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20 More Tickets To ArcticEvening in Stockholm

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Due to a absolutely overwhelming demand we have issued 20 new tickets (here) to our 6th pan-regional event taking place in Stockholm, in the Obaren (map) on the 2nd April from 6pm to 9pm. Taking into consideration the size of the venue we cannot issue more than 20 new tickets. If you have a ticket, do let us know ASAP if you can't make it and we'll be able to reallocate your ticket. Thanks.

The evening’s theme will be startups and the future of mobile. Come and hear what's hot in mobile, where we are going, what's in store for the future and where does the biggest opportunities for mobile startups lie.

Make sure you'll show up if you get a ticket (they are free!), or you'll end up on our black list which means there's no coming to our events in the future.

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ArcticEvening Stockholm Tickets Now Available

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Tickets are now available (here) to our 6th pan-regional event taking place in Stockholm, in the Obaren (map) on the 2nd April from 6pm to 9pm. The evening’s theme will be startups and the future of mobile. Come and hear what's hot in mobile, where we are going, what's in store for the future and where does the biggest opportunities for mobile startups lie.

Make sure you'll show up if you get a ticket (they are free!), or you'll end up on our black list which means there's no coming to our events in the future. SOLD OUT!

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ArcticEvening Events Going Strong

Here's some sights, sounds and sentiments from ArcticEvening that was held this Tuesday in Dubrovnik, Helsinki. As Antti wrote, the event was a real success. The next one is going to take place in Stockholm, Sweden on the 2nd April. Hope to see a lot of people coming together across the Nordics and Baltics to meet the Swedish startup scene. I can reveal that the event's topic will revolve around the future of mobile and startups. More on that later. Thanks again for showing up this Tuesday. We love you people.


ArcticEvening - 3rd March 2009 from CityVice on Vimeo.

Also, write to us at sales[at]arcticstartup.com if you'd be interested in Sponsorship opportunities for the ArcticEvenings. Thanks!

Sponsors


Our event is made available by our Sponsors. Do take time to get to know them - they are one of the most interesting organisations in the industry. We hand pick our sponsors to bring value to the evenings - these guys are truly worth your time.

Sombiz

sombizSombiz is a Social Media Business Network of Finnish social media & Web 2.0 companies, research institutions, and other organisations and individuals operating in the field of social media.

Sombiz provides a network for organisations to collaborate, learn from each other, and create partnerships. By connecting business with research Sombiz is stimulating the creation of new innovations. The ultimate goal for Sombiz is to find new business opportunities and help companies to grow and go international.

Sombiz operates as a thematic network of the Finnish Digibusiness Cluster and is a part of the government funded Centre of Expertise Programme (OSKE). In 2008 the building of the Sombiz network was selected as the national "OSKE Top Project". The project is funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Hammarström Puhakka Partners

Hammarström Puhakka PartnersHammarström Puhakka Partners, Attorneys Ltd is a law firm specialised in business law. The firm has a good corporate practice with experienced M&A advisers acting constantly for domestic and cross-border clients. Specialists provide M&A services to public and private companies relating to assignments concerning private equity and venture capital transactions. The firm is constantly involved with complex transactions in connection with private equity firms and experienced in advising private equity/venture capital investors in divesting their investments.

Vera Venture

Vera VentureVeraventure Ltd is a public venture capital company making investments in innovative Finnish enterprises at their early stages. Veraventure is fully owned by its parent company Finnvera Plc.

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ArcticEvening Helsinki - A Success

ArcticEveningLast night's ArcticEvening was yet again another success - thanks to everyone who made it that! We had about 100 people in the room, which is so far the largest participation in Finland (in Tallinn we had closer to 150).

We'd especially like to thank our great panelists Jussi Harvela, Jouko Kiesi and Artturi Tarjanne - who shared their insights from financing startups to finding financing for startups. We had great stories from CIA preventing some financing activities in the late 80s as well as Artturi sharing some interesting tips how the VCs look at startups.

We also had a chat with Ville, Miikka and Karri about thinking of moving the event next time to a larger place to suit more participants. We'd like to open up this to you, who made it to the event to share your points of view - was it too crowded or just the right atmosphere for this sort of an event?

