So you are going to Slush this week. You have the tickets, you know the agenda, you might even know what your goals for the conference are. You think that you are ready.
Well, guess again. Going to a conference is not as simple as buying the tickets and showing up at the door. To make the most out of it, you need to think of it as war and have a proper battle plan. After all, there will be around 5 000 attendees and if you are in a startup, over 1000 startups - all competing for attention and contacts.
This year, we are not going to be hosting Arctic15 because we are focusing heavily on a couple of other projects such as our Minimum Viable Office co-working space and also an upcoming, unannounced and very exciting new product. So that leaves us with a question, what are we going to do in October to meet a lot of cool startups, entrepreneurs and investors? After hosting the local Web Summit pub crawl, we decided that the Dublin Web Summit is the place to go, one reason for it is because Arctic15 and the Dublin Web Summit were on exactly the same dates last year and we just could not go. Another is that this event really does seem to stand-out in October and a lot of companies, startups and investors are going there.
October is packed full of all sorts of interesting events and conferences, but one in particular interests me the most, the Reaktor Dev Day 2013.
This year’s Dev Day is on Friday 4th of October at Event Center Telakka, and will be the place to be if you’re an aspiring developer interested in what’s happening in the industry.
The speakers been equally impressive every year, you can’t really go wrong with top tier engineers and employees from companies like Facebook, Spotify, SoundCloud, and GitHub.
When a gaming company is throwing a party or a conference, you know that you want to be there. When this company is Supercell, you know that you will do anything in your power to be invited. We just got off-call with Heini Vesander, PR Lead of Supercell, who told us about an upcoming gaming conference & festival - Free Your Play 13, that will take place in Helsinki on the 19th of June.
Heini told us that way too many gaming conferences are actually too much alike with normal ones. Supercell wants to change that by making an event that is to be remembered. After all it is not just a conference but also a festival with live music, food, bevarages and performances including a Swedish indie rock band - The Sounds.
Hi readers, today might be a funny day of publishing. We'll try to get a few stories out, but we'll also be keeping a live blog of the buzz happening here in Riga at Tech Chill Baltics. We'll be updating this post during the day, so be sure to check back.
If you're even hungrier for updates, you can still follow the talks live streamed at the Tech Chill Baltics website.
We covered a full day of TC Baltics, check everything out below. Lots of local beer, sauna, and Kinnect games are to come... but it's probably best if we don't cover it.
Man, this is a speed round. Lots of info packed into three minute pitches.
After the Arctic15 the Nordics, Baltics, and Russia are getting together again for Slush. Taking place the next two days in Helsinki, there will be solid lineup of speakers ready to impart their wisdom on the crowd. Despite the cold and dark weather, the Startup Sauna team have managed to attract attendees and startups from over 10 countries, with over 3000 delegates and 500 startups pitching.
“Beyond gaming and IT, the flagship sectors of the area, Slush represents the wide variety of strong industries and expertise in our region. The speaker list... also features innovative speakers from the fields of design, medtech and cleantech, while even nuclear and space technology will be present” says Miki Kuusi, the main organizer of Slush.
Between the pitches, talks, chats, and demos, you'll find the ArcticStartup staff in attendance willing to talk about how you envision the future of ArcticStartup, and ready to find some new exciting companies to write about. The plan right now is for us to wear our ArcticStartup shirts, so feel free to stop us if you see us, and say hi.
Well over a 100 companies applied to pitch at this year's Arctic15 startup competition. The quality was impressive this year again and it took us a while to go through all the applicants. Below are listed 5 semi-finalists per each category. We are asking the public to vote their favorite startups and submit their e-mail (so we can verify voters and also pick the lucky two that get free tickets to the conference). You have time until the 9th of September to do so, after which we will announce the winners of each category that will get to pitch on stage. The 15 finalists on stage will compete for more than €20 000 in prizes.
Arctic15 is a very dear child to us. We want to create the most business worthy event for startup entrepreneurs through awesome speakers, networking and business opportunities. We also realise that when you make a great event, a lot of people will have to travel to your event from close and far. This of course generates huge amounts of carbon dioxide and the so called carbon footprint is rather large for an event close to 1000 people.
