We have a guest post from Ragnar Fjölnisson, the founder of Datatracker.  Datatracker helps business professionals gather disperse online data and convert it into a structured dataset which then can be integrated with business intelligence software for further analysis. Our solution makes it easy for sales and marketing professionals to automate the collection of competitive data. Datatracker is one of the Startup Reykjavik companies and have been receiving good amount of media attention. They have now been selected as one of the finalists for the Artic15, a competition for startups in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Here is Ragnar’s experience of applying and being nominated for the award:

Arctic15 here we come!

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon ArcticStartup.com, a technology news site which focuses on tech startups and growth companies in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The site is targeted at startup enthusiasts and reports on product launches, funding news and investor events similar to betakit.com but with focus on Northern Europe territory.
Since I discovered this website I have added it into my daily web surfing routine. Eventually I found out about their annual investor conference called Arctic15, where they select 15 startups to present towards potential investors based in the Nordics and Baltics.
After watching the Arctic15 trailer from 2011, we at Datatracker didn’t hesitate to apply. Because we had been preparing for our pitch in StartupReykjavik it took roughly 10 minutes to throw together a application to fit their format.
This morning we received news that we had been nominated as semi-finalists in the Best Enterprise Startup category. There are 14 categories, including Best Product Launch, Best Consumer Startup and Best Gaming Startup and the winner of each category, which is decided by public vote and a supporting decision by a secret jury, will get to pitch on stage at Arctic15 on October 18th.

We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated. Arctic15 is the premier industry event for Nordic and Baltic startups and growth companies. The conference was organised for the first time last year with some 400 people attending, and last year’s Arctic15 finalists raised $12.85 million in 10 months following the conferences.

We did not have high hopes that we would be considered for this event, but it goes to show that you never know unless you apply! Now we are determined to win the public vote and we encourage all Icelandic startup enthusiasts to go to the Arctic15 website and vote datatracker as the best enterprise startup. This conference needs Icelandic representatives, don’t you agree?

For investors and entrepreneurs interested in attending the conference, don’t forget to check out the program schedule here: http://arctic15.com/program/