The Environment of Innovation & the Future of Venture Capital

In Boston, MA on May 10th, 2016 @ 8:15 a.m.

The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the American-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce to host a conference focusing on the environment of innovation and future outlook on venture capital. The panel will also discuss potential opportunities between Iceland and the Greater Boston Area.
The conference chair is Jon Sigurdsson, Chairman, Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO, Össur. Moderating the panel is Magnus Thor Torfason, Assistant Professor, University of Iceland School of Business. 
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 | 8:15 - 11 AM
  • WHERE: Cambridge Innovation Center, 121 Devonshire, Boston, MA 02109 (Located right next to the entrance and lobby of 50 Milk Street, where CIC Boston is based).
  • REGISTRATION: Eventbrite
  • PRICE: Free


8:15-9:00am –Light breakfast and networking

9:00-9:10amLilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

9:10-9:30amHjalmar Gislason, VP of Data, Qlik. The Environment of Innovation

9:30-9:50amTodd Hixon, Managing Partner, NAV.VCThe Future of Venture Capital

9:50-10:50am –Panel discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Magnus Thor Torfason, Assistant Professor, University of Iceland School of Business

-Geoff Mamlet, Managing Director, CIC, President, Impact Hub Boston

-Hjalmar Gislasson, VP of Data, Qlik

-Todd Hixon, Managing Partner, NAV.VC

-Kjartan Olafsson, Founder/CEO, Volta Labs Venture Development

-Helga Valfells, CEO, NSA Ventures

-Stuart Levinson, CEO, co-founder, OpenCompany

10:50-11:00am –Summary


The Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) is a membership organization founded in New York in 1986. The chamber promotes the development of business and trade between the United States and Iceland through membership networking events, business conferences and other occasions in which leaders of the business and government participate. IACC´s day-to-day operations are managed by the Iceland trade office at the Consulate General of Iceland in New York. 

Corporate SponsorsÖssur, Icelandair, Eimskip and siggi’s dairy

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