CONNECTING THE NORDIC STARTUP SCENE
NordicMeetup #6 is taking place on October 17 in Helsinki in connection with Arctic15. NordicMeetup is hosted together with 2Pears, supported by Inventure, the venture capital investor in early stage companies, and UK Trade and Investment.
We will be hosting an evening of debate and networking, starting at 18.00 at Grotesk Bar, Ludviginkatu 10, which will see 6-8 Northern European cities pitted against each other to win the title of The Silicon Valley of Northern Europe. The hashtags of the evening is #CityChallenge & #NordicMeetup.
The debaters, each representing a Northern European city, are:
Copenhagen: Lars Buch, partner & managing director of Startupbootcamp Copenhagen, previously R&D Director at Nokia
Helsinki: Kristoffer Lawson, co-founder of Holvi, and StartupSauna as well as The Alternative Party
London: Scott Sage, partner at DFJ Esprit, co-founder of City Meets Tech in London
Oslo: Tor Grønsund, founding partner at Lingo Social, and lecturer of entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo
Riga: Andris Berzins, investment advisor at Creandum, co-founder TechHub Riga, and Startup Wise Guys advisor
Stockholm: Henrik Dillman, co-founder of Mancx, winner of Arctic15 last year
Tallinn: Priit Salumaa, co-founder of Mooncascade, Garage48 and Mobile Monday Estonia
Moderator of the debate is internationally recognised entrepreneur Mohamed El-Fatatry, founder of Muxlim Inc., and currently the chairman and CEO of My Islamic Voice.
The panel will discuss the following competitive factors in particular:
- The availability of skilled people
- Availability and ease of access to financing
- The regulatory environment and government responsiveness and support
- Marketing and access to customers
- The availability of business infrastructure
The evening is created specifically to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, tech industry experts, and tech startups for a lively, informed and fun discussion. The debate will also contain an interactive voting quiz on mobile, courtesy Fruitboars, for the audience to participate in.
2Pears co-founder Petra Johansson comments: “There is a thriving tech startup scene in Europe which needs to celebrate its entrepreneurial spirit, while highlighting both the benefits and the challenges of growing out of a European country. This will help improve the business climate where necessary. The idea for #CityChallenge comes from on-going friendly banter on Twitter about which city in Northern Europe produces the best companies, and hosting the debate in conjunction with Arctic15 made perfect sense. All 2Pears events are focused on facilitating a productive dialogue between investors, entrepreneurs and technology businesses, with the aim to achieve a 4.5 times return on investment for all parties involved.”
Tuomas Kosonen, partner with Inventure, says: “As we are keen to see a continued stream of interesting and talented new early stage tech startups, we are delighted to support #CityChallenge by 2Pears, which will effectively highlight the excellent growth opportunities for companies in Northern Europe. We are looking forward to a fun evening of robust debate involving both investors and entrepreneurs.”
Mari Aaltonen from UK Trade & Investment explains: ”The UKTI objective is to support the growth and internationalisation of tech companies. We are naturally delighted to see Scott Sage defending London as the European Silicon Valley.
We are looking forward to an interesting debate and thrilled to see so many thriving startup cities represented.”
The event is supported by media partners Financial Times and Mediatainment Finance.
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NordicMeetup #5 will be held in Helsinki on September 21st. at 7 pm.
Co-hosted together with Arctic15 and UKTI.
We look forward to gather and meet the Finnish startup scene together with all the guests visiting Helsinki during the days of startup action.
September 21st. at 7:00 pm. Register your free ticket now.
Aussie Bar - Salomonkatu 5, Kamppi, Helsinki.
Event tags: #NordicMeetup #NM5 #Arctic15 #UKTI
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If you haven’t already joined these amazing events in Helsinki
Arctic15 and UKTI Eager To Flourish - now is your chance!
Arctic15 - September 22nd.
Arctic15 is a one day conference organized on September 22nd by ArcticStartup, gathering the leading startups from Northern Europe to Helsinki. The conference will feature 15 startups pitching their products and services in front of the crowd, investors, entrepreneurs and international press. More than 90 startups applied to the competition, but only 15 will make it to the end and only 1 will walk away with 10,000 euros in prize money.
Arctic15 is featuring these cool keynote speakers:
Steve Huffman (Co-founder of Reddit & Hipmunk)
Jens Begemann (CEO and Founder of wooga )
Richard White (Founder and CEO of Uservoice)
Plus, there are many more (including the 15 startup pitches you’ll hear)!
Get your ticket now from: http://arctic15.com/#tickets and use the code A15NM to get 15% of your ticket price.
UKTI Eager To Flourish - September 21st.
UK Trade & Investment together with UK experts and investor welcomes you to this seminar to showcase UK financing opportunities and the business environment, expansion possibilities and company experiences. Check out the invitation.
When: On Wednesday 21 September from 13:30-17:30 at the British Embassy, Itäinen Puistotie 17, 00140 Helsinki.
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We are proud to announce that NordicMeetup #4 will be co-hosted with VentureCup. We are glad to welcome the participants attending VentureCup Software Final to NordicMeetup pre lounge.
Once again it is time to gather the Copenhagen startup scene to hear the latest news from the startups, the people and companies surrounding the startup scene and most of all connect, catch up and hang out!
We will meet at our usual venue - Ruby
June 8th 2011 at 7:30 pm. Register your free ticket now.
Event tags: #NordicMeetup #NM4 #VentureCup #vcfinal2011
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On November 30th 2010 at 7 pm NordicMeetup will take place at our usual venue – Ruby’s.
We are proud to announce that we will co-host the third event together with TEDxCopenhagen.
This time we will facilitate the party and ask you to sponsor your own drink(s).
Get your ticket at NordicMeetup - register now.
Looking forward to see you at NordicMeetup together with TEDxCopenhagen!
Petra & Natasha
Event hashtags #nm3 & #tedxcph
P.S. NordicMeetup is sold out but - register for extra tickets.
Since NordicMeetup got sold out in 1.5 hour - and before we had a chance to publish the tickets, we have arranged with TechCrunch Europe that if you buy a ticket to TCNordic, you will get a special offer by using the promotion code: nordicmeetup giving you access to the evening event as well.This time BvHD has made NordicMeetup a reality, by sponsoring the ticket to a free drink at Ruby. Petra & I are so thrilled to see the amazing support for NordicMeetup, people are offering their help, also with co-hosting in other Nordic cities - and most of all by showing up, having fun and supporting the Nordic startup environment, this is exactly what we hoped for. Looking forward to see you at NordicMeetup!
A year ago I attended Geek’n´Rolla in London organised By TechCrunch Europe. The following day I was invited to attend a meetup called DrinkTank sponsored by the London startup Huddle. I was told that the purpose of the monthly event is to have an informal meeting point where startups, investors and other people related to tech and entrepreneurship can meet and kick tires. This event reminded me that we needed a meeting point not only to connect Copenhagen, but also to connect like-minded people in the Nordic area.
What characterises thriving startup environments, is a well connected community, events, proximity to money, creativity and talent. The vision with NordicMeetup is to strengthen the local scenes and to concurrent connect the Nordic cities with each other, to benefit from more scale than a small scene can provide.
We will start out in Copenhagen, on April, 8. More info and registration at NordicMeetup.
Follow the Twitter stream hashtagged #NordicMeetup.