Swedish Startup Space

Uppstart, a proper castle party filled with drones, cyborgs and startups

Written by on February 17, 2015

If you are prepared to hop into a train, it only takes 38 minutes (to be exact!) to get from Stockhom to Uppsala. For the fourth time (and the first of 2015), Uppstart took place, this time at a castle. This was Uppsalas fourth event by Jason Dainter, the UK entrepreneur who has fallen in love with the city of Uppsala.

There were lots of people, a staggering 780 individuals had signed up for the event, making the event one of the largest tech startup meetups of its kind in the country. Attendees came from all over Sweden and even a few from overseas to attend and enjoy the free food and free beer.

Although being a grass root initiative, we have heard that the event had great support from by the city (Uppsala Kommun) from day one which is very encouraging for the future. Other partners include Nordcloud, Google Cloud Platform, Länsstyrelsen, .SE, Entrepreneurs Academy & Interactive Solutions.

Students, Startups, Entrepreneurs, Investors and members of the Press flocked to Uppsala Castle for a whole days worth of events.  25 startups came together for an elevator pitch in front of investors including Creandum, Lingfield AB, Priming Ventures, DP Lauren Invest, The Springfield Project, MOOR, STING and many more.

The main event included a session where Tim Jackson (UK based early stage technology investor, running Lean Investments) and Creandum did a panel interview on stage discussing early stage investment in the tech industry in Sweden.

During the main event there were other activities with drones flying around filming people, a live biohacking event on stage where someone was chipped live with an NFC biochip and a DJ who came from Estonia called Mash Machine that brought their live mixing table to power the evenings music.

To name some of the ‘VIP’s’ at the event,  the Mayor of Uppsala, Marlene Burwick, Paul Johnston the British Ambassador to Sweden, and Peter Egardt the Governor of Uppsala were all attending also.

“Finally Uppsala’s talented startup community is getting the recognition it deserves and I’m already planning some bigger and better things for the next event in 6 months time”

Jason Dainter, organiser is very happy about how the event played out:

“I’ve been absolutely amazed about how quickly Uppstart has grown in just 1 year, and am very humbled by how supportive both the tech startup community has been but also our increasing list of partners and sponsors that help us to keep putting these events on for free. Finally Uppsala’s talented startup community is getting the recognition it deserves and I’m already planning some bigger and better things for the next event in 6 months time!”

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