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  • Portfolio News
  • 22 November 2010
  • 9 min read
  • Words: Northzone

Grand Slam for Northzone Portfolio Companies Spotify, Tobii and Avito at SIME Awards Stockholm 2010

As a conclusion to this year’s SIME Conference, the SIME Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner in Stockholm on the evening of thursday the 18th. Northzone portfolio companies Spotify, Tobii and Avito received three of the five awards. Nothing but a Grand Slam. The SIME Awards were created in 1996 to honor excellence in online communication, business practice and technology, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible and inspire the Internet industry of the North to world-class performance.

There are two separate awards: the SIME Media Momentum Awards and the big company award: the SIME Grand Prize.

SIME Media Momentum Awards present the 25 fastest growing Nordic companies within digital media. The Prize will go to the hottest and most promising of these companies.

The SIME Grand Prize is awarded to one of the industry propellers, catalyst and the big giants in the digital space that have innovation in their crux and continue to thump along in the mainstream.

This year, the SIME Media Momentum Awards was given to Spotify.

The Grand Prize was awarded to Tobii, the overall jury favourite and a leading contender in all categories. The jury says” this company has already proven itself or proving itself rapidly and is making a real impact on a global scale and on the internet economy.”

Also, a special prize for “Unique Leadership” was awarded to Avito – Russia’s leading Online Classifieds site.

– We’re naturally very happy about this, says Hans Otterling, Partner at Northzone’s Stockholm Office. These three prestigious awards to our portfolio companies testifies to the viability of our way of developing game changing ideas into world class companies together with the best and brightest entrepreneurs.

These three Northzone portfolio companies are indeed great examples of what can be accomplished – between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists – in the Nordic countries and we are very proud to be a Partner in the SIME Media Momentum Awards, says Per Roman co-founder/partner at GP Bullhound.

For further comments,
Hans Otterling, phone +46 706 23 28 28



About Northzone
Northzone is a European Venture Capital Partnership with a Nordic stronghold. With nine dedicated professionals in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen – most of whom are themselves former successful, entrepreneurs, we work round the clock to help our portfolio companies grab whatever world market they are after. We have been around since 1994, raised and managed 6 funds with consistent top-tier returns and currently manage EUR 350 Million. Among our previous investments, we are especially proud of Lastminute, Stepstone, Pricerunner, NextGenTel and Nimsoft.

About SIME
SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities with events in Helsinki , Stockholm, Barcelona and now for the first time in San Fransisco. SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, aficionados and members of the press. SIME is about how digital opportunities can convert to new business, a better world and a lot of fun.