MindTrek Conference 2008 is just around the corner, so if you’re a startup make sure to apply to the  Startup Launchpad competition if you haven’t already. It’s worth it.

Registration is open until September 19th. You can register here for the Startup Launchpad and here for the Conference itself. I’ll be hosting the competition itself and the jury include Marc Davis from Yahoo! and Sharon C. Ballard to name only a few.

We’re organizing a free bus ride with Culminatum, Sombiz and Floobs to the to the conference leaving from Helsinki on the 8th and coming back on the evening of 9th.

The idea is to rent a bus and take off to Tampere together from Helsinki with a bus full of start-ups. Spend the Oct. 8th and 9th at the Conference and give the start-ups a possibility to pitch at Startup Launchpad competition.

Antti Akonniemi from Kisko Labs is also running an Ignite while we are driving up there. Antti wrote a short intro on what’s on offer for the ride up:

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? And what if your stage was an actual bus full of startup entrepreneurs? Fun of karaoke and excitement of Powerpoint combined. Sounds too much like the movie Speed? Introducing Ignite:Mobile. Join ArcticStartup’s bus trip to MindTrek and experience the first ever Ignite:Mobile.

Even if you decide to not apply or will not make the cut, you’re more than welcome to join us for the bus ride up and for the conference itself. Although for the conference you will need a ticket.

Write me at ville [at] arcticstartup.com if you’d like to come along for the bus ride so I know to reserve the a space for your startup. Thanks.
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