Nordics vs. Israel: lessons and opportunities

Wednesday, Sep 6
18:00 — 20:00
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Nordics vs. Israel: lessons and opportunities

Ecosystem, Startups,

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Israel is known for its deeply innovative and fast-moving startup scene. Some 1,400 startups get created every year in Israel and the country boasts 94 Nasdaq-listed – the country with the second most companies registered – companies, which have an aggregate $70 billion billion market cap.

While the Nordics have built massive multinational companies, the region is not yet known for a dynamic startup scene, similar to Israel.

However, Israel is not known for building big companies, as many exit early or are sold to international giants, and the country has can learn from the Nordic ability to build persistently and patiently companies that dominate their respective industries.


Program: TBA



  • Itai Elizur is the COO at Inbound Junction, a content marketing agency specializing in helping startups and business increase their online visibility. Prior to joining the Inbound Junction team, Itai worked as a Creative Manager at, and as the Director of Marketing at Infolinks, the 3rd largest website network in the world. Itai specializes in helping business develop and optimize large-scale user acquisition strategies through content, brand messaging and marketing automation. Itai is an active public speaker in the Israeli and European tech scene and a regular contributor at The Next Web, SmallBizTrends and
  • Originally from Helsinki, Dennis Mitzner is a Tel Aviv-based journalist, writer, content and communications consultant, and startup advisor. With almost a decade in journalism, from managing editorial teams to investigative journalism to leading content teams for tech startups, Dennis is best known for his reporting for TechCrunch on Nordic and Israeli tech. Dennis is the head of editorial at The Nordic Web and a frequent guest on i24News where he provides commentary of recent tech trends. Dennis opines about tech trends, and the junction between tech, politics and culture for a number of publications, including InfoWorld, TheNextWeb and VentureBeat. Find him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.
  • Sanyu Karani is the CEO of FundingBox, Europe´s largest equity free funding platform for Nordic and Israeli tech startups in Robotics, Industry 4.0, ConnectedCar and Smart Cities. Sanyu has always been engaged in government funding for innovation and contributes as occasional speaker to address entrepreneurs together with the European Commission. Sanyu specializes in cascade funding, a new funding instrument for the angel investing stage that can help startups become venture ready. From Indian Origin and born in Spain, Sanyu is now based in Denmark after supporting startups in Brooklyn, Paris, Madrid and the Netherlands.


Photo credit: Adam Jang.

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