New Nordics Pitch Competition -
Grand Final 2023

Welcome to the grand final

: November 29, 2023

Location: arcade 5 Arena, Helsinki, Finland

During the Slush week

We're thrilled to announce that after a fierce competition, AKIRA Science, representing Sweden, has emerged as the Grand Champion of the New Nordics Pitch Competition Grand Final.

In an electrifying showdown, 6 innovative startups showcased their groundbreaking ideas before an esteemed jury of VC's and angel investors.

The winning startup not only claims the prestigious New Nordics Grand Champion Trophy but also seizes the coveted Talk the Walk award, generously provided by our collaborator Infobip, granting them €5,000 in Infobip products and credits.

This momentous event, hosted by Silicon Vikings in collaboration with Platform6, Business Helsinki, Latitude59, Startup Estonia, Maria01 and Hanken Business Lab, brought together entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem actors from the New Nordics and Silicon Valley.

As we celebrate the success of this year's champions, we invite you to envision your own journey in the entrepreneurial revolution of the New Nordics. Stay tuned, and join us in shaping the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in the New Nordics!

2023 Grand Final Winner

"Winning this trophy brings us immense satisfaction and motivation. We encountered strong competition among exceptional innovators from across the Nordics, and we were impressed by the high-caliber judges representing prominent VC funds and world-leading companies.

Our aim is to provide the AkiMed-c12 implant to breast cancer survivors, and winning this competition undoubtedly aids us in advancing our technology platform.

During Slush, we quickly recognized the reputation of Silicon Vikings, where we gained significant traction. We enthusiastically encourage fellow entrepreneurs to apply for the next edition of this competition

Álvaro Morales López, CEO of AKIRA Science.

Grand Final Judges

Erik de Stefanis

Parter at 
​​​​​​​Interlace Ventures

Triin Hertmann

Angel Investor and
​​​​​​​Founder of Grünfin

Kerstin Cooley

Managing Ventures at 
Brightly Investments

Dr. Diana Nanova

Customer Engineering Manager at 

Evelina Anttila

Managing Partner at ​​​​​​​

grand final Competitors



Fireside chat panel


Tanya Horowitz - Butterfly Ventures


Topias Soininen - Failup Ventures

a special Thanks to our local
​​​​​​​event hosts and collaborators

A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors