Startup Iceland 2015 – Buy your ticket now!
Confirmed Speakers and Mentors for Startup Iceland 2015
Startup Iceland Conference – Executive Summary
Previous Speakes and Guest List:
President of Iceland, His Excellency Olafur Ragnar Grimsson
Minister of Industry and Innovation, Honorable Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir
US Ambassador to Iceland, His Excellency Luis Arreaga
Brad Feld, VC, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder TechStars, Mentorship driven accelerator program for startups
Brad Burnham, Managing Director, Union Square Ventures
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author, Philosopher and New York Times Best Selling Author of the Book The Black Swan
Ted Zoller, Senior Fellow Kauffman Foundation
Ryan McIntyre, Managing Director, Foundry Group
Jason Mendelson, Managing Director, Foundry Group
John Sechrest, Founder of Seattle Angel Conference
Rebeca Hwang, CEO younoodle.com, Co-Founder Startup Malaysia, Organizer Startup Chile
Angela Jackson, Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund
John Biggs, Senior Editor, TechCrunch
Thor Fridriksson, Founder and CEO, Plain Vanilla Games
Cindy Gallop, Founder, Make Love Not Porn
Gunnar Holmsteinn, Co-founder and CEO, CLARA
Noah Ross, Partner and Executive Creative Director, LaunchPad Advertising
Jenny Lawton, President MakerBot
Bre Pettis, Founder and CEO, MakerBot
History has shown that entrepreneurs are the most valuable builders and creators in their communities. Small entrepreneurial companies spark innovation while creating jobs that facilitate economic well being in every society. Startup Iceland gives startup entrepreneurs throughout the world the tools necessary to positively impact their community. We accomplish this by bringing together a diverse program of speakers and participants to discuss, create and implement strategies that promote economic growth.
In addition to the exceptional international speakers, Startup Iceland will feature the key innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are driving Iceland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem forward.
The first two days (May 23rd and 24th) of the conference will be a hackathon, where teams of talented people come together to hack a solution that at the end of the event will have the potential to be a business. This is an open event anyone can attend and participate.
The third day (May 27th) will be the main event day consisting of presentations and discussions key influencers within Iceland and from Startup Communities around the world. The winner of the Hackathon will be voted on by conference participants and announced at the end of the day’s discussions.
The fourth day (May 28th) will be a mentoring day, where all the key influencers and speakers will act as mentors to any Entrepreneur who is a participant in the conference. Entrepreneurs and Startup founders and any other participant can schedule a one-on-on meeting and get key advice and connect.
Participants represent startup communities from Iceland, the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, Asia, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa. Startup Iceland will ask important questions and elicit discussions on how to harness local capital, develop a policy framework and capitalize on the collective strengths of the community to foster a sustainable and resilient ecosystem that embraces, encourages and celebrates entrepreneurship. Attendees will learn strategies that can be applied in their own businesses and communities here in Iceland and abroad.