Christoph D. Kauter
Managing Partner @ Beyond Capital Partners
Head of Fund of Funds @ Vækstfonden
Mikkel is currently Head of Fund-of-Funds at Vækstfonden- the Danish state’s investment fund. By trade he is a well-renowned M&A lawyer and he has gained 6 years of private equity investing experience, which includes both direct venture capital investing and fund-of-funds investing. Mikkel has also worked at AP Moller-Maersk as well as he has taken on various roles as management advisor and start-up advisor. He has supplemented his law degree with IMD executive courses.
Managing Partner @ Fluent Digital Capital
Tatiana is Managing Partner of Fluent Digital Capital, a specialist fund of funds focusing on European early stage venture capital funds investing in digital technology. Before co-founding Fluent Digital in March 2015, Tatiana was Investment Manager at European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds. At EIF Tatiana has led investments into 16 European early stage and growth venture capital funds, including Felix Capital, Atomico, Balderton, Creandum, Sunstone and Prime Ventures. She also worked on the development of EIF’s new investment products and represented EIF at European Digital Forum. Before joining EIF in early 2011, Tatiana was contributing to the development of next generation mobile networks in various technical and business roles at Nokia.
Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments @ European Investment Fund
Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments, European Investment Fund
Patric Gresko is Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments. EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 3bn under management and a portfolio of over 220 venture capital funds. I lead a team that invests in early stage funds and manages a portfolio of venture capital funds representing total commitments of more than EUR1bn in all major technology sectors. With EIF’s Venture Capital team, I am further developing EIF’s activity by designing and implementing new innovative equity products, notably in the corporate venturing space. I am also responsible for the early stage window of the High Growth and Innovative SME Facility (GIF), a EUR 550m mandate funded by the European Commission for supporting emerging and innovative venture capital funds. I started my career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.
Managing Partner @ Conor
Jari Mieskonen, Managing Partner
With almost two decades of experience in technology financing, Jari has seen the ups and downs of the industry many times over. His ability to put things in perspective helps entrepreneurs understand the undercurrent and maintain focus on the essential.
Prior to Conor, Jari worked as Founding Partner at Eqvitec Partners, a Finnish venture capital company, and as Investment Director in charge of seed and early stage investments at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.
He has served as a board member in several early stage venture funds and numerous start-up companies. Jari is now most actively involved with Crystalsol and TactoTek.
Read more and connect with Jari Mieskonen on Linkedin.
Co-founder & Partner @ Earlybird
Dr. Christian Nagel is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird.
Christian has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: TIM) and Interhyp AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: IYP), which returned more than 50x the original Earlybird investment. Up till the trade sale to SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) he also served on the board of BridgeCo AG. He is currently on the boards of Auctionata (Berlin), Bonagora (Berlin), Cashboard (Berlin), LiquidM (San Francisco/Berlin), Number26 (Berlin), Smava (Berlin), Ubitricity (Berlin) and Versus (Berlin).
Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt (the former East-German state holding) and gained operational experience. He was a shareholder and an Executive Director of HNP Präzisionsteile GmbH & Co. KG, SMB Industrieholding GmbH, DH Industrieholding Hohenthurm GmbH and a number of other subsidiary companies of these holding companies.
Previously, Christian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries.
He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Industrial Engineering, MSc equivalent) from the Technical University of Hamburg, specializing in process engineering and a PhD degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.
Principal @ DN Capital
Lawrence is a Principal at DN Capital, based in the London office. He focuses on early stage investments in consumer internet. His portfolio includes companies such as Purplebricks (online estate agency, IPO), SHIFT (social media marketing platform, acquired by Brand Networks), Happn (fast growing mobile dating app), Dojo Madness (eSports training platform), EVE Sleep (direct to consumer mattresses) and Hostmaker (homestay property management).
Prior to joining DN Capital, Lawrence was a Manager at Monitor Group where he advised clients on their growth strategies across numerous sectors ranging from life sciences to consumer goods.
DN Capital is a global early stage and growth capital investor in software, mobile applications, digital media, marketplace and e-commerce companies. The firm has operations in London, Berlin and Menlo Park and its objectives is to identify, invest in and actively support its portfolio companies to become global leaders.
Portfolio companies include Shazam, Apsmart (sold to Thomson Reuters), Book A Tiger, Datanomic (sold to Oracle), Delectable, Endeca Technologies (sold to Oracle), Happn, HomeToGo, JacobsRimell (sold to Amdocs), Mister Spex, OLX (sold to Naspers), Performance Horizon Group, PurpleBricks, Quandoo (sold to Recruit Holdings), Tbricks (sold to Orc Holdings) and Windeln.de.
