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Nordic Entrepreneurship Arena

  • Published 13/08/2014
  • Last updated 14/08/2014
Building a regional premier league of Nordic entrepreneurs and startups on user-driven ideas from the very beginning. Copenhagen, 16 September

Nordic Entrepreneurship Arena


From 16/09/2014
To 16/09/2014


Copenhagen Dansehallerne
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The Nordic region is emerging as one of the world’s leading geographies for entrepreneurship and innovation. We have a high level of start-up activity, but young firms seem to lack the resources and skills to grow into large, successful enterprises realizing their global potential.


So how do we create a world class Nordic ecosystem for entrepreneurs that will spur growth and spawn a new generation of Nordic game changing companies within the next 5 years?


This will be the central question asked at Nordic Entrepreneurship Arena in Dansehallerne Copenhagen, 16 September. 


The Arena is a hands-on, practical working session, where we roll up our sleeves and figure out how we go about increasing the number of successful Nordic companies, as well as boosting awareness and visibility of the Nordic start-up scene.


This is not your classical conference, but a problem-solving session where we work to answer these questions in teams of peers from the Nordic Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, whilst networking in a structured manner. 


Professionally facilitated, we will make sure to get concrete answers and activities out of the selected invited to attend, to ensure a hard-hitting and effective Nordic programme, building a premier league of entrepreneurs with substantial revenues and jobs. Key Arena topics are:

  • Venture capital and foreign investment
  • Growth competences and growth in head count
  • Time to market
  • New technologies and Nordic niches

The official program will ease into a networking opportunity with tapas and beer, hopefully creating some Nordic tango.


User-driven from the very beginning

Following the Arena, a Steering group of the region's most skilled and experienced serial entrepreneurs will take the Arena suggestions and shape the strategic direction of the Nordic Ligthouse project - Nordic Partnership of Enterpreneurship and Financing 2014-2017- making it the first of its kind to be user-driven from the very beginning. Members of the Steering group are:  


(IS) Vilborg Einarsdottir, Owner, Mentor Ehf

(IS) Jon S. von Tetzchner, Owner, Vivaldi Inc.

(NO) Karl Christian Agerup, CEO, OsloTech

(DK) Tine Thygesen, CEO, Everplaces A/S

(SE) Alexander Hars, CEO & Co-founder, Let’s Deal AS

(FI) Inka Mero, Founder & Chairwoman, KoppiCatch Oy



The Arena is hosted by Nordic Innovation and the Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation. It is an invitation-only event but please contact us if you would like to attend and have not received an invitation. See our contact information in the right hand side of the screen.



When: 16 September 2014 from 10.00-22.00 (Official program ends at 18.00)


Where: Dansehallerne, Pasteursvej 20, Copenhagen (map)

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A Nordic Lighthouse Project

The Nordic Partnership for Entrepreneurship and Financing is a lighthouse project under the Nordic Cooperation Program for Innovation and Business Policy 2014-2017 chaired by the Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation and approved by all the Nordic Ministers of Trade and Industry.