National winners have been chosen from the best pool of talents in each Nordic country. These finalists will now compete on a regional level.
These is a great opportunity to meet the best talents of the startup ecosystem, who will represent the Nordic region worldwide. But there are more reasons to come, please read below!
We will keep updating this page over the next weeks.
Day 1: May 30st
We encourage everyone with interest in the Nordic startup ecosystem to consider attending the Startup Iceland 2016 conference held on May, 30st (the day before the Grand Finale). Everyone is welcome.
Every year, this unique conference enables startups and investors to meet informally, and create value by building relationships that can open many doors. Some of the VC investors that are attending are Mark Solon which manages a $265m Techstars Venture fund, and Ingrid Vanderveldt that manages a $150m fund.
The general guest ticket price is 400$, get yours here. The price include everything and the conference might be a valuable opportunity to network with investors, talent etc. The program and schedule of the conference can be checked at Startup Iceland 2016.
As a regional finalist , you will get the opportunity to buy the early bird ticket (50% off) plus an extra 25% off. You will receive the link to the Eventbrite by mail.
If your startup already booked its ticket to the conference, you will have the opportunity to setup booth in the networking area for free.
Discover the startup scene in Iceland – SI2015
Meet some of the key speakers of Startup Iceland:
Ingrid Vanderveldt – Founder, Chairman & CEO at Vanderveldt Global Investments & EBW2020
Mark Solon – Managing Partner at Techstars
Jenny Fielding – Managing Director at Techstars
Scott Caruso – CEO at Pure Color
Xiaochen Tian – CEO at TravelShift and co-founder Guide to Iceland
Magnús Björnsson – Sr. Director of Development at Oracle
Jessica VanderVeen – CMO at Tempo
Ragnheiður Magnúsdóttir – Business Manager at Marel
Thorvaldur Sveinsson – Executive Director of Strategy, Vodafone Iceland
Hjalmar Gislason – VP of Data at Qlik
Here are some of the resources of the Startup Community in Iceland, that will be present in the conference:
Startup Reykjavik, Startup Energy Reykjavik and Startup Tourism.
Venture Capital Funds
NSA Ventures, Frumtak, Eyrir Sprotar, and Brunnur Ventures.
Entrepreneurs and Startup support organizations
Statistics Iceland, Invest in Iceland, Icelandic Startups, and Entrepreneur and SME help through Innovation Center Iceland.
VIP DINNER FOR REGIONAL FINALISTS
NSAVentures is hosting a free VIP dinner where all the speakers from the Startup Iceland 2016 conference, investors, and key players of the Icelandic innovation scene will also be attending! Please note that only one person from your startup/company/organization can attend the dinner.
It will be a great networking opportunity, and who knows? You might find your next investor there!
Register for the dinner using the link we shared in the mail that we have sent all finalists.
STARTUP ICELAND AFTERPARTY
There will be a fun afterparty after the conference is over featuring special DJ and guests.
More information soon!
Day 2: May 31st
The Icelandic community is proud to celebrate the Grand Finale 2016 in Iceland hosted by our amazing country partner Icelandic Startups. The Minister of Industry and Commerce of Iceland, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, will be opening the show. Other political stakeholders will be also present.
Invitation to Iceland by the Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce
Everyone with relation or interest of the Nordic startup ecosystem is welcome. The event is free of charge and it will be held in the gorgeous Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík.
Registration for the Grand Finale can be done through Eventbrite)!
19.00 Networking drinks
20.00 Start of ceremony
22.00 Music and drinks
More information about the Grand Finale will be shared soon!
Traveling to Iceland
Flight tickets to Iceland can be a bit more pricy compared to other Nordic destinations. We highly recommend that you book as soon as possible if you want to attend. There are different low cost airlines flying to Iceland as WOWair. You can also check Dohop.com for more options.
Once you are in Reykjavík, you can book the public bus, which is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik or vice versa. You can get your ticket through Reykjavik Excursions.
There are different options for accommodation in Iceland. If you are coming in a group, Airbnb might be a good fit. Another option can be staying in a hostel.
Guide to Iceland can also provide support in arranging accommodation, flight tickets, and different tour options in the country!
Please contact Ólafur Ólafsson: email or Herdís Einarsdóttir: email for more information. You can also reach them by phone (+354 519 79 99), and remember to mention that you are a regional finalist at NSA.
Now that you are here, you can also use the opportunity to travel around Iceland. This is a unique opportunity to see the beautiful island.
Here are some 1 day tour opportunities:
The Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic Crater
Wild South Coast | 7 Waterfalls – Reynisfjara – Sólheimajökull
The mysterious Snæfellsnes National Park Day Tour
Get inspired by the breathtaking nature.