Last week was very busy for Lars Buch, MD of Copenhagen.
Startupbootcamp Copenhagen visited Arctic15 on 17-18.10 – the annual conference for Nordic and Baltic growth entrepreneurs in Helsinki. Lars Buch, the MD of Startupbootcamp Copenhagen, took part in a Panel debate along with Elise Sass from Startup Wise Guys and Antti Ylimutka from Startup Sauna. The three discussed the challenges and prospects of startups in the Nordics. Lars Buch concluded that the three camps should “not see each other as competition but rather collaborate in order to overcome the challenges the startup community is facing today and help even more startups to step up going forward”.
From left to right : Antti Ylimutka from Startup Sauna, Elise sass from Startup wise Guys and Lars Buch from Startupbootcamp Copenahgen; Wednesday 17th of October.
On October 17th, Lars Buch also participated in “The Northern Europe Startup City Challenge” debate, organized by 2Pears, NordicMeetup, UK Trade and Investment along with Inventure. The idea for the debate was derived from a conversation over twitter about which city in the Nordics is home to the best companies. The seven members of the Nordic startup community each representing their own capital competed in a friendly debate for the title of “The Silicon Valley of Northern Europe”. As Lars noted in his presentation, “Copenhagen is a small Metropolis with a huge pulse” and “with so many skilled people like noticed in the Intel Business Challenge some weeks back where 3 of the top-4 winning teams of 4.000 competing were Copenhagen based”, “We might not be Silicon Valley but with SBC re-launching in Copenhagen we aim to be an effective startup hub for Northern Europe towards the rest of the world”.
On Thursday October 18th, Lars Buch, along with Elise Sass from Startup Wise Guys and serial Finnish entrepreneur Taneli Tikka, took part in Arctic15’s Grand Prix judging panel. Fifteen selected startups competed for the Arctic15’s grand price and had to pitch to the judges. The first prize and over €36 000 went to a Copenhagen startup and SBC Alumni: The Eye Tribe. The startup brings new technology that used to be military propriaty only to the masses allowing the users to control and operate their mobiles and tablets with their eyes only.