Nordic Showcase will present six Nordic companies that are looking to become the next tech superstars.
Founder & CEO of Taxify
Markus founded Taxify when he was 19 and still in high-school. Now 4 years later, Taxify is the fastest growing ride-hailing platform in Europe & Africa with over 3 million customers in 20 countries. Markus got the presidential award for the Best Young Entrepreneur of Estonia and was featured as the youngest CEO in Forbes Baltics 30 under 30 list.
CFO & Co-founder of ICEYE
Pekka Laurila is the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE aims to launch and operate a constellation of micro-SAR satellites providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data. ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturized a SAR satellite, creating a unit that is 100x more cost- efficient than the closest counterpart. With the 18 satellite constellation, ICEYE will offer its partners a set of unprecedented surveillance capabilities, accessing an area or interest faster, more frequently and at lower cost.
As CFO, Laurila has been instrumental in establishing company-wide financial procedures and raising funds for ICEYE, which has now received over $15M in recent capital infusions. As a nordic native from Finland watching the Arctic ice caps melt, Laurila joined forces with Rafal Modrzewski to create synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) microsatellites in hopes of ensuring the sustainability of global warming research.
Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Laurila played an instrumental role in Finland’s Aalto University Nanosatellite Program, where he studied as a student of the Engineering and Geoinformation Systems program. Using this engineering and entrepreneurial experience, Laurila helped to co-found a spin-out company of Aalto University, which would later become ICEYE.
Camilla Hessellund Lastein
Founder and CEO of Lix
Camilla is the founder and CEO of Lix. At age 20 she dropped out of her own education to make education better for everyone else. Education still looks like a 100 years ago with only 2% of education digitalized. Netflix and Spotify came and won the film and music industry. That is what Lix will do for textbooks. In just 2,5 years, Camilla gathered an impressive team and raised a total of $7.5M from prominent investors such as David Helgason (founder of Unity), Anders Holch Povlsen (owner of Bestseller) and Tommy Ahlers (ZYB, Podio). Her mission is to make education personalised and accessible all over the world.
CEO of Symposium Stockholm
As the CEO of Symposium Stockholm and the Brilliant Minds Foundation, a two-day thought leadership-summit in Stockholm founded by Spotify founder Daniel Ek and Ash Pournouri, and a 365-day-year-round movement, Natalia Brzezinski curates a global community of creative entrepreneurs who want to make change and cutting-edge innovation together. We gather free thinkers from the worlds of technology, fashion, art, music and sustainable business, to challenge conventional thinking in business and society, as well as identify new drivers, incentives and components of innovation.
Natalia, is an experienced moderator, journalist, and communications strategist focused on building dynamic dialogue across numerous sectors and cultures. She has held senior roles in the U.S. Senate Press Office for Senator John Kerry, to The Huffington Post, to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden and is a
Senior International advisor to Kreab, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Stockholm with a global footprint in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Natalia is also the host of the new weekly podcast series, The Brilliant Minds Podcast, which is a Spotify original in collaboration with ABC News, in which she holds open and honest conversations with leading U.S. and international entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and disruptors that share a passion for leveraging creativity for social impact.
She is a Global-Editor-at-Large at Thrive, the new lifestyle and media platform launched by Arianna Huffington.
CEO & Co-founder of Meniga
Serial entrepreneur Georg Ludviksson co-founded Meniga in 2009 in the wake of the global financial crisis to help people better manage their finances. Georg has around 20 years of experience founding, building and managing global software start-ups including video game developer Dimon Software Ltd. in 1998 and real-time stock exchange simulator UpDown Inc. in 2007. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Vice President of Sales for Men & Mice, a provider of specialised network management software to many of the world's largest organizations. Georg holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Finance and a BS degree in software engineering from the University of Iceland.
Captain, EntrepreneurShipOne & Founder, Kahoot!
Johan is a co-founder of Kahoot!, under his leadership Kahoot! grew to a cultural phenomena that capture 40 per cent of US K12 classrooms each month and millions of business users. Making it one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands with over 50 million unique monthly active users.
His the founder and captain of EntrepreneurShipOne a zero emission pay it forward platform for the Nordic startup community launched at SLUSH 2016, and founding partner at We Are Human in London.
He has degree in Fine Art Photography, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and speaks regularly about the future of learning and enrepreneurship at events including SXSW, OECD, NOAH, Design Week & SLUSH. In 2015 Johan was awarded Founder of the Year at the Norwegian Nordic Startup Awards, and named on of the 100 most influential leaders in EdTech globally.
COO & Co-Founder at Karma
Hjalmar Ståhlberg Nordegren
MD + CEO & Co-Founder at Karma
Anita Schjøll Brede
Co-Founder & CEO at Iris AI
Anita does things she doesn’t know how to do.
She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Iris AI – an Artificial Intelligence that will read all of the world’s science and help us connect the dots. She is also a board member of Ulstein Group.
The past 10 years her career has spanned 9 industries including developing an e-learning tool in Silicon Valley, performing theatre for babies, reducing energy consumption in the process industry through heat exchanger network optimization, getting 30 (mainly middle-age male) engineers to dance to ABBA in front of their co-workers, facilitating solar light business creation in Kenya, being in the centre of several startups crashing and burning, organizing entrepreneurial conferences and trying to disrupt the recruitment industry. She also dropped by 6 universities on the way. And built a race car.
Summer 2015 she was admitted to the amazing Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, and her outlook on life, innovation, technology, the world and our future has not been the same since. Ask her to talk about AI, self-driving cars, genomics, robots, colonization of mars, personalized medicine and the general craziness of the future – and how we can use this craziness to make the world better – and you’ll make her very happy!
She has a passion for entrepreneurship and creating ventures, and it is the process in itself – starting from a vague idea and moving towards building something real that makes a difference in people’s lives – that inspires her. Another passion of hers is presentations and any kind of public speaking.
She is decently nomadic, though Norway is where most of her physical belongings are, and where she oddly feel somewhat at home.