OVERVIEW OF SILICON VIKINGS

 

Silicon Vikings is a 45,000+ network that connects Nordic and Baltic Innovation with Silicon Valley and vice versa.  We are a nonprofit organization that has been headquartered in Silicon Valley since 1997 with nodes throughout the Nordic and Baltic region.  We organize approximately 20-25 events in the Bay Area each year in addition to cross-border events with our nodes and partners in the Nordics to better connect the two regions. Branding of the Nordics as leaders in innovation is also a central part of what we do through our events, publications, and via social media.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

 

·         Our Channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Meetup, Instagram

·         Silicon Vikings is the #5 Top 100 Twitter Users in Palo Alto

·         Rated #80 most influential tweeter in “The Euro Tech Investor Power 100”

·         Weekly Retweet Reach 1.12 million (Sept 2018)

 

OUR NODE LOCATIONS:

·         Stockholm, Sweden

·         Gothenburg, Sweden

·         Linkoping, Sweden

·         Norrland, Sweden

·         Helsinki, Finland

·         Tampere, Finland

·         Oslo, Norway

·         Reykjavik, Iceland

·         Riga, Lativa

·         Tallinn, Estonia

·         Vilnius, Lithuania

·         Copenhagen, Denmark

 

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS):

 

·         Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Learning

·         Digital Health

·         FinTech

·         Diversity & Inclusion

·         VR/AR

·         Life Science

·         Mobile & Security

·         Global Springboard

·         Mobility

·         Gaming

SIGNATURE EVENT: STATE OF NORDIC TECH

Our annual State of Nordic Tech event showcases the full spectrum of Nordic technology in Silicon Valley/San Francisco.  This event features a Nordic Startup Expo as well.  Speakers have included:

·         Global Executives from Nokia, Ericsson, & Spotify

·         Bridge organization leaders from Innovation Norway, Vinnova, Innovation Denmark, Business Finland, EIT Digital, Enterprise Estonia, Norwegian Consulate, Investment & Development Agency of Latvia

·         Nordic CEOs who have achieved excellence such as Marten Mickos (former MySQL founder/CEO and now CEO of HackerOne)

·         Nordic Venture Capitalists in the Bay Area (EQT Ventures, Creandum)

SIGNATURE EVENT: TECH FORECAST 360

This Q1 event provides a 360 degree view of what is ahead for the year for tech companies in terms of economic, technology, and venture capital trends.  Past speakers have included California State Treasurer John Chiang, Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson, Senior Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and venture capitalists from Creandum, Garage Technology Ventures, and GP Bullhound.

 

SILICON VIKINGS STARTUP WORLD CUP

Silicon Vikings partnered with Startup World Cup to bring this competition to the Nordics.  Regional competitions were held in Sweden, Norway and Finland in February-April 2018. Outreach for the competition was done via Silicon Vikings Nodes as well as local marketing partnerships with over 45 key startup ecosystem players in the Nordics.  One winner from each regional competition received a trip to Silicon Valley to compete in the Global Finale in May 2018 where the grand prize was a $1,000,000 investment prize. Speakers at the Grand Finale included:

·         Reid Hoffman, Founding CEO of LinkedIn

·         Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems

·         Adam Cheyer, Co-Founder of Siri

·         John Chambers, Former CEO of Cisco

·         Marc Randolph, Co-Founder of Netflix

·         Jay Vijayan, Former CIO of Tesla

For 2019, competitions will be held in February and March.  We are also expanding the competition to the Baltics as well and will hold competitions in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Latvia.  The 2019 National competition for Sweden will be held at Connect2Capital in Gothenburg and for the Baltic Region will be held at TechChill in Riga, Lativa; other locations are still being determined.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

“STATE OF NORDIC TECH IN SILICON VALLEY”

Silicon Vikings put together a 93 publication on Nordic Tech in Silicon Valley that included the creation of a 300+ directory of Nordic tech companies in Silicon Valley, results from a survey of Nordic startups in Silicon Valley, and interviews with key players of the Nordic tech ecosystem in Silicon Valley.  Our report has been referenced internationally and was used in the Bay Area Economic Council’s 2017 report on Nordic tech.  http://siliconvikings.com/report/

“NORDIC EDTECH NETWORK”

At the request of Nordic Innovation, Silicon Vikings created the Nordic EdTech Network to bring together the EdTech network in the Nordics via an interactive website, discussion forum, resources, blog, etc.  http://net.futurelearninglab.org/