We hosted The Nordic Pitch at the world’s largest technology conference South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The intention was to attract investors, partners and media to the event, highlight the Nordic startup scene and presence amongst leading international innovation players, through Nordic collaboration, showcasing the best Nordic startups and presence from high profiled guests. In addition to strengthen Nordic collaboration bonds.
One startup was selected from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark by a jury of investors. At the event the five startups got to pitch to a heavy weight investor panel and by invite only attendees of investors, media and Nordic startup founders. The event venue House of Scandinavia was powered by Scandinavian Airlines.
The moderator of the event was serial entrepreneur Paul Kirchoff from EPX Group/Extreme Tech Challenge Network. In addition talks were given by HRH The Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon and Vice Mayor of Oslo, Kjetil Lund.
The selected startups were:
Diwala from Norway
NoIsolation from Norway
Lexplore from Sweden
Penstable from Denmark
Mightifier from Finland.
The startups had to meet these specifications
Ben Siegel, Consensys
Anu Bhardwaj, Women Investing
Hall Martin, Ten Capital Group
Sara Brand, True Wealth
Entry round judges
Jeanette Dyhre Kvisvik, Villoid (Norway)
Johan Brand, Entrepreneurship One (Norway)
Helle Uth, Preseed Ventures (Denmark)
Ekaterina Gianelli, Inventure (Finland)
Susanne Birgersdotter, MWC (MilkyWayCap) (Sweden
Linus Dahg, Inventure (Sweden)
The Nordic Web
Nordic Innovation House
Norwegian General Consulate Houston
The city of Austin
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Design Center
Norwegian Design and Architecture
Feedback from attendees:
Overall how would you rate this event: 4.5
Did you get useful ideas: 95%
Did you get useful contacts: 80%
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