The professionals at DN Capital bring over 60 years of private equity experience to their investments, and actively work with portfolio companies to steward their growth through the various stages of development. Additional information about the firm and its portfolio companies can be found at www.dncapital.com
Founding Partner @ Orange Growth Capital (OGC)
Radboud Vlaar is Co-Founder and Partner at OrangeGrowth Capital (OGC).
OGC is a Venture Capital firm focused on FinTech in Europe and Asia
founded in Q3 2013 with pressence in Amsterdam, London and Singapore (www.orangegrowthcapital.com).
OGC has to date made 11 investments in companies such as ZOPA,
MONI, KNIP, BUX, Salviol and Komparu.
Prior to founding OGC, Radboud spend 10 years as partner at McKinsey & Company, focused on Financial Services and Private
Equity. Prior to McKinsey Radboud worked at TPG, where he workedon M&A and supported the set-up of a Venture Fund.
Radboud achieved 4 master degrees from the University of Groningen.
During the last years Radboud has co-founded 3 companies (Security, Big Data and Construction) and still is on the Board of one of them
Radboud Vlaar is a Dutch Citizen and splits his time between London and Amsterdam, is married and has 3 children.
Founding Partner @ Passion Capital
General Partner @ Dawn Capital
Haakon started Dawn Capital with Norman Fiore in 2007. He has extensive investing, operational and venture capital experience. As an entrepreneur he co-founded Self Trade an online broker, and acted as the CEO for the highly successful British part of the business and was a member of their European Executive Board. Self Trade was floated in April 2000 and then sold in October 2000 to DAB (a subsidiary of HVB of Germany) for €911M.
Haakon has served on the boards of Self Trade and Wonga.com amongst others, and currently represents Dawn’s interest at Neo Technologies, 90MIN and First Care.
Prior to formalising early stage investing at Dawn, Haakon worked with early stage companies from their first commercial efforts through to managing accelerated growth, often by serving as an interim manager or board member. They include G-Cluster (sold to Softbank Broadmedia) and in Lateral Logic (sold to Electronic Arts).
Mr. Overli studied Mathematics at the University of Oslo and holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from University of Durham.
In his investment-banking career when the world was covered in ice, Haakon was a Director and Co-Head of Technology Investment Banking at ING Barings. Prior even to that, Haakon worked for JP Morgan in the M&A departments of New York and London.
Portfolio Manager at Bakken & Bæck
Anne works as a Portfolio Manager at Bakken & Bæck, a world-class team of startup builders, designers, developers and artificial intelligence explorers who turn big ideas into great products and ventures. Previously, Anne founded the co-working space Nordic Innvation House in Silicon Valley, and she was the first CEO of the Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association. She has experience as a co-founder, angel investor, member of Board of Directors for startups and VCs, focusing on early stage ventures, growth and internationalization. She is passionate about helping startups scale their impact, and especially empowering female co-founders and angel investors.
Co-founder & General Partner @ Frumtak Venture Partners
Svana is a General Partner and co-founder of Frumtak Ventures. Svana has an international MBA from Nyenrode University, which is one the most respected business universty in the Netherlands. Part of the program was taken abroad at the Kellogg School of Management in USA and at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Svana has extensive experience in founding and operating start-ups along with leading several mergers and acquisitions abroad. She sits on the board of the companies in the Frumtak portfolio. Svana lived in the Netherlands for 18 years and moved back to Iceland in 2009.
Founder & Managing Partner @ Newfund
François Véron is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Newfund. Graduated from HEC, Sciences Po Paris and ENA, he started his career at Casino Group where he founded and run several retail ventures. After a successful experience as an investor at Cita Gestion (AlloCiné, Direct Energie, 1001Listes) generating superior returns, he set-up his own venture capital firm in 2008 with Patrick Malka, previous deputy CEO of NYSE quoted Xilam. Newfund is the leading independent French based venture capital investing in France and the US with a 7 investor team, mostly former entrepreneurs and passionate about entrepreneurship, and whose leitmotiv is to return superior performance. So far, Newfund has invested in 57 companies across the software (CustomerMatrix, Aircall), E-Services (Infirmiers.com, 1001Pharmacies), Fintech (Limonetik, Trade it), Medtech (Medtech Surgical, In2Bones) and industrial (Tageos, Invoxia) services and has exited 8, returning 5.1x multiple and 43% IRR to his investors. Newfund aims at expanding fast while reinforcing his team’s strengths.
