High hopes for the next generation of Norwegian startups- The Winners of the Norwegian Finale of the Nordic Startup Awards

Siri. CSS. Opera. Visma. ARM. Nordic Semiconductors. Meltwater. Playfish.

Norway’s tech heritage is rich, yet doesn’t always attract the headlines in the same way that it’s Nordic neighbours do, but I have a feeling that that’s about to change.

Tonight, I hosted the Norwegian Finale of the Nordic Startup Awards, where the next generation of Norway’s startups were celebrated, and the best of them crowned victorious.

Although the winners took the glory, all of the nominees, and all of the audience should take credit for Norway’s bright future as this coming together of a community is vital to their future success.

The coming together was organised by Startup Norway and Oslo Business Region, two organisations who have greatly impressed me with their enthusiasm and dedication to Oslo’s (and Norway’s) startup scene, and through their initiatives are playing a big part in the bright future I’m predicting.

“Great role models are the main motivation for startups. The winners today demonstrates how international growth and success can be done, and not least, that it can happen fast. They inspire the startup ecosystem and are the real heroes in placing Norway and Oslo on the international startup map.”

— Fredrik Winther, CEO; Oslo Business Region

So who were the winners and the new names looking to join those mentioned at the start?

Developer Hero: Simen Sommerfeldt

Accelerator: TINC Silicon Valley

Office Space: MESH

Founder of the year: Johan Brand, Kahoot!

Social Enterprise: Superplus

Bootstrapped: Dirtybit

Investor: Founders Fund

Newcomer: Unacast

Startup of the year: Kahoot!

Best Journalist: Maria Amelie

I will be writing more about my time in Oslo next week and my thoughts on the companies, people and organisations that I have met, but right now, it’s time for me to celebrate with the rest of the Norwegian startup scene!

Disclaimer: I was paid a fee from Oslo Business Region to host tonights awards, and although my time can be bought, my opinion can not, and all views expressed in this post are my true perspective. 

Neil S W Murray founded The Nordic Web in 2014 in order to provide the Nordics with the quality coverage it deserves. As well as being Founding Editor of The Nordic Web, Neil is also an active community builder in the region, participating in a number of initiatives, and has previously worked for Tech.eu.