A supportive ecosystem is vital if we are to develop thriving businesses around research and innovation.
Investors, customers, service providers, events and communities are just some of the pieces required to help fledgling ventures to enter the market, grow into real businesses and succeed.
In this session we will hear stories of how other countries support their innovation communities, to inspire us to improve our own ecosystems.
Baltics: Angel Investors
Finland has enjoyed a series of successful high tech companies and on the way, created a culture for reinvesting both time and money in the next generation. We will meet some of the key players who have built an angel investor network around the Baltic Sea.
UK: Public Sector
Through UK Innovate, Britain has emphasised the public sector as a driving force for new innovative solutions. Within the legal framework, they have found ways to use public procurement processes as forces to drive innovation. Ian Millard from Innovate UK will share the story of how to enable innovation through governmental procurement.
Helsinki has claimed the position as the startup capital of the Nordics, and instrumental in this has been Slush, the largest startup event in northern Europe. Marianne Vikkula, the President of Slush, will tell their story.
As Stockholm is one of the most effective breeding grounds of unicorns in Europe, it makes sense to look at their ecosystem. We will meet Tyler Crowley, the CEO of SUP46, and hear the story of how he built up a structured startup community.