Hakon Agustsson pinged me on Facebook and mentioned that Matt Wilson of Under 30 CEO was going to be in Iceland. I was intrigued and checked out Matt on Twitter. Found out that Matt is a young entrepreneur out of New York State and had a huge following in Twitter and his blog is widely read by the young entrepreneurs. I reached out to Matt through Twitter and asked him if he had time to meet for Coffee while he is in Iceland. Matt responded right away and our meeting was set. Met him in the Reykjavik Backpackers hangout, told him that I was actually on the way to the largest business plan competition results ceremony in Iceland and typical Matt style, he asked if he could come with me. So we arrived in University of Iceland main entrance where the Golden Egg finalist were doing their 2 minute pitches and the winners were going to announced. Started talking more to Matt to understand what he was doing, he told me about Climate Unchanged, a documentary that he was filming with a crew from Sweden, UK and the US. He also shared with me the fantastic experience that he is having in Iceland, thanks to Sigurdur Bjarni Sveinsson (siggi) the 25 year old entrepreneur and CEO of South Iceland Adventure (blog post for another day). I shared with him what we are doing here in Iceland through Startup Iceland and about the Conference. Matt quickly jumped on it the minute he went back to NYC. He pinged me again to see if I could work with him on offering a package for entrepreneurs that he is planning to bring on a tour to Iceland end of May and they could participate in the Startup Iceland Conference. Here is the promotional website, defining the package “Venture Tour Iceland” a week long experience to travel to Iceland from the US, participate in Startup Iceland and head off to the mountains, glaciers and whatever else Siggi has in store for them in the Beautiful Nature of Iceland. Matt informed me that there is a lot of interest for this promotional package and I am looking forward to seeing how many entrepreneurs from the US participate in the conference. It would an awesome networking event for entrepreneurs in Iceland with entrepreneurs in the US. Building bridges, networks and connections thats the way of Entrepreneurship. Startup Iceland is a conference first of its kind in Iceland, it was organized to inspire, educate and celebrate Entrepreneurship around the world starting in Iceland. What a cool validation from young entrepreneurs like Matt.
- Startup Iceland Conference – Status, Budget – Full Disclosure (startupiceland.com)
- Golden Egg, Seed Forum, Startup Iceland… a lot happening (startupiceland.com)