The opening of New York’s Nordic Innovation House.

Nordic Innovation House opened its second U.S. location in Midtown New York City, this September. The opening night soiree at Grand Central’s WeWork offices drew businesspeople, ministers, and government officials. Ministers from all five Nordic Countries spoke about their countries as hubs of innovation thanks to dynamic public school systems and shared ideals of openness, inclusiveness, creativity, and cooperation.

Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, spoke specifically to the Nordic business landscape, crediting Sweden’s social-security safety net for the country’s strong startup culture. Swedes’ focus on sustainability, she said, gives them a competitive marketplace advantage, while the nation’s policies foster entrepreneurial risk-taking.

With branches in Silicon Valley and New York City, Nordic Innovation House acts as both a landing and laun

ch pad for early-stage Scandinavian startups. NIH provides programs to accelerate ideas and growth, as well as logistical support in the form of office space, seminars, and networking opportunities.

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