More info: www.newfund-capital.com
CEO @ Exponea
Kim Bleshoy Nielsen
CEO and Partner @ Intertisement
Rikke Eckhoff Hovding
CEO @ Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA)
Rikke Eckhoff Høvding is the CEO of the Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA). She has previously worked as head of corporate affairs at Argentum Asset Management and as a senior adviser with PR firm Burson-Marsteller. In the period 2008-2010 she was the editor of Nordic unquote, a trade journal covering the Nordic private equity and venture capital markets. She holds an MSc Management with Finance from Bath University and an BA (Hons) Politics and International Studies from Warwick University.
COO @ Icelandic startups
As COO at Icelandic Startups, Diljá is part of a team that helps startups grow out
of Iceland by connecting them with experts, investors and leading startup hubs
abroad. Global initiatives include Startup Reykjavik accelerator program, Slush
PLAY game & VR conference as well as Nordic cooperation Start Nordic &
Diljá believes that the Nordics can create more value by collaborating in order to
build global traction to the Nordic startup ecosystem. With a background in
business & marketing, she’s especially interested in meeting the challenges of
international sales & marketing and the possibilities of training within that field.
Past experience includes establishing TEDxReykjavik in Iceland, teaching
entrepreneurship at Reykjavik Universtity and running number of initiatives in
the Icelandic startup scene.
Chairman @ Frog Capital
Martin Hauge has a M.Sc. from NTH-NTNU in Trondheim and is an Alumni from SEP-2008 at Stanford University GSB. The Norwegian national has founded multiple startups, most notably Interaction Design (Norway) in 1997, which he successfully exited to Swedish Adcore in 2000 and then Creuna (Denmark), which he exited in 2004, before joining Swedish investment company, Creandum as a General Partner in 2004. In his role as General Partner of Creandum, Martin Hauge acts as a board member of prominent Scandinavian startups such as Vivino, Fitbay, AutoButler and many, many more.
Managing Partner @ MOOR Capital
Kerstin Cooley is CEO & Partner of MOOR, a Stockholm-based venture firm founded by Kaj Hed, majority shareholder in Rovio - the creators of Angry Birds. MOOR is an early-stage tech investor focused on digital opportunities with a global outlook. Previously, Kerstin held senior positions in SEB’s hedge fund practice, investing in start-up hedge funds and developing alternative investment products for institutional clients. With 20 years’ experience in the financial/IT industry, she started her career at Silicon Valley-based Echelon. In 1998, Kerstin co-founded global integrated communications agency Cognito, and spent eight years at Trema Group, managing M&A transactions and the company’s consulting organisation in the US. Kerstin holds a Master of Science from Umeå School of Business and Economics.
Design Partner @ EQT Ventures
Ted is a Stockholm based digital entrepreneur, product designer, marketer and struggling beard grower.
Ted currently helps EQT set up its venture arm dubbed EQT Ventures. As a Design Partner he helps companies with product development, branding and marketing. Ted also advises a bunch of super cool startups, schools and projects.
Previously Ted co-founded of digital agency Great Works, since 2014 part of the North Alliance (NOA), Scandinavia’s leading communications and technology network.
Before Great Works, Ted co-founded agencies Speedway Digital Army (1997) and Abel & Baker (1999).
Ted also co-founded of Our/Vodka, a global vodka made by local people in cities around the world run by Pernod Ricard.
Partner @ Elaia Partners
Samantha joined Elaia Partners in 2008.
She began her career as a consultant at Eurogroup, a consulting firm specialised in organisation and strategy, within the Bank and Finance division. She then joined Clipperton Finance, a corporate finance firm dedicated to high-tech growth companies, before moving to Elaia Partners in 2008. She became an Investment Manager in 2011 then a Partner in 2014.
Education: EDHEC Business School, Schulich Business School of Toronto (Bachelor), Loyola University of Chicago (MBA)
Expertise: SaaS, E-commerce, Marketplace, Digital Media, Mobile
Jon Oyvind Eriksen
Investment Director @ Investinor
Jon Øyvind Eriksen holds an MSc in biotechnology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a graduate degree in Russian and German from the University of Bergen. He has been awarded an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, and he is also a CFA Charterholder. Mr Eriksen is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of leading technology and media companies through start-up, growth, expansion and exits, mergers, acquisitions, corporate spin-offs and turnarounds. Mr Eriksen has also held positions as chairman and member of the Board of Directors in several companies. He is currently board member at Investinor's portfolio company BerGenBio AS, Novenda AS and chairman of the board at Boost Communications AS.
