Startup Ecosystem Summit

Tuesday, Sep 5
10:00 — 17:00

Startup Ecosystem Summit

Collaboration, Community, Startups,

Summits are one-day gatherings where a diverse group of people come together to discuss the bigger picture, share insights, and challenge best practices. They are invitation-only and have limited seats, so you need to apply to join a summit.

Ecosystems are formed, not built. How can cross-border collaboration improve & accelerate our activities?

Ecosystems are essential for startups to grow and thrive. However, the best ecosystems are led and formed by entrepreneurs themselves. This summit will share best practices on what works and what doesn’t, across a variety of ecosystems with various strengths, weaknesses and experiments.

We are inviting you to join the first Startup Ecosystem Summit on cross-border collaboration. We welcome 80 startup community leaders to meet and discuss future collaboration in an effort to bring our ecosystems closer & accelerate our startups.

The Nordic, Baltic & European Startup Ecosystems have been growing and local ecosystems are now coming together to create an even stronger and thriving startup ecosystem.

This is your chance to join the conversation and accelerate your activities in a joint effort to improve startup success in our regions.

At the end of the day we will have built new bridges between our communities, and formally pledged to pursue cross-border collaborative goals.

This summit is invite-only and limited to 80 participants.
To join and contribute .

Key questions:

  • What works and what doesn’t for each of our local ecosystems – and how we can complement each other to support startups even better?
  • The Open Ecosystem: Strong cross-border relationships,  stronger startups?
  • The Nordic collaborative models: What’s the story behind #NordicMade, NordicBAN & NordicAI?
  • What to learn  from the Silicon Valley ecosystem – and what we should do differently?

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Pia Ella Elmegård, @pelmegard

Board Member, TechBBQ & #NordicMade, Copenhagen

Pia is an entrepreneur & community builder by heart, and has been building initiatives supporting the tech startup ecosystem in Denmark and the Nordics and Baltics since 2010, as well as co-founded a media company on startups and digital entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience with people management, strategic messaging, brand positioning and event management from co-initiating projects and companies, and consulting and advising startups and startup founders.

Michael Bak, @michaelbak

Managing Director, #CPHFTW, Copenhagen

Michael Bak started his first of three companies fifteen years ago, and has helped others launch theirs for a decade. Michael is currently Managing Director of startup organisation #CPHFTW (Copenhagen For The Win) which also runs Techfestival; former Head of BLOXHUB BuildTech accelerator and former CEO of the national Danish university entrepreneurship competition, Venture Cup. He has worked as advisor and mentor for several startups for many years and has a diverse background from different industries such as telecom-, medico-, web-, events- and rare metal.

Torsten Kolind, @tkolind

Co-Founder & CEO, YouNoodle, Inc., San Francisco, California

An engineer by training, Torsten has built software for 15 years, and has worked with startup programs since 2006. YouNoodle powers startup engagement for Cisco, Amazon, and The World Bank, among many others. Before YouNoodle, he was CEO of Venture Cup Denmark, the national Danish university entrepreneurship competition. He has evaluated or mentored startups for programs at MIT, Stanford, and Imperial College, and he is a Guest Mentor for Wall Street Journal’s The Accelerators blog. Torsten advises a handful of startups and accelerator programs across the world, and is a frequent speaker on global startup ecosystems and corporate startup engagement.

Geet Khosla

CMO at Wildcard

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