Arctic15 is a matchmaking and networking event for startups, investors and businesses. For the first time, it will go virtual but will still focus on facilitating deals to keep the startup ecosystem ball rolling. Lots of deal hungry investors and upcoming startups looking for opportunities. Join Arctic15 Online on October 19th-21st to connect with like-minded people.
Photo: Jan Ameri, CEO of Arctic15 switched the event from a physical one to an online summit / Credits © Arctic15
The organisers of Europe’s best known startup-investor matchmaking event, Arctic15, have brought its renowned conclave virtual. The new online summit will take place from the 19th-21st October. The innovative event will bring together over 2,000 virtual attendees, 300 investors, 450 startups and 150 corporates, all of which are seeking to connect with the next generation of Nordic and European startups.
The format of this year’s Arctic15 has shifted to take into account the funding crunch many early stage companies are facing in the midst of Covid-19. According to a recent report from Startup Genome, the European tech ecosystem has already experienced a funding drop of 10% since May due to Covid-19. The situation has worsened for early stage companies since national governments have had to step in to plug funding gaps.
This years Arctic15 will include various content tracks covering topics such as Digital Energy, Fintech and an Angel Track with top speakers including: Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia and best selling author, Yossi Vardi, Serial Entrepreneur and Business Angel, Anette Nordvall, Managing Partner at Cross Nordic Capital, Shelly Porges, Founder of Beyond the Billion, Elias Aalto, Co-founder of Wolt, Trip Hawkins, Founder of Electronic Arts, Jason Ball, Partner, GR Capital, Gina Domanig, Managing Partner at Emerald Technology Ventures or Clay Dumas, Partner at Lowercase Capital
With Finland considered to have one of the most advanced business angel networks across the globe, the event aims to help startups embrace the challenges faced in 2020, through introducing them directly to some of the most established venture capital investors. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the new “Syndicates” feature, an angel investor focused network which organisers believe will result in the creation of multiple investor syndicates that will directly invest in attending startups.
“We wanted to help build a new network of angel investors using our experience to help boost the prospects of startups securing funding this year”.
Also for the very first time, Arctic15 has introduced its Values Based Matchmaking feature, through which investors and startups can connect with people who share similar values beyond the normal business criteria on the matchmaking platform.
Commenting on how Arctic15 aims to help connect startups with potential investors to help them grow, Jan Ameri, CEO of Arctic15 said: “The tech ecosystem across the Nordics and Europe received a big shock with the onset of Covid-19 and we wanted to help build a new network of angel investors using our experience to help boost the prospects of startups securing funding this year.”
The Arctic15 event, which evolved originally from a Pitch competition showcasing the best startups from across the Nordic and Baltic regions, has grown significantly in recent years becoming renowned for connecting leading European investors and startups. The Pitch competition finalists will also be considered and screened by all attending angel investors with a view of finding a match so they can lead in building a syndicate to invest through Arctic15 immediately.
There will also be a dedicated program to LP’s this year as part of LP Summit. The Summit will give investors the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges they’re facing in the current COVID19 environment, and get the latest data of Venture Capital returns from European Investment Fund.
Last but not least, the top 15 companies fighing for glory and the Arctic15 Pitching Competition award have been announced: BidrentoPro, CHAOS, DataCalculus, Equality Check, Exponential Technologies, Gigle, Jeff App, Lola & Lykke, Luonkos Finland, NerdMentors, Statzon, StepOut, Supervisor.com, Talbit, Vibevision.
You can book tickets for Arctic15 online. Members of the Silicon Luxembourg Business Club have the chance to participate. Just saying!