Forgive us for the pause in news publishing this week, but we had a good excuse. On Wednesday and Thursday Helsinki played host to the Arctic15 – Northern Europe’s gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and the startup ecosystem. It was great to see so many people from across the region together, and we kept busy with two days of talks and panel discussions from an awesome lineup of speakers from the region, Europe, and Silicon Valley.

On top of that, we had the Arctic15 startup competition, where our conference gets it’s name. Fifteen startups came together to pitch Our judges – Lars Buch from Startup Bootcamp, Elise Sass from Startup Wiseguys, Taneli Tikka of several Fininish startups – were given the difficult task of selecting the winning startup from the lineup.

Our Grand Prize winner was The Eye Tribe! -a Copenhagen-based startup that allows users to control screens with their eyes. In total they won over €36 000 in cash and donated prizes. The team had to run off to catch a flight home immediately after receiving the award, but hopefully they were able to get the donated bottle of 1974 Dom Perignon Champagne on the plane.

Again, many thanks to our volunteers and sponsors who made the Arctic15 possible. We’ll leave you with a question – what was your favorite part of the Arctic15?