Secretsauce

Secretsauce

THE IDEA

Secretsauce is an international forum that gathers 250+ of the leaders within the Creative Industry in the Nordics under one umbrella. The event facilitates knowledge-sharing and strengthen the cooperation across borders and across industries. Secretsauce unifies the Creative Industries in the Nordic Region as a global Creative Cluster. The organizers include Tame, 657 Oslo and Malmö Ground.

CONTACT

Jasenko Hadzic, Tame ApS

Nordic Roadshows 

Nordic Roadshows 

THE IDEA

Nordic Roadshows helps Nordic companies raise funding, develop their businesses and get international investor coaching. The roadshows are organised three times a year in cooperation with the entrepreneurship societies around the whole Nordics. They gather the most promising startups and leading investors both from the Nordics as well as international. The aim is to make fundraising as easy and fast as possible. The organizers include Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, Excitera and Stardust-DTU.

CONTACT

Aleksi Löytynoja, Aaltoes

 

Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk

THE IDEA

Talk the Talk is an initiative around how to make the Nordic startup founders 10x better pitchers and public speakers. The project develops the performing abilities of the Nordic startup and scaleup founders. Firstly, by facilitating coaching for the founders in the Nordic capitals and, secondly, by hosting an annual training program. The organizers include Slush, Mesh Oslo and The Park.

CONTACT

Johannes Tervo, Slush

State of Impact in the Nordics

State of Impact in the Nordics

THE IDEA

The State of Impact in the Nordics showcases the region as an impact investing and impact tech hub to the world through a physical booklet and online platform. Highlighting the mental shift in the investing space towards for-profit and positive impact investment. The overview showcases Nordic impact startups, investors and initiatives in a globally distributed report and online site including a Nordic impact investing network map. The report is done by Katapult Future Fest , The Upright Project and The Nordic Web.

CONTACT

Kaja Kirstine Lilleng, Katapult Future Fest

Nordicmade Impact Investment

Nordicmade Impact Investment

THE IDEA

Nordicmade Impact Investment is an event that connects the Nordic impact investment ecosystem with the international audience. Nordicmade Impact Investment will show and develop solutions for Impact Investing ecosystem especially led by startups while also connecting them with networks not just from Nordics but also globally. The project is organized by The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society, Intersection Point Social Business Association and Sjalfsbjorg landssamb fatladra.

 

CONTACT

Venkata Gandikota, The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society

Nordic Impact Investing Network – NIIN

Nordic Impact Investing Network – NIIN

THE IDEA

NIIN aims to connect the impact investors, activities and communities across the Nordics. To further facilitate and grow the network, the network will co-host meetings and events for investors and startups in the Nordics. NIIN is initiated by the investor collective at Nordic Impact and events such as Impact for Breakfast and Katapult Future Fest. The project is organized by Nordic Impact, Wave Ventures and The Shared Value Company.

CONTACT

Kaja Kirstine Lilleng, Nordic Impact

Canute Startup Program

Canute Startup Program

THE IDEA

The Canute Startup program aim is to provide Nordic startups entering the UK with a network it would take them five months to build themselves. When starting in a new market, having the right network is the key. The Canute program will provide the Nordic startups with with valuable contacts on their mission to scale in the UK. The program is organized by The Danish Trade Council of UK and Ireland, Innovation Norway and Business Sweden.

CONTACT

Mia Grosen, The Danish Trade Council of UK and Ireland

#NordicMade Capital Market 

#NordicMade Capital Market 

THE IDEA

The report  presents the Nordic VC industry as a powerful whole. It aims to be the first initiative on a quest of finding a united industry-level voice for region’s private capital investors, that all focus on the very same thing: providing financing and active support for founders to accelerate the growth of the region’s startups. The report is done in collaboration with Finnish Venture Capital Association, Swedish Private Equity Venture Capital Association and Danish Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

CONTACT

Pauliina Martikainen, Finnish Venture Capital Association

Game Plan Asia

Game Plan Asia

THE IDEA

Game Plan Asia is showcasing Nordic Gaming companies in Asia. The Nordic initiative connects game companies with East Asian stakeholders, widen their network in the region, and learn more about market practices and other business acumen. The projects is organized by Spelplan-association Swedish Game Developers, Neogames Finland and Nordic Game Institute.

CONTACT

Jacob Kroon, Spelplan - Association of Swedish Game Developers

 

Startup Guide Nordic

Startup Guide Nordic

THE IDEA

Startup Guide Nordic is the first entrepreneurial travel guide for the Nordic region providing insights into the trends of Nordic business and creative culture and offering an invitation to get-to-know the region’s strongest stakeholders. This book of all books on the Nordic innovation scene, will unite its member countries by showcasing a selection of the most significant innovations, as well as unveiling a handful of prominent startups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

 

 

CONTACT

Sissel Hansen, Startup Guide World


Nordic Game Jam

Nordic Game Jam

THE IDEA

The Nordic Game Jam (April 13-16 2018) combine game creation, with a Developer Conference and a Startup Conference. This creates a unique way of networking, learning and generating new businesses within and around the game industry. The event builds on 12 years of experience of Nordic Game Jam.  The goal is to strengthen the focus on business, combined with the creativity of the game jam, therefore the startup conference is added to this years event.

