7th at 12:00 PM, nominations open for Nordic Startup Awards. Public nominations are the first step in the Nordic region in a global process of finding the next best and brightest startups from all around the world in the Global Startup Awards. Nominations are open until April 7th on

This year the Nordic Startup Awards has multiple new categories designed to recognize the leaders in the hottest trends in the tech startup ecosystem.

Awards will be given to recognise the quality and impact of startups. The judges will consider applications in the following categories:

  • Startup of the Year
  • Founder of the Year
  • Investor of the Year
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Bootstrapped
  • Best Social Impact Startup
  • Best IoT Startup
  • Best Fintech Startup
  • Best Food Tech Startup
  • Best Health/Lifestyle Tech Startup
  • Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative
  • Best Coworking Space
  • Best Accelerator Program

The nomination process is an opportunity for new startups and ecosystem supporters to receive the recognition they deserve.

“Nordic Startup Awards is a great event, which truly builds connections between ecosystems, but even more important, it highlights and celebrates entrepreneurs. To be an entrepreneur can be a tough and lonely road at times, so events like this creates a community feeling as well as role models for aspiring entrepreneurs.” - Sissel Hansen Founder & CEO at Startup Guide

There will be national events in all the Nordic countries with the regional grand finale being held in Stockholm in October 2017.While the recognition of winning the Nordic Startup Awards is already immense, winners of the region will then be entered as finalists in the Global Startup Awards; a competition to “find the next 1%” all around the globe. The entire competition process is explained here.

Previously, big companies like Danish Falcon Social, Realm and Finnish Supercell have won the award as Startup of the Year.

Co-founder of Nordic Startup Awards:

According to the co-founder, the award show is branding the Nordic region as one of the best places in the world to be tech startup: 

"The interest has been enormous, and the concept has spread to Southeast Asia, India and Central Europe. The whole thing is started and controlled from Denmark, helping to brand the Nordic region as an alternative to Silicon Valley and attract even more of the talents that the startup industry craves." says Kim Balle, CEO of Nordic Startup Awards.

For further information and interviews

  • Kim Balle, CEO and co-founder of Nordic Startup Awards | | +45 4237 9748
  • Mark B. Kjær – PR coordinator, Kemp & Kjær | +45 4142 3635 |
  • Ian Rummler, Head of Marketing | +45 6012 4622 |

Press photos from the event:

Facts about Nordic Startup Awards

– Nominations 2016: 800+
–Yearly attendance on national events: 2500
– Attendees at a typical Grand Finale: 5-600
– Online votes 2016: 24.000 votes
– 350 National Finalists from 14 categories 2016
– 70 National winners
– 14 regional winners
– 33 National jury members
– 29 Regional Jury members from the Nordic, US, Europe and Asia
’– 30+ Ambassadors
– 1 Nordic Advisory board

About Nordic Startup Awards & Global Startup Awards

The aim with Nordic Startup Awards is to inspire, encourage and recognize entrepreneurship in the Nordic region. It happens not only by honouring the most successful startups, but by focusing on the entire environment - from the investors and journalists to the founders and developers.

Nordic Startup Awards honours the most successful startups from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland for the third time. The first time was in 2012. At the grand finale show the winning startups from each country will compete in 14 categories.

Until February, the public could nominate their favorites. From receiving 700 nominations in 2015, Nordic Startup Awards has experienced great interest and received 737 nominations this year.

Among the sponsors are Microsoft, Amazon, United Nations Development Program, the Danish startup organization CPHFTW, and the Icelandic Ministry for Innovation and Industry.

An award show like none before, Nordic Startup Awards is a series of events in the Nordic countries with the mission to celebrate and unite the Nordic startup eco-systems. All the events lead up to the grand finale where the startup kings and queens of the entire Nordic region will be revealed.

The main purpose behind the event is to consolidate the Nordic startup scene and place Scandinavian startup ecosystem on the map as a leading center for innovation in Europe. We all know we do things differently here. This is an opportunity to show the rest of the world how vibrant our community is and how successful the Scandinavian startup genome is.