London Tech Week took over the city this week with events across London. The SCC joined in on the celebrations by organising its pilot London Bootcamp with the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, culminating in the Tech Forum and Tech Fest at Google HQ. Bringing together the top minds from Swedish and UK tech, the activities focused on exploring the applications of future technologies and what makes them successful.
“It has been a fantastic week, and it has been so interesting getting to know each of the Bootcamp businesses. This week was really just the end of the beginning of their UK aspirations, and we have been very fortunate to play a meaningful part,” says Peter Sandberg, Managing Director of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK.
We kicked off the week by welcoming a delegation of Swedish tech businesses to our London Bootcamp Programme. Hosted in partnership with Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), the one-week accelerator programme brought together twenty Swedish businesses who met with leading experts and took part in group workshops and seminars aimed at preparing them for London’s business landscape. In addition, nine of the businesses were selected for a customised programme with individual meetings and introductions, tailored to their specific needs and interests.
On Thursday, the businesses, along with 200+ attendees and 40+ investors, gathered at Google HQ for Tech Forum and Tech Fest. During the forum, speakers from the realms of investment, start-ups, SMEs and large corporations gave their perspectives on new and existing technologies and how to unleash their potential in new applications. Keynote speakers Paul Murphy, Partner at Northzone, and Andrea Spaccapietra, CIO at Ericsson UK & Ireland, shared insights from their respective fields: the European tech and investment landscape and the potential of 5G.
The themes ‘Applying and scaling tech’ and ‘Investing in tech’ were explored during two panel discussions joined by experts from leading tech businesses. The accelerating pace of technological change shaping the financial services ecosystem was also discussed during a ‘Fireside chat’ between Josef Darmark, CPO at Trustly, and Luke Griffiths, VP & GM at Klarna. Lastly, the nine selected businesses from London Bootcamp pitched their businesses in 60 seconds. Congratulations to Precisely who won the pitching competition.
"We hope to see lots more of these businesses, and other start-ups too, and to find ways of supporting their entry and growth,” says Peter Sandberg.
The day ended with Tech Fest on Google’s rooftop. Participants enjoyed barbeque, drinks, live music and networking with views over London – a fantastic way to end the week.
A huge thank you from us at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to our sponsors Danske Bank, Goodwille, Google, Hogan Lovells and Trustly and to our collaboration partners Business Sweden, BVCA, Department for International Trade, Digital Catapult, SVCA and Tillväxtverket.