On a side note in the other room, another Arctic initiative was taking place. Kari Poppis Suomela, an extremely experienced explorer was sharing some of his advice how he has conqured many parts of the world we only see pictures about. For example, he was the 12th person in the world to both conquer the north AND south pole - how about that? If you want to learn more about Kari and his expeditions, buy his book Pohjoisnapa and learn how your physical capabilities are put to the extremes. He also does a lot of talks about personal motivation under difficult conditions so it might be worthwhile to get him to speak at your event next time. Contact him here if you're interested.

Last, but definitely not least - we'd like to thank our three magnificent sponsors who made the event possible: Hammarström Puhakka Partners, Sombiz and Veraventure - you guys rock!

Photo by Asmo Halinen (cheers :))

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Follow ArcticEvening Via Twitter

ArcticEvening Helsinki - 3rd of MarchWe understand that not all of you could not make it to the ArcticEvening tonight for one reason or another. Many also wanted to come, but due to the size of the venue we had to limit the number of tickets we gave out. We issued as many tickets as we could and the place is going to be absolute packed, so be prepared! If you were left out don't worry, not all is lost. You can follow what goes down during the night via a Twitter feed (see below), or a Jaiku channel (here).

If you're coming and decide the Twitter from the event do type #arcticevening hash tag at the end of your tweets and they will appear on the stream below. Thanks.

#arcticevening on Twitter:

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Sponsors


Our event is made available by our Sponsors. Do take time to get to know them - they are one of the most interesting organisations in the industry. We hand pick our sponsors to bring value to the evenings - these guys are truly worth your time.

Sombiz

sombizSombiz is a Social Media Business Network of Finnish social media & Web 2.0 companies, research institutions, and other organisations and individuals operating in the field of social media.

Sombiz provides a network for organisations to collaborate, learn from each other, and create partnerships. By connecting business with research Sombiz is stimulating the creation of new innovations. The ultimate goal for Sombiz is to find new business opportunities and help companies to grow and go international.

Sombiz operates as a thematic network of the Finnish Digibusiness Cluster and is a part of the government funded Centre of Expertise Programme (OSKE). In 2008 the building of the Sombiz network was selected as the national "OSKE Top Project". The project is funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The background organisation of Sombiz is Technology Centre Hermia Ltd.

Sombiz is a Finnish-based network operating internationally. The strategy of Sombiz is a "BUGC" approach: linking Business, Universities, Government, and Communities in order to build and boost the social media business ecosystem.

Hammarström Puhakka Partners

Hammarström Puhakka PartnersHammarström Puhakka Partners, Attorneys Ltd is a law firm specialised in business law. The firm has a good corporate practice with experienced M&A advisers acting constantly for domestic and cross-border clients. Specialists provide M&A services to public and private companies relating to assignments concerning private equity and venture capital transactions. The firm is constantly involved with complex transactions in connection with private equity firms and experienced in advising private equity/venture capital investors in divesting their investments.

Vera Venture

Vera VentureVeraventure Ltd is a public venture capital company making investments in innovative Finnish enterprises at their early stages. Veraventure is fully owned by its parent company Finnvera Plc.

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ArcticEvening Helsinki Registration Open

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ArcticEvening in Tallinn was a success in January.

ArcticEvening Helsinki registration is open. You can get your free ticket below. ArcticEvening will be held in Dubrovnik Lounge and Lobby on the 3rd of March, from 6pm to 9pm.

Just to summarise, we'll have one excellent panel on startup financing with Artturi Tarjanne, Jussi Harvela, Nils Forsblom and Jouko Kiesi. These gentlemen have a lot of experience and I'm sure we'll hear some interesting stories. You can read more about the panelists on the ArcticEvening page.

Sponsors
We'd also like to thank our sponsors Sombiz and Hammarström Puhakka Partners for making the event possible.

