31 Mar Tech ​Nordic Advocates: March News & Plans

Hello Advocates, Partners and Friends,

Welcome to our March newsletter. Awesome amount of activity here. This month’s newsletter is dedicated to our forthcoming events, specifically SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum 11-12 April in London and our partner events. More information on these below. We also have super interesting Working Group developments, updates and news from our partners and more…

….Starting with a(nother) reminder to migrate to Profinda – our Global Tech Advocates collaboration platform.

Hurry up! There’s business for you in our Global Network. Join Profinda – our global collaboration platform
All Advocates have automatically been migrated to ProFinda. However, you must accept the registration sent to you in 8 February email from ProFinda to activate your email. If you don’t have  that email, please use this link https://gta.profinda.com/#users/signin to register. In addition to our friends in London (Tech London Advocates) and Silicon Valley (Tech Bay Advocates), our Global Tech Advocates family spans Ireland, China, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand – and NOW ALSO Russia. Join Profinda to reach Advocates and expand your business around the world.

Latest from the Working Groups
Smart City/IOT Working Group
The single most important piece of news from our Smart City/IOT working group is the forthcoming launch of our SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum – A 3 year Smart City collaboration programme and Start Up Competition between the UK and Nordics, led by London and Copenhagen  – see events below.

Health/Welfare Tech Working Group 
Calling all startups with Health/Welfare tech ideas/concepts/solutions (under way). Now is your chance to submit your proposal to the CareWare – Next Innovation & Entrepreneurship Health Competition 2017 to support and promote the growth of health and welfare innovation. Application deadline: 10 April, 12 noon.

The CareWare- Next competition process kicked off with the Q&A Health-event on 28 March in Århus, where our very own, Jens Andersen, Chair of Tech Nordic Advocates health/Welfare Tech Working Group, and sales director, Nordics/Baltics, Ascom, offered sparring, advice and coaching to would be contestants.

Latest from other Partners

Gillamor Stephens
Says Paul Gillespie, Partner, Gillamor Stephens: “Brexit what Brexit? The market continues to forge forward with us hiring a CEO for a Swedish software company that is moving their HQ to London. We are also working with a Norwegian company to hire a Chairman based in London as they look to internationalise through London to the global markets. On the downside, we are now seeing European and Expat execs ‘putting on hold’ any move to the UK until they better understand the likely post-Brexit climate. This is already hurting many UK companies as suddenly the supply of international (engineering in particular) talent willing to come to the UK has drastically reduced. More worrying is talent now being attracted from the UK to Germany and France.”

Come hear Torben Klitgaard, Director of BLOXHUB – TNA and SmarterCitiesNOW partner – speak about Liveability at the kick-off of SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum 11-12 April @Ravensbourne, London.

Finnish Invesdor – the first fully licensed EEA-wide debt and equity crowdfunding service, connecting entrepreneurs from the EEA with investors worldwide, are super busy closing out a number of share issues. Looking for funding/investment opportunities? Details here: http://bit.ly/2nm47Gp

Goodwille Ltd
Goodwille Strengthens Its Management
Outsourced service provider, Goodwille, appoints Swede Alexander Goodwille as their new CEO. For the past 20 years, family-owned business Goodwille have specialised in supporting Nordic businesses with expansion into the UK. Alexander says; “Goodwille has been built on the foundation stone of delivering outstanding service to its clients. I very much look forward to expanding and developing the business, together with Kevin (CFO) and the rest of the dedicated team at Goodwille.”

Zumtobel Group
Zumtobel Group would like to share the following case study:

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Forthcoming events
The Copenhagen Fintech Event –  10 April –  London
Interested in Nordic Fintech? Perhaps Planning to attend Money 20/20 Europe? (see below for special rates for Advocates), then why not join the Copenhagen Fintech event in London on 10 April. For details on how to register for this (free) event, click on the image below.

SmarterCitiesNOW: A Sustainable Urban Development Forum – 11-12 April –  London
Interested in Smart City and Sustainable Urban development? Tired of going to ‘just talking’ events and listening to the same wheel being re-invented in different cities? Come meet other thinkers and do’ers from the UK and Nordics, and kick off work on this first-of-a-kind 3 year smart city collaboration forum.
The kick. off in London 11-12 April will be followed by a continue programme of activities and 6 monthly events. For programme and tickets, click on image:

Calling startups in particular: Working on a solution in the smart city/sustainable urban development space? Come sign up for the SmarterCitiesNOW Solution Challenge offering exciting prizes, including chance to enrol in accelerator/matchmaking programmes in Copenhagen and London.

Arctic15 – 3-5 May –  Helsinki – Finland

On 3-5 May, Helsinki hosts Arctic15 – the leading Nordic and Baltic startup event, which gathers 300+ investors, 450+ startups and 150+ corporates for high quality networking, pitching and deal making. Once again, the name of the game will be “Deal Room” – a unique matchmaking solution that makes it easy & efficient for startups to meet as many relevant investors or potential clients as possible. Come hear Paul Gillespie, Founder and Partner of TNA Partner Gillamor Stephens and TNA Founder & Chair Jeanette Carlsson speak. For access to exclusive TNA discount on tickets. Email: info@technordicadvocates.org.

Latitude59 – 25-26 May –  Tallinn – Estonia

In Tallinn 25-26 May? Why not come along and meet us at TNA partner event Latitude59  – the Estonian flagship startup & tech event of the world’s first digital society. For exclusive 20% discount on tickets for TNAers, email: info@technordicadvocates.org.

Money 20/20 Europe – 26-28 June – Copenhagen – Denmark

On 26-28 June, Copenhagen, once again, hosts Money 20/20 Europe – the European arm of the world’s largest payment and financial services event. As in 2016, TNA are media partners, offering Advocates €200 off the standard ticket price. For more info, email: info@technordicadvocates.org

For other TNA and Partner events planned for Spring 2017, see the Event page on the TNA website 

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Stay tuned for more exciting news in April