The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, the Nordic Consuls, and the international business community are coming together to organize the first Nordic Commerce Conference in Colorado on September 21, 2018.
Mark your calendar for this full-day conference focused on promoting business opportunities and connections between the U.S. and the Nordic countries. The event will feature keynote speakers and presentations, a live video conference with experts in the Nordic countries, sector-specific discussion groups, and will end with an international networking reception and an exclusive Swedish crayfish festival in the evening.
Get your tickets here and if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or if you would like to promote your products and services, please contact us for more information on how to take part in the Nordic Commerce Conference.
Day Program Venue: CU Denver Student Commons Building 1201 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80204
Evening Program Venue: Marriott Springhill Suites (by CU Denver Campus) 1190 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Parking directions can be found on the Tickets page.
If you are interested in the Nordic markets and want to develop strategic business relationships, or if you are a Nordic company seeking to gain exposure to the U.S. market and the Rocky Mountain region, then this is the event for you.
Venue: University of Colorado - Denver, Student Commons, 1201 Larimar St.
Registration Desk Opens; Sign up for Sector Discussion Group and Speed Networking Table
Nordic Business Networking Breakfast | Sponsored by Hestra
Welcome, Overview of Events, Appreciation to Our Sponsors; Donald Peterson, Swedish Honorary Consul, Denver
Overview of Nordic economies, projected growth sectors, U.S.-Nordic trade and investment |
Aki Luukkainen, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles
Market Entry Roadmap | Marta Laurell, Attorney at Morris Law, Stockholm, Sweden
Moderator: Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders
Live web conference - Nordic Business Opportunities Sponsored by Coan Payton & Payne
Live web conference with commercial specialists from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland about major Nordic private and public infrastructure projects and ecosystems seeking international investment, products, services and technologies
Welcome remarks: Dr. Linda Bowman, Vice Provost and Vice Chancellor for Access & Achievement, CU Denver
Mailiina Turanlahti, Senior Director, North America, Business Finland
Rebecca Scheel, Director, Invest in Norway, USA
Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General & Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Iceland, New York
Sebastian Damm Wray, Investment Manager, Invest in Denmark, Consulate General of Denmark, New York
Robin Pettersson, Invest Manager, Infrastructure & Construction, Business Sweden, Stockholm
Fika (Coffee Break) | Sponsored by Taste of Denmark and Ogletree Deakins (Lobby)
Business Panel Discussion | Sponsored by Iceland Air
Nordic companies’ experiences and plans in the U.S. market; Nordic company representatives discuss their challenges entering the U.S. market and business expansion plans, including identifying partners, distributors, buyers, employees and technologies.
Hans Jespersen, Vice President, Vestas Blades America
Richard Goering, Senior Vice President, Sales & Operations, Bona AB
Jarle Sky, Chairman, Xledger
Dino Dardano, President, Hestra USA
Moderator: Television Host Ernie Bjorkman
Expo | Organizations exhibit their products and services (Lobby)
Introductory Remarks | Deborah Cameron, Chief Economic Development Officer, Denver
Nordic Cultural Fun Quiz
Keynote “Thriving in a Multicultural Business Environment” | Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders
Moderator: Juha Makikalli, Honorary Consul of Finland, Denver, USA
Sector Discussion Groups (Sign up for a sector discussion group at registration desk), Breakout Rooms on 4th floor
Energy & the Environment - Discussants: J.B. Holston, Dean, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Denver; Maria Brinck, President, Zynergy Coaching – Room 4125
Information & Communications Technologies - Discussants: Steve Suneson, Attorney, Coan Payton & Payne; Andreas Lidholm, Software Programming Specialist – Room 4119
Education & Training – Discussants: Michelle Carpenter, Chair, Visual Arts Dept., College of Arts and Media, CU Denver; Helle Hegelund, President, Hegelund Consulting – Room 4017
Retail & Recreation – Discussants: Dino Dardano, President, Hestra USA; Harpa Thordardottir, Owner, Iceland Outfitters – Room 4113
Speed Business Networking
U.S. and Nordic entrepreneurs, business people and students engage in short meetings to network and identify possible synergies. (Sign up at registration desk for one of six sector groups)
Coordinator: Ann Miller, Speed Networking Facilitator, Nordic Commerce Conference
Fika during networking and break (Coffee Break) | Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins (Lobby)
Venue: SpringHill Marriott, 1190 Auraria Parkway (walking distance from Student Commons)
Evening Reception Sponsored by New Belgium Beer and Sjoeblom Winery
Hotel Reception Ballroom, Second Floor
Performance by Nordic Dance Troupe
Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Nordic Dance Troupe by Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders
Remarks by His Excellency Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States
Introduced by Donald Peterson, Swedish Honorary Consul, Denver
Swedish Crayfish Festival Sponsored by Bona
With live Nordic music and “snaps” songs
Hotel Dining Ballroom, Second Floor
Prize Drawing, Donated by Maja Stefansdottir, Honorary Consul of Iceland, Denver
Awards Ceremony | Awards given to individuals and companies that “Enhance U.S.-Nordic Friendship and Commerce” - Media present
Presented by: His Excellency Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States