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On Tuesday night the Nordic region’s most energetic startups met in Helsinki for the 2015 Nordic Startup Awards. This event recognizes and celebrates the vibrant startup culture across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
We were already stoked at winning Danish Startup of the Year last week, and now we’re blown away to have done the same in the Nordic Finale.
The awards highlight how there are some truly amazing startups blooming in all corners of the Nordic region.
Our congratulations go to the other nominees in our category: Norway’s Kahoot! (edtech) Finland’s Seriously (gaming), Iceland’s Bókun (travel) and Sweden’s Lifesum (health); as well as to the winners and nominees in the other categories.
“To change the name of the game”
The Nordic Startup Awards defines startups as tech companies that have been active less than 5 years, and that “change the name of the game and the way things are ‘normally’ done.”
That’s precisely what we set out to do everyday at Falcon Social. So we couldn’t be more pleased by this accolade. And judging from the highly diverse pool of nominees this year we know we’re in some fantastic company.
That’s certainly the opinion of our CEO Ulrik Bo Larsen, who said:
“The Nordics and especially Copenhagen are really happening right now. We’re seeing a lot of professionalization across all lines of business such as product development, marketing and sales among the alumni of first exits.”
Aside from fostering local talent, Ulrik says the growing startup ecosystem is attracting people from across Europe and further afield.
“In the case of Falcon Social, we’re able to attract talent across Europe and beyond. We employ more than 35 nationalities and have even relocated people from as far away as Australia.”
This was the third Nordic Startup Awards, which operate in two rounds: first a national competition then a regional finale.
This year’s winners were selected by a jury of 22 from the Nordic countries, wider Europe and the United States.