Are you our next speaker?

Do you have an idea that could impact thousands of business leaders? Are you an aspiring keynote speaker?

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.

The winner is offered a spot on stage both at Nordic Business Forum 2020 and Oslo Business Forum 2020 with a 50,000 € fee for the speaking engagement.

Here’s how it works

Step 1. Applications

Applications are open to anyone, anywhere in the world until 14 February 2020! All presentations must be in English. You can apply to speak about topics relating to one of the following themes: Future of Work, Future of Marketing, and Disruptive Technologies for Business. You should be prepared to give a 12-minute speech on this topic.

Step 2. Qualifying Rounds

40 people will be selected by our judges to compete across five in-person qualifying rounds. Two contestants from each qualifying round will be selected by the jury to progress to the final round of the contest held in Oslo.


  • Helsinki 30 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Tallinn 31 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Stockholm 1 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Oslo 2 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30
  • Los Angeles 21 April 2020 17:30 – 20:30

From each qualifier, the top two will be invited to the final in Oslo.

Please note that all times are local to the city in which the qualifying round takes place.

Step 3. Final Round

Ten finalists will compete in the final round of the Speaker Contest. This round will take place in Oslo 28 May 2020 from 15:00 to 18:30.

Step 4. Winner

The winner will be invited to speak at Oslo Business Forum 2020 and Nordic Business Forum 2020 and be paid 15,000 € for the Oslo Business Forum speech and 35,000 € for the Nordic Business Forum speech.


To easily share the above information with your friend, download our Speaker Contest 2020 leaflet.

14 Feb
Application deadline

30 Mar
Helsinki Qualifier

31 Mar
Tallinn Qualifier

1 Apr
Stockholm Qualifier

2 Apr
Oslo Qualifier

21 Apr
Los Angeles Qualifier

28 May
Final Round in Oslo

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


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