Application deadline passed
The Speaker Contest Is Back!
Together with Business Forum Group, we're hosting our annual Speaker Contest in which we hope to discover new ingenious talent, original concepts, and thought-provoking perspectives from professionals and first-timers alike.
The winner of the contest gets to give a keynote to thousands of business leaders at Nordic Business Forum 2023, Oslo Business Forum 2023, and Amsterdam Business Forum 2023, and receives a 50,000€ speaker fee.
Over the course of the contest, we will pick 24 contestants to speak online at 4 semifinals. One person from each semifinal will continue to the final. Additionally, our jury will pick a runner-up to compete at the final after the semifinals have finished. From those 5 finalists, our jury will pick the winner.
The Application deadline:
Sunday, January 22nd, 23:59 EET
What Is the Speaker Contest?
The aim of the Speaker Contest is to find and promote new talent, ideas, and perspectives. This year, we are looking for a 12-minute keynote discussing innovation, leadership, or sustainability.
The winner of the contest will:
Give a keynote in front of thousands of business leaders at Nordic Business Forum 2023, Oslo Business Forum 2023, and Amsterdam Business Forum 2023
Receive a speaker fee of 50,000€ for doing the 3 keynotes
The contestants will share their ideas related to one of the following themes:
The 2023 Contest In a Nutshell
Speaker Contest 2023
Over the course of the contest, we will pick 24 contestants to speak online at one of the four different semifinal rounds. The winner of each semifinal will continue to the final. Additionally, our jury will select a fifth contestant after the semifinals, and the winner will be picked from those five finalists.
8 December 2022 - 22 January 2023
The results will be communicated on the 7th of February
Semifinal 1, Wednesday 8 March, 10:00-12:00 EET
Semifinal 2, Wednesday 8 March, 14:00-16:00 EET
Semifinal 3, Thursday 16 March, 10:00-12:00 EET
Semifinal 4, Thursday 16 March, 14:00-16:00 EET
Note: All semifinals will be held remotely with a jury and contestants will dial-in.
Helsinki, Wednesday 10 May, 17:00-21:00 EEST
Note: the final will be held physically with an audience and is also streamed live.
26-27 September 2023: Oslo Business Forum
27-28 September 2023: Nordic Business Forum
29 September 2022: Amsterdam Business Forum
Who Goes Forward?
Meet the Semifinalists
The themes and keynote titles will be published in the coming weeks.
March 8th Session 1
March 8th Session 2
March 16th Session 1
March 16th Session 2
Speaker Contest 2023
How to Apply
1 | Find your idea. Take some time to identify the idea that you want to use as the foundation of your presentation. Ideally, it’s a topic in which you are an expert so you can talk about it with confidence.
2 | Write down your pitch. Use your storytelling skills to walk us through how you plan to convey your idea to the world. What is the idea in short? Why is it important for business leaders, also on an individual level? Outline the concept and your presentation from start to finish (Remember, the language is English!)
3 | Film it! Record a short (1-4 minute) preview of your talk. Speak in English, try to relax, and show us your presentation style. Keep in mind that the length of your actual presentation should be 12 minutes in the qualifying round and 12 minutes in the final. Use this video to support your written application.
4 | Upload your video and fill in your application. Enter your details, copy over your written summary and video URL ready, and select your preferred semifinal date. (Remember, please make sure that the video is behind a link that we can access.)
5 | Hit submit and wait! After submitting your application, just wait. We will be in touch with all the candidates by 7 February.