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An entrepreneurial boost

  • Published 04/11/2014
It is not often locking people in a room is productive, but at the Nordic Entrepreneurship Arena it gave results. Watch the video!


Locking people in was exactly what Nordic Innovation did earlier this fall at the Nordic Entrepreneurship Arena 2014. Around 100 private and public stakeholders from the Nordic startup community were invited to Carlsberg's old factory halls to give their input on how the Nordics can become the no. 1 region for scalable entrepreneurship in the world.



Locking the doors

This was not your classical conference, but a problem-solving Arena where participants worked hard to answer questions in teams of peers from the Nordic Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, whilst networking in a structured manner. The door was locked and not opened before answers was found. 


– We knew that we took a chance, but it paid off, and we are extremely satisfied with the results of the Arena working sessions, says Nordic Innovation communications director Bardur Örn Gunnarsson.



Presenting initiatives to the Nordic ministers

A steering group of Nordic serial entrepreneurs and investors have since the Arena, in collaboration with Nordic Innovation and the Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation, worked on further structuring and refining the results for it to become strategic initiatives under the Nordic Entrepreneurship and Financing Lighthouse Project.


Initiatives that will be presented when the Nordic Industry and Innovation Ministers meeting on Iceland later this month and then operationalised and launched in the start of 2015. The Lighthouse Project Nordic Entrepreneurship and Financing runs until 2017.



Arena outputs

Watch the video reportage from the Arena below, which outlines the Nordic regions entrepreneurship challenges and potential:




To see the raw, unedited output from each session click here.