After the keynotes wrap up on October 17, the first day of the Arctic15, there are still startup happenings in the city to participate in. At Grotesk Bar there will be hosting an evening of debate and networking with the goal of pitting European cities against each other to see who deserves the title of “The Silicon Valley of Northern Europe.” The Northern Europe Startup #Citychallenge is thrown by 2Pears together with NordicMeetup, along with support by Inventure and UK Trade and Investment.

So far they’ve confirmed an interesting linup of city representatives:

  • Copenhagen: Lars Buch, partner & managing director of Startupbootcamp Copenhagen, previously R&D Director at Nokia
  • Helsinki: Kristoffer Lawson, co-founder of Holvi, and Traveling Salesman as well as The Alternative Party
  • London: Scott Sage, partner at DFJ Esprit, co-founder of City Meets Tech in London
  • Oslo: Tor Grønsund, founding partner at Lingo Social, and lecturer of entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo
  • Riga: Andris Berzins, investment advisor at Creandum, co-founder TechHub Riga, and Startup Wise Guys advisor
  • Stockholm: Henrik Dillman, co-founder of Mancx, winner of Arctic15 last year
  • Tallinn: Priit Salumaa, co-founder of Mooncascade, Garage48 and Mobile Monday Estonia

Moderating the debate is Mohamed El-Fatatry, the founder of Muxlim Inc., and current chairman and CEO of My Islamic Voice.

“The idea for #CityChallenge comes from on-going friendly banter on Twitter about which city in Northern Europe produces the best companies, and hosting the debate in conjunction with Arctic15 made perfect sense,” says 2Pears co-founder Petra Johansson. “All 2Pears events are focused on facilitating a productive dialogue between investors, entrepreneurs and technology businesses, with the aim to achieve a 4.5 times return on investment for all parties involved.”

You need a ticket to attend the event, which can be found here. And again, the significant digits are: October 17th, 18:00 Grotesk Bar, Ludviginkatu 10, Helsinki.