You got an overall sense at the Latitude59 conference that the Baltics are aligning together to become more startup oriented. You could see it in the quality of the pitches, the camaraderie, and the discussions around the event. The Latitude59 conference itself is a signal of that change. The event started off as ITechlaw, a legal conference, and pivoted for the first time this year to become this startup-focused event.
Arctic15 early bird tickets are now available at Arctic15.com! While the event is still some time away, we wanted to come out with our first batch of speakers to the event as well as more information on the concept itself.
After the financial collapse, Iceland finds itself at a perfect time to embrace entrepreneurship. The country has the education and tech talent needed to support new industries, but being an economy of 300,000 people in the middle of the Atlantic leaves entrepreneurs without much hands-on support. To help kickstart a new era is Iceland's first accelerator, which is taking applications right now and is starting this summer.
StartupReykjavik is built in the Y Combinator / Techstars model where entrepreneurs are mentored for 10 weeks and then pitch to investors at a Demoday. Accepted companies are also given 2 000 000 ISK (€12 000) for a 6% stake, a place to work, and free services. The deadline to apply is May 7th, and the program starts the 1st of June.
I'm writing this from LeWeb, actually from the back of a mobile sauna the Travelling Salesman Crew brought in. It's about the only place I could find a seat outside of the main hall to work a little. If you are in LeWeb, do pay the sauna a visit! Loïc and Geraldine have been able to pull together one big event once again in Paris with some 3300 people from all around the world.
It must be part of the evolution of LeWeb and technology conferences in general (us included with Arctic15), but most of the content in the first day of Le Web this year seemed to be full of product launches.
Here's more of our keynote talks at Arctic15 earlier this autumn. Richard White gave one of the fastest, action filled talks I've ever heard. He talked through the story of his past startups, but also how came to found Uservoice.com. A nice coincidence was that Richard White and Steve Huffman both knew each other previously and thus he made quite a few references to Steve Huffman's Reddit along the way as well. More keynote videos and all the startup pitches coming up in the next few weeks.
More Arctic15 keynotes coming up! This one's from Patric Blixt from Rebtel. Blixt is the Chief Marketing Officer at the VoIP operator that is surprisingly little hyped about, considering they're doing tens of millions of revenue only a few years after their founding. We had the honor to have Blixt share his thoughts on marketing and promoting startups in the early part of their growth phase. He talked a lot about the virality loops, which are a key component of Rebtel's success.
Close to 400 startup enthusiasts from all over the region came together in Helsinki to witness 15 stellar pitches from companies on stage at Arctic15 yesterday. The day was all about winning and despite the hard choice of the jury to pick one winner - all the companies already won, by getting tons of coverage and visibility on stage for their products and services. In addition to this, Amazon Web Services decided to give a substantial amount of credit to all the 15 finalists (we'll contact you directly regarding the details on this).
pa·tron - One that supports, protects, or champions someone or something, such as an institution, event, or cause; a sponsor or benefactor.
We're extremely proud to announce that Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland, Mr. Alexander Stubb, will act as the patron of Arctic15. This is very exciting as our efforts seem to resonate well in the top end of the Finnish politics. Even though Arctic15 has no political affiliations and we strive to keep it that way, having Alexander Stubb, one of the most international and active stars of the Finnish political scene supporting our event is simply put - fantastic!
Just as a reminder to everyone coming to Arctic15, we're fully sold out so come early - registrations will open 8.00. We've had no last minute changes, so everything is in order for a blow out event!
Apologies to our regular readers for covering our Arctic15 event quite excessively recently, but the closer to it we get - the better we think it'll be! In addition to this, we wanted to let everyone know that we're sure that the event will be sold out by the end of this week. We've got only 40+ tickets left. Just during last week, we registered more than 100 tickets in a few days.
In the run up to our Arctic15 conference, we've announced an exclusive video series with Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby. The story why all this is relevant can be read from the introduction to the first video. In the video series he will share his advice and experiences in building CD Baby into one of the largest online music stores before selling it onwards. In the third video of the series, Sivers talks about the fact that nobody knows the future. Sivers believes that if more people actually stated this, more intelligent conversation would follow.
The programme to Arctic15 is now out. It can be seen below and also on the event website. Basically the event kicks off at 9 and continues most likely until 6pm with possible delays to the schedule. In addition to the day programme - we'll have an awesome after party where we'll announce the winner of the Arctic15 competition. This of course means that it will be a full day of startup awesomeness! Do check out the conference programme below and purchase your tickets if you already haven't done so. The earlier you purchase them, the bigger chance you'll have that we'll have the time to print your badge in a proper way and make sure you have lunch! Actually we'll have lunch for everyone, but we'd really appreciate you buying the tickets as early as possible.
