15.01.2021

Estonian Startup Awards 2020 - The Winners, The Nominees

Estonian Startup Awards 2020 took place on January 14, 2021, to officially wrap up the past year and celebrate the most outstanding achievements of Estonian startups.

The Nominees & Winners of Estonian Startup Awards 2020 
1. THE FOREIGN FOUNDER OF 2020
The Foreign Founder of the Year is a person who has moved to Estonia, along with a significant part of their business and team. Their Estonian might not be perfect yet, but they are hungry for success when it comes to startups.
The Foreign Founder of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Avery Schrader (Modash)
Jeff McClelland (Salv)
Vishen Lakhiani (Mindvalley) - THE WINNER

2. THE STEREOTYPE CRUSHER OF 2020
In this category, we're looking for strong female founders - road-pavers and positive role models for the next generation, leading the way to more equality and inclusiveness.
The Stereotype Crusher 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Kaidi Ruusalepp (Funderbeam)
Vilve Vene (Modularbank)
Anna Liisa Palatu (Woola) - THE WINNER

3. THE BIG BANG OF 2020
This category is about The Big Bang: the newcomer whose loud arrival impressed and inspired us all during last year.
The Big Bang of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Modularbank
Whatifi
Woola - THE WINNER

4. THE BOOTSTRAP BADGER OF 2020
The Bootstrap Badger has aced the survival mode with less than 0K raised, ever. This startup inspires us with extra creativity, boldness, team-work, and ... a getting sh*t done with a remarkably low budget!
The Bootstrap Badger of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Rasmus Vooglaid (Fiizy)
Rasmus Gross (Eliis)
Vishen Lakhiani (Mindvalley) - THE WINNER

5. THE WISE WALLET OF 2020
These active investors are team-players, gate-openers and bridge-builders - they lift a startup with all their resources, giving meaning to the phrase "Smart Money" (minimum of 2 investments made in 2020). The best investors are team-players, gate-openers, and bridge-builders. This category is all about acknowledging those investors and highlighting their contribution to the Estonian startup community. The winner of this category, the Wise Wallet of 2020, made at least 2 investments in 2020.
The Wise Wallet of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Jaan Tallinn (Angel investor and Philathropist)
Ragnar Sass (Angel Investor, LIFT99 founder) - THE WINNER
Martin Villig (Angel Investor, co-founder of Bolt)

6. THE REVENUE HACK OF 2020
These startups in this category are revenue-making machines, showing us all how to make money as a startup. It doesn't matter whether they've quadrupled their revenue to hundreds of thousands or millions - massive growth in €€ and $$ in 2020 is what we seek. The Revenue Hack of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Ardo Kaurit (Ampler Bikes)
Markus Villig (Bolt)
Taavi Madiberk (Skeleton Technologies) - THE WINNER

7. THE GIVING BACK POWERHOUSE OF 2020
A person, event, or organisation that gives back without asking. They have a passion and a mission that makes our startup community stronger; the impact of their efforts resonates to the entire society.
The Giving Back Powerhouse of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Jõhvi Coding School - THE WINNER
Computer To Every Student (Igale Koolilapsele Arvuti)
Unicorn Squad

8. SAAS STARTUP OF 2020
2019 was all about hardware. This year, in 2020, we are looking for a SaaS giant - a superstar all other sectors could learn from!

The SaaS Startup of 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Martin Kõiva (Klaus)
Robin Saluoks (eAgronom)
Kaarel Kotkas (Veriff) - THE WINNER

9. THE FOUNDER OF THE YEAR 2020
What is Oscars without the Best Picture? The same as Startup Awards without the Founder of the Year. This founder deserves THE BIGGEST applause by the end of 2020. Who impressed and inspired the most?
The Founder of the Year 2020 TOP 3 nominees are:
Markus Villig (Bolt)
Taavi Madiberk (Skeleton)
The Fantastic Five of Pipedrive - THE WINNER

Read more: https://www.lift99.co/blog/estonian-startup-awards-2020

Source: LIFT99