The Finalists of the Nordic Startup Awards were announced on Tuesday 31st of July. The 5 participating countries are Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Finland. A week later, no startups from Sweden and Iceland have been nominated in any categories.
There are different categories of awards, to highlight the different elements of the startup environment. There are 13 award categories in total, including Founder of the Year, Startup of the Year and Best Newcomer.
The Nordic Startup Awards invite people to nominate the startups and individuals that they think are most deserving of the prize. This year more than 2 500 startups were nominated.
Nominations from around the world
Anyone, from anywhere in the world, can nominate a startup or individual. The nominees, however, must be based in any of the participating countries. This can lead to an interesting lineup, where it might seem that startups with a more international reach could be favoured.
Some of the Danish finalists nominated this year include SAAS startup Peakon, nominated as Startup of the Year, and Chef Made, a private dining startup nominated in the Best Newcomer category.
Norwegian medical startup Medsensio has been nominated in the category for Best AI/Machine Learning Startup, together with SweetZpot, a health and fitness startup that has developed several products aimed at those who exercise.
Klever, based in Finland, have developed an app that helps users pay their bills quickly, and on time. They are nominated in the category for Best Fintech Startup.
Will more nominations follow?
It is yet to be seen if there will be any Swedish or Icelandic startups to join the nominations. A week has passed since the first finalists were announced.
There is the chance that Swedish and Icelandic companies will join the other nominated finalists at a later date. Having witnessed the chaotic switching of deadlines from the Nordic Startup Awards in the run-up to this announcement, anything is possible.
The Grand Finale will be held in Copenhagen on 11 October 2018. It is both a huge networking event and a gala. The networking event is a chance for attendees to meet their peers as well as experts from outside the Nordic region. There will be the opportunity to make potential future business partners, as well as impress possible investors.
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