Launched in 2007 by Antti Vilpponen and Miikka Kukkosuo as founding writers and getting out two-three articles a week, ArcticStartup quickly started gaining traction. In 2008 Ville Vesterinen and Karri Saarinen joined the founding team and ArcticStartup launched its own that were at first held in a small bar of Dubrovnik in Helsinki.
Both the media and events started going international in 2009, expanding to the neighbouring Nordics & Baltics. This growth continued until 2012, when the company nearly shut-down as the founders wanted to move-on to other projects. At that point Dmitri Sarle and Greg Anderson took over the company and re-founded ArcticStartup with Jan Ameri joining very shortly.