Trondheim’s position as technology capital of Norway was enhanced at the Nordic Startup Awards in Oslo last week, with four awards heading back up the E6. Not bad for a city with a population of just 180,000!
The general public voted on a shortlist of nominees from across the Nordic region, and the following Trondheim-based people and companies picked up national awards:
DirtyBit – Best Startup Norway & One to Watch Nordics
The creators of multiplayer game FunRun, DirtyBit recently launched their latest release: DinoDash. The mobile game maker was launched by Erlend Borslid Haugsdal and Nicolaj Broby Petersen when they were at NTNU. Less than two years later, DirtyBit employ 8 people and are one of the most promising app developers in the country. In addition to picking up Best Startup in the Norwegian awards, the jury handed DirtyBit the “One to Watch” accolade.
NTNU School of Entrepreneurship – Best Service Provider Norway
NTNU’s Entreprenørskolen takes in some of Norway’s most promising talents and turns them into fully-fledged entrepreneurs in just two years. Their alumni list is impressive and the current crop includes fellow nominees DirtyBit and Feat.fm.
David Nikel – Best Startup Journalist Norway
Yep, that’s me! A big thank you to Technoport for letting me loose on its Playground this past year, and to all the fantastic startups I’ve met along the way.
A jury selected from the national winners of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, and although none of the Trondheim contingent won an overall prize (aside from DirtyBit’s One to Watch award), it was still a night to celebrate for Trondheim.
We must also mention the overall winner for best Service Provider was our Live Crowdfunding Experiment partners FundedByMe, and the winner of Best Startup Journalist was Greg Anderson from Arctic Startup, who joined us in Trondheim for Technoport 2014 last month.
The overall winners were:
- Startup of the Year: Plain Vanilla (Iceland) – a software development company that delivers beautiful applications on mobile platforms, such as QuizUp
- Best Newcomer: Jumpstarter (Sweden), a hosting platform to enable people to set up fully hosted web projects in less than a second
- Best Service Provider: FundedByMe (Sweden), a crowd investment platform, connecting investors with entrepreneurs
- Founder of the Year: Carl Waldekranz (Sweden), CEO and co-founder of DIY e-commerce website Tictail
- Developer Hero: Jonas Bruun Nielsen (Denmark), creator of Screenmailer, the fastest way to record and share high quality screen recordings
- Best Investor: Lifeline Ventures (Finland), venture capital firm that typically works with start-ups before they have launched their first product, taking it from inception to successful Series A investment and beyond
- Best Startup Journalist: Greg Anderson (Finland), writes about startup companies as Editor at ArcticStartup