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ArcticEvening In Tallinn - A Success

arcticevening in tallinnLast night we held ArcticEvening in Tallinn, Estonia in co-operation with Connect Estonia,  so we could bring part of the Finnish startup scene to meet the Tallinn scene. This is a great way to get people from different scenes to meet and find new opportunities to work together beyond national borders. The night was a success. We had a four startups presenting, Scred, Edicy, Snoobi and Nutiteq. The audience put the startups to test during the Q&A, but for the most part the startups surviced well.

The panel was equally good. Sten Tamkivi, Allan Martinson and Taneli Tikka gave the audience what they came for - a very interesting and thought provokin take on the current economy, the startup ecosystem, most interesting companies and events of 2008 and what they predict will the ones to follow in 2009.

What stuck with me was Allan's remark that you should look beyonnd just the Internet for new business ideas. The focus has been so squarely on the Internet for the past few years that the biggest opportunities might now be on the edges of the Internet where the Internet meets the real world, or in totally different areas, like for example the food industry that's trying to cope with the EU legislation. Similarly, after I grilled Taneli for a while to reveal the areas he is looking most closely at, he mentioned the fast improvements in the genetics industry and the possibilities to link the social web to the improvements in that area. Similarly, Sten made us think beyond the 'Skype as phone' concept talking about mobility and how Skype is looking at possibilities of introducing an Open API.

A great evening, that we want to build on also in the future. Look out for more ArcticEvenings around the Baltic and Nordic countries.

photo by seikatsu (CC:)

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ArcticEvening Event In Tallinn Estonia - Sold Out!

arcticeveningWe are excited to have our 4th ArcticEvening today in Tallinn, Estonia. The tickets flew off the shelf, but to maintain the unique and cozy atmosphere and make sure everyone feels at home we limited the tickets to 150.

I am equally excited to announce the four startups that will be pitching at the event. In no particular order, here goes:

Snoobi - is a Finnish born innovative software services company specializing in Online Business Intelligence (OBI). We are snoobicommitted to provide our clients with tools that help improve business in marketing and sales, as well as help with functions that regard decision-making and  planning stages.. Snoobi was the fastest growing young technology company in Finland (Deloitte Fast 50 study, Nov 2008)

Scred - is a Finnish company building tools and services to help friends, groups and communities manage their picture-43money. Scred will be demostrating their new service, MiniCorps, first time in real life as the new service is so new it's just out of the oven.  You can read our latest review of Scred's latest product release here.

Nutiteq - is an Estonian mobile Java development company specializing to mobile location-based services and nutiteqapplications. You can find our previous coverage of Nutiteq here. That's not all though, as the team at Nutiteq is pitching for a brand new product concept, which they have not releaved to wider public ever before.

Edicy - is an Estonian startup that provides an easy-to-use tool to create a website in a few minutes from start to finish. There are tens of designs to choose from and a website can be up and edicyrunning in fifteen minutes. You can see our interview with Edicy at LeWeb here.






Panelists


Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist, Skype

et_sten_tamkiviSten Tamkivi is Skype’s Chief Evangelist, building relationships with engineering communities, media, governments and academia around the world. Based in Tallinn, he also looks after Skype Estonia, our largest office globally as local General Manager.
Allan Martinson, Managing Partner, MTVP

allan_martinson Allan Martinson is currently the Managing Partner at MTVP. During his career as an entrepreneur, Martinson has been launching, managing and exiting several companies in the Baltic TMT sector, all of which became leaders in their respective industries.
Taneli Tikka, CEO, RunToShop

taneli_tikkaTaneli Tikka, a serial entrepreneur and dealmaker, has an active history of startup life. Taneli has been an entrepreneur since 1999 and has headed multiple companies including; IRC-Galleria.net (Sulake Dynamoid), RunToShop, Magenta, MobileCRM, and Taika Technologies.

Sponsors


Sombiz

sombizSombiz is a Social Media Business Network of Finnish social media & Web 2.0 companies, research institutions, and other organisations and individuals operating in the field of social media.

Sombiz provides a network for organisations to collaborate, learn from each other, and create partnerships. By connecting business with research Sombiz is stimulating the creation of new innovations. The ultimate goal for Sombiz is to find new business opportunities and help companies to grow and go international.

