Awards are a good way to celebrate good things. Lift them up. Focus on ideas, people or stuff that has an interesting way about them. Nordic Startup Awards are intended to celebrate exactly that within the Nordic startup communities. Continue reading
When encouraging people to apply to an accelerator like Startup Reykjavik to individuals I meet here in Iceland, there are generally speaking two types of dialogues I engage in. First, they are with those who have an idea of a particular business and are ready to make the jump to the real world with it, i.e. start a company around the idea. Second, there are those who have been working on the idea, and either have incorporated or are about to. Continue reading
The FinTech wave
FinTech companies, i.e. companies built around financial technology, are being founded around the globe. Only few of them are in Iceland. I can mention Aur, Kass, Netgíró, Invector, Meniga, Kóði, Faktoria as examples in addition to the commercial banks. There are most certainly more local companies. Continue reading
For the fifth year in a row, we at Arion Bank host Startup Reykjavik. For me, spring is an enjoyable time. Reading applications filled with people’s dreams and aspirations, meeting a group of curious teams and subsequently selecting a group of ten exciting companies that will share a “home” during the summer building their businesses. I love my job. Continue reading
Florealis, a Startup Reykjavik company from the 2013 cohort, has secured its second round of seed financing of ISK 50 million (USD 395,000). The investor group behind the investment consists of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and angel investors. Previously, Florealis had secured another ISK 50 million in its first seed round.
In recent months, Iceland has been noticed by some non-local media for a rather typical Icelandic trait – creativity. Iceland has been acknowledged for years for its music scene, design and literal heritage. But today we are seeing a change in the entrepreneurial environment where startups are beginning to flourish, in the sense that they are gaining international (and local) traction. We see companies receiving funding on levels rarely seen in Iceland.
Ríkisstjórnin hefur sett fram aðgerðaáætlun í þágu frumkvöðla og sprotafyrirtækja og hefur gefið almenning frest til 11. desember 2015 að koma með ábendingar um hvað megi fara betur. Hér eru mínar athugasemdir sem ég hyggst senda inn til ráðuneytis. Tek gjarnan við ábendingum til að meitla skjalið.