Last week we visited two Scandinavian startup hubs in two freezing cold but warmly welcoming Nordic capitals: Stockholm and Oslo. Our staff got to meet with super cool people from around the Nordics and Europe: entrepreneurs, professionals, ecosystem builders, designers, and innovators. And we got some great breakfast!

Enjoying smoothies at H2 Hub Stockholm

 

Our first visit was to the brand new H2 Health Hub in Stockholm. The H2 Health Hub is conveniently located in the buzzing center of Stockholm, in the hip district of Vasastan.

The breakfast seminar we were arranging was the very first event to take place at H2 Health hub. The guys from Digital Health Stockholm are still giving some finishing touches to the venue, but we could already tell that it’s going to be an awesome working space for any health startups.

Sebastien discussing the future of healthcare at H2

Our cofounder Kenneth started the event talking about the startup dos and don’ts of working with big corporates. We had also the pleasure of having representatives from our partners Samsung and Sonera to join us on the stage. Samsung Nordics Vice President of Marketing Marko Nurmela and TeliaSonera Head of Healthcare Niklas Sundler talked about working with startups and the partnerships with Vertical.

Stockholm really is the capital of Scandinavia, at least when it comes to insightful people. We had a great discussion with Per Lek, Paul Beatus, and Anna Frejd from Stockholm life, and checked out the interesting new startup accelerator Frogleap with Elin Mignérus, just to mention some of the cool people we met.

We spoke on MESH Norway stage

On Friday we travelled to Oslo, the capital of the land of fjords. We arranged an afternoon event with MESH Norway, the Nordic Creators’ Community. The event took place at their coworking space in the stylish centre of Oslo. The MESH venue is a former bar, and you can really feel the cool vibes at the place. The space is a multipurpose venue and can fit any types of events.

We were glad to meet exciting Nordic startup players including Rolf Assev from Startup Lab, Kathrine Myhre from Oslo Medtech, Kriszti Tóth of MESH Norway, and Helen Gjester from Innovation Norway.

Our cofounder Sebastien gave some tips on applying for a startup accelerator program. Carl Kallen, the Country Head B2B Mobile at Samsung Nordics, also joined us on stage.

 

Ambitious, skilled, and international people. Thriving startup ecosystems and hubs. Synergies and co-operation over national borders. After visiting the two cool venues and meeting with dozens of interesting people, it’s easy to say that Nordics are currently the best place to found a startup!

If you want to conquer the Nordics and ignite something hot, now is your chance! Application period for Vertical Spring 2016 Program is open for few days, apply before January 31st!

 

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