If you are going to be in Helsinki this Thursday, do stop by our co-working space - The Minimum Viable Office at 7pm local time. We are organizing a get together for those that are either going to the Dublin Web Summit or are just interested in hanging out with startupers. There is no particular schedule or a plan for the event. We are just going to enjoy our "bar area" and network. We will share our knowledge about the event and will encourage everyone to provide some strategies about going to a conference of this size. After all, the idea is to get as much value as possible from the it.
We have also requested some pretty cool interviews with attendees and speakers, and we would love to know what you want us to ask them. Some people we are hopefully going to have a chance to talk to are: Tony Hawk, Drew Houston, Phil Libin, Dave McClure, Shane Smith, Kevin Rose, Tim Armstrong, David Carr and others.
Startup pitching events have become sort-of a cliche, they are all alike and there really needs to be an improvement to the whole process. Investors want to get a better understanding if the startup would be a good fit for them, the audience is interested to know if people are actually going to use it and the founders want to get quality feedback from the audience, the judges (if any) and investors.
This seems like a very straightforward problem and for the most part it is solved by de facto. However as we have seen with Catchbox, small additions to events can make them a lot more exciting.
So when we heard about the Estonian based Funderbeam, it caught our eye. Their current plan is to provide an app for pitch-feedback that collects votes & ratings from the audience, generates leader boards and statistics. However they plan to do a lot more with it.
Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, ArcticStartup has a working relationship with PitchHelsinki, is a media partner and works closely with YritysHelsinki and YritysHelsinki NewCo Factory.
One thing about Pitching Events is trying to see the value. Some provide great practice and feedback by good investors, others have a prize pool, some help you get into accelerator programs and yet others help you spread the word about your start-up.
This year though, there is going to be an event in Helsinki which is aiming to help you raise money right there and then.
PitchHelsinki, an event organized by YritysHelsinki and the City of Helsinki is going to feature Live Crowdfunding, where everyone present will have an opportunity to invest into the pitching companies. Since it will be live-streamed, literally everyone will have a chance to invest into your company while you pitch.
Let's get a regular general event rolling again.
We'll call it ArcticStartup Announce, and let's make it a celebration of what's happening at your company.
Here's how it'll work. If you've got something you want to share with the community, such as launching your beta or announcing a funding round, we'll give you a few minutes to demo your product or share the news up in front of everyone. We have plenty of pitching events, but let's just make this about us. By entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Hopefully we'll get 10+ companies announcing their new milestones, and afterwards we'll celebrate it, have a good time, and network.
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.
Our Minimum Viable Office co-working space is taking shape and we are ready to host events. One of the first ones to come to MVO will be the Lean Startup Machine workshop that has been run over 125 times in 40 cities worldwide.
It will take place on September 13th-15th at our co-working space. We all know or have heard of the “lean startup” concept, many of us even use the name in our everyday lives. However Lean Startup Machine workshop is aiming to make sure that you live by it and implement it into your daily startup lives.
The world that we live in is becoming more open by the hour. Globalization is hitting the world of startups, especially when it comes to the use of API’s that more and more startups choose to build their businesses around. Some either use other companies API’s, such as Google or Twitter, to build their business around and others open up their systems to their customers to see what they can come up with.
Either way, this is a growing trend and a new event has popped up to help learn more about it. Dopter and Twobo Technologies have come together to organize an event known as Nordic API’s in Stockholm, where the leading thinkers on the matter gather and share their thoughts and experiences.
Whatever you had planned for next week, cancel it. Unless your plan was to go to Latitude59, a startup conference in Estonia that is picking up speed every year. With themed days, it was a blast last time around and attracted great speakers from all over the globe.
This year, the team behind the event tried to make it even more impressive and gathered a great selection of speakers. Perhaps even more interestingly, there are surprisingly many investors who signed-up to speak and attend the event.
The Supercell organised event 'Free Your Play '13' that took place in Helsinki last week gathered a lot of attention in the gaming industry. Which is only natural as it was focused purely on Free To Play games, had amazing speakers from the most successful Free To Play gaming companies such as GungHo, King, Wargaming & Ngmoco and had a lot of punch to it with great bands such as The Sounds and Phantom.
