Freyr Friðfinnsson, international representative of KLAK – Icelandic Startups has taken a seat on the board of Nordic Innovation, but Freyr has been a deputy representative there since 2021.
Nordic Innovation is an organization that comes under the Nordic Council of Ministers and aims to make the Nordic countries pioneers for sustainable growth by promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and the competitiveness of Nordic companies. In addition, the goal of Nordic Innovation is to strengthen the common Nordic strategy, improve the global visibility and value of Nordic brands. The organization works to implement the policies of the Nordic prime ministers; that the Nordic countries will be the most sustainable and integrated region in the world in 2030.
Freyr Friðfinnsson has a master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovation management from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and has received training at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service in Boston. He came to establish KLAK VMS or KLAK Venture Mentoring Service earlier this year.
On behalf of KLAK, Freyr leads a pan-Nordic collaborative project called VC Challenge, which aims to train the next generation of fund managers, and is the liaison to the pan-Nordic TINC Silicon Valley business accelerator, which takes place twice a year in Kísildal. Freyr has been prominent in the startup environment in Iceland and has fostered an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship by helping startups grow and thrive. In addition, he has been a leader in connecting people in the business world with the start-up environment, both in Iceland and abroad.