#CPHFTW IN NYC FOR #NORDICMADE SHOWCASE AND TOUR
A report from #CPHFTW Operations Manager, Ervin Szerdocz, representing #CPHFTW at the #NordicMade showcase and tour to New York City.
I arrived in JFK airport in New York late Sunday evening. From Copenhagen it is a 8,5 hours flight; a lot of time to be nervous and excited.
The Danish delegation arrived two days before the big day; opening NASDAQ at Times Square in New York. Monday we prepared for it at Lemonsqueeze, the entry point for Nordic startups to the US. CEO and founder, Mik Strøyberg was kind to host us in the amazing offices in Brooklyn.
The #NordicMade trip to New York is the second trip to NYC for Nordic tech startups and community builders and is arranged by the good people at Slush in Helsinki, Finland.
#NordicMade is an open collaboration platform between the five Nordic countries that was founded in Copenhagen back in 2014. Since then, it has grown into a brand and platform that startups and community organizations are backing.
This year the opening ceremony was also the official launch of Rising North, a €1.5 million fund to support the internationalization of the startup ecosystem in the Nordics over the next three years. I am excited to see what nordic initiatives will come out of the Rising North fund.
The honor of ringing the bell to open the stock market fell upon a danish representative, Pia Ella Elmegård, who has been part of both #NordicMade since inception as well as TechBBQ, the Danish innovation and startup summit that was just held in the Copenhagen Opera in September as a part of Copenhagen Tech Fest. TechBBQ also invited the #NordicMade representatives for Roundtable discussions, something that will happen again at this year’s Slush in the end of November/start of December.
And here we are; the Danish delegation at NASDAQ in Times Square.
It was amazing to be part of the opening ceremony! I’m proud to represent #CPHFTW to such a great event and I’m looking forward to our next activities in New York. First day was a big success!