Helsinki will be in the epicenter of European innovation, as three major investor and startup events will be held from June 3-6, 2019 to highlight the position of the city in the global startup ecosystem.
Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) together with NewCo Helsinki and Arctic15 are co-organizing the events, focusing on the matchmaking of investors, startups, and general public. Thousands of startup ecosystem influencers and more than 600 international investors are expected to visit Helsinki during the week.
“Helsinki is recognised worldwide as a reliable and functional city. Our advantages include the quality of our services and our close cooperation with local actors,” said Ines Antti-Poika, Convention Director at Helsinki Marketing, in a statement.
EBAN Helsinki 2019 is the annual congress of European Business Angels Network (EBAN), and it is the biggest event in Europe for business angels.
The Helsinki edition will provide international business angels the best possible networking experience, tied with professional training sessions on the hot topics about angel investing.
The EBAN Congress experience from June 3-4 and will be continued on June 5-6 in the form of the Arctic15 startup conference, where the investors can meet with the best startups the Arctic region has to offer.
Arctic15 is a startup business conference in Helsinki focused on networking and meetings between international startups, investors and corporation representatives. It is bringing to Helsinki each year a total of 2,000 attendees from 50 countries. 15 tracks of the event tackle various industries, technologies and topics relevant to the Nordic & Baltic startup ecosystem, such as Impact, SaaS, Fintech, Health, AI, and Scaling.
The conference also features the most promising Nordic and Baltic early stage startups in a Funding Program organized in collaboration with FiBAN, which connects startups to angel investors for cross-border investments.
To top it all, NewCo Helsinki, as part of City of Helsinki, will organize the Helsinki Startup Day on June 4. The event brings to front the strengths of Helsinki as a hotspot for startups and technology fields gathering all the local ecosystem players for one dynamic day.
Last time the free event attracted a thousand startup influencers. Helsinki Startup Day is designed to connect startups with service providers and other experts as well as enhance connectedness of the local startup community and introduce international contacts.
Helsinki is among the leading congress cities in the Nordic region together with Copenhagen and Stockholm. The number of congresses in Helsinki has risen steadily over the past decade, and in terms of the number of delegates, Helsinki overtook Stockholm last year.
Helsinki enjoyed a record year in 2017 in terms of both tourism and congresses. Helsinki hosted a total of 367 international association meetings that were attended by almost 72,000 congress visitors last year. This year Helsinki will host an estimated 300 congresses, the majority of which were organised between May and September.