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Last night the deadline for Arctic15 startup competition closed. This morning, as I checked the final amount of companies who applied to the competition – my jaw dropped. All in all, 90 companies from the region applied to the competition. While we haven’t yet had time to analyze the data on a more detailed level, each country is pretty equally represented in the applications. We’ll now dive into analyzing these applications with our secret jury and choose 30 or so companies to compete for a chance to pitch on stage at Arctic15.

We’ve contacted each contact person named in the application via e-mail regarding the next steps in the competition procedure. We’ll announce the finalists for the public in early September in a relatively simple fashion with a name and a short description what the company does.

Two cancellations and one speaker change

Unfortunately, we’ve had a few cancellations and changes to our speakers as well. Daniel Kaplan from Mojang and Alexander Ljung from Soundcloud have had to cancel their appearance at Arctic15. However, no need to worry as we’re already negotiating with a few potential new speakers to attend the event. We’ll make sure to keep you updated on how things progress and we look to cover both spots with new speakers, so we’ll have 6 keynote speakers in addition to the 15 startup pitches during the day.

Also, Stefan Lindeberg will be replaced by Ruud de Jonge from Microsoft. Ruud de Jonge is Microsoft’s Western European head of Bizspark and has extensive knowledge of startups and the ecosystem. We’ll update his biography to the website shortly.

Nevertheless, only 51 days till Arctic15 – by the looks of everything, this is going to be one hell of an event. We suggest you register your ticket well in advance.

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