NSAwards Grand Finale

Nordic Startup Awards Grand Finale 2018 took place on the 30th October, and Goodwille as Nordic Partners of the NSAwards were of course on site in Copenhagen to celebrate the best of Nordic startups and entrepreneurs. Our Marketing Manager James Service gave a run down on the Awards, and below he reveals the highlights of the show and the startups and entrepreneurs that stood out extra among the best of the best Nordic businesses. 

It was a cold, wet and dreary Tuesday night in Copenhagen. But it was the Nordic Startup Awards Grand Finale, and Goodwille (a Nordic Partner) are one of a few service providers joining the elite in Nordic Tech at the Østre Gasværk Teater.

It’s got everything you could want from an awards ceremony, but it’s wrapped in an energy and warmth generated by the finalists. There is talk of collaboration not competition, with Thorbjorg Helga Vigfusdottir, winner of the people’s choice asking the other Nordic Countries to help her in raising the profile of Iceland.

For me, there were a few winners and speeches which really stood out, and I wanted to share them with you.

Best HealthTech Startup – Nightingale Health

Nightingale Health, a healthcare startup from Finland who are disrupting and revolutionising the healthcare sector – or, as their CEO put it, the sickcare sector. Nightingale Health are creating pioneering products for the active prevention of lifestyle diseases, with their blood testing technology providing 50 times more data than current solutions.

We heard their CEO speak earlier in a panel, and he asked the audience “What’s better than someone offering you $1Billion for your company?”.

“Telling them no”, he replied.

An excited Finn isn’t something found very often, but this guy was inspiring, warming and oozing with the entrepreneur mentality. Sadly Nightingale Health missed out on the Startup of the Year award, but we are excited to see them later this year at SLUSH.

Ecosystem Hero of the Year – Sissel Hansen

Sissel Hansen, the founder of the book series Startup Guide (available at good book stores, online and at the Goodwille offices) got the biggest cheer of the night from the crowd. An emotional speech in which she declared she was “passionate about passionate people”. Sissel launched her book series with no knowledge of publishing, but she had no problems telling the “expert” publisher who joined her on the journey that’s not how they were going to do it. She made it clear that if you do what you’ve always done, you’re going to get the same results. You could see how much it meant to both Sissel and the crowd for her to be recognised with this accolade; and for that, it was one of my highlights.

Best AI/Machine Learning Startup – Corti

An AI assistant that helps emergency service call takers better diagnose patients. Corti analyses everything the caller says and shares. The platform is used by the emergency services in Copenhagen right now and helping to save lives. The recipient of the award said he couldn’t wait to take it back to the team who were still working, in their basement, at 9pm. Whilst we all gathered to celebrate their success, the people who built it work tirelessly to improve it, for our future benefit – it’s this passion and commitment that’s inspiring.

Saga Robotics, who see Brexit as an opportunity for their robotic fruit picking business picked up the award for best Foodtech Agritech Startup. Whilst 657 Oslo, the home to over 225 talented individuals beat Maria01 and Minc to the prize of Best Coworking Space.

For the startups, it’s the recognition. They spend long hours, days and years, working on disrupting or revolutionising an industry that they are passionate about, with no guarantees of success. And it’s their commitment to their product which makes our world easier, more comfortable, safer or healthier.

For us it was a privilege to join the Grand Finale, and we look forward to developing our partnership with the Nordic Startup Awards, and supporting many of their winners and finalists, both past and present, with their future UK Market Entry.

Find out more about the Nordic Startup Awards & Goodwille by reading our partnership press release here.

In the picture: all regional winners at the NSAwards Grand Finale 2018

Nordic Startup Awards announces Goodwille as a strategic UK partner

Press release 3 October 2018.

Clever Nordic businesses have spent the past five years battling it out to be crowned the Nordic Startup Awards, Startup of the Year. The Nordic Startup Awards maps, connects, promotes and celebrates the Nordic startup ecosystem, across all five countries, internally in the region as well as to the rest of the world.

