Do you have what it takes to be a Nordic Business Forum speaker?

Are you working on the next big thing? Have you got an inspiring speech that you have always wanted to try out in front of an audience?  Do you think you have what it takes to speak in front of thousands of people?

If you answered yes to all three questions, keep reading.

We are on the lookout for a game changer. Nordic Business Forum is hosting its annual Speaker Contest (formerly the Speaker Sourcing Contest) – with qualifying rounds in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo – in which we hope to discover ingenious talent, innovative concepts, and intriguing perspectives from professionals and first-timers alike. Speakers who impress the judges and make it to the final round will compete to win €30,000 and a spot in the speaker lineup for Nordic Business Forum 2019.

We are looking for ideas that connect to innovation, marketing, and leadership. Are you on the edge of a big business breakthrough? Have you bottled success into a teachable method? Do you have a passion project that needs to be shared with the world? We want to hear from you!

On this page, you will find rules and criteria for applying as a speaker, as well as a set of important dates that applicants and viewers alike should keep in mind.

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Nordic Business Forum is on the lookout for a game changer. Could it be you?

Important Dates

These are the important dates that you need to put in your calendar now to make sure you can participate in the 2019 Speaker Contest. You can see a full timeline for the event below.

If you’re interested in applying for the contest, the deadline to submit your application is 31 January 2019 at 23:59.

We have three qualifying rounds for applicants to choose from. When submitting your application, you can pick any or all of the following dates:

  • Oslo on 12 March 2019, from 17:30 to 20:30
  • Stockholm on 13 March 2019, from 17:30 to 20:30
  • Helsinki on 14 March 2019, from 17:30 to 20:30

All times are local to the city in which the qualifying round takes place. Please note: Nordic Business Forum will not cover your transportation to and from the qualifying rounds. Two contestants from each qualifying round will be selected by the jury (comprised of the audience and Nordic Business Forum representatives) to progress to the final round of the contest.

The final round will take place on 23 May, from 17:30 to 20:30. The exact location will be confirmed soon.


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About the Contest

Our Speaker Contest (formerly the Speaker Sourcing Contest) is a relatively new event, with the first of its kind being held in 2018. Over 170 people applied to our inaugural contest, 24 people were selected to attend our live qualifying rounds, and one winner was selected by a jury of audience members and Nordic Business Forum representatives to join the speaker lineup at Nordic Business Forum 2018. James Hewitt was our winner and he was paid a 30,000 € speaking fee.

Some of the videos of our past speakers are available to watch on our YouTube page. You can also read the written recap from our Helsinki, Stockholm, and Oslo qualifying rounds, as well as the Stockholm final round in 2018.

About Nordic Business Forum 2019

Nordic Business Forum will host its 10th annual business and leadership conference by the same name in Helsinki on the 9th and 10th of October 2019 for thousands of C-level executives and business owners. Our 2019 main event will bring to the stage some of the world’s preeminent experts to discuss all things related to growth. There will be a strong emphasis on innovation, marketing, and leadership during the two action-packed days.

By attending NBForum 2019, you will uncover new solutions to overcome some of the biggest problems in business, discover how to apply new marketing strategies to tap into hidden potential, and learn how effective leadership can drive and sustain unprecedented company performance. It’s also THE place to network and talk business development. The opportunities presented by the diversity of our guests are unparalleled in the Nordics. You’re getting more than just a conference ticket — you’re getting access to some of the greatest business minds on the planet!

Nordic Business Forum is Europe’s leading conference organizer with events in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Learn more about NBForum 2019