02 May TNA Newsletter 28 April 2016

Hi everyone,

Moving into the Spring months, here’s all our exciting April news

Our rapid expansion continues. Tech Nordic Advocates are growing at an average of 10 new Advocates a week 
Help us grow further by recommending your senior tech network to: info@technordicadvocates.org

​Partner opportunities​
​Tech Nordic Advocates are rapidly becoming the go-to organisation for tech networking and collaboration in the Nordics and Baltics. Our rapid expansion provides substantial networking, information, recruitment, partnering and access to startups/finance opportunities for investors/startups, respectively, for all Advocates, and unique opportunities and benefits for partners.

Tech Nordic Advocates are looking for more partners to join us on our mutual growth path.

​For information on Tech Nordic Advocates partner benefits and how to become a Tech Nordic Advocates partner, click here​

Interested in becoming a partner, please email: info@technordicadvocates.org

News from our Working Groups

On 29 March, we officially launched the Tech Nordic Advocates FinTech Working Group to discuss key FinTech (investment) trends and agree what the group would like to achieve over the next year. For a write-up of the call, please see the following link. The next event will take place on the 26th of May in Copenhagen, more details to follow closer to the date.

Innovate Finance (Chair of the FinTech Working Group) hosted their annual Global Summit on April 11th. The event brought together over 1000 key decision makers in FinTech and financial services. A big thank you to all TNA members that joined us on the day!

Last week, members of the TNA FinTech Working Group joined us for an event in Helsinki. For a quick update on the Helsinki FinTech scene, please see the following link.

eHealth/Welfare Tech
We are happy to announce Jens Andersen, Sales Director Ascom Nordic as Chair of the eHealth/Welfare Tech Working Group.
Jens Andersen says; “Healthcare thinking needs to change in the Nordic! The number of senior people is growing relatively to the population, more diseases need to be treated and better service is expected. Accordingly, the pressure on our Healthcare system is growing dramatically these years and innovation and technology needs to play a major role in supporting the demand for change.”

The purpose of the TNA eHealth group is to create an active network of Healthcare Influencers, Entrepreneurs and Investors to share opportunities, innovation and create a common voice for lowering of market barriers and speed-up the digitalization of Healthcare.

We need your help to reach out to more Healthcare Start-ups and relevant influencers so we can grow the TNA Healthcare working group.

For further information and announcement of first meeting in the group, check out the eHealth/Welfare Tech Working Space on Podio!

Tech Talent
A warm welcome to Human Shojaee, CEO, Venture Cup, who will be chairing the Working Group on Tech Talent.
Advocates, who have shown an interest in Tech Talent, will soon be invited to join the Group on Podio.

Check out Podio, for further Working Group news.

If you are interested in a Working Group, but have not received an invitation to join, please contact the TNA Secretariat at info@technordicadvocates.org

Check out Tech Nordic Advocates Working Groups for more info on chairing, joining or proposing a Working Group, then email: info@technordicadvocates.org

Past Events

Money20/20 Europe  4-7 April was a roaring success
On 4-7 April, the global FinTech Community descended on Copenhagen for Money20/20, the World’s largest FinTech event, launching its first ever Money20/20 Europe event.

Tech Nordic Advocates Founder and Chair, Jeanette Carlsson, was delighted to speak at an event hosted by Invest in Denmark and Enterprise Ireland, led by her excellency Ms Cliona Manahan, Ireland’s Ambassador to Denmark, attend UL’S evening reception, opened by his excellency Rufus Gifford, US Ambassador to Denmark and participate in a range of parallel events in Copenhagen during the Money20/20 week.

Tallinn Demo Day on 14th of April – Tallinn, Estonia 
On the 14th of April, Startup Wise Guys accelerator hosted their Tallinn Demo Day, featuring their ten teams: CallPage, Kuan, Leansite, Publicfast, RateChain, RebelRoam, Shipitwise, StepShot, Teamscope, WolfPrint 3D. The event was also used by Funderbeam to pre-launch their startup marketplace and ArcticStartup to promote Arctic15 event. More than 150 investors and entrepreneurs from the Baltics, the Nordics and the UK attended the event. And at least one team started to get indications for investments on their Funderbeam platform, launched the same night.

Forthcoming Events

Entrepreneurship Forum – Everyday Tech 2016
In London on May 5th 2016? Come along to  the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in London’s, 110th anniversary Entrepreneurship Forum – Everyday Tech 2016  in partnership with London and Partners and Tech Nordic Advocates.

Nordic and Baltic common digital space – Vilnius, Lithuania
In Vilnius 18 May? Why not attend the “Nordic and Baltic common digital space” at the Lithuanian Parliament on 18th May 2016, led by the Lithuanian Innovation and Technology Institute Jeanette Carlsson, Founder and Chair of Tech Nordic Advocates is speaking alongside the Lithuanian Prime Minister, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the European Commission. For further information please contact Mr. Romualdas Petraitis, Chair of the Cloud Computing Working Group.