Sombiz operates as a thematic network of the Finnish Digibusiness Cluster and is a part of the government funded Centre of Expertise Programme (OSKE). In 2008 the building of the Sombiz network was selected as the national "OSKE Top Project". The project is funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The background organisation of Sombiz is Technology Centre Hermia Ltd.

Sombiz is a Finnish-based network operating internationally. The strategy of Sombiz is a "BUGC" approach: linking Business, Universities, Government, and Communities in order to build and boost the social media business ecosystem.

Hammarström Puhakka Partners

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Interview with Sten Tamkivi, Skype Chief Evangelist

Here's an interview with Sten Tamkivi who's the Chief Evangelist at Skype. We did the interview in co-operation with Toivo Tänavsuu from Tigerprises. Tamkivi will reveal for example what Skype is looking to do next, thing or two about alternative revenue streams for Skype and much more. See for yourself. Tamkivi will also be our panelist this week at the ArcticEvening.


Interview with Sten Tamkivi from Skype from Toivo Tänavsuu on Vimeo.

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Fifty New Tickets To ArcticEvening Due To The High Demand

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Due to a very high demand, we will issue fifty new tickets to the ArcticEvening in Tallinn, Estonia that we are organizing in partnership with Connect Estonia. They are flying off the shelf. Sign-up fast! For Finns, you can find affordable packages for Tallink Ferry & Hotel here.

Also, if you're a startup, you should definetely apply to pitch at the event! We have extended the deadline to the 25th January, so all startups have the time to put their application together.

If you would like to pitch at the Tallinn ArcticEvening on the 28th, do send us a short pitch (max 1 x A4) to events-at-arcticstartup-dot-com, where you outline:

1) The name of your team or company
2) Your contact information
3) The product/service idea and business model
4) Market size for your product or service
6) Why should you be picked to pitch

We will choose the four best startups to present. The deadline to apply is 21st 25th January 2009! Possible travel costs will be paid by the startups.

What: ArcticEvening in partnership with Connect Estonia

Where: Tallinn, Estonia at Von Krahl Bar (Rataskaevu 10/12, map here)

When: 28.1.2009 at 6pm to 9pm (the bar is open until wee hours for networking after the event)

View event on Amiando. The official Twitter/Flickr tag for the night is #arcticevening

We have also confirmed our very high level panel, which includes the following panelists:

Panel


Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist, Skype

et_sten_tamkiviSten Tamkivi is Skype’s Chief Evangelist, building relationships with engineering communities, media, governments and academia around the world. Based in Tallinn, he also looks after Skype Estonia, our largest office globally as local General Manager.

Allan Martinson, Managing Partner, MTVP

allan_martinson Allan Martinson is currently the Managing Partner at MTVP. During his career as an entrepreneur, Martinson has been launching, managing and exiting several companies in the Baltic TMT sector, all of which became leaders in their respective industries.

Taneli Tikka, CEO, RunToShop

taneli_tikkaTaneli Tikka, a serial entrepreneur and dealmaker, has an active history of startup life. Taneli has been an entrepreneur since 1999 and has headed multiple companies including; IRC-Galleria.net (Sulake Dynamoid), RunToShop, Magenta, MobileCRM, and Taika Technologies.

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ArcticEvening Event in Tallinn, Estonia

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We are happy to announce our 4th ArcticEvening in partnership with Connect Estonia which takes place in Tallinn, Estonia on the 28th January from 6pm to 9pm at Von Krahl Bar (Rataskaevu 10/12). To see more on what type of an event ArcticEvening is go here.

The evening goes as follows: We kick off the evening with a very brief introduction off the Estonian and Finnish startups scenes. After that we will have 4 hot new startups pitching their products each having 3 minutes for their pitch. After each pitch we take a short Q&A. If you're a startup see intructions below to apply.

After the startups are done presenting we will continue with a Panel of prominent figures from the Finnish and Estonian startup scenes discussing the respective startup ecosystems, startups, entrepreneurship, investing and everything that comes with it. To give you a taste, the high level panel include for example Sten Tamkivi of Skype.