Slidefy is a new Finnish service that targets a niche need with their offering. In essence, it's a slide sharing solution, but targeted at conference organisers and the like. Slidefy will work in such a way that conference organisers collect attendees' e-mails before the event and send them a link to the material the speaker has provided in advance. Then, during the presentation, users can focus on the actual presentation and not jot down points the speaker makes.
Arctic15, the one day conference that will see 21 international speakers on stage in Helsinki, Finland talking entrepreneurship and startups, is less than a month away. Now's a very good time to buy those tickets and confirm your attendance (you're also helping us by letting know of your arrival well in advance!).
We're extremely thrilled to announce that Felix Petersen is coming to Arctic15! Felix founded a successful location based startup, one of the first that got global traction in 2006 and grew it until 2008 when it got sold to Nokia. After that, he spent a few years at Nokia Nokia working at various positions until heading back into the wild to work on his next startup - Amen.
Amen is a startup in stealth mode and not a lot of it is known. However, it is reported that Ashton Kutcher together with Madonna's manager (and Index Ventures) have invested around $2 million into this Berlin based venture.
Arctic15 is getting close and we're getting very excited. For a couple of reasons actually. First of all, this will be the biggest event we've pulled together in a long time. In addition to that, we're going to have very high quality startups in the final, not to mention the speakers we have. We're going to announce the last speaker this week, but trust us - it's going to be hot. So for these, and a ton of other reasons - if you're thinking of coming, please book your ticket today. The summer special sale will end August 19th (or as long as tickets are available).
Last night the deadline for Arctic15 startup competition closed. This morning, as I checked the final amount of companies who applied to the competition - my jaw dropped. All in all, 90 companies from the region applied to the competition. While we haven't yet had time to analyze the data on a more detailed level, each country is pretty equally represented in the applications. We'll now dive into analyzing these applications with our secret jury and choose 30 or so companies to compete for a chance to pitch on stage at Arctic15.
Startups, you've got one more day to apply to Arctic15 the startup competition. Deadline for the applications close tomorrow evening at midnight. Fore more information on the competition and rules - head over to the Arctic15 website, where you'll also find the link to submit the application.
It's mid-July already, which means there are only 2 weeks left to apply for the Arctic15 Pitching Competition! We know many of you already applied but on an off-chance that some willing candidates missed this, here is a reminder. If your start-up is based in or has founders from Nordics, Baltics or Russia (includes Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), if you are less than 24 months old by September 22nd and if you have a working product or service to showcase to the audience - this is your chance to compete for monetary prizes and publicity. You can apply by simply filling out this application form. Remember: July 31st is the deadline!
Great news for start-ups: we've extended the age of companies eligible for applying to the Arctic15 pitching competition. From now on start-ups need to be less than 24 months old by the day of the conference (September 22nd). The decision for the extension was due to the many requests we got from companies that are around 18 months old but who started developing their product only in the past 12 months. While we want to pick the best of the youngest start-ups, we realize it sometimes takes more than 12 months for companies to develop and launch their product. Therefore, companies that are less than 2 years old are still very much start-ups and should be allowed to apply for the pitching competition. Now they can.
We're working hard to build all kinds of value into our conference we're organising in the autumn, Arctic15. One of these include a partnership with Helsinki based VC Zone. VC Zone Helsinki works together with venture capitalists and investors to find startups to invest in. We want to help in this naturally with our media reach.
We admit it - we were a little too strict with our rules for Arctic15, the startup competition when we first came out with it. We've talked to quite a few of you and realised that it may be better to just simplify them and try to get as many interesting startups to the event as possible. Remember, if you're chosen to be part of the 15 finalists - entrance and the possibility to pitch at the event will be completely free. So in this post, we'll publish the three simple points your company must meet to be eligible for the startup competition.
Students ahoy! We've announced instructions and pricing for tickets for full-time students. You can see these instructions from the Arctic15 website as well.
Tickets for full-time students are priced at 79€, including all VATs, fees and what have you. We wanted to get the price down as much as possible and we think 79€ for the show is an excellent bargain.