Iceland’s most exciting startups are joined by thought leaders from the Foundry Group, Union Square Ventures, Portland Seed Fund and the Kauffman Foundation to share insights on creating a dynamic environment for innovation.
The second annual Startup Iceland international entrepreneurs’ conference will take place in Reykjavik on June 1-4, 2013 and showcase the best and most exciting startups in Iceland today. Icelandic entrepreneurs Dr. Thor Sigfusson, Helga Waage, Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir will also speak.
The first two days of Startup Iceland will consist of a hackathon, taking place at the University of Reykjavik, where teams of talented people come together to hack compelling solutions, which at the end of the event will have the potential to be a business.
Day 3 is the Startup Iceland Unconference with breakout sessions on specific industries and disciplines determined by the participants as it relates to Entrepreneurship, Startup Ecosystems and Value Creation. The fourth and final day will feature presentations and discussions from key influencers within Iceland and from Startup Communities around the world to take place at the award-winning Harpa Conference and Events center.
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.
Confirmed speakers include: President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and US Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga; Brad Burnham, Founder, Union Square Ventures; Damon Berger, Co-founder and CEO, What’s Trending; Cindy Gallop, Founder, IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn.tv; Vala Halldorsdottir, Co-creator, The Startup Kids; Rebeca Hwang, CEO, YouNoodle; Angela Jackson, Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund; Joshua Kauffman, Principal Collaborator, Qualified Self movement; Shira Lazar, Host and Executive Producer, What’s Trending; Jason Mendelson, Co-founder and Managing Director, Foundry Group; Ryan McIntyre, VC, Foundry Group; Noah Ross, Partner and Executive Creative Director, Launchpad Advertising, John Sechrest, Seattle Angel Conference; Dr. Thor Sigfusson, Founder, Iceland Ocean Cluster; Nicholas Nassim Taleb, Author, “The Black Swan” and “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder”; Alex Torrenegra, Founder, VoiceBunny; Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir, Co-creator, The Startup Kids; Helga Waage, Co-founder Mobilitus; Melanie Weinberger, Founder and CEO, Fit Steady; Matt Wilson, Co-founder, Under30Media; and Ted Zoller, Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation;