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Helsinki Female Tech Founder Frontrunner 

Masterclass: How to raise finance and build diverse networks in the US

Supported by the “U.S. Embassy Finland Small Grants Program FY2022”

When: 16 November 2022, 9:30 - 16:00 EEST
Where: Marski by Scandic, Meeting room Ykkönen, Mannerheimintie 10, 
00100, Helsinki, Finland


09:30 - 10:00: Registration and Networking Breakfast

10:00 - 10:15: Welcome
Opening keynote by His Excellency, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland, Douglas Hickey 
and Jeanette Carlsson, Founder /CEO, Tech Nordic Advocates 

10.15 - 11.45: How to construct a pitch to US investors & fundraise in the US 

  • How to fundraise in the U.S., Investor expectations and finding the right investor(s)
  • Investor perspective: Jyri Engeström, Partner, Yes.VC
  • Case study:  ICEYE - Example of Finnish tech company which has raised funding in the US, Susan Repo, CFO

Session lead: Karina Sotnik, CEO, WorldUpStart

11:45 - 12.30: Networking lunch

12:30 - 13:30: Interactive roundtable discussion: “Fundraising - you have crafted your pitch and found the right investors, now how do you close the deal?"
U.S. Investor panel: Glen Gaddy, Managing Member, Robin Hood Ventures; Tanya Horowitz, Partner, Butterfly Ventures; Julie Liao, Principal, Yes.VC

Moderator: Karina Sotnik, CEO WorldUpStart

Building diverse networks in the U.S.

13:30 - 14:00: Nordic Innovation House New York and Silicon Valley and Women INNovation, Charles Lorum, Executive Director Nordic Innovation House New York

  • The U.S. market and why Networks are so important in the U.S. market
  • Nordic Innovation House New York & Silicon Valley
  • How Nordic Innovation House New York & Silicon Valley support Nordic companies
  • The 2023 Women InNovation Conference
    • Conference concept and details
    • Past speakers
    • Partnership with Tech Nordic Advocates
    • Why this is relevant for Nordic Female Tech Founders
  • Q&A

14:00 - 14:30: Building U.S. and Finnish networks across the U.S. and in New York City

Panel: Stephanie Rothman, SelectUSA and SelectGlobalWomeninTech, U.S. Department of Commerce; Taneli Elomaa, Counselor, Commercial and Trade Affairs, Consulate General of Finland, New York and Sascha Oswald, International & Strategic Partnerships, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

Moderator: Jeanette Carlsson, Founder/CEO, Tech Nordic Advocates

14:30 - 14:45: Closing of the session, Jeanette Carlsson, Founder/CEO Tech Nordic Advocates

14:45 - 16:00: Networking

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