This was the first year that the startup conference was added as one additional day. The program of the Startup Conference was a focus on the business side of the game industry and things you need to be aware of when publishing your game and starting a company. 

It was interesting for us to see if the startup conference would be well perceived. People liked the program of the conference, especially our interview by Johan Toresson from Gamesport and publisher Good Sherpards Ben Andac. - Astrid, NGJ Main Organizer
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The Startup Day is important to help young studios in the right direction when founding a company, but also to make an industry where people focus more on the business side even before they have the funds to attend the bigger conferences. 

One of the jammers told me: "thank you for helping me also talk with fellow developers on the business in the game industry - I really needed that space"  

NORDIC GAME JAM IN NUMBERS

  • 472 people attending
  • 40% women
  • 31 Nations
  • 88 Games made
  • 37 Speakers
  • 27 Volunteers
  • 100% Vegetarian food
  • 0% Hours of sleep 
  • 100% New friends and colleagues made 

 

CONTACT

Astrid Refstrup, International Game Developers Association


The Nordic 100

The Nordic 100

THE IDEA

The Nordic 100 is an annual publication recognising the 100 most impactful and influential figures in the Nordic tech scene each year.  The book recognises investors, entrepreneurs and community builders that are playing important roles in the region and are influencing what tomorrow looks like in the Nordics, and indeed the world. The book that was launched at Slush, will now be distributed to all the relevant hubs, ecosystems, and co-working spaces around the world. 

 

CONTACT

Neil Murray, The Nordic Web


Move to Nordics

Move to Nordics

THE IDEA

In order to attract more global talent to the region, the idea is to create a landing page with practical information about relocating to a Nordic country, highlighted job opportunities, upcoming European showcase events and a simple newsletter signup form. The platform uses existing data on all Nordic jobs that are relevant for European talent. In addition,  the project involves organizing showcases featuring Nordic startups, where this scene is not that well represented yet. 

 

CONTACT

Lukas Gräf, SUP46


Join the Nordics

Join the Nordics

THE IDEA

Join the Nordics is meant to attract international tech talent to the Nordics. The idea is to create an ambassador network, where Nordic cities instead of competing against each other work together to attract talent from outside the region. Further, the project involves creating a Talent Committee. It will consist of ambassadors, who will act as an advisory board. They’ll consult pro bono local startups and companies within the Nordic regions on how to attract and retain foreign tech talents. 

 

CONTACT:

Pärtel-Peeter Pere, Future Place Leadership


Best Place to Live

Best Place to Live

THE IDEA

The aim is to attract talent and interest from abroad by creating an interesting narrative using video campaign. By branding the Nordics as one region, it becomes more interesting for potential newcomers. Furthermore, the video can be used as a recruitment tool for Nordic startups looking to attract international talent. 

 

CONTACT

Kim Balle, Global Startup Awards


Startup Portfolio Presentations

Startup Portfolio Presentations

THE IDEA

The project is a group trip for 40 Nordic business angels. The angels will either visit Paris or Berlin to connect with local investors and present the most interesting startups in their portfolio. Both trips will take 2 days with the goal to share the best practices in startup investing and strengthen cooperation between Nordic and central European angel communities. Rising North funding will be used cover event production costs in Paris and Berlin.

 

CONTACT

Reidar Wasenius, Finnish Business Angels Network


SXSW by Design

SXSW by Design

THE IDEA

The project will bring the most interesting Nordic design-driven business to SXSW - the world's biggest tech-conference. In practise, the project includes organising two network, sharing and inspirational events in the Nordics one before SXSW and after it. In addition two larger design events will be organised at SXSW Interactive to showcase Nordic design. A joint effort at SXSW Interactive will strengthen the Nordic identity and brand in areas where there is an enormous global interest.

 

CONTACT

Runa Sabroe, Danish Design Centre


Nordic Talent Ambassador

Nordic Talent Ambassador

THE IDEA

Nordic Talent Ambassadors is an innovative Nordic co-creation project. The first ever 15 Nordic talent ambassadors will be carefully selected and provided with training on telling about life and work in the Nordics. In practice, the ambassadors will do storytelling around the globe via social media to brand and communicate the career opportunities in the Nordics. The underlying idea is to present the region as one big career playing field and raise its appeal as a global talent destination, making the whole bigger than the sum of its parts.

 

CONTACT

Pärtel-Peeter Pere, Future Place Leadership


Techbikers Nordic

Techbikers Nordic

Techbikers Nordics brought over 60 investors, technologists and founders together to cycle 420 km for a one-of-a-kind event from Copenhagen to Berlin. This was a charity bike ride to promote increased collaboration between Nordic startups and to connect the tech ecosystems of the Nordics and Berlin. 

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TalkUp

TalkUp

The event is an open mic speaking competition for 300 Nordic university students and entrepreneurs. The event is organized to emphasize the importance of speaking in entrepreneurship, motivate future entrepreneurs to learn to impact through words and to provide an opportunity to develop these skills and challenge oneself. 

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