We will end the evening with a lively networking where people from different scenes meet each other, find partners and make valuable connections that can lead to concrete business deals.

We will cap the participation to first 100 participants that sign-up. The participation is free, but once you sign-up you should show up or you'll end up on our black list. We recommend to sign-up fast since all the previous ArcticEvenings have been sold out. You can sign-up below:

What: ArcticEvening in partnership with Connect Estonia

Where: Tallinn, Estonia at Von Krahl Bar (Rataskaevu 10/12, map here)

When: 28.1.2009 at 6pm to 9pm (the bar is open until wee hours for networking after the event)

View event on Amiando. The official Twitter/Flickr tag for the night is #arcticevening

Are you a startup? Pitch on stage!
If you would like to pitch at the Tallinn ArcticEvening on the 28th, do send us a short pitch (max 1 x A4) to events-at-arcticstartup-dot-com, where you outline:

1) The name of your team or company
2) Your contact information
3) The product/service idea and business model
4) Market size for your product or service
6) Why should you be picked to pitch

We will choose the four best startups. The deadline to apply is 21st January 2009! Possible travel costs will be paid by the startups.

If you would like to know about sponsoring opportunities for ArcticEvening drop us an email at ville-at-arcticstartup-dot-com

Speakers


Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist, Skype

et_sten_tamkiviSten Tamkivi is Skype’s Chief Evangelist, building relationships with engineering communities, media, governments and academia around the world. Based in Tallinn, he also looks after Skype Estonia, the company's largest office globally as local General Manager.

Allan Martinson, Managing Partner, MTVP

allan_martinson Allan Martenson is currently the Managing Partner at MTVP. During his career as an entrepreneur, Martinson has been launching, managing and exiting several companies in the Baltic TMT sector, all of which became leaders in their respective industries.

Taneli Tikka, CEO, RunToShop

taneli_tikkaTaneli, a serial entrepreneur and dealmaker, has an active history of startup life. Taneli has been an entrepreneur since 1999 and has headed multiple companies including; IRC-Galleria.net (Sulake Dynamoid), RunToShop, Magenta, MobileCRM, and Taika Technologies.

Partners

CONNECT Estonia

connect_estonia_logoCONNECT Estonia is an entrepreneurial membership-based business network with the aim of stimulating the development of growth companies by linking entrepreneurs with know-how, venture capital and other business resources. Connect Estonia is the leading network for supporting start-up's and technology growth companies in Estonia.

Connect Estonia has operated over 5 years across different sectors as an independent non-profit organisation bringing currently together some 70 member businesses.

Jüri Kaljundi is also bringing the OpenCoffee Tallinn to the ArcticEvening.

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Are Web Conferences A Waste Of Time?

There has been lively discussions of whether the many web conferences are really the most effective use of time for a startup. Similarly many people see the value in these conferences very differently, for example people from the United States tend to spend most if not all their time networking in the lobbies and hallways, at least more so than the Europeans are used to. We, the Europeans, on the other hand, tend to pay equal attention to the speakers at the stage.

At ArcticStartup we believe that meeting friends and strangers, as many as possible, is the best way to spend your time in these conferences. But that's just us. Thus, we wanted to know what other startups think and decided to ask a group of Finnish startups, who travelled to the LeWeb with us, what they think. Here are some perspectives:

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An Outsider's Take On Finnish Startups

We invited Peter Robinett of Bubble Foundry to come and attend Slush on behalf of TheNextWeb blog, an Amsterdam based weblog that reports on everything that influences the future of the Web, in any way. Peter himself is a developer now living in Amsterdam and very active in the local startup scene. Peter for example organizes Lunch 2.0 and Mobile Dev Camp in Amsterdam. Here's Peter's take on the Finnish startup scene.

I had a great time attending Slush on Monday and Ville asked me to share my thoughts of the Helsinki startup scene. While more directed at ArcticStartup's Finnish readers, I hope these comments proven interesting to all ArcticStartup readers. My experience with startups is mainly through working with Dutch ones and organizing various events in the Netherlands, though having grown up in Silicon Valley I hope I have a somewhat accurate sense of how things work there too.


