30 Apr HOT April Nordic/Baltic Tech News, Events and Opportunities
Hello all and Welcome to our latest newsletter…
🚀 April has been a great month for us, and the Nordic and Baltic tech region as a whole, with new reports featured in top business publications such as Bloomberg, showing four of our focus cities – Stockholm, Espoo, Helsinki and Malmö, in the top 15 European Startup hubs, based on 2020 investment. This is fantastic exposure for the ecosystem, which we are proud to live and work in, as it highlights how attractive this region is – to stay in, or to come and be a part of, as you start or scale up your business.
There’s even been news of a potential tunnel being built between Finland and Estonia, which would be fantastic for future tech growth – opening up opportunities for talent to live and work in new places, and investment to flow more easily.
💥 Talking of press coverage – we have also been featured in some news articles this month, from Computer Weekly and Helsinki Business Hub – more on that below.
As always, we have a lot more startup and scaleup support, great events, partnerships and action-based initiatives planned, so let’s get straight to the updates…
“WOMEN IN TECH” COMMUNITY. BIG NEWS…
As you may have seen – our big news this month is that we have proudly announced Cohort 3 of our of amazing female founders and leaders in Denmark, for our “Women in Tech – International Mentoring” Programme, starting June 1st!
We’re really looking forward to helping the next Cohort of 20 amazing women tech founders who have been selected, over the next 6 months, to launch, grow, and scale their businesses, incl. internationally, with the support of #Rockstar mentors – from serial entrepreneurs, to investors, lawyers, business leaders, comms experts and more from across the Nordics, London, Paris, New York, Silicon Valley, Toronto and beyond.
JOIN US AS A MENTOR – Have you launched, grown/scaled or helped launch, grow/scale a tech business? Would you like to join our pool of “Rockstar mentors? Our mentors (any nationality) play a crucial role in helping the women tech founders on the Programme achieve their goals.
IS THIS YOU? – If you have a track record as entrepreneur/business leader/expert/ investor and would like to get involved, connect and mingle with the other “Rockstar mentors, learn more or apply to join Cohort 3 as a mentor, here 👈🏽
NEWS FROM…NORWAY.. On the diversity theme still..
Our Norwegian Board Member, Susanne Hannestad, featured on a special podcast hosted by IBS Intelligence all about the FinTech Diversity Radar – the first global platform gathering data to understand women’s impact on and contribution to the digital economy.
Listen to the discussion here 🎙
STARTUP OF THE MONTH! TNA MEMBER Outsized,
Congratulations to TNA Member Outsized, a curated platform matching independent consultants to financial services and consulting firm clients in emerging markets, who have raised the full target of their USD 500k pre-Series A round.
Swedish Founder, Niclas Thelander, says this round will enable Outsized to accelerate its product roadmap and invest in its sales and marketing organisations in Singapore, India and South Africa. Outsized is targeting their Series A first half of next year. Connect with them here 👈🏽
NEWS FROM THE BALTICS
We are pleased to be partnering with TechChill for next months online conference, that shows off the best of Baltic tech.
Our Board Member for the Baltic region, Elvira Tulvik, will be there, moderating a panel discussion on GreenTech solutions.
TechChill will be held digitally, and is the best chance for you to take a peek into how this region fosters an environment of innovation to continually put out startup heavyweights. The event, which will be made up of 10+ side events, workshops, and roundtables, will be spread out over 2 weeks, starting May 7 with the launch party: “Baltic Tech Day” and culminating in the major event of two-day keynotes on May 20-21. You can find out more and grab your tickets here 👈🏽
IN THE MEDIA…PROMOTING NORDIC/BALTIC TECH…
Computer Weekly – Our Board Member and COO for Sweden, Barry O’Brien was interviewed about diversity in the Swedish tech-scene and his recent event with the Embassy of Canada to Sweden that focussed on improving opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic, for women in tech. Read the full article here 👈🏽
CEO and Founder of Tech Nordic Advocates, Jeanette Carlsson, featured in an interview with Helsinki Business Hub about our growth plans in Finland in 2021 and beyond. It’s an in-depth look at our approach to helping the country’s tech scene develop through collaboration with local partners, hiring talent, and by shining a spotlight on the great things being done there, across the whole country.
Check out the full interview here 👈🏽
IMPORTANT STUFF FROM OUR PARTNERS TO SUPPORT YOUR GROWTH
Magnusson Corporate M&A Partner, Nikolaj Juhl Hansen‘s talk for us on “How will foreign investments in the Danish tech-sector be impacted by new Danish rules for investment screening?” was very informative and well received.
With its proposal for a new system to screen and approve foreign investments, the Danish government, and others in the EU, are adding a significant level of complexity for foreign investors looking to fund start-ups and scale-ups. Would this change affect you? We will be scheduling a repeat of this webinar due to demand. Stay tuned. Meantime, you can read Nikolaj’s full article on the topic here and learn how Magnusson can support you here👈🏽
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FROM US…. RAISING CAPITAL TO SUPPORT YOUR GROWTH?
💰 Did you know we offer a Startup/Investor Scouting Programme, connecting fundraising startups/scaleups with suitable investorsfrom our network? If you’re a startup/scaleup raising funds, get in touch hereOR if you’re an investor looking for deal flow, please get in touch.
OR COULD YOU DO WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND?
💡 Could a Mentor help you? Did you know that we offer a global mentoring programme matching our members with mentors across the globe from ourGlobal Tech Advocatesnetwork, spanning over 20 tech hubs globally? Join today (Solo membership or Business Membership) and get access to top quality mentors across all continents, who can help accelerate your growth.
IWDK (Internet Week Denmark) kicks off on May 4th this year, and our CEO and Founder, Jeanette Carlsson will be leading a track on May 5th on the “Big Ideas” stage, all about “Denmark as a Woman Entrepreneur Frontrunner” – covering many things inc; Tech Nordic Advocates’ women-in-tech network and FIRST OF A KIND international growth programme for Danish female tech founders with some of the folks from the Programme.
Find out more and get your FREE ticket to the Virtual Festival here 👈🏽
GLOBAL TECH ADVOCATES (GTA) NEWS
On April 20th, Tech London Advocates hosted the “London Tech’s Manifesto” event with the candidates running for Mayor of London in collaboration with techUK, London First, Centre for London and Here East, looking at the future of London’s tech sector over the next few years.
Reacting to the Mayoral candidate’s speeches, Russ Shaw CBE, founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, said: “We’ve heard some interesting ideas about how the next Mayor of London can use technology to support innovation around transport, create opportunities for young people and accelerate the growth of tech companies.” If you are interested to know more – Here’s a great summary of the discussions, and some key opinions on the ideas that the candidates offered up.
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Stay Tuned and Stay Safe!