Nordic Showcase highlights the most promising early-stage startups in the Nordic region – the ones that have the potential to become future success stories. This year, we are bringing on stage two startups from each of the five Nordic countries and Estonia.
Since 2015, the Nordic Showcase has highlighted the most promising early-stage companies in all five Nordic countries and Estonia.
We don’t exaggerate when we say that we know who the future Nordic success stories are. Don’t believe us? There might be a change of heart after hearing that we had had Kahoot and Bolt on our stages when they both were still early-stage startups.
This year, we are bringing the Nordic Showcase back, bigger than it has ever been before. We will be highlighting twelve companies in total, two from each of the countries of the North.
The Nordic Showcase will take place in Startup Studio on Day 2.
Aaro Isosaari is Co-Founder and CEO of Flowrite, a Helsinki-based productivity startup building a new way to write on the web. At Flowrite, he works on an AI-powered tool turning words into ready-to-send emails and messages in a personalized style.
As among other things, a Slush Alumni, no stranger to the startup ecosystem, he has helped startups thrive as CEO at Kiuas, Finland’s most significant startup community for several years.
Founded: 2020 | HQ: Finland | Funding: €660K | Industry: SaaS
Guðmundur Kristjánsson, known as GK, is Founder and CEO of Lucinity, a compliance startup utilizing Human AI to help banks identify and fight financial crime. At Lucinity, he oversees the creation of compliance systems for the modern world.
He has held several managerial positions in compliance working previously for companies as Citigroup, charting its path to AI in surveillance. A veteran in the industry, he has extensive experience from building and delivering effective compliance systems.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: Iceland | Funding: 8.1M | Industry: Fintech
Øyvind Reed is CEO at Whereby, a startup enabling the easiest possible video conferencing requiring zero apps, installs, or logins. He has been overseeing Whereby’s operations and helping the company grow since 2017.
He has plenty of prior experience in sales and several managerial roles for before. A graduate in both policial science and business, he thrives by investing time and effort into the growth of the company and most importantly, his team.
Founded: 2017 | HQ: Norway | Funding: €10M | Industry: SaaS
Taavi Tammiste is Founder and CEO of Salv, a Tallinn-based startup fighting financial crime through deeptech. At Salv, Taavi focuses on building the smart tools financial institutions need to fight financial crime effectively.
Having worked for almost two decades in the field of preventing financial fraud in companies such as Skype and Transferwise helping them build solutions to fighting financial fraud. He holds board positions in FinanceEstonia and European Fintech Association, helping to shape the European fintech environment.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: Estonia | Funding: 3.8M | Industry: Fintech
Jonas Moll is Founder and CEO of Vital Beats. At Vital Beats, he is helping bring preventive and personalised care to the remote management of cardiac device patients.
Jonas Moll originally earned his PhD in Computer Science from which he transitioned into Medical Informatics, and spent 10 years as Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen studying remote treatment of cardiac device patients.
He finally topped his scientific background up with an executive education from Harvard Business School in Innovation Management. In 2018, Jonas founded and spun out Vital Beats from the university to help bring preventive and personalised care to remote patient management.
About Vital Beats
Founded: 2018 | HQ: Denmark | Funding: 4M | Industry: Medtech
Gummi Hafsteinsson is Founder and CEO of Fractal 5. At Fractal 5, he is combining networking to utility creating a new way for people to interact and grow their network in a productive manner together with his team .
He has plenty of experience of the startup and tech ecosystem having founded a chat-based virtual assistant, Emu, later acquired by Google which he then joined as Product Management Director leading the product Development for Google Assistant.
About Fractal 5
Founded: 2020 | HQ: Iceland | Funding: 3M | Industry: Social Media
Casper Wilstrup is CEO and Founder of Abzu, a Copenhagen based deeptech startup whose proprietary AI, the QLatice, accelerates the analysis and insights process through transparent and explainable morels. At Abzu, he applies his passions for advanced data analysis and adaptive/responsive systems to achieve his dream of revolutionizing artificial intelligence.
A physicist by education, Casper enjoys speaking about the ethical impacts of using AI in decision making. He combines deep technical insight and hands-on engineering skills with extensive leadership experience.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: Denmark | Funding: 9.5M | Industry: AI
Karen Burns is Co-Founder and CEO of Fyma, a computer vision SaaS platform that turns cameras into predictive sensors. At Fyma, she forms data from security camera feeds and converts it into actionable data in real-time utilizing cognitive AI.
Originally a graduate in law, she has experience from working in multiple ICT and Business Development roles. She has previously served companies such as CGI and Mooncascade, Estonia’s fastest growing software development house where she tripled their annual revenue during only a few years. She is passionate about getting more women into STEM and management positions and changing the world for the better through the use of computer vision.
Founded: 2018 | HQ: Estonia | Funding: 2.1M | Industry: AI & ML
Anttoni Aniebonam is CEO and Co-Founder of Veri, an early-stage metabolic health company continuously aiming to improve people’s metabolic health. At Veri, he has been part of enabling significant growth for the company only established one year ago.
Originally as a graduate in Bioinformatics and Digital Health, he has gained plenty of experience from the startup ecosystem prior to becoming a founder. He has held the presidency at Europe’s leading student-led entrepreneurship society, co-founded Finland’s leading early-stage accelerator program, and worked at Y Combinator alumni health tech company.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: Finland | Funding: €4M | Industry: Wellness
Thérèse Mannheimer is Founder and CEO of Grace Health, a healthtech company focused on developing scalable and user friendly health services by leveraging high tech mobile technology. At Grace Health, she is aiming to deliver instant access to women’s health services and information to all.
A user centric venture builder, business developer, and strategist, she has held multiple managerial positions in companies such as Lifesum and Doberman. Prior to Grace Health, she has held a board position in the Swedish national committee of UN Women and been part of founding a Swedish non-profit Allbright.
About Grace Health
Founded: 2019 | HQ:Sweden | Funding: €2.4M | Industry: FemTech
Charlotta Tönsgård is Founder and CEO of Kind, a company enabling healthcare professionals to offer their services to patients in a light, affordable way. At Kind, she is building her company and enabling professionals to complement traditional healthcare services through a digital channel.
Prior to founding Kind, she held the position of CEO at Sweden-based Min Doktor and Zimpl AB, working on digital health and SaaS, respectively. She is active in the Swedish startup ecosystem and currently holds a board position in Malmö Startups.
Founded: 2019 | HQ: Sweden | Funding: €3.6M | Industry: Health Teck
Nicolay Thafvelin is Co-founder and CTO of Vev, a startup developing a no-code solution for web design. At Vev, he creates and oversees the development and functionality of a web design platform that is changing the way we create content for the web.
His interest towards data science kicked off after losing a bet in high school, which resulted in him building a landing page for a snowboarding crew. From there, he was hooked on web development and brought his technical passions to many leading companies in Norway before founding Vev together with Tine Karlsen and Fredrik Evjen Ekli.
Nicolay will be joined on stage by Malin Cornelia, Head of Partnerships at Vev, where she works with driving engagement and achieves measurable results through advanced technology products and relationships.