Here are a few examples of some of the changes and activities taking place across Northern Europe, mostly for startups but also others as appropriate, such as small business trends and the recent announcement of Latvia joining the Euro.
See the highlights for each country, generally going from West to East.
Quite a bit of activity from the recent Startup conference in Reykjavik.
- Second annual Startup Iceland international entrepreneurs’ conference, News of Iceland: This includes a hackathon, breakout sessions and discussions with key influencers in Iceland.
- How Iceland Got Its Own Tech Conference, Arctic Startup: Some of the background behind where the startup conference came from.
- Startup Reykjavik teams getting funding, Innovation in Iceland, News of Iceland: How the conference went, about half of the teams ended up receiving grants from the Technology Development Fund (TDF).
Besides areas for silicon and the Internet you’ll also find people moving forward with artisan ideas using the local environment and adapting some technology for agriculture environments.
- Entrepreneurism in Northern Ireland takes on a local flavour, Financial Times: The story of different people finding success with bringing artisan ideas and foods to market.
- Nose-to-tail system brings farmers back to the land, Irish Independent: Using technology in different ways when applied to agriculture and farming, such as the recently developed MooMonitor.
How students are trying out different ways to fulfill their own ideas.
- Startup Craze In The UK, Forbes: Highlighting some data gathered from the recent startup scene job fair Siliconmilkroundabout, showing 67% of those polled willing to join a startup, 72% were fine with not having a salary and 97% were most interested in learning opportunities.
- Student entrepreneurs get own pop-up shop in London, Mail Online: A new store to sell and distribute products made by fellow students at London University.
Providing different types of government and university programs to help spawn startup activities.
- LaunchPad Denmark To Attract Entrepreneurs To Danish Soil, Arctic Startup: A new government sponsored accelerator program, including grants, sponsorships and providing a local forum.
- Entrepreneurship awards scooped by Danish, Swiss, French and UK spin-outs, Science Business: Different awards handed out for groups coming out of scientific academic environments, focused on areas including energy and the environment, ICT, life sciences, materials and chemicals.
Here are two sides of the energy impact for startups in Norway.
- Oil and Gas Pose Challenge to Norway’s Tech Startups, The Wall Street Journal: With oil and gas dominating the Norwegian economic scene, it also takes a toll on funding for tech startups, at least compared to other countries without the energy influence.
- A Norwegian startup launches its green data center services, GigaOm: Using relatively cheaper hydropower for an energy source, a Fjord IT is offering green data centers for others to use.
Ongoing startup, networking and funding activities.
- Social entrepreneurship: on the rise in Sweden?, The Guardian: How students are using networks for teaching and tutoring instead of games and distractions.
- Swedish tech start-ups outdoing European rivals, Reuters: Highlighting different examples where startups in Sweden are getting almost a fifth of all investments in the EU, behind only Germany.
New tech hubs and attractive environments for startups in the telecom or mobile space.
- Enterprise Helsinki Opens NewCo Factory For Startup Incubation, Arctic Startup: Created by the city of Helsinki and providing a forum for people looking to get started with new projects.
- How Finland’s culture supports its telecom startups, The Globe and Mail: With so many people already familiar with Nokia, getting interest for anything mobile usually finds any ecosystem of capabilities ready to go.
The search for the next Skype continues, with lots of feedback loops for the general startup ecosystem.
- Best five Estonian e-services named, Baltic Course: This is from a competition to help introduce and promote e-services and e-solutions, with 77 participating projects.
- Meet tiny nation bucking eurozone’s pain, CNN: Going through some comparisons between the fast growing Estonia and the rest of their EU peers.
Recent headlines from getting official approval to join the Euro.
- Latvia Steps Toward a Tarnished Prize, the Euro, New York Times: Following Estonia joining the Euro a few years ago, Latvia has now received official endorsement on Wednesday.
- Latvians Divided on Euro Benefits, The Wall Street Journal: Not everyone’s excited given the experiences with Greece and others over the last few years.
Some feedback from Latvia joining the Euro and new local business ideas.
- Lithuanian entrepreneurs want euro, but later, The Baltic Course: A survey showed that while 84% of 130 companies in Lithuania support the euro introduction, perhaps waiting until the current storm subsides a bit isn’t the worst idea.
- Lithuania entrepreneurs try to sell ‘country’s smell’, The Telegraph: Three Lithuanian entrepreneurs have created a new national fragrance, including a mix of bergamot, wild flowers, ginger, raspberry and grapefruit, along with base notes of amber, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli and “tree moss and tree smoke”.
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