Innovation, Startups and Venture Capital in Iceland

Icelanders onstage at Slush 2022

This is a busy week in Helsinki, Finland. Investors, founders, media representatives (including me), and many more are heading to the capital of Finland to enjoy one of the world’s leading startup events, Slush. Slush can be described as a festival concerning startups and tech. The program is packed with events designed to suit everyone in attendance. Among those are panels and talks held by some of the most successful names in the business, pitching competitions, matchmaking, and numerous side events. Even though it is getting a bit cold and dark here in Helsinki (those are strong words coming from an Icelander) the excitement here is palpable. People can’t wait to connect and learn from each other.

The Icelandic delegation has never been as packed as it is this year. The last I heard, there were 65 companies registered to represent Iceland this year. This number could be growing as I write. Some of those Icelandic participants are taking part in the on-stage program. I have put together a list of the Icelandic on-stage participants below. Please be sure to let me know if someone is missing.

Finnur Pind (Treble)

Unicorn Night 2022 – Slush Side-event (Wednesday, November 16 (tonight) from 5 PM to 9 PM)

The CEO of Treble will compete on behalf of Iceland in the annual New Nordic Pitching Grand Final which takes place at this exciting side event.

Íris Baldursdóttir (Snerpa Power)

Scaling the Best Of Nordic Sustainability – Slush Side-event (Thursday, November 17 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM)

The CEO of Snerpa Power will have her say in a panel discussion on how to scale Nordic sustainable solutions globally.

Davíð Helgason

(Cli)mate, that’s not okay: Net Positive Investing (Thursday, November 17 from 5:33 PM to 6:03 PM at the Serene Stage)

The co-founder of Unity and now the climate investor will speak among others about how sustainable investing is crucial to deal with one of the biggest challenges of our lifetime, climate change.

Btw, Algorithmiq, a Finnish quantum computing startup backed by Davíð Helgason is hosting a press conference where they will announce a platform that provides a crucial step towards the first demonstration of the first useful quantum advantage.

Stefanía Ólafsdóttir (Avo)

Nordic showcase (Friday, November 18 at 12:44 PM at the Startup Studio)

Avo, the data governance platform that error-profs analytic events and speeds up implementation will be one of the promising Nordic startups pitching at this year’s Nordic showcase.

Haukur Skúlason (Indó)

Nordic showcase (Friday, November 18 at 13:50 PM at the Startup Studio)

Indó, the neobank that aims to reinvent banking with fintech solutions will also be one of the promising Nordic startups pitching at this year’s Nordic showcase.

Another exciting event for those wanting to meet the main players from the Icelandic startup ecosystem is the Get To Snow Us! – Slush Side-event (Thursday, November 17 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM). This event is hosted by Business Iceland and Iceland Innovation Week and will allow investors to meet the Icelandic delegation for a fun networking session.

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