ArcticStartup was present at the event and got the chance to speak to GungHo, King and Ngmoco about trends in the Free To Play industry, Finland as a gaming hub, making great companies and more.
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.
With Term Sheet Battle behind us, it is time to relax and enjoy a couple of beers and networking with investors, entrepreneurs and other startupers. So we have teamed up with the Web Summit folks to bring you the Helsinki Pub Summit this coming Saturday at 18:00 in Club Aussie Bar at Vilhonkatu 6.
We have been to a million cookie cutter events with 5 minute pitch talks and heavy drinking with no real value. Thus on Tuesday, the 28th of May at the Apollo Live Club, ArcticStartup will bring you the Term Sheet Battle. An event, where you will learn how to negotiate a Term Sheet by watching how it is done live on stage between Sunstone Capital, Creandum and Kiosked.
A term sheet is basically a marriage agreement between a startup and their investor and is probably the most important piece of paper you will ever sign as an entrepreneur. The contents of which can make or break your startup and influence future investment opportunities or exit potentials.
Learning about this is not something you need just when fund raising. Continuing with the marriage metaphor, it is a good idea to figure out what you are getting yourself into before saying “yes” and signing the papers. This is an invaluable experience whether you are a CEO, a dreamer, a developer or an investor.
Editor's note, this is a sponsored story by Greater Helsinki Promotions.
As a reminder, tonight at 17:00 in Helsinki is the Neurogaming event featuring Zack Lynch, the go-to guy on the industry. As a bonus reason to attend, they're also giving away two Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears, which you can see in the top image. It's also an excuse to check out University of Helsinki’s brand new 'Helsinki Think Company', a new co-working space right in the city center that will officially open its doors tomorrow.
Space is limited, so to attend the free event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org right away!
As a teaser on the subject, we got in touch with Deepa Iyengar, one of the founders of Mindgames, and Icelandic developer of games harnessing brainwave headsets.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for UK Trade & Investment
Startups in the region tend to go through a sort-of life cycle where they start from their home base, but as soon as they experience growth there is usually a pressure to expand to other countries and territories.
This pressure is often fueled by the need to enter new markets, find new talent, get connections to investors or to become a more global player. Many companies want to go to the Silicon Valley but it is usually a distant leap that requires considerable preparation and capital investments. Thankfully there is a good alternative that many companies from the region have utilized and some even incorporated there to begin with - the London based Tech City.
Let’s face it, at most events the actual investors are usually a minority but most startups are looking for just that - money. No matter how you spin it, money is needed to start, run and grow a company. So it is always great to see an event that is specifically tailored towards this goal.
I attended Enterprise Finland Venture Forum the other day and quite enjoyed the fact that there were around 70 people representing various VC’s and investors compared to just 26 companies that were pitching. Many of them were international VC’s that made the trip from cities such as London, Paris and Munich.
The pitching companies were also not just a bunch of random companies that applied to the event. A special VC committee pre-selected and screened the companies that they thought would be the most interesting to the investors and then sent out the invitations.
With social media being all the rave in marketing and advertising space, everyone and their mother is using it to try and promote their products, services and (you guessed it)... events.
ArcticStartup is going to attempt this very feat of strength and we are giving away free tickets (and exclusive T-Shirts) to the upcoming Arctic15 conference. Which is promising to be a major event this year with amazing speakers, companies, startups and investors already confirming their attendance.
Just like in our Tallinn and Stockholm events, we want to reach out to our community again by giving a chance to win a free ticket to Arctic15, the awesome startup and growth entrepreneurship conference we're putting together for October.
We're giving out four lucky ArcticEvening Copenhagen attendees a free ticket to Arctic15. All you need to do is sign-up to the event held on the 31st of May (it's free by the way) and attend (we'll be in touch by e-mail a day before the event what you need to do to be eligible).
The Estonia based Garage48 is organising a music focused event in a couple of weeks in Tallinn together with the Tallinn Music Week. The event is held on the weekend between the 23rd and 25th of this month. Registration ends a week early on Sunday the 18th. The goal of the event is to make people focus on the potential of good services in the entertainment space.
