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Start Nordic

  • Published 31/03/2014
Finding decision makers, setting up meetings and closing deals have been proved difficult for many Nordic startup companies.

 

Nordic high growth startup companies often struggle to find the abilities and skills to accelerate growth and fully realising their global potential. Growing outside the home market has been proved difficult, and many startups experience a lack of successful support programmes at this stage. 
The Start Nordic project wish to connect Nordic high growth companies to four of the leading startup hubs in the world – San Francisco, Boston, London and Berlin – through an established partnership platform. The goal is to recruit, train and prepare at least 50 high-potential Nordic startups over two years, and let them visit these hubs in an up to 3-week period to connect with the startup scenes.
Project participants:
Iceland: Klak Innovit (Project Manager), E4
Norway: Startup Norway
Sweden: SUP46
Finland: Startup Sauna, Turku Science Park
Denmark: StartupLabs, Trendsonline

Project partners:

 

Iceland

Klak Innovit (Project Manager), E4

Norway

Startup Norway

Finland

Turku Science Park

Denmark:

The Nordic Web, Happiest Man Alive

 

 

Project website: www.startnordic.com

 

 

Project description:


Nordic high growth startup companies often struggle to find the abilities and skills to accelerate growth and fully realising their global potential. Growing outside the home market has been proved difficult, and many startups experience a lack of successful support programmes at this stage. 

 

The Start Nordic project wish to connect Nordic high growth companies to four of the leading startup hubs in the world – San Francisco, Boston, London and Berlin – through an established partnership platform. The goal is to recruit, train and prepare at least 50 high-potential Nordic startups over two years, and let them visit these hubs in an up to 3-week period to connect with the startup scenes.

 

 

Project status:

 

As of May 2015, the project has started mapping and screening processes for Boston, Berlin, San Fransisco and London, and have made several visits to those locations. Several project partners have also been involved in various panel discussions on the Nordic startup ecosystem, like at Slush 2014 in Helsinki.

 

The plan going forward is to continue mapping and screening for Berlin, San Fransisco and London and follow up with key players there, working on events, and create visual roadmaps to the targeted cities that will be made available online.