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PiX’n'Pals Introduces New Collaborative Photo Sharing

PiX ‘n’ PaLs, a new Finnish startup, offers web based application to create collaborative photo galleries around shared events. This is a new take on the ever popular photo sharing since it brings events into the center of photo sharing activity.

The idea is to document your life together with your friends in a collaborative way. Your life, or “The Story of Your Life” as the company calls it, consists of events that you have participated in. An event can be for example a wedding, a party, a vacation or any important happening in your life. Any user can create a new event and invite the people who participated, so that everyone can post their photos and memories to the same place.

Users can also be invited to events as viewers with limited rights. This can be used when you want to show an event to a friend who was not present at the event himself. PiX ‘n’ PaLs attempts to add value, above and beyond your regular photo sharing service, with its collaborative approach in documenting your events.

Another interesting feature in PiX ‘n’ PaLs is the possibility to use of all the content others have posted and select the best events and photos and tell people your version of the story. You can publish your version on your profile page, for everyone to see, and supposedly even share it on other social networking websites.This in effect makes it possible to have a photo gallery even if you don't own a camera or have never taken a single photo.





The service layout is rather rough, but the user interface seems to make sense and the service works as it should. But since we are talking about a photo sharing service, aesthetics play a major role. Thus, it would make a lot of sense to put some extra effort to bring to layout up to standards.

Some new features that PiX ‘n’ PaLs are developing currently include:


  • Development of the photos when right partner will be found

  • Videos

  • Integrating maps into the service


I haven't had a change to see anyone add photos to my event yet, so not sure whether that really works, but the idea is good and I can see myself using the service for ArcticEvenings. Only thing that really bothers me are the advertisements that seems to be everywhere.





The service is developed by Disruptive Media Ltd, which in effect consists of two guys, namely Frans Ekman and Jarl Törnroos. The company was founded in August 2007 and the first version of PiX ‘n’ PaLs came out already in the middle of September 2007.

The guys told me that the project was more like a hobby for almost a year and did not evolve much since both of the founders had full time jobs elsewhere; hence, all the hacking had to take place during nights and weekends. But now both concentrate full time on the company. I'm eager to see what will happen now that the guys got their priorities right. The founders also revealed that there is a bigger idea developing in the background, but they are taking it a step at a time.

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Successful And Buzzing ArcticEvening

We had a fantastic ArcticEvening last night at Dubrovnik in Helsinki and I want to thank everybody who were able to arrive and enjoy the evening with us. Special thanks to Peter Robinett who came all the way from Amsterdam to share his insights on the local startup scene in Amsterdam and in Silicon Valley. Also thanks for our sponsor Technopolis Ventures who made the evening possible.

Based on what I saw last night in Helsinki and heard about the other corners of Nordic and Baltic countries the Arctic scene is very much happening. It is great to see that regardless of the tougher times for the global economy and Jason Calacanis' darker prediction on things to come, the enthusiasm and spirit is high in the Arctic latitudes.

As Jason says, "Great entrepreneurs build value and market-share in down markets. They go to work seven days a week and breakout when other folks check out." Last night showed that this is certainly the case in Helsinki. We are very proud of the entrepreneurs, startups and all the high spirited people in Finland -You made our night. Thank you!

Photo by Teppo Kotirinta

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Few Changes And A New Get-Together

We've done a few changes to the site to make it more appealing to our readers. As there are many startups and organisations who we haven't been able to write about, we've enabled advertising on our site with 125x125px banners to give more visibility to these companies. You can read more about the advertising solutions over here and if you wish to ask about some customisations or details, don't hesitate to contact Miikka (@arcticstartup.com) about it. By advertising on our site, you're also supporting the whole scene by keeping us going and helping us dramatically improve the concept over time.

On another note, we're also announcing a new Arctic Evening (previously known as ArcticStartup events). Mark down 2nd of October to your calendars as we'll be gathering once more in Dubrovnik for some drinks, networking and discussion on the startup scene in general. We're still in the making of the schedule, so I can't reveal too much of that at this point in time, but keep reading - we'll open it up in a few days as things progress.

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