Jüri Kaljundi, one of the people behind the successful events tells us "music and entertainment is our first try to do industry-specific events. We believe that the actual business problems are among the common people, non-tech crowds. Technology is just an enabler, so we want more people from other areas of life to come to the events to get their ideas executed. Focusing on real life problems is very important."
Our second ArcticEvening of the year will be held in Stockholm on the 29th of March. The theme of the event will be the future of commerce and to make it all the more exciting, we have three fantastic Swedish companies at the event to share their views. We'll be having a panel discussion with Klarna, Wrapp and iZettle to talk about how they see the commerce changing and evolving through technology, but also how consumers are changing their behaviour.
We've been quite busy since December putting together our plans for 2012 and naturally that includes Arctic15, the annual conference we're putting together for growth entrepreneurs from Northern Europe. This year, the event will take place over the course of two very exciting days in October. October 17th and 18th to be exact. We've redefined our concept a little bit to better suit the needs of the entrepreneurs in the region. During the two days we'll have more than 50 people on two stages sharing their advice and experience. Tickets and the full program will be available later in the spring, but below is a little introduction to what we have in mind.
Arctic15 was one great event last week. Not only was it great from the view point of attendees and speakers, but we also had some great partners there. A great example of one our partners is Amazon Web Services - they've decided to hand out an extra prize (we actually announced this on stage) to all Arctic15 finalists.
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!
Startups, we're closing the signups to the VC matchmaking event, held on Friday September 23rd, at the end of August. This is because we have to book the meetings with the VCs, many whom are flying in from overseas. Therefore we ask you to sign-up immediately, if you'd like to have the chance to meet international VCs coming to Arctic15.
Sami Inkinen is perhaps one of the most successful Finnish born entrepreneurs in the Valley. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Board at Trulia, a real-estate service helping people find homes. He gave a talk last week at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society's event and shared some of his advice and experience as an entrepreneur. I was present at the event and I have to say it was one of the best ones I've seen in a long time.
Link: AaltoES Talk With Sami Inkinen (vimeo.com).
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.
We're live blogging the Startup Sauna Demo Day event from Aalto Venture Garage. Startup Sauna is a 7-week long entrepreneurial program to find and grow the most potential startups from the region further and bigger. The program has featured external speakers and mentors who have helped guide the startups. The Demo Day event will see the participating teams pitching their companies one last time (in the name of the program) to the attendees and also show what they've achieved.
Back in January we promised to come out with more information regarding the Arctic15 conference in February. We're currently in the process of closing a few very interesting speakers and this is keeping us from releasing the website with the full information, programme, tickets and other items. Hopefully we'll be able to release the site next week. We'll keep you updated on this.
For the third time ever Mobile Dev Camp will take place on Saturday 26th February in Helsinki, Finland. The event is a special treat for 200+ developers, business people and proud geeks who want to find out the next big thing on mobile. Mobile Dev Camp is known for launching new platforms and products before they are out in the mainstream. For example, at its first event in 2009 the organizers presented Android platform when it was not even out in Finland. Last year Rovio and Windows 7 were the highlights. Back then few people knew about Angry Birds and no Window 7 phones were around. This year Applifier and Samusung Bada will be at the center of attention. On top of that, the event includes a competition for developers to create a simple and fun application for different mobile platforms in 48 hours. Each platform has its own category and a great prize, like a new Wave mobile phone in Samsung's Bada category. Best part: the event is completely free, though you should probably register to let organizers know how many people to expect.
Soon the Nordic summer will be over, and then the ice cold winter only gets closer day by day. So what is an adventurous entrepreneur to do? Well, how about going to Bali, live in luxury villas, and join 15 young, successful, fun and adventurous entrepreneurs?
This is exactly what Project Getaway is all about, and during September and October this year, we have organized a trip, which is designed to be a "dream come true" for any entrepreneur.
Just a quick reminder that we still have some tickets left for our event on the 1st of June in Tallinn! We have a great setup for the evening and it would be a pity to miss it, so register your free ticket using the registrations module below. We'll have a very interesting panel topped off with about 10+ one minute pitches by young startups and entrepreneurs. For those in Tallinn, we'll also have quite a few Finns coming down to Estonia - so take the evening off for some valuable business networking as well.