Hi everyone!

A while back, in September, I got the chance to attend STHLM TECH FEST with the help of KTH Innovation. I thought I would share my experiences of this event with you.

This was my very first time attending STHLM TECH FEST. The first day I was there, on Monday the 4th of September, I got to witness a panel discussion with the co-founder of Klarna, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the head of Nordics and Baltics of MasterCard, Sasha Krstic, the co-founder of iZettle, Jacob De Geer, and the CEO of Bambora, Johan Tjärnberg. They spoke about the future of the world of fintech and of the difficulties that lie ahead.


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After that there was a city pitch held about the opportunities for Swedish startups and companies to open up offices in Poland. The person giving the pitch was trying to convince Swedish companies such as Truecaller and Klarna into setting up offices in Krakow and Warszawa. It was good to see how a pitch might be done in real life with the pressure of having a room filled with people criticizing your idea.

 

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After attending a couple of these panel discussions and pitches I made sure to check out the fair. There I had the chance to speak to a couple of company representatives from the start-up that some of you might have heard of, Stilla. What they are offering is a product called Stilla Motion that you put on any of your belongings that you would like to protect from being stolen and such, wether it is your backpack or wallet. This device connects to your mobile device through the Stilla app and an alarm goes off on your smartphone when your belongings are being moved. What I think is a really interesting feature is the fact that, in the app, you can adjust how sensitive the movement sensor in the Stilla Motion device is and it also has many more adjustable settings. If you want to know more about Stilla visit: https://wearestilla.com.

Lastly, I would just like to comment on the fact that KTH Innovation has been able to do a great thing by providing free tickets to KTH students who want to attend the STHLM TECH FEST. As one of our guest lecturers, Tobias, mentioned previously in his presentation to the class, it is very important that we create platforms and meeting places where different people can meet and interact, because we want to be able to take advantage of the synergies that arises when this happens. I would hope that in the future more students get the chance to attend STHLM TECH FEST and similar events. In november I will also be attending the STHLM TECH MEETUP, so I am really looking forward to that.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this! Let me know if you’ve been to STHLM TECH FEST before or anything similar to it 🙂

 

All the best,

Houda Abu Zeid

Hi everyone!

Some of you might have already read about a couple of us taking the course going together to the same startup-event, StartUp Bar Stockholm, organized by ‘Starta och driva företag’ and I wanted to make a post sharing my experience and thoughts of the event with you.

This was my first time attending a startup-event and I have to say that it was very exciting and thrilling. As this was a new thing for me I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the event but my main focus was to go there and try something I haven’t tested before and also gain some knowledge from it.

The first thought that entered my mind upon entering the event was that the crowd there was a bit older and from different walks of life. There were all types of people there, from those looking for additional members to add to their startup to those looking to showcase their inventions and innovations. During the event I had the privilege to talk to many different people, one of them was a physician who was showcasing a laser device that he claims aids people’s recovery and helps with any type of pain one might feel in the body. He talked about how the use of this sort of device was very common among American athletes and that he was looking for a partner to help him with the distribution of this device. Another person that I talked to was a tech guy who was working on developing a very interesting and fun app that can be used for creating music.

All in all I had a very lovely time at this event, I got the chance to speak to a lot of new people and get inspired by so many of them. I think one of the main points that I will take with me from that event is that networking is a vital part of being an entrepreneur or actually it is important for everyone looking to further their career and create exciting opportunities. As I’ve mentioned earlier, this was my first time attending a startup-event and I really enjoyed it so I definitely want to go to many more of them in the future as well.

 

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All of the attendees got to pick out stickers to wear that best described why they were attending the event

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Houda Abu Zeid