Unity Technologies wins the DenmarkBridge Award 2019
Today the successful game development company Unity Technologies won the DenmarkBridge Award 2019. The award was presented by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik at Vaekstfonden’s Annual Meeting at Tivoli Congress Center.
DenmarkBridge Award is presented annually by the business network DenmarkBridge, which has HRH The Crown Prince as patron. The DenmarkBridge Award pays tribute to those who dare to think beyond the skies – those with ’moonshot’ mentality. This mentality is exactly what characterizes Unity Technologies, a company which in 15 years has evolved from being an entrepreneurial project seeing its beginning in an apartment at Nørrebro, to being a global market leader within software for game development and interactive 3D.
“With the winner of this year’s DenmarkBridge Award, we pay tribute to a company that with its user involving software technology has managed to accelerate the gaming industry worldwide. 50 percent of all games used on mobile phones, are developed with Unity Technologies. We are looking at a global market leader whose technology exist on approx 3 billion devices worldwide. Altogether this makes Unity Technologies the winner of the DenmarkBridge Award 2019,” says Christian Motzfeldt, chairman of DenmarkBridge.
David Helgason, co-founder and board member in Unity Technologies, is honored to receive the award.
”On Unity’s behalf I am very pleased to receive the DenmarkBridge Award 2019. We have been on a long journey towards democratizing the gaming industry, enabling many more people to create games and other interactive 3D experiences. And we have succeeded. The award is a symbol of the journey wehave taken– and still are experiencing” says David Helgason.
Today Unity Technologies has more than 2000 employees on 27 locations worldwide. Unity Technologies has created the world’s most used development platform, where game developers can create their own games and interactive 3D experiences, brought to other users on their smartphones, tablets etc.
Previous winners of the DenmarkBridge Award are Genmab, who won in 2017 and Universal Robots, who won the award in 2018.
The following criteria were essential in selecting the winner:
- Ambition. The winner has demonstrated or leveraged a moonshot mindset with the capacity for changing the way we think and behave.
- Innovation and technology. The winner has demonstrated or leveraged the use of innovation, entrepreneurship and new technology.
- Commercial impact. The winner has demonstrated – or enabled – a substantial commercial impact.
- Network effect. The winner has connected people and/or organizations between the US and Denmark.
DenmarkBridge is founded by Danske Bank, LEGO, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Novo Nordisk, DI and Vaekstfonden. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik is patron of DenmarkBridge. The association aims at bridging the gap between Danish companies and Silicon Valley, one of the world’s primary hotspots for technological innovations, by creating a community consisting of high-level strategic networking and knowledge sharing among like-minded business partners.
The Jury consists of the members of the board of DenmarkBridge – see more in the fact box below.
Christian Majlund, Senior Consultant, The Danish Growth Fund / +45 81 77 30 76 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Lerche Ratzer, Communication Advisor, The Danish Growth Fund / +45 22 91 30 38 / email@example.com
Facts about the jury and DenmarkBridge
DenmarkBridge was founded by private businesses in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Denmark.
His Royal Highness The Crown Prince is patron of DenmarkBridge.
The founding members appoint the Board of Directors. The Board consists of:
- Christian Motzfeldt, Director, Vaekstfonden, Chairman DenmarkBridge
- Ole Andersen, Chairman, Danske Bank
- Jacob Aqraou, Investor and former Sr. Vice President, eBay
- Scott Bonham, Investor and former Co-Chair of C100
- Lars Frelle-Petersen, Director, Confederation of Danish Industry
- Lars Dalgaard, Entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of SuccessFactors
- Carl Erik Kjærsgaard, Founder and CEO, Blackwood Seven
- Christian Tang-Jespersen, Partner ACME Capital
Vaekstfonden is the Secretariat of DenmarkBridge. DenmarkBridge complements the activities at the Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley. The network has a Director stationed in Silicon Valley.
More information is available on www.denmarkbridge.com