A good-sized delegation from Trondheim made the trip down the E6 to the capital for this year's Norwegian final of the Nordic Startup Awards.
The big winners of the night were NTNU-alumni Kahoot! who picked up the prestiguous Startup of the Year award alongside Founder of the Year for Johan Brand. Brand was keen to share the credit with his co-founders but also pointed out the best is yet to come in his acceptance speech. Exciting times for Norwegian EdTech!
The other major winner was promixity technology provider Unacast, who have scored some impressive media coverage while developing their technology that has the potential to change advertising as we know it.
The Nordic Web's Neil Murray presented the awards and he was impressed with the community spirit on show, not just in Oslo but from across the country.
"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." - Neil Murray, The Nordic Web
Sadly there were no winners from Trondheim (although Kahoot! and Dirtybit - who won Best Bootstrapped Startup - both have roots in the city) but the evening was a terrific opportunity for networking and catching up with goings on in other parts of the country.
Too many pepole insist on championing Trondheim above other Norwegian cities, but the reality is simple: Trondheim does what it does very well, but as a part of an impressive hi-tech scene that is growing right across the country. Events like this remind me that our startup communities must work together with each other to build a better "Brand Norway" - we are stronger together!
Here is the full list of winners:
Best of luck to all the Norwegian winners who will compete against the winners from Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in the grand final, to be held in Helsinki at the end of the month. I'll be there to see how our representatives get on.