Est. 2007

14 years of history

Arctic15 is the most effective matchmaking startup event in Northern Europe. The focus is on making deals and quality networking. The 2-day event brings together a focused international crowd of startups, investors, corporates, media and influencers.

15 Tracks are focused on various industries, technologies and topics ranging from Digital Health and AI to Social Impact and Scaling. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is one-on-one meetings in Deal Room.

The event is organized by ArcticStartup, a startup media covering Nordics and Baltics since 2007.

15 Principles

These 15 principles are guides that will help you get the most out of the event, treat them seriously and good results will follow


We do not believe in unicorns or the rockstar mentality of startup entrepreneurs. Instead – we want to see real businesses that solve real problems. At Arctic15 we do not chase Unicorns, we breed Alpacas. Stay real, talk about actionable business.


“Someone who lives in the now and always takes corrective action with full personal responsibility.” – this is our definition of an entrepreneur and we live by it. You don’t have to have a company to abide by this principle.

Personal Responsibility

At Arctic15, you get what you put in. Make it your responsibility to use the event to the full. Fill out your ticket profile, register for workshops, speed-dating sessions. Start using deal-room as soon as possible (Access opens two weeks before the event.). Prepare.


There should not be a moment at Arctic15 when you do not take action. There is always something to do, and if you find yourself in a moment when you do not know what to do next, take action and change that.


If you come to Arctic15, you are not a by-stander. Participate, engage with people, start conversations. We give you permission to approach anyone and just start talking.


We focus on quality, not quantity. Choose one or two favorite speakers, most relevant workshop, the track that you must listen to, the one amazing person that you have met. Think long-term and look for quality in everything that you do.


The event only lasts two days. Make the best out of it by preparing, filling up your calendar, booking meetings, and being efficient, healthy, and well rested.


You are not the drop in the ocean, you are a mighty ocean in a drop. How you talk, act and engage, defines the world around you, and thus the entire community. We encourage you to give your best to the community, and it will respond accordingly.


At Arctic15, we want to go beyond just business, beyond funding rounds, and business deals. We want to help you find real friends and business partners. So, do not just pitch your agenda/business. Ask questions, ask for advice, go beyond.


We bring the matchmakers to the event, to help you find and meet relevant people, but why not act as a matchmaker yourself? Found someone from a big bank, that should meet a startup you just had a meeting with? Introduce them.


Present the facts, do not deceive, do not boast or create false-claims. Be honest.


During Arctic15, we are all equal. We do not look at any differentiating factors, act and think accordingly. Everyone is a part of the event equally: speakers, investors, startups, volunteers, staff, chef’s. Everyone can benefit.


If you take the time to come to the event, make it a priority to be fully present at the moment. Please, do not book external meetings or Skype calls. Do not work on something that needs to be taken care of in a few days. Be present.

Minimum Viable Simulation

Arctic15 is a mirror for your success in business and your own life. How well you do here will show you, how well you can do within your business at this given moment in time. It is a simulation. Participate and get the most out of it.

Principle Acceptance

We have a principle that is all about accepting our principles. Should something feel out of place, we go back to this one and see if we have truly accepted all the other principles. You should too.

Our story

When we inherited ArcticStartup and Arctic15, we wanted to change things around. One day we sat down for a brainstorming day and asked ourselves “how can we make everything different” about an event? This led to many new things: The Deal Room, speed-dating sessions, workshops, demo stand posters, training E-Mails, and much more.

Over the years, we have seen many other events adopt these ideas and we could not be happier about it – as we believe that events are at the heart of business and entrepreneurship. Be it startup events, professional fairs, small networking breakfasts – events bring people together. People do business. The logic is simple.

What we saw is that there was an opportunity to take this to the next level by solely focusing on quality matchmaking and networking and that is how the current vision of Arctic15 was born. Quality matchmaking and real deals – no matter the cost.

Today, Arctic15 is a startup business event which gathers 1500-2000 attendees every year. This year we aim for 300+ investors, 450+ startups, 150+ corporates, a maximum of 2000 attendees and again – the name of the game will be “Deal Room”. This is a unique matchmaking solution that makes it easy & efficient for you to meet as many relevant investors or potential clients as you can.

P.S. The name comes from the fact that originally it started out as a pitching competition that was gathering the TOP 15 startups from the Nordic and Baltic region. The competition is still up and running but it has changed its form into Funding Program. It focuses on connecting angel investors to successful startups from the region to negotiate cross-border syndicate investments.

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