Summit 2021 Highlights

The Nordic-US Food Summit 2021 was a great success. During the 3-day virtual event, there were 150+ unique attendees, 50+ speakers, 20+ partners and 21 selected Nordic companies from Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
To get a better idea of the content and impact the Nordic-US summit has on the food- and ag-tech ecosystem, see a summary of the 2021 summit below:

Comprehensive Pre-arrival Program

Preparing for a Successful US Market Entry

A pre-arrival package for all participating startups that included 1:1 pitch coaching, a legal support session and a US banking advisory session.

The program is an official part of the event that runs during the month of October - helping companies prepare for and make the most out of their attendance at the summit

Day 1: Nordic Startup Pitches & Keynotes


with Cecilia LifTrade Counselor at the Embassy of Sweden
Björn Oeste, Founder at Oatly & Good Idea Drinks


Moderated by Robert Strand, Executive Director, The Nordic Center at UC Berkeley


Day 2: Nordic-US Panel Discussions & Keynotes


Will Rosenzweig, Faculty Co-Chair at Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business  

  • PANEL | Nordic FoodTech Changing the World: Creating a Sustainable and Nutritious Food System For All

with Ingi Björn Sigurðsson, CEO at Brum Funding

Daniel Skaven Ruben, Head of Strategy & Special Projects at Stockeld Dreamery
Lauri Reuter, Partner at Nordic FoodTech VC
Analisa Winther, Host & Producer at Nordic FoodTech Podcast

Moderated by Marie Persson, Project Manager at Swedish Food Strategy coordination, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

  • FIRESIDE CHAT | Talent for impact: Attracting & growing a US team for success

with Andrea Tegstam, Director, International Practice & Executive Recruiter at Westwood & Wilshire
Mona Vaupel, Chief People Officer at Too Good To Go

Moderated by Christopher Grahn, Partner & Head of US Nordic Minds, Adj. Professor Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • KEYNOTE | The Road from 1M to 100M: Scaling Nordic Businesses in the US

with Carlos Altschul, CEO at N!ck's USA

  • PANEL | Lab to Table: Disruption in Future Foods R&D

with Christian Malmberg, Senior Research and Project Manager Food at Lantmännen 
Tommy Nylander, Co-founder Northern Lights on Food Initiative & Professor at Lund University
Rickard Oeste, Professor at Lund University, Co-Founder at Oatly & Founder Aventure
Susana C.M. Teixeira, SANS Instrument Scientist at University of Delaware & Guest Researcher at the NIST Center for Neutron Research 

Moderated by Pia Kinhult, Head of Host States Relations at ESS


Day 3: Nordic-US Food Summit Acceleration Event

  • KEYNOTE | Launching Startups in Foods for Health

Bruce German, Professor & Director of UC Davis Foods for Health Insitute

  • UC DAVIS PANEL | Opportunities for Developing Food and Biotech Innovation in Northern California

with Janine ElliotAssociate Director & Venture Catalyst  
Mike LemckeAssociate Director & Venture Catalyst
John Selep, President of AgTech Alliance & Angel Investor
Justin Siegel, Associate Professor & Director of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health


with Kalyn SimonPortfolio Manager at Elemental Excelerator
Brian Frank, General Partner at FTW Ventures

Peter Odemark, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Gullspång Re:food
George PanagiotakopoulosDirector of Global Innovation & Partnerships at Berkeley SkyDeck
Max Rye, Chief Strategist at TurtleTree

Moderated by Nate Salpeter, Ph.D., Co-founder at Sweet Farm Foundation, General Partner & SNØCAP

Previous attendees of the 2021 Nordic-US Food Summit​​​​​​​