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Look Beyond Sápmi and Reach your Global Business Potential

The Sápmi Business Conference is an arena for entrepreneurship and innovation in the heart of the Arctic tundra – in Kautokeino. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate and create an arena for Sámi-entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to meet across borders, discuss collaboration opportunities and inspire each other on new business ideas.

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Transforming Sámi-sustainability into new business opportunities

Sámi-lifestyle embraces the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. With the enlarged focus on sustainability worldwide, this opens new business opportunities in the Sámi society and for increased growth among existing businesses. The Sápmi Business Conference seeks to encourage Sámi-businesses to take the next step and look beyond Sápmi in order to reach a greater business potential.

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Kautokeino should act as a ‘Sámi-roadmap’ and we aim to organize a conference which is beneficial to the entire Sápmi.

– Ann Catharina Longo, CEO at Ovddos

Speakers and entrepreneurs from Sápmi and the Nordic region

The two-day conference offers a program with Sámi speakers such as Eva Nordfjell, General Manager at Røros Rein A/S, Pirita Näkkäläjärvi, politician and Director of EY-Parthenon, Ellen Cecilie Triumf, owner of Rein Styrke A/S and Solveig Ballo, General Manager at Sápmi Næringshage. They will speak about innovation and business opportunities from a Sámi perspective.

Other speakers such as wild-life adventurer Lars Monsen, coach Erik Bertrand Larssen and the founder of reMarkable, Magnus Wanberg will also speak at the conference. Sámi musician, Agnete Saba will play a concert.  

Sápmi Business Week

The conference is part of the Sápmi Business Week, which also includes The Sápmi Business Hackathon - a boot camp for young entrepreneurs - and The Business Masterclasses – an opportunity for Sámi businesses to study masterclasses in different fields of interest. The aim of the Sápmi Business Week is to strengthen innovation and Sámi business development as well as to create a more robust economy in Sápmi.

Read more about Sápmi Business Week

The Sápmi Business Conference is organized by Ovddos AS in Keitokeino Kommune and is co-financed by Nordic Innovation, Innovasjon NorgeSametinget, Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge and the Barents Secretariat

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The Sápmi Business Conference is a part of the Sami Business Arena project. Read more here.


Rasmus Malmborg - Senior Innovation Adviser

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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