#CityChallenge seeks to identify Northern Europe’s Silicon Valley
Entrepreneurs and investors from 6-8 Northern European cities will meet in Helsinki on 17 October to debate which of the region’s cities deserves to be recognised as the local ‘Silicon Valley’.
The event is supported by a number of event and networking businesses, as well as Inventure, a venture capital investors in early stage companies, and UK Trade and Investment, which is pushing to promote the UK as a place to develop technology.
Those taking part in the debate will compare cities on the basis of: availability of skilled people; availability and ease of access to financing; regulatory environment and government support; marketing and access to customers; and availability of business infrastructure.
Representing the various cities are:
– Copenhagen: Lars Buch, partner & managing director of Startupbootcamp Copenhagen, previously R&D director at Nokia
– Helsinki: Kristoffer Lawson, co-founder of Holvi, and StartupSauna 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
Moderator of the debate is Mohamed El-Fatatry, founder of Muxlim Inc., and currently the chairman and CEO of My Islamic Voice.