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Startup Iceland 2016

Reykjavík, Harpa Center – May 30, 2016

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Startup Iceland 2016 – Startup Communities 2.0 – Scaling and Return on Communities


May 29th

18:00 – 20:00

Bala Kamallakharan and Mikko Jarvilehto

Teqhire Sponsored Startup Iceland/Ultrahack Online Hackathon Launch at Bryggjan Brugghús


May 30th

Master of Ceremonies – Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson (Jónsi)

08:00 – 08:30

Registration and Networking

Badge pickup, registration, walk-ins (Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center)

08:30 – 08:35

Bala Kamallakharan

Welcome to Startup Iceland 2016

08:35 – 08:45

President of Iceland – His Excellency Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Opening speech

08:45 – 08:55

US Ambassador of Iceland Robert C. Barber

The Ambassador will present our guests from the US

Scaling and New Markets

09:00 – 09:15

Hjalmar Gislason, VP of Data at Qlik

From scaling a startup to scaling a product for a listed company

09:15 – 09:30

Xiaochen Tian, CEO TravelShift and co-founder Guide to Iceland

How can you attract the Chinese Customer and open the Asian Market

09:30 – 09:45

Jessie VanderVeen, CMO, Head of Legal at Tempo

Scaling Intrapreneurship Internationally from Iceland, story of how Tempo grew from a small project team to a company with more than 75 employees in multiple countries. The talk will address some of the challenges as a scaling company in Iceland, and some of the lessons learned

09:45 – 09:50

Startup Pitch 1

Startups will do their 90 sec pitch

09:50 – 10:20

Coffee Break/Networking

Technology the X factor to Scaling

10:20 – 10:35

Scott Caruso, Founder Pure Color

How to disrupt the Paint industry

10:35 – 10:50

Jud Valeski, CTO Techstar

Data and Technology

10:50 – 11:05

Magnus Bjornsson, Oracle

Tale of Two Startups; Entry and Exit –  Magnus will share his experience starting his own company (Aet) and then the end of Endeca as a startup when Oracle acquired it.

11:05 – 11:10

Startup Pitch 2

Startups will do their 90 sec pitch

Scaling in Iceland

11:10 – 11:25

Gudrun Hafsteinsdottir, CEO Kjörís and Chairman of the Federation of Industries, Iceland

Story of Kjöris

11:25 – 11:40

Brandur (Brassi) Karlsson

Frumbjörg – Responding to your environment

11:40 – 11:45

Startup Pitch 3

Startups will do their 90 sec pitch

11:45 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:15

Þorvarður Sveinsson

How the Vodafone Platform can help you scale your business

13:15 – 13:30

Ragnheiður H. Magnúsdóttir

Marel’s venture in ecommerce

Global Startup and Entrepreneurship Movement

13:30 – 13:50

Ingrid Vanderveldt

Empowering a Billion Women

13:50 – 14:15

Fireside chat with Mark Solon and Jenny Fielding

Impact of Techstars and accelerators around the globe

14:15 – 14:40

Founders Panel

Founders perspective on Scaling and Funding

14:40 – 15:05

Investor Panel

Funding for Scaling – Discussion on How, What and Why


Einar Gunnar Gudmundsson/Salome Gudmundsdottir

Startup Reykjavik 2016 Team Announcement

Mikko Järvilehto – Executive Producer Ultrahack

Ultrack and Startup Iceland

Bala Kamallakharan

Closing Speech

20:00 – 22:30

Startup Iceland Invite only Dinner

Dinner Hosted by NSA Ventures


May 31th

09:00 – 12:00

Startup Iceland mentoring sessions with our distinguished speakers

Mentoring Day at Reykjavik University


Nordic Startup Awards – Welcome Drinks

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center – Norduljos