About the Speaker Contest

Our Speaker Contest is a relatively new event, with the first of its kind being held in 2018. Over 184 people applied to our contest in 2019, 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 2019. Anssi Rantanen 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.


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.

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

Contest Information

For General Applicants

Our contest rules are quite simple: stay on topic, stay professional, and stay kind. We aim to create an encouraging and positive experience for everyone involved at each stage of the contest, and we are supportive of all participants from all backgrounds.

Nordic Business Forum will not cover your travel to the qualifying rounds. If you are selected from the open applications for our qualifying rounds, you will need to plan for your own travel and accommodation to and from the qualifying round. If you are selected for a qualifying round, you will be invited to a virtual coaching session for your presentation, courtesy of our partner MySpeaker.

For Finalists

You will receive a travel stipend from Nordic Business Forum as well as an online coaching session with one of our board members. The coaching session is meant to give you individual feedback and suggestions for improvement ahead of the final round to help you up your game. If you are selected for our final round, one of our team members will be in touch with you to arrange this session.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at info@nbforum.com for further information.