Recap: The Nordic Pitch 2018 13 March during SXSW

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

  • Working towards solving at least one of SDGs 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Based in the Nordics
  • Exponential technology, research-based insight or unique business model
  • Internationally scalable


Jury panel

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)



Scandinavian Airlines

The Nordic Web


The Factory

Oslo EdTech

Icelandic Startups


Media Evolution

Nordic Innovation House

Danish Sound

Norwegian General Consulate Houston

The city of Austin

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nordic Impact

Business Sweden

Greater Stavanger

Arctic Startup



Tech BBQ

Danish Design Center

Norwegian Design and Architecture

Vertical VC


Feedback from attendees:

Overall how would you rate this event: 4.5

Did you get useful ideas: 95%

Did you get useful contacts: 80%  


Potential reach news  3.7 million


Social Media

Twitter 406k

Facebook 148k

Instagram 4800


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Posted on: April 24. 2018
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