Nineteen Swedish startups are in Montréal to create new business opportunities in Canada and North America.
Scandinavian Startup Week is an initiative to introduce Scandinavian startups to international markets. The startups represent four business accelerators in Sweden – BizMaker, Företagsfabriken, Movexum and Kalmar Science Park.
First off, why does the program take place in Canada?
- Canada has a very offensive attitude towards innovation and a welcoming business climate with extremely favorable terms for companies wanting to do business there. We have put together a solid program and that our startups will succeed in establishing contacts with new customers, partners and interested investors, says Matts Nyman, Business Development Manager at BizMaker.
- We see that many companies have the capacity to expand globally directly, instead of starting in the Nordic markets, which is the most common strategy," says Kalle Blohm, Operations Manager at Kalmar Science Park's Incubator.
The program includes meetings with partners, investors and customers and visits to commercial offices, Canadian incubators and hubs for development. In addition to the official program, the startups are expected to book their own meetings with potential business partners and customers.
All the startups participating have been reviewed and selected to ensure the value of the program. One of the startups participating in the program is Orderalong from Företagsfabriken in Kronoberg,
Why are you participating in Scandinavian startup week?
- Our company Orderalong is facing the launch of a service that is suitable for growing internationally. In Canada there is over one million small businesses. The single largest group of them is within our target group - retailers and e-retailers, says Ola Karlsson, CEO of Orderalong.
For two hours every day the startups are offered to practice their pitchand get feedback from business advisors and business partners, to prepare them for the investment capital event at the end of the week. The event takes place at the Canadian incubator District3 where they get the opportunity to meet with startups from Canada.
One of our most important missions as a business accelerator is to provide the fastest way to sustainable international growth for startups, and Scandinavian Startup Week is an offer for our startups within the framework of that mission, says Ulrika Malmqvist, CEO of Movexum.
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