04 Nov HOT October Nordic/Baltic Tech News, Events and Opportunities

Hello and Welcome to our October newsletter – and Happy Halloween ? – We promise that there are no scary stories of zombie companies hiding inside – just news to keep you high-spiritedmonster events, and giant opportunities – for everyone who is brave enough to proceed. ?

In the last month the Nordics and Baltics have been full of amazing activities, with many large and small “online” conferences, hackathons, presentations and discussions, happening across the region. We see this continuing into 2021, as the Covid crisis continues, and are committed to creating our own content, as well as being active with our own and partner events. On that note, take a look at Youtube and subscribe to our channel to enjoy our new series of TNA Talks  also keep a look out for our upcoming series – TNA Academy, that will feature expert coaching on everything you need to plan, launch and grow your business idea. You can also catch up on some older content from our previous events, around the world. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading (and putting up with our Halloween puns) – let’s fly on to the rest of the news… ?


Startups, Scaleups and the entire ecosystem in Denmark, can all obtain direct help with any challenges you face as a result of Covid, through our Startup Ecosystem COVID-19 Resource Hub  – our digital one-stop-shop, offering access to advice,  investors, mentors, partners and resources . Get in touch via the website (click ‘How Can I Get Help’) – no problem is too small or too big… get in touch and we will help you at no cost! How’s that for an offer?




LATEST NEWS ABOUT US…  ? Officially Swedish too….

It’s official ?- TNA is also now officially registered in Sweden! Huge thanks, once again, to our business member and legal partner Magnusson Law  for all their brilliant help to get us officially landed on the ground in Sweden. Also, a big thank you to Invest Stockholm for their advice, along the way.



Barry O’Brien, our Board member for Sweden since 2018, will take on the additional role of MD (VD i Sverige) and continue to do his great work of connecting Swedish startups and the tech communities with investors, partners, the rest of the Nordics/Baltics and the UK, as Brexit looms. We are really looking forward to more of all that, as we ramp up in Sweden

Stay tuned for more news as we ramp up across the region.



In The Press… ??

We have, once again, been featured in Berlingske (in Danish), highlighting the results of our startup ecosystem survey. Some key findings from the survey (sadly) were:

  • 54% of startups expect to be in survival mode for the next 6 months
  • 47% of startups expect COVID to threaten the viability of their companies
  • Access to funding (29%), prioritising what to focus on (29%) and access to international markets (25%) are the top three ways COVID is challenging startups right now
  • The top three ways Tech Nordic Advocates can best help startups right now are: access to investors (50%), access to mentors/advisers (36%), help to navigate international markets (29%)

Read the article here or watch an interview with Jeanette Carlsson, our CEO on our Youtube channel here, where she dives into the current market trends, survey results and planned actions.


A warm welcome to Andrew HeneghanAndgo System’s EU Sales Lead. Andrew is originally from Newfoundland and has happily called Copenhagen home for four years now. Andgo is smart absence management software, converting manual scheduling processes to automated and customized workflows. He told us that “We create efficiencies by significantly simplifying complex interactions, Andgo facilitates communication for unplanned, immediate need vacancies and planned absences, ensuring the right person is in the right shift at the right time. We have over 140,000 users in North America and eager to offer our solutions in the EU.”
Welcome to TNA, Andrew. Everyone is welcome to reach out to him here.


Many of you have asked for inspirational talks by inspirational tech leaders you can learn from. Not only the super brilliant serial tech entrepreneurs who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Those too but also talks from peers. Other startup founders in our community, who are grabbling with the same opportunities, issues and challenges you are grabbling with. We’ve listened, and so we are really excited to launch right here, right now TNA Talks featuring inspirational tech leaders from across the Nordics, Baltics and our Global Tech Advocates community. As we can’t meet… we’ve got to do it some other way, so we are proud to kick off TNA Talks with….

A video talk with Tegan Spinner, CEO of worthmore.io, talking about starting a tech company in Denmark as an American in Copenhagen, getting the right visa, growing the startup, wins and losses during COVID, plans for 2021 and lots more. Listen to this.. you’re not alone.. Tegan has so much to share..

