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Nordic High Growth Entrepreneurship Matchmaking Event

  • Published 11/06/2013
The purpose of this matchmaking event is to create networks and partnerships across Nordic and international borders, which, ultimately, result in common funding applications addressing the needs of Nordic entrepreneurs.


From 20/08/2013
To 20/08/2013






When: 20 August 2013, 9.30-17.30
Where: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2G, 1448 Copenhagen





The format for the matchmaking event is called unconference.


An unconference means that the agenda will be created by the participants at the day of the event. Everyone can propose a subject for discussion, with a total absence of hierarchy.


To be prepared and make the most out of the day, you should think about a topic that really matters to you and others. And at the unconference you should be ready to tell everyone about your topic, so that people would want to discuss it with you.


The target groups for this matchmaking event are players in the growth entrepreneurship ecosystems; such as serial entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, business angel syndicates, professional VCs and management companies, corporate VCs, business development companies, accelerators, incubators, industry organizations, international bridge service and export organizations, TTOs and others that provide growth enhancing resources to Nordic entrepreneurs.

To receive funding through the Nordic High Growth Entrepreneurship Initiative, three or more Nordic countries shall be represented in the project. This unconference is a unique opportunity to meet your potential Nordic partners for projects contributing to high growth entrepreneurship in our region.


Read what the Danish Business Authority and Accelerace, the leading accelerator in Scandinavia, have to say about the Nordic High Growth Entrepreneurship Initiative.



Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be served at the matchmaking event. It is free of charge, with a limited number of seats. Please confirm your participation no later than on 13 August 2013.




 Agenda of the day:


9.30 Registration and breakfast

10:00 Introduction to the call and intention with the day: By Bardur Ørn Gunnarsson, communications manager at Nordic Innovation.

10:10 Inspirational speaks: By Thomas Madsen-Mygdal and Søren Therkelsen.

10:30 Introduction to the unconference and co-creation of the topics of the day: By Joshua Kauffman, American design strategist and facilitator.

11:00 Session 1 & 2: A number of topics (defined by the participants) are available for exploration, discussion and development.

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Session 3: More topics (defined by the participants) are available for exploration, discussion and development.

14:15 Break

14:30 Co-creation of potential projects within the High Growth Entrepreneurship Initiative: In smaller groups, the participants further develop and concretize potential Nordic projects inspired by the topics of the day.

16:00 Project presentations: In plenum, the groups share the potential projects and collaborative teams.

16:30 Wrap-up: Joshua Kauffman facilitates a sum up and knowledge sharing among the participants.

17:00 Drinks and snacks are served




Host of the day:


Joshua Kauffman is an American designer, consultant and facilitator.

He is a principal collaborator in the growth of the Quantified Self movement, and works with clients and partners to take advantage of the emerging opportunities where self-tracking can significantly enhance existing systems and lead to the invention of transformative new products and services.

As a designer Joshua has applied original analysis of global spaces, culture and commerce to the development of projects for profitable innovation and meaningful intervention. Clients have included firms such as McKinsey, Nike, Philips Design, Ebay and Freedom House.

One of his areas of expertise is in designing across cultural and geographic contexts. His experience has ranged geographically from Cuba to Kenya, and sectorally from transportation and urbanization to information and communication technology. For this work he won an innovation prize from the World Bank and is a strategic advisor to 'Groupshot,' which develops technology for economic and institutional informality.

Joshua lectures and leads workshops in academic and corporate contexts, and is a frequent facilitator of innovation gatherings and conferences.




Inspirational speakers:


Thomas Madsen-Mygdal is a Danish angel investor and serial entrepreneur working behind companies like 23, Podio, SocialSquare and Reboot. He is Chairman of the board in the startup company Opbeat that has been supported by people behind Facebook and Instagram and recently received venture capital from Balderton Capital.

Søren Therkelsen is a Danish co-founder of SCALEit  and founder of He is a former organizer of Startup Weekend and  Startup Bootcamp, and mentor in organizations such as Intel Challenge and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition.