Startup Iceland 2023


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June 1st

Startup Iceland Conference Main Event

08:30 – 16:00

Startup Iceland Conference at HARPA Music Hall & Conference Center – Silfurberg Room

Master of Ceremonies – Oddur Sturluson

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Networking:
Badge pickup, registration, walk-ins

9:00 – 9:02

Bala Kamallakharan

Founder of Startup Iceland

Welcome to Startup Iceland 2023

9:02 – 9:05

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

President of Iceland

Opening Speech


9:05 – 9:25

Carrin F. Patman

U.S. Ambassador to Iceland

U.S. Ambassador to Iceland

9:25 – 9:45

Björgvin Ingi (Bo) Ólafsson

Partner and Board Director, Deloitte Iceland

The Importance of Large Language Models for Business – and for us all

9:45 – 10:05

Helga Waage

Founder and Expert on AI

Is it the beginning of the end? Or is it maybe the end of the beginning?

10:05 – 10:25

Stefán Baxter

Founder, CEO Smart Data and QuickLookup

Marrying advanced technology and business needs, a founders tale

10:25 – 10:30

Startup Pitch 1

Startups will present their 90 second pitch

10:30 – 10:50

Coffee Break/Networking

Coffee Break/Networking

A.I. in Business and Founder Stories

10:50 – 11:10

Tryggvi Davíðsson

Chief Operating Officer at Indó

Story of Indó

11:10 – 11:30

11:30 – 11:50

Isaac Kato

Founder and Investor

The Saga of Verne Global: A founder’s story from an American entrepreneur in Iceland

11:50 – 12:00

Startup Pitch 2

Startups will present their 90 second pitch

12:00 – 13:00




Dr. Melanie Rieback

Trailblazer in Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship and VC

Post-Growth Entrepreneurship


David Stewart

Chief Executive Officer at Travelshift

Artificial Intelligence in Travel


Startup Pitch 3

Startups will present their 90 second pitch

Venture Investing & Startup Communities

13:40 – 14:25

Investor Fireside chat with Sigurlína Valgerður Ingvarsdóttir, Hrönn Greipsdóttir and Timo Weiland  moderated by Bala

Investing in the age of A.I.

14:25 – 15:10

Founders Fireside with Beth Kolko,
Sigurður Ásgeir Árnason, Heiður Hreinsdóttir, Einar Stefánsson
and David Simonarson

Founders talk about their journey to success

15:10 – 15:50

Fireside Chat with Timo Weiland,
David Shaprio and Bala Kamallakharan

The Next Wave of Venture Investing and Capital Market Access


Startup Iceland Closing Cocktail and Networking


June 2nd


9:00 – 12:00

Startup Iceland mentoring session with our distinguished speakers

Mentoring day at Reykjavik University