ArcticEvening Copenhagen was organised last night at the to-be-emptied Nokia premises just out of the centre of Copenhagen. The evening was full of interesting discussions and presenters included Kristel Verhasselt of Magento as well as Jussi Koskinen of PayPal. Our main event was a fireside chat with Tommy Ahlers who made my job as an interviewer extremely easy, sharing a lot of advice to the audience with just a few questions.

As said, the event was held at the Nokia Campus premises, a place that will be emptied by the end of June. The space looked eerily empty already, but its future isn’t as bad as one might think. In September, a university will be taking over the facilities and in doing so Nokia is also donating millions of DKK worth of gear to the university.

The sad part of this equation is that Nokia is having to let go of some 1000 people in the process. More than 500 of these have found new jobs and over 200 of them have started some 40 or so companies and therefore only 20% of the people are looking for work at the moment.

Ahlers had a lot of good to say about Denmark, a somewhat comparable example of any other Nordic or Baltic country to be honest. By international standards, Denmark is small, speaks an equally funny language as do the other Nordic and Baltic countries and in itself is a small domestic market.

Regardless of this Denmark has been able to produce lots of high growth startups in the recent years of which Podio’s path was studied in detail last month all the way up its acquisition by Citrix. Some other examples were talked that included Tradeshift and Zendesk, both going strong outside of the country’s borders.

Perhaps the most gratifying part of the evening was in the discussions people had amongst themselves. One group of gents that made an impression on me were trying to improve the startup and entrepreneurial situation in Africa and more specifically Uganda. While they may still not be as far as Northern Europe in supporting entrepreneurship I’m sure we will see lots of great innovations and ventures coming out from that part of the world.

All in all – ArcticEvening Copenhagen was a great experience and for that I also want to thank our sponsors Amazon Web Services, Paypal, Microsoft Bizspark, Nokia (for the venue and drinks!) as well as Elance. More below on each partner.

Sponsors

Please take a minute to thank our sponsor with your time. They make the events possible and keep it free for participants. If you’d like to sponsor our events in the future, feel free to contact [email protected].

Amazon Web Services
In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now commonly known as cloud computing. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale as a business grows. With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.

The AWS platform has grown rapidly since the launch of the first service and it is now the underlying infrastructure for businesses around the world from start-ups to enterprises to government agencies. AWS has hundreds of thousands of customers in over 190 countries leveraging the services from infrastructure locations in the U.S., Europe, South America, Singapore, and Japan.

Companies around the world using AWS range from smaller, fast-growing companies such as Playfish, Airbnb and Supercell to larger companies such as Netflix, NASA and News International.

PayPal
PayPal enables your business to accept credit card, debit card and PayPal payments from customers shopping online or on their mobile. You can also use PayPal to get paid via email invoices, over the phone or by post. With a solution suited to businesses new or established, local or global and regardless of size, you’ll benefit from opening your business to our 15 million active UK account holders and 106 million worldwide who value our reputation for security and simplicity. PayPal can be added as an additional payment option on your website or can be integrated as your complete online payment solution, either way integration is quick, simple and mobile supported.

Visit paypal.co.uk/testimonials to hear what our customers have to say about what PayPal has done for their business. For more information about products and services and to find the right payment solution for your business, visit us at paypal.co.uk/business.

Microsoft Bizspark, Denmark
Microsoft Bizspark is an excellent program for all startups seeking help with development tools, publicity and in general – the way forward. Microsoft’s Bizspark program helps companies all around the world get their development tools sorted out and help from one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Nokia
Nokia is our venue & drinks partner at the event. They were kind enough to let us use their auditorium for the event as well as bring some drinks and snacks for our audience.

Elance
Today there’s a new way to launch a startup – by building your team in the cloud. Sign-up on Elance today, and connect with over a million experts to design your logo, create your website, develop your prototype, kickstart your marketing campaign and more! With Elance, getting your business launched is faster, more cost-effective, and the smarter way to take your company to the next level.

If you sign-up through here, you will get a $50 voucher for your first job you accept!