NSAwards are excited to announce Goodwille as their strategic UK based Nordic Partner. Goodwille, whose roots are firmly tied to the Nordic countries have helped hundreds of tech businesses, including regional & national finalists of the Nordic Startup Awards, enter the UK market.

Kim Balle, Co-Founder & CEO of the Nordic Startup Awards says “It’s exciting to have Goodwille onboard as a Nordic Partner. Goodwille have an unrivalled track record of helping Nordic businesses with their expansion to the UK, and their experience will prove invaluable to our entrants and finalists”.

Nordic businesses often look to the UK when expanding outside of the region for the first time, and Goodwille have shared their vast experiences at London Tech Week, Oslo Innovation Week & later this year, SLUSH.

James Service, Marketing Manager of Goodwille says “We’ve been working closely with the Nordic startup scene for over two decades. This partnerships with the Nordic Startup Awards cements our position as the market leader in helping businesses from the Nordic region with their expansion to the UK.”

Over 2,500 companies were nominated for the Nordic Startup Awards in 2018, and the regional finalists received tens of thousands of nominations from across the Nordic countries.

With the five regional finals drawing to a close, the regional winners will battle it out at The Grand Finale in Copenhagen on the 30th October to win one of thirteen awards, including Founder of the Year, Best Accelerator or Incubator & Startup of the Year.

Press Contacts

Kim Balle, Co-Founder & CEO, Nordic Startup Awards

James Service, Marketing Manager, Goodwille

Meet Marie Themsen

Starting out as paper “boy” at the age of thirteen, Marie Themsen decided she needed international experience and now, seven years later, joined the Danish PIU (Praktik i Udlandedet) program and came to London, spending her gap year at Goodwille as our very appreciated Financial Trainee.  Marie helps our clients with managing both their purchase and sales invoices, doing bank reconciliation, processing expenses for our clients, setting up their payments, doing their credit controls and supporting the financial controllers with daily ad hoc tasks.

Marie spared us a few seconds to tell us more about moving abroad at the age of 20, her London favourites and the advantages she believes PIU will give her in the future.

Why did you choose England for your gap year?
I wanted to develop my English skills and London is such an exciting city, both workwise and when it comes to things to do in your spare time. There is always something happening and new places to explore.

One thing you hate, and one thing you love about London?
There is not much I hate but I really don’t know why people always ask me “How are you?” As being from the Nordics it took a while to understand Brits actually didn’t care about my answer… If I can only pick one thing I love about London it would be the variation of the city. You can find everything here. It’s not only Oxford Street.

Something you miss from home?
Danish food! Especially Stegt flæsk med persillesovs (fried pork with parsley sauce).

How do you think others see you?
Friendly, mature and ambitious.

How was it both leaving home and moving to another country?
It’s definitely one of the biggest steps I’ve ever taken. Leaving home is a big thing in itself, moving to another country was scary but I’ve grown so much as a person! I moved in with people I’d never met before and there was so much practical stuff to sort. We didn’t have any furniture in the flat, I needed to open a bank account, register at a doctors and get a National Insurance number, among many other things. If you are shy to begin with it disappears really quickly.

What does a perfect weekend in London look like?
I prefer a quieter weekend so brunch with friends at my favourite place Muriel’s, we’d sit outside if the weather would allow it and after that go for a stroll in a park and visit one of London’s many amazing food or antique markets. I love Borough market!

What advantages do you think PIU will give you for the future?
Experience in “real life”, with the opportunity to compare practical experience from the theoretical side taught at university. Lectures at university will be in English and it will be much easier now when I’m used to speaking, reading and writing in English at all times.

You are leaving us in August, what will you do after Goodwille?
I’m considering staying in London for a bit longer or possibly moving to another country – USA or Germany would be exciting. Travel the world would not be so bad either! I’ve done some volunteering work here in London at a shelter, I’m interested in doing more of that too… So I’m not too sure as it stands!

What would you say to others your age who are considering a gap year?
See the world while you have the time! Learn languages and get new experiences. International experience is so important today to be able to get the job you want.

What do you like the most about Goodwille?
To work with so many different people and cultures – both amongst colleagues, but also with our many clients.