31 Mar HOT March Nordic/Baltic Tech News, Events and Opportunities
Hello all and Welcome to our latest newsletter…
🌱 Spring is in the air, and the Easter holidays are coming up, giving us all a little time off to reflect on Q1 and everything that’s happened, so far…and that’s A LOT!
It’s been an intense and rewarding start to the year for us, with no plans for slowing down. As you should know by now – we are all about Action, Action, Action!
We have loads more startup and scaleup support, great events, partnerships and action-based initiatives planned for Q2, so let’s get straight in to the updates…
“WOMEN IN TECH” COMMUNITY. BIG NEWS…
As most of you know, we’re proud to boast Northern Europe’s largest women-in-tech community, helping high-potential female founders and leaders in tech launch, grow and scale digital/tech businesses. In Denmark, we’re running the only existing international mentoring programme for high-potential female founders and leaders in tech in Europe, 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, soon to be expanded to the rest of the Nordics……on 29/4, we’re presenting the Programme to Nordic Innovation’s Diversity Task Force with that in mind. So watch this space…
We’re always looking for more #Rockstar mentors. We also offer “buddying” opportunities for female founders from around the world OR if you’re a female founder in Denmark and would like to get involved, your can learn more/ apply for last remaining places to join Cohort 3 (Applications close April 14th), here 👈🏽
As an example of the kind of people who get involved………….
Special thanks to former Danish TV star – now startup founder, Morten Resen, for his great talk on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of early stage startup life. It was a really inspiring and honest session, that showed all sides to his journey.
OUR STARTUP ECOSYSTEM AT WORK… AND NEW PARTNERSHIPS…TO BENEFIT YOU!
Our COO for Sweden, Barry O’Brien, and CEO Jeanette Carlsson, delivered a highly rated event for The Canadian Trade Commission at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, on March 17th connecting Swedish female founders in tech, business partners and investors and their Canadian peers, to stimulate new bilateral business partnerships. It was a particularly well attended event with over 70 registrants and participants. Special thanks go to our partners and members who moderated, pitched and advised, including; Dr Franziska Broell, Founder & CEO, Motryx; Andrew Heneghan, European Sales Lead at Andgo Systems; Anette Nordvall, Founding of MP Cross Nordic Capital & CP Keiretsu Forum Nordics; Anette Tånneryd, Investor – Chairwoman & Founder, Helena Rönqvist; Partner, Magnusson; and Helen Petrashchuk, CEO – 4ireLabs.
The event was rated overall 4.7 out of 5. We are following up on enquiries from many more embassies for our highly rated international collaboration events in the coming months. If you want to know more about these, email us
Our Norwegian Board Member, Susanne Hannestad, helped to kick-off the 2021 spring class, of the Mastercard Lighthouse programme – Finitiv, where she will advise the 15 FinTech startups.
As we grow in Finland, let us introduce two new collaboration partners from there…
Helsinki Think Company is the entrepreneurship society of the University of Helsinki. A community, a co-working space and an event hub focused on taking academics to action providing all the right tools for making an impact: a community of like-minded individuals, free co-working spaces, mentoring, workshops, boot camps, accelerator programs and more
The Shortcut is the largest talent accelerator in the Nordics – equipping talent with the skills and networks they need to drive growth and innovation, and to kickstart their entry into the Finnish startup world.
Owned by Startup Foundation, The Shortcut is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and expanding the startup community in the Nordics and committed to helping fill the talent gap by addressing the needs of the ecosystem and creating programs that feed talent into high-growth companies.
We are pleased to (re-)welcome Funderbeam, our many times partner and global lending and trading platform, represented by Merete Holmberg, to our amazing group of Mentors on our Women in Tech Cohort 2 programme, which kicks off on April 6th.
We have enjoyed many great partnership examples with Funderbeam and cooking some more starting with this… of course with Funderbeam founder Kaidi Ruusalepp being an amazing female founder in tech herself.
Also in .. don’t miss this…
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IN THE MEDIA…PROMOTING NORDIC/BALTIC TECH…
This month, our CEO & Founder, Jeanette Carlsson was featured in an interview with Computer Weekly discussing our approach to closing the gap between women and men in the Danish tech startup sector, and beyond. Read the full article here.
