Nordic Edtech Awards 2018
- call for applications
The Nordic Edtech Alliance proudly introduces the second version of the Nordic Edtech Award. This year the best of Nordic edtech will be on show at the award final during Oslo Innovation Week in Norway on 26 September 2018.
The first ever Nordic Edtech Award was taken away by Sweden´s Lexplore, beating Norwegian Differ, Finnish Mightifier, EduLab Matematikfessor from Denmark and Kara Connect from Iceland. The Award had an incredible response when launched in September 2017, with over 60 applications from all over the Nordics.
The award aims to identify, showcase and recognise the most promising edtech startups from the Nordics. All entries will be screened and the winner will be picked by a top-class jury during the final in Oslo in September. Prizes include a place in the xEdu Accelerator Spring 2019 in Helsinki.
Application deadline is 15 August 2018.
In 2017 the Nordic Edtech Award final was hosted in Helsinki at the XcitED event in collaboration with Slush. The prize was awarded at the same time as we launched the Nordic Edtech Alliance. Educational technology is one of the five fastest growing markets in the world, attracting heavy investments. And edtech companies from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden are starting to make some serious international noise. Now these countries´ ecosystems are partnering to show the world the quality and potential of Nordic edtech.
The Nordic Edtech Alliance is a partnership between Nordic edtech communities and actors. The aims of Nordic Edtech Alliance are to support and profile Nordic edtech internationally, where the Nordic values of Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy are at the core. The goal is to attract Nordic and International investors to invest in Nordic edtech companies and to build bridges to international markets for Nordic Edtech companies and suppliers. The Nordic Edtech Award is NEAs first cooperative initiative.
Lexplore from Sweden came out top when the best of Nordic edtech was on show at the first ever Nordic Edtech Award in Helsinki Thursday evening.
“Edtech product with medical precision representing the Nordic values Equality, Trust and Happiness in learning. Lexplore now brings these values to a global market”
Five finalists, one from each of the Nordic countries, pitched for The Nordic Edtech Award 2017 at the XcitEd event, in collaboration with Slush, Helsinki on 30 November. All finalists represents the Nordic Edtech core values: Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy.
Lexplore - Service for discovering dyslexia in time (S) WINNER!!
Mightifier - Mightifier teaches social & emotional skills by positive peer feedback. (SF)
EduLab - Matematikfessor- Mathematics and adaptivity (DK)
Kara Connect - It connects special education and teachers to students that need special one-to-one help and gives access to the right help through on-line therapy. (IS)
Edtech Foundry/Differ - Differ is a messaging app that creates active learning communities for your courses, so students can collaborate and help each other. And it uses chatbot teaching assistants to automate student follow-up, so no student is left behind. (N)
The Nordic Edtech Startup Award is the first initiative from Nordic Edtech Alliance, a partnership launched at the event in Helsinki. The Award had an incredible response when launched in September 2017, with over 60 applications from all over the Nordics.
A jury consisting of David Helgason, Founder of Unity Technologies (DK), Johan Brand, Co-Founder of Kahoot! (N), Linda Liukas, Creator of Hello Ruby (Fi), Marie Claire Maxwell, Head of Tech and Start-Up Lead, Asia Pacific, Business Sweden, Salóme Guðmundsdóttir CEO of Icelandic Startups, had the very difficult job picking one winner out of the five shortlisted finalists.
The Nordic edtech community is getting in formation and there are many promising and exciting entrepreneurs in our countries. Through joining forces and pulling together, Nordic edtech has the opportunity to take a position as the best and most competitive in the world. The Nordic Edtech Award winner and finalists are great examples of this.
The Nordics attracts a lot of capital due to a high degree of innovation, usability, high technology and scaleability. A strong gaming industry and fintech scene are examples of this. With an internationally renowned education system, good at developing future skills like collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship, and leading in digitalising the education sector, Nordic Edtech have all the ingredients needed to be the home for the next edtech unicorn.
Nordic Edtech Alliance is a partnership between Nordic edtech communities and actors. The aims of Nordic Edtech Alliance are to support and profile Nordic edtech internationally, where the Nordic values of Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy are at the core. The goal is to attract Nordic and International investors to invest in Nordic edtech companies and to build bridges to international markets for Nordic Edtech companies and suppliers. The Nordic Edtech Startup Award is NEAs first cooperative initiative.
SLUSH is a startup and tech event, organized annually in Helsinki, Finland. In 2016, Slush gathered 17,500 attendees, including 2,300 startups, 1,100 investors and 600 journalists, together representing 130 countries. This year there will be the XcitED edtech event done in collaboration with Slush, where The Nordic Edtech Awards will be held.
Contacts: email / phone
Finland: Olli Vallo, Co-Founder, Kokoa, firstname.lastname@example.org / +358 40 757 6961
Denmark: Pamela Kunkel, Peergrade, email@example.com / +45 50 204 065
Norway: Hege Tollerud, CEO, Oslo Edtech Cluster, firstname.lastname@example.org / +47 92 030 968
Sweden: Jannie Jeppesen, CEO, Swedish Edtech Industry, / +46 70 224 4865
Swedish Lexplore wins Nordic Edtech Award 2017