TechCrunch Europe is putting together a round-table event in Stockholm on May 27. TechCrunchTalk Nordic will be an afternoon of panel discussions and presentations followed by a networking reception. We’ll be bringing together the startup, Angel and VC communities together to debate the next phase of the startup world in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic countries – which should make for a lively discussion. Please get your ticket here.
We’ll be covering such topics as:
• The inter-change between Nordic startups and the Baltic startups
• The focus for Nordic VC’s
• Do Nordic and Baltic startups think global immediately?
• With the Nordics a leading mobile region, what innovations will come from it next?
Where: Elite Palace Hotel, St Eriksgatan 115, Stockholm
When: May 27, 3pm to 8pm.
Who: Panelists so far below and there are more to be announced.
What: Speakers, panels and pitches.
Pitches: To pitch your startup at TechCrunchTalk Nordic you need to email TechCrunch Europe Editor Mike Butcher with a one side of A4 text-only pitch, and also include the URL of you company/project/startup etc on CrunchBase (you can add your company onto it if it is not already there). Include: The market “problem” you are solving with your startup, your solution, name your potential competitors, your team, and what you’re looking for (Series A round, etc).
If you are a student startup you have the possibility to enter the TechCrunch Pitch competition hosted by official partner Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Go to www.sses.se/techcrunchpitch for more information. Winning teams get to pitch at the event!
And who have we got to discuss these issues? Here is our schedule so far:
3.18pm: Introduction by Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe
3.20pm: Speed Speech: The Baltic scene for Startups, by Jüri Kaljundi
Jüri Kaljundi is co-founder of Nagi nagi.ee and CV-Online, member of the board of Connect Estonia, organiser of OpenCoffee Tallinn. Connect Estonia (http://www.connectestonia.net/) is a non-profit which connects investors and startups across Sweden, Norway and Denmark in addition to Estonia.
3.35pm: Startups Panel
Måns Adler: “Chaos-Pilot” and Founder of Bambuser, which is revolutionizing mobile media and leading the way in the frontiers of mobile video streaming.
Ted Valentin: Founder of Sushikartan.se and numerous others. Valentin works to develop “simple and useful” web sites.
Mattias Swenson: Bloglovin co-founder and one of the driving forces behind Swedish Startups.
Natasha F Saxberg: This Danish entrepreneur has a long list of achievements. A Web entrepreneur with a proclivity for innovation and social technology converted into organizational behavior, she is a Partner at Webcom ApS and Founder of Mentory.com. She is also affiliated with Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and blogs here.
4.15pm: Tea/Coffee break
4.35pm: Speed Speech: “An overview of the startup eco-system in the Nordic region”
Northzone Ventures: Pär-Jörgen Pärsson from the VC firm Northzone Ventures will give an overview of the startup eco-system in the Nordic region. Pär-Jörgen joined Northzone in April 2003, bringing another fifteen years of strategic analysis, creativity and entrepreneurship onboard. Pär-Jörgen has been active in Venture Capital and Private Equity since 1994, starting out with buy-outs in the consumer goods sectors, backing companies such as Falcon Breweries, subsequently sold to Carlsberg, and Candelia which was sold to Cloetta Fazer. During this period he also privately acquired Falkeskog Delikatesser, a distressed seafood producer, which he managed through a successful turn-around process. During 1998 to 2001 he built Cell Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital company to one of the hot European Internet investors with portfolio companies such as Pricerunner and Tradera. Cell Ventures in 2000 was sold to a publicly listed UK Investment Company for SEK 1.2 Billion.
4.50pm: Investment Panel – Trends in startups and funding
Anders Fredriksson: Co-founder of Tablefinder and Rmindr. Winner of Seedcamp London and uber-networker.
Angel Gambino: London-based Gambino is an entrepreneur and investor who has a wide range of experience working with innovative businesses that are developing and initiating high quality digital entertainment and those that aim to create social good. She currently holds a number of directorships and is on the boards of several companies including Mubito, a Scandinavian D2C music platform; Pulse Films, a music and factual entertainment production company and youmeo, a B2B2C social media aggregator among others.
Stina Ehrensvärd: CEO and founder of Yubico, she is an ward winning IT-innovator and product designer with a high creative drive. Former Founder and VP Marketing of “paper computer” company Cypak, Ehrensvärd has in the past been awarded Sweden’s most prestigious IT-prize – The Golden Mouse – in the category “IT-person of the year”. The prize honors those Swedish entrepreneurs, developers, users and others who have made greatest contributions to advance and promote IT.
Sorosh Tavakoli is founder and CEO of Videoplaza who helps premium media publishers monetise their online video through its ad server for video. The Stockholm based company, founded in late 2007, has now clients in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK. Videoplaza is backed by Creandum and private investors.
5.30pm: 3 minute pitches from 5 startups
(Pitching companies to be confirmed)
6pm – 8pm: Informal networking over drinks
TechCrunchTalk Nordic is sponsored by:
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Founded by an international team with more than 200 years of combined entrepreneurial, operational and investment experience, Sunstone Capital A/S is a leading Nordic venture capital investor headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. With over €400 million in funds under management, Sunstone Capital focuses on developing and expanding early-stage Technology and Life Science companies with potential to achieve global success in their markets. www.sunstonecapital.com
TechCrunchTalk Nordic media and event partners include:
ArcticStartup held its 6th pan-regional event taking place in Stockholm on 2nd April. The evening’s theme was startups and the future of mobile. Event’s high level panelists included Morris Packer of the Bonnier Group, Teemu Kurppa of Huikea (Formerly Jaiku/Google) and Gustav Söderström of Spotify. ArcticEvenings bring entrepreneurs together across the arctic region to discuss new ideas, experiences, challenges and developments and above all share knowledge and make those important connections in the Nordic and Baltic startup community. You can find out all about the event here http://www.arcticstartup.com/arcticevening-2nd-of-april-stockholm-sweden/
Swedish Startups is Sweden’s biggest community for Swedish web-entrepreneurs, developers and VC’s. We make it easier for you to keep track of events and connect with people who can help your company forward.
SSES – The Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
The Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship (SSES) is a joint initiative between the Royal Institute of Technology, the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Uniting five of the region’s top academic institutions in a unique partnership, SSES acts as a catalyst for creativity, co-operation and knowledge-sharing. We offer students at all five universities accredited academic courses, training and activities in applied entrepreneurship.
Streaming Video Partner: Bambuser offers a service that gives its users the opportunity to stream live video from a mobile phone or web-cam using 3G or WiFi network. The simplicity of the application and the unlimited mobility gives you the opportunity to instantly share your experience with your viewers and interact and communicate through the web- to-mobile chat. Share the world, Live and Mobile with Bambuser, visit www.bambuser.com. Bambuser is drawing comparisons to mobile videocasting service Qik. The major difference is the lower latency that bambuser offers due to different technical approaches. Another difference between the services is that Bambuser offers streaming both from your computer and mobile, while Qik only allows streaming from the mobile.
Scandinavian Web Developer Conference 2009 held at Kista Science Towerin Stockholm on 25 May 2009.