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Nordics vs. Israel: lessons and opportunities

4 September 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hey everybody! Just to make sure you find the event when you arrive today: as you enter the courtyard there is door number 2a on your right. That is the right door.

Come listen to Israeli and Nordic tech insiders discuss and debate the many differences and similarities between Israel and the Nordics – and the often overlooked opportunities for cooperation. Talking points:

– Access to funding
– Role of government
– Cultural elements
– Marketing
– Leadership style
– Talent pool

The event is in our classroom, door 2a.


Israel is known for its deeply innovative and fast-moving startup scene. Some 1,400 startups get created every year in Israel and the country boasts 94 Nasdaq-listed – the country with the second most companies registered – companies, which have an aggregate $70 billion billion market cap. While the Nordics have built massive multinational companies, the region is not yet known for a dynamic startup scene, similar to Israel.

However, Israel is not known for building big companies, as many exit early or are sold to international giants, and the country has can learn from the Nordic ability to build persistently and patiently companies that dominate their respective industries.

Panelists (2-3 more to be added)

Dennis Mitzner is a journalist and writer, originally from Helsinki, but based in Tel Aviv. With almost a decade in journalism, from managing editorial teams to investigative journalism to leading content teams for tech startups, Dennis is best known for his reporting for TechCrunch on Nordic and Israeli tech. Dennis is the head of editorial at The Nordic Web and a frequent guest on i24News where he provides commentary of recent tech trends. Dennis opines about tech trends, and the junction between tech, politics and culture for a number of publications, including InfoWorld, TheNextWeb and VentureBeat.

Itai Elizur is the COO at Inbound Junction, a content marketing agency specializing in helping startups and business increase their online visibility. Prior to joining the Inbound Junction team, Itai worked as a Creative Manager at Wix.com, and as the Director of Marketing at Infolinks, the 3rd largest website network in the world. Itai specializes in helping business develop and optimize large-scale user acquisition strategies through content, brand messaging and marketing automation. Itai is an active public speaker in the Israeli and European tech scene and a regular contributor at The Next Web, SmallBizTrends and AllBusiness.com. Originally from Helsinki,


4 September 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Maria 01
Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Helsinki, 00180 Finland


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