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October 01, 2013

Hi folks,

I am happy to introduce StartupDigest, a newsletter that keeps you up to date with the latest news, community and events in your area. The Icelandic startup ecosystem is now part of the extensive StartupDigest network - check out the whole list here.

A total of 12 events in the first issue, not bad. If you are looking to get inspired, know best practices or extend your network take a look at this month's events. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the StartupDigest format. You can submit your event for consideration for next month's digest by following the link below or contacting me directly. And make sure to hit the subscribe button to follow next month's issues.

All the best and enjoy October!

Iceland StartupDigest is curated by:
Diljá Valsdóttir

Diljá Valsdóttir - Project manager at Klak Innovit

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TUE 01

Korka Awesomeness - October (0 kr.)

October 1st 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Korka is an online community of female entrepreneurs, which aims to connect women in entrepreneurship and build a platform for knowledge sharing. Korka Awesomeness is a monthly networking event featuring talks by entrepreneurs. On October 1st,  Margrét Jónsdóttir Njarðvík will give a talk on different form of tourism.

Café Mezzo, Lækjargata 2a, Reykjavik | View in Calendar

TUE 08

Nýsköpunarhádegi (0 kr.)

October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Nýsköpunarhádegi, organized by Klak Innovit entrepreneurship center, is a lecture series featuring talks by entrepreneurs and are held each Tuesday during lunch hour. On October 8th, Svana Helen Björnsdóttir CEO of Stiki and chairman of the Federation of Icelandic Industries, will give a talk on the challenges facing startups when growing out of Iceland. The lecture will be held in Icelandic.

Innovation House, Eiðistorg 13-15 | View in Calendar

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TUE 08

TEDxReykjavík brain-storming on speakers for 2014 (0 kr.)

October 8th 6:00pm – 7:00pm

TEDxReykjavík will be held for the fourth time in the spring of 2014. On October 8th there will be an open brain-storming session about speakers for the next event (tentatively scheduled for May). Join us in bringing forth ideas for thrilling personalities with innovative talks for the stage! Email for further information.

Innovation House, Eiðistorg 13-15, Seltjarnarnes | View in Calendar

WED 09

Sjálfsþekking, sköpunargleði og markaðssetning á Netinu (0 kr.)

October 9th 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Reykjavik University Centre for Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CRIE) introduces a course for entrepreneurs where self-awareness, creativity and online marketing will be taught. Every Wednesday for 5 weeks entrepreneurs will meet at Reykjavík University for two hours and discuss, do exercises on and listen to lectures on those topics. Event language is Icelandic.

University of Reykjavik | View in Calendar

WED 09

Create an exceptional business offering by designing unique experiences (49.900 kr.)

October 9th 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Creating exceptional experiences is key to getting noticed and being remembered! Amidst unlimited supply and stimuli, businesses compete harder than ever before for people’s time, attention and interest.  The ones who thrive exhibit bold originality and create unique experiences for their “raving fan” clients.  This fun and lively seminar teaches you about The Experience Economy and provides tools that help you identify and design unique experiences in your business and assists you in pinpointing and creating that extra “oomph” which will make your business offering exceptional and highly sought after. 

AUSTUR, Austurstræti 7, Reykjavik | View in Calendar

THU 10

Litla Ísland / Little Iceland (0 kr.)

October 10th 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Litla Ísland, or Little Iceland, is a new platform for small and medium sized businesses in Iceland. The aim of the venue is to better support small businesses and startups and to improve their business environment. You will meet entrepreneurs, the minister of industry and business, colleagues and people whose business it is to make your job easier.  The venue is organised by SA – The confederation of Icelandic enterprise.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut 2 Reykjavik | View in Calendar

FRI 11

Innovation in Health Sciences (0 kr.)

October 11th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The University of Iceland School of Health Sciences is holding an innovation conference for the first time this fall. The idea behind the conference is to give students and staff of the School of Health Sciences an opportunity to publicly present their innovation. Moreover the conference is supposed to give health scientists a platform to meet, greet and exchange ideas. The conference will be informal and participants will be able to present their work with presentations, posters, videos and prototypes. 

Radisson Hotel Saga, Hagatorgi Reykjavik | View in Calendar

WED 16

Fundaröð um vöruþróun (0 kr.)

October 16th 8:30am – 10:00am

Lecture series on product development, organized by DOKKAN and Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands.

Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands, Árleyni 8 (Austurholt), 112 Reykjavík | View in Calendar

FRI 18

ICE-TCS Pearls of Computation talk (0 kr.)

October 18th 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Yngvi Björnsson delivers a Pearls of Computation talk on John McCarthy

University of Reykjavik, Room V101 | View in Calendar

FRI 18

Startup Weekend Reykjavik (€20)

October 18th 6:00pm – October 20th 6:00pm

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1000 past events in 400 cities around the world. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 

University of Reykjavik | View in Calendar

THU 24

Iceland Design Centre Lecture series (0 kr.)

October 24th 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Iceland Design Centre Lecture series features talks by local and international designers and architects about their recent works and current topics within the industry. Iceland Design Centre Lecture series is organized in collaboration with Iceland Academy of the Arts and Reykjavik Art Museum.

Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Reykjavik | View in Calendar

MON 28

You Are in Control (Early bird ticket €62 / €93 / €124 )

October 28th 6:00pm – October 30th 4:00pm

The conference is a collaborative effort between Iceland’s creative industries to create a platform for discussion about opportunities in the changing marketplace. You are in Control aims to empower attendees with knowledge on how to capitalize in the fast changing digital distribution world by the sharing of knowledge across the various industries. You are in Control seeks to define new opportunities and business models in the digital space as well as looking into new consumer behaviour and marketing trends. The event prides itself on encouraging non-hierarchy networking as well as inviting an equal number of men and women to speak.

Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54, Reykjavik | View in Calendar

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