Searching for Aspiring Talents

Nordic Business Forum hosts together with Oslo Business Forum an annual Speaker Contest in which we hope to discover ingenious talent, innovative concepts, and intriguing perspectives from professionals and first-timers alike. During the last three years, we’ve received hundreds of applications from around the world. The winners have gotten a proper speaking fee and of course, the opportunity to step on stage to inspire our event guests.

Speaker Contest 2020 is canceled

With heavy hearts, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Speaker Contest due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Oslo Business Forum on the 23-24 September was postponed due to the situation in Norway, and it still remains to be unclear whether the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki can be held this year in September because of the pandemic. It is also clear that many of our contestants would not be able to travel for the contest. Thus, taking into consideration all the uncertainty and the travel restrictions, we came to the difficult decision of canceling the contest for this year.

We still want to highlight that we appreciate all the time and effort each contestant has put into the contest so far and are very sorry for all the inconvenience. We haven’t yet made any decisions for next year’s contest, but we will share the news as soon as we know.


Meet Previous Winners

Find out more about the winners of 2018 and 2019, who made it through the Speaker Contest, winning a spot on stage at our main event.

Anssi Rantanen

Winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest
Finland CEO at Growth Tribe Academy

James Hewitt

Winner of the 2018 Speaker Contest
Chief Innovation Officer at Hintsa Performance


“It was such a privilege to go head-to-head with other great speakers and to ultimately win the competition. I highly recommend participating – you’ll learn a lot about yourself in the process!”

– Anssi Rantanen, winner of the 2019 Speaker Contest


Organizers of the Contest

Main Partner

Local Partners

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