Along with TNA Talks, we are launching our brand new TNA Academy!

Ever thought, where – other than business schools or zapping around on the internet – do I get the training I really need? ‘How to write a killer investor pitch’? ‘How to write a business plan’ or ‘How do I develop a growth strategy? If so, you will have to look no further. TNA Academy will give you the training YOU need, delivered by experts on all aspects of how to plan, launch and grow your business. Our launch session will be on ‘How to write a killer pitch’. FREE for members. Drop us a line for details


Fundraising? Did you know that we offer a Startup/Investor Scouting Programme, connecting fundraising startups/scaleups with suitable investors from our network for a % finders fee? Right now, we’re working on rounds for PropTechTravelTech and FoodTech companies. If you’re a startup/scaleup raising funds, get in touch here OR if you are an investor looking for deal flow, please contact us.

? Could you do with a Mentor? 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 16 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.

Need Legal Help? Wherever you are in the Nordics or Baltics, doesn’t matter. Our legal partner, business member, full-service, tech focused, super friendly Magnusson Law  are right there

Contact Magnusson Law for more info or directly locally:
Denmark: Nikolaj Juhl Hansen, Partner or Sam Jalaei, Partner
Sweden (Gothenburg or Stockholm): Helena Rönqvist, Partner
Finland: (Helsinki and Tampere): Ville Salonen, Partner
Estonia/Baltics:  Elvira Tulvik, Partner




Need help with blockchain development, integration services, and/or IT consulting?

We caught up with Helen Petrashchuk, CEO of Swedish-Estonian-Ukrainian TNA member 4ire Labs. Read this blog interview with Helen to learn more about how 4ire Labs can help you and get in touch here.



What you missed…

We partnered with, and attended, the online Arctic 15 Event in Finland, which ran over 4 days and was a great success. Full of top speakers – including many of our community partners and members. Lots of new connections to follow up on. Read more about the event here.
Don’t miss Arctic 15 next year…..


Coming up soon….

2020 Hong Kong Fintech Week: 2-6 November

Nordic Innovation House in Hong Kong are helping to attract Nordic FinTech companies to apply to pitch, and attend, next week’s Hong Kong FinTech Week. Learn more and apply here.




Nordic IT Security: 10th November 2020

We are partnering with the NITS Digital Summit – a virtual event for the cyber security industry. The Summit is just like any other NITS physical event, you can visit the exhibition, go to conference sessions or enjoy the multiple networking opportunities. We have 50 FREE tickets for members. Drop us a line – for event info and to register directly, click here.


Singapore FinTech Festival: 7-11 December.
 SFF is the world’s largest and most inclusive FinTech event that brings together heads of state, financial and technology leaders, FinTech founders, policy makers, investors and multilateral agencies. Last year, the week-long event brought together over 60,000 attendees from 140 countries. This year is going to be bigger – with events in over 40 FinTech Hubs, worldwide. Tech Nordic Advocates and Tech Singapore Advocates are partners.  Learn more and get your ticket here.

New events are added to our website every week. Check them out here



Our Board Member and CENTI Group founder, John Zai, invited Russ Shaw to represent the UK Pavilion at the 2020 Pujiang Innovation Forum and the INNO-MATCH EXPO Opening Ceremony, in Shanghai. Russ spoke in a video speech, about UK and China Tech Collaboration.



UPCOMING EVENT – What is the future of remote working?
 On November 12th, join this free event with Russ Shaw, Founder of Global Tech Advocates, where he and a panel of experts, launch a new Remote Working Group to support ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. 

The free launch event will offer the chance to:

  1. Listen to the views of experts in the many facets of remote working
  2. Take away practical tips on how to embed new practices in your organisation
  3. Share knowledge with other business leaders interested in the future of the workplace
  4. Meet other business owners looking to maximise the opportunities presented by this new way of working

Sign up here, for a free ticket.