On March 10th, our Chair, Stine Bosse was invited by YouTube to be part of a panel on their closed event – #SheIsYouTube – a training program for young female creatives, who have YouTube channels as their business.
NORDIC INNOVATION HOUSE – NEW YORK
Jeanette Carlsson, our CEO and Founder, was a speaker at New York’s Nordic Innovation House event on March 5th – with a focus on female international networks and her work across the Nordics and Baltics.
A WARM WELCOME TO NEW BUSINESS MEMBER…..
We are delighted to welcome new Startup Business Member – Zesta to our community.
Zesta help businesses scale up at pace in the most efficient and resilient ways, combining brand, marketing and sales expertise. They help clients to establish global market share, acquire high potential clients, build an ecosystem of partners and specialists, and also identify and recruit key people through their international network.
“Being a part of a community and leveraging it to build, scale and accelerate is the way forward for brands of all sizes. We firmly believe that networking and knowledge sharing is crucial to succeed in a platform economy. We look forward to contributing as well as learning from the vibrant and energetic startup community at TNA!” – Jens Nielsen & Emmanuel Arendarczyk, co-founders of Zesta.
Please connect with Zesta and welcome them to our community 🤝
WHAT ABOUT YOU? NOT A MEMBER YET?
If not, here’s what you’re missing:
Access to Northern Europe’s largest and only pan-Nordic/Baltic tech/startup ecosystem network spanning the 5 Nordic & 3 Baltic countries
- FREE attendance at our Events/webinars (non-members pay a standard event pass fee)
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Join the community today: Solo membership or Business Membership
RAISING CAPITAL TO SUPPORT YOUR GROWTH?
💰 Did you know we offer a Startup/Investor Scouting Programme, connecting fundraising startups/scaleups with suitable investors from our network? If you’re a startup/scaleup raising funds, get in touch here OR 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 our Global Tech Advocates network, 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.
…..OR EXPERT ADVICE FROM OUR PARTNERS TO SUPPORT YOUR GROWTH
Magnusson eyes serious complications for foreign investment in Danish tech companies
With its proposal for a new system to screen and approve foreign investments, the Danish government now adds a significant level of complexity for foreign investors looking to fund Danish start-ups and scale-ups. Within a range of sectors defined as “critical”, for instance AI, robotics as well as storage and processing of sensitive data – foreign investments above 10% now need to be approved. Relevant to you? You can read the full article here
Read more about their supporthere
Interested to understand more about Crypto and Blockchains?
TNA member 4ire Labs research and develop IT solutions based on Blockchain, Cloud and Mobile Tech.
Learn more about how they can help you, and get in touch here.
On April 14th at 12.00 CET, TNA Academy and Magnusson Law present: “How will foreign investments in the Danish tech-sector be impacted by new Danish rules for investment screening” with Magnusson Corporate M&A Partner – Nikolaj Juhl Hansen.
The talk will cover the new Danish rules on screening and approval of foreign investments that are expected to enter into force on 1 July 2021 with a particular focus on how this will impact foreign investments in the Danish sector (within industries such as AI, robotics, data processing, defence and space, data centers, telecom etc.)
If you are a… Foreign VC or PE fund, start-up and scale-ups involved in funding from abroad, investment adviser, accountant or anyone else with an interest in foreign investments into Denmark – Register your place here and learn all that you need to know.
Check out our full events programme here
GLOBAL TECH ADVOCATES (GTA) NEWS
On April 20th, Tech London Advocates are hosting the “London Tech’s Manifesto” event with the candidates running for Mayor of London:
A virtual event, laying out 12 policy recommendations for the next Mayor of London.
The “London Tech’s Manifesto” is a virtual event hosted by Tech London Advocates, techUK, London First, Centre for London and Here East and will look at the future of the tech sector in London over the next few years.
Alongside the event, they will publish The London Tech Manifesto which will lay out 12 policy recommendations for the next Mayor of London to support the growth of tech companies in the capital, and ensure London is embracing technology innovation.
Each mayoral candidate will be provided with the manifesto in advance of the event and will be asked a series of questions relating to the policy recommendations.
Sign up and grab your free ticket to the event here
Updates on the growth of our Global Tech Advocates community…
Tech India Advocates is launching on April 30th, and Tech Peru Advocates is launching on May 19th! We welcome them to our global tech family.
Stay Tuned and Stay Safe!