Latitude 59, 31 May-1 June – Tallinn, Estonia
Tech Nordic Advocates are proud to be a part of Latitude 59, the Flagship Tech Conference in the Baltic Region, where more than 1500+ innovators and startup entrepreneurs meet investors and potential partners.

Tech Nordic Advocates will receive 20% discount on the ticket price when using this code: TNAtoLatitude59

Artic15 June 2-3rd – Helsinki, Finland
Wanting to network further, why not continue to Helsinki for the Arctic15 conference offering pitching competition and matchmaking.

Nordic FinTech Open, June 23-24 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Nordic FinTech Open is a cooperation between Tech Nordic Advocates, Venture Cup Denmark, Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research (CFIR) and Finansforbundet.

Nordic FinTech Open will identify the top FinTech startups from the Nordics and the Baltic countries with the most growth potential. The teams will compete within the following areas;

  • Lending
  • Payments
  • Personal finance
  • Retail investment
  • Remittances
  • Equity financing
  • Institutional investment
  • Consumer banking
  • Banking infrastructure
  • Financial research and Data
  • Insurance

For further information on how to become involved, click here
IP Expo Nordic 27-28 September 2016 – Stockholm, Sweden
IP Expo Nordic allows visitors to explore, educate, interact and innovate in many ways :

  • Understand where the industry is heading
  • Explore the technology that will enable the changing nature in which we work
  • Engage with new tech innovators, as well as the global brands that are driving change
  • Hear from experts on solution success stories – ones that have worked, and also those that have not
  • Understand the latest movements from all areas of enterprise IT

Want to attend? – FREE to Register before 7pm on 26 September

We are delighted to welcome as new partners:

IP Expo Nordic –  hosts of Europe’s Number ONE Enterprise IT Event to Arrive in Stockholm 27-28 September 2016
City of Albertslund – well known pioneering, local council west of Copenhagen famous for leading the way on green transformation, smart city/IOT
Venture Cup – the leading Nordic organisation working to develop university startups
Latitude59  – Estonia’s flagship Tech Conference

Latest Partner News
D Young & Co
World IP Day is celebrated annually on Tuesday 26 April and this year’s theme was Digital Creativity. In honour of this, D Young & Co has written an article on the importance of IP protection for the members of Tech Nordic Advocates. Intellectual Property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to ‘creations of the mind’ such as musical, literary and artistic works, inventions, words, phrases, symbols and designs. IP law grants owners certain exclusive rights to these intangible assets. Whatever your product or service and whether a start up or SME, it is highly likely that your business is regularly generating or using intellectual property (IP). For a SME using innovation to secure growth, intellectual property is a core asset. Managing your IP is about enabling opportunity and mitigating risk. [Click here to read the full article]

Gillamor Stephens
Gillamor Stephens has seen a fast start to the year, with start-ups and corporates busy hiring across Europe. A role we have seen rise in importance, with many companies hiring this for the first time, is the VP Product. A role accountable for product management, the roadmap and vision, and critically the bridge between engineering and sales. The latter is one of the main drivers for creating or hiring this role as companies’ focus on selling what they can build and building what they can sell. Sounds simple, but this has been the downfall of many. We are hiring three VP Products at present across software, semiconductors and M2M/IoT systems. Do you have a VP Product? Local to the Nordics, we recently interviewed Tim Weller, Chairman of TrustPilot one of the most exciting companies in the region. Click HERE to see the full article. He talks about internationalisation, hiring the right team and fund raising. And finally, one to watch…Indoor Atlas continues to prove the sceptics wrong with their high accuracy indoor location platform that uses data gathered from anomalies in the earth’s magnetic field unique to every building. They now have commercial trials with Yahoo! Japan, SK Telekom and Baidu in China. We hired Dan Paton as CCO last year and the company is flying!

Venture Cup
Venture Cup is a common platform for all Danish universities from which entrepreneurs, among the students of tomorrow, are identified and supported.

Venture Cup hosts two national and one international competition annually. They run Scandinavia’s largest mentor program for university students with more than 300 mentors from the business community and a Startup Booster Program, a pre-accelerator program, with products and services to hand-picked startups.

IP Expo Nordic
With six top IT technologies under ONE roof, 100+ exhibitors and 100+ free to attend seminar sessions, IP EXPO Nordic is the must-attend IT event of the year for CIOs, heads of IT, security specialists, heads of insight and tech experts.

The Capital Region of Denmark
FinTech is top of the agenda in Copenhagen, with focus on creating unique conditions for developing and supporting FinTech in Copenhagen, attracting investments and supporting FinTech Startups. For an overview of the FinTech Scene, Copenhagen Capacity has published a brilliant guide FinTech Copenhagen

Join Podio, Tech Nordic Advocates’ Collaboration Platform
You can access Podio, our collaboration platform, sponsored by Citrix,  directly from the TNA website using the Advocate sign-in link in the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to set up your profile!

If you would like to join Podio, but are not yet a Tech Nordic Advocate, please email: info@technordicadvocates.org to become an Advocate.

Stay tuned for
Our May newsletter with news of more Working Group launches, news and events

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