Nordic Angel Award

Nordic Angel Award

THE IDEA

Nordic Angel Award is hosted by TechBBQ, the biggest annual startup- & tech-summit in Denmark. TechBBQ, Malmö Startups, Startup Norway and the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) are facilitating a cross-border Nordic startup competition at TechBBQ. The competition has a jury of highly qualified Nordic business angels that will select startup applicants, two from each Nordic country seeking angel funding, to participate in a pitch competition at TechBBQ. 

 

CONTACT

Bo Koch-Christensen 

#NordicMade x Singapore

#NordicMade x Singapore

THE IDEA

The #NordicMade Singapore trip will be organized by Maria 0-1, SUP46, Icelandic Startups, and Slush. Associated program, will contribute in building closer links between the Nordic hubs and strengthen the cohesion between South East Asia and the Nordics through organizing a community meet-up and events in collaboration and conjunction with Slush Singapore. It’s also a great opportunity to connect the Nordic startup community with one of the most relevant startup hubs in South East Asia. Since the timing of Slush SIngapore is the weekend after the Formula 1 competition, the delegation will also have the exclusive opportunity to participate in Formula 1 activities organised with the South-East Asian partners and the Slush Singapore. The event will enable the delegates to connect with high profile people, investors and executives attending Slush Singapore. 

 

CONTACT

Erika Halonen, Maria 0-1

Investors on the Rocks

Investors on the Rocks

THE IDEA

Investors on the Rocks is an exclusive event tailored to attract venture capitalists and business angels from North America, Europe, and Asia where the Nordic tech and startup community will be put front and center. Building on relationships with this particular audience, that have been established and cultivated through co-Nordic grass root activities and our participation in international projects, conferences and events during the past few years, we have created a community driven event geared towards personal connections and impactful experiences. 

 

CONTACT

Oddur Sturluson, Icelandic Startups

Inclusive North

Inclusive North

THE IDEA

The Inclusive North project seeks to connect the most promising Nordic start-ups in the inclusive business space with an international ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs and investors through two mechanisms:

  • The Inclusive Innovation Factory event to be held in Berlin in October 2017 - and particularly through engaging Nordic startups in co-creation labs with international actors.
  • The Inclusive Business Accelerator platform and global community - for connecting inclusive business ventures with investors, mentors, education, tools and other forms of support. 

 

CONTACT

Mike Debelak, Inclusive Business Sweden

#NordicMade Showcase - West Coast US

#NordicMade Showcase - West Coast US

THE IDEA

One of the main challenges facing Nordic startups looking to expand their operations overseas is to meet relevant investors and find decision makers. With #NordicMade Showcase we want to leverage our personal network and organise a networking opportunity and match-making between Nordic startups and selected US investors, media contacts as well as possible customers and mentors.

The project involves organising a Nordic delegation of entrepreneurs, investors and community builders to San Francisco. The main goal being to promote the Nordic startup scene and some of the most prominent startups of the region to US investors, media and industry professionals. Furthermore, to strengthen the ties between investors and startup community leaders in the Nordics. 

 

CONTACT

Salóme Guðmundsdóttir, Icelandic Startups


VR-Resan

VR-Resan

THE IDEA

VR-resan 2017 is a joint Nordic initiative to strengthen the Nordic ecosystems around VR/AR, which will establish direct connections to the VR/AR ecosystems– and business opportunities in Asia. China, in particular, is a go-to market for VR companies, thanks to its widespread VR arcades and huge population. During VR-resan to be held in March 2017, Cloudberry in co-operation with Netprofile, Technoport and the Nordic VR-foundation will take participants on an immersive experience to the cities where the future of VR/AR is created: Shenzhen/Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. In Tokyo we will participate at the SLUSH-conference. We will invite Nordic Born Globals, creative industries, companies, organisations and thought leaders who want to expand their business networks and knowledge about VR/AR to join us on a journey to meet and build business ties with counterparts in the Asia. 

 

CONTACT

Marie Claire Maxwell, Cloudberry Communications 


Nordic.AI

Nordic.AI

THE IDEA

Nordic.AI is an open and innovative lighthouse within the AI & ML community, with the purpose of promoting regional and international recognition of our ecosystem. We seek to unify and enable the region’s many talents, so they can meet, learn, and act in an ecosystem that isn’t fragmented and biased towards local interests, but fertilizes and cross-pollinates across cities and countries in the Nordics. The mission of gathering the AI ecosystem in one united vehicle to rival the big foreign technology companies, in the battle for talent, influence, and impact fuels Nordic.AI.

In Spring 2017, Nordic.AI will be primarily engaged in gathering the AI ecosystem at a kickoff event on March 7th in Copenhagen. This event will gather a core of 150 elite AI & ML pioneers from the Nordics and a few of their international peers to connect and knowledge share. 

 

CONTACT

Lisa Mallner, Nordic.AI 


SXSW Nordic Activities

SXSW Nordic Activities

THE IDEA

In 2017, instead of having a common event space for various Nordic activities along Interactive Expo booths, we are organizing our Nordic events at various event locations (including our booth at Interactive Expo). We are organizing pan-Nordic events at SXSW. These events include:

- An expo booth at SXSW Interactive Expo
- Startup / Investor luncheon
- Startup Pitching event
- Nordic Music Showcase
 

CONTACT

Hartti Suomela, Finpro 


Accelerating Nordic Growth

Accelerating Nordic Growth

Aaltoes, SUP46 and #CPHFTW organised multiple gatherings (6 in total) to Nordic startups that are interested to grow their business abroad, especially to American markets. To help these Nordic startups to grow to American markets we invited group of startups from the San Francisco Bay area that are founded and run by Nordic people. These “Nordic Bay” startups met these Nordic startups to hear their concerns and questions about scaling to US and to give insights, contacts and advices on how to succeed in the American markets. 

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#NordicMade in Shanghai

#NordicMade in Shanghai

The Nordic tech ecosystem has never been more intriguing than it is today. People around the world are turning their eyes to the North for the next disruptive technologies and world- conquering founders. The first Nordic Showcase was arranged in NYC in August 2015 with the aim to strengthen the Nordic collaboration whilst showcasing the region globally. The great success continued in May 2016 when the #NordicMade delegation headed to Tokyo, Japan. With #NordicMade in Shanghai, the Nordics took over Shanghai, China with an aim to present the best the Nordics have to offer to the leaders of the soon-to-be largest economy in the world. 

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#NordicMade NYC

#NordicMade NYC

The #NordicMade trip was arranged the first time in 2015 in New York and Tokyo respectively, to promote the dynamic Nordic startup ecosystem. The Nordic New York trip, and associated program, contributes to building closer links between the Nordic hubs, strengthen the cohesion between the countries, both on a Nordic level but also with an international mindset. It is also a great opportunity to connect the Nordic startup community with other relevant global startup hubs.

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VR-Jam

VR-Jam

The Junction X Slush PLAY VR-Jam was a free 2-day hackathon, where VR enthusiasts from the Nordics and rest of the world came together and collaborated on creating Virtual Reality projects under a time-restrained challenge. 

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#NordicMade in Tokyo

#NordicMade in Tokyo

The purpose behind the Tokyo visit was two-fold. Firstly, Slush Asia organized in Tokyo, Japan provides a great opportunity for the Nordic stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the local ecosystem, and prepare or escalate market entries. Secondly, those participating in the event are the ideal group to share the Nordic story with the ecosystem leaders and other stakeholder in Tokyo and build traction towards the Nordic startup ecosystem in the local investor and tech community. 

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