How to Apply

If you’re interested in applying for the contest, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Find your idea. Take some time to identify the idea that you want to use as the foundation of your presentation. Try to make it something that would resonate with a Nordic audience. 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 inspired this idea? How does it connect to your profession? Is this a passion project? Outline the concept and your presentation from start to finish.
  3. Film it! Part of your application will include a short video presentation, which is a 1-4 minute preview of your talk. We’ll use this to gauge your presentation style and see what you look like when you’re talking about your chosen subject. Try not to parrot the exact same words that you wrote in your summary. Use this video to support your written application.
  4. Upload your video and fill in your application. Once you have the written summary and video file ready, upload the video to Vimeo or YouTube and fill in your application for the contest. You will be asked to enter your contact details (check these are correct so we can contact you!), as well as the pitch and the video URL.

Click submit and then wait for the confirmation email!

All applications are due 31 January 2019 at 23:59. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. In the meantime, make sure you read the important information.


Apply for the Speaker Contest 2019

Use this form to apply as a speaker for our 2019 Speaker Contest. Choose any of the qualifying rounds that you would be able to attend if you are selected by our judges. Please make sure that your contact information is accurate so we can contact you.

Speaker Contest 2019 - Speaker Registration

  • Please enter a country code followed by your number.
  • Explain your presentation in 30-240 seconds and upload the video to YouTube, Dropbox, or another platform to submit it here.
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Important Information

For general applicants, please note that we 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. 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.

For contestants who are selected for the final round, 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.

For more information, please contact

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.