Building the Enterprises of Tomorrow

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.

Spice Market

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.

Finland: Events

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.

Sweden: Communities

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.

Photo: PnP!

Wednesday 02. Mar.
16:45 - 18:00
Clarion Hotel & Congress

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Marianne Vikkula

President, Slush
Ian Millard

Ian Millard

Innovate UK

Stéphane Garelli

Prof. IMD business school Former director of World Economic Forum


Sean Percival

Sean Percival

Partner, 500 Startups
Claes Mikko

Claes Mikko Nilsen

Network Manager at Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN)


Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson

Host of Technoport 2016