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The Nordic countries have built a strong reputation as one of Europe’s startup hotbeds. The spotlight will be on the region again on 18 March, with the second edition of the Nordic Startup Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year’s event is boosted by a new partnership with technology group Tech Nordic Advocates (TNA).
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TNA was launched in November 2015 as a Nordic and Baltic sister organisation for private-led UK technology group Tech London Advocates and has attracted members from across the region. Co-hosting the Nordic Startup Conference is part of the network’s effort to help startups to scale up and grow outside their home markets.
“The aim of Tech Nordic Advocates is to grow the tech sector in the Nordics and Baltics and stimulate collaboration with London and the international tech community,” said Jeanette Carlsson, founder of TNA. “A critical part of meeting those goals is to help startups meet investors and more seasoned business leaders, and to access capital, expertise and mentoring from investors and more established players.”
The conference expects to attract bigger numbers than in 2014, when the event was first organised, with around 500 attendees this year learning about and discussing disruptive technology, startups and investment in northern Europe.
The one-day conference will be opened by Anna Mee Allerslev, the mayor of Copenhagen, and feature keynote speeches and panel discussions from more than 30 speakers, including Uber Denmark general manager Mathias Thomsen, Klarna senior vice president Anna Borg, Danske Bank head of business banking Lars Morch, and Accel Partners investor Seth Pierrepont.
The conference will focus on topical startup themes such as the future of financial technology in northern Europe (one of the blooming startup sectors in the Nordics), national to international expansion, and how venture capital investors pick companies for their portfolios.
Battle of the Vikings
The event will end with a startup pitching competition entitled Battle of the Vikings.
The Nordic Startup Conference has a special ticket offer (€89 instead of €249) for startups to encourage participation in the event.
Read more about the Nordic startup scene
- Startup support network Tech London Advocates is launching a sister organisation covering the Nordic and Baltic countries.
- The Nordic region is a hotbed for IT startups and, while better known for consumer-targeted creations such as Angry Birds, there are more and more startups targeting businesses.
- Finland’s Slush startup event is one of the biggest in the world and the November 2015 edition was its biggest ever.