We’ve just opened registrations for Arctic15, both the startup competition as well as the tickets. While doing so, we’ve also announced our first speakers to the event. We’ll be constantly updating the site during the run up to the event, so there are bound to me continuous announcements of new speakers and partners. We’re very excited to be working on this and hope you will enjoy attending it!

The first speakers we are able to announce to the event are Nils Forsblom and Alexander Ljung. Nils Forsblom is the founder of Fruugo, one of the most talked about Finnish startups in the recent years. He raised together with the company in total some $35 million. He will be at the event talking about Fruugo, how he went about building the company as well as his new exciting venture, TenFarms.

Alexander Ljung is the founder and CEO of SoundCloud. Under his leadership, SoundCloud has quickly gained a reputation for being the number one platform available for audio creators to share, broadcast, track and promote their sounds. There are currently more than three million registered users and this number is growing exponentially.

The tickets have also gone on sale at 130€ for the early bird price. There are only 50 tickets available at this price and then the price will go up to, a still very affordable, 185€ until reaching the final prize of 250€. These prices include all the costs and VAT, so what you see is what you will be paying. We’ll also be serving lunch and coffee at the event, so these are naturally included in the price. The ticket will also guarantee you entry to the afterparty later that night.

As mentioned, we’ll be adding more speakers in the coming months. In total we will have 7 keynote speakers and 15 startups pitch at the event. It’s a full one day event, together with an evening party where the winner of the startup competition will be announced. If you’re startup, read our criteria and suggestions here before applying.

We also slightly changed the schedule of the startup competition, based on the feedback we received when we first announced the event in January. You will now have until end of July to apply to the event.

If you’re a startup and you don’t quite fit the criteria – you should still attend the event. Just this morning we discussed the event with an organisation working with venture capitalists and they promised to lend their helping hand to bring over as many foreign VCs to the event as possible. We’re naturally thrilled of such an opportunity and think it will be more than worth it for those attending it.

We really hope to build this into the best startup event in Northern Europe with all of you!

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