Co-founder @ Funderbeam
Urmas and Funderbeam enable funding and trading of illiquid assets (the presence and future of cross-border investing and trading).
Urmas has started as a securities regulator in Estonia, thereafter he achieved an LL.M degree at Duke University (US). Prior to co-founding Funderbeam he has been working at EBRD and Morgan Stanley (both in London), at a risk capital fund management company in Estonia and as Head of Compliance at LHV Bank (Estonia).
Besides work, he is an accomplished endurance sports athlete, who has completed several running and cross-country skiing marathons (including ultramarathon), cycling (including Vätternrundan in Sweden and many times L'Etape du Tour in France) and also has finished two Ironman competitions (including World Championships in Hawaii).
CEO and Co-founder @ Freespee
Carl Holmquist, founder and CEO, built Freespee to make the $1,3 Trillion communication stack more data driven, and easily accessible to marketers and ecommerce professionals. It made a great excuse to create a company that combined his love of maths and behavioural economics with a software and communications industry background. Carl is also an active investor/advisor to 46elks, a communication API built for web and application developers, by developers. Before Freespee, Carl launched cloud services for the Nordic Next Gen telco, IP-Only (owned by EQT).
Thomas Weilby Knudsen
Co-founder & GP @ Northcap
Thomas has worked with venture capital (VC) for more than a decade. He has gained extensive experience in establishing new businesses across Europe and has specialized in maturing businesses for the US market. He joined IVS in 2002, and when it became Northcap Partners in 2006, he was a driving force in establishing the current Northcap team and firm.
Since closing his first VC investment with the hosting company eStructure.net in 2000, Thomas has now more than 20 investment under his belt. Taking a special interest in cloud computing and SaaS businesses, Thomas built his first SaaS business in 1996, which he grew to 200,000 subscribers across four countries.
Prior to joining the VC business, Thomas held several senior management positions in IT and Internet-based companies. Among other merits, Thomas led the Managed Services business unit at Cybercity (Telenor) launching a number of innovative products in a highly competitive market, and at TDC, Thomas built a new business unit from scratch. He received his M.Sc. degree in Finance and Business Administration from University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Around the office Thomas is said to have an impatient mindset, which might explain why he prefers action sports like running or mountain biking over a trip to the golf course.
Managing Partner @ Bootstrap Europe
Fatou is a partner and co-founder at Bootstrap, based in Zurich, where she focuses on the sourcing, risk evaluation, negotiation and due diligence of new investment opportunities.
Prior to starting Bootstrap, Fatou co-founded TREE together with Stephanie where she focused on investment, selection, due diligence and performance optimisation of clients' direct holdings in private companies. Fatou also contributed to the set-up and implementation of the African Risk Capacity, a $100M sovereign risk insurance facility against drought in 22 countries. Fatou worked at Citigroup in their London and Johannesburg offices, where she spent over five years advising European and emerging markets clients on cross border acquisitions, high yield debt and equity financings. Her work experience also extends to strategic advisory to the CEO at SFR, France's second largest mobile operator, as well as Standard and Poor's in London, in the sovereign credit ratings team.
Fatou is originally from Senegal and holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Calgary, and graduated from the HEC Business School in Paris where she majored in Finance. Fatou is fluent in French, English, Wolof and Spanish.
Venture Partner @ Inventure
Based in Stockholm, Daniel Lauren is head of the Nordic VC Fund Inventure’s operations in Sweden. Daniel has a strong experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to multiple startup companies. He has founded and co-founded more than 10 companies, and has been operative as entrepreneur in several start-ups since 2005. He is today investor and on the board of Like A Boss Games, Karma, Glimr, Funrock Games as example.
Co-founder @ Rainmaking & Startupbootcamp
Martin Bjergegaard is a serial entrepreneur and an international bestselling author. He is the co-founder of Rainmaking, Startupbootcamp, Frokost.dk and BetterNow.org and, most recently, Rainmaking Loft and Rainmaking Summit. His bestselling book, Winning Without Losing, has been translated into 17 languages and won the prestigious Management Book of the Year award by Chartered Management Institute and The British Library. Martin is also the author of The Great Idea, an entrepreneurial fairytale for children, and How to be a Leader published by MacMillan in 2016.
CEO & Founder @ Tech Nordic Advocates
Jeanette is Founder and Chair of Tech Nordic Advocates, the largest private sector led tech network in the Nordics and Baltics; CEO of newmedia2.0 – strategic advisors to pioneering media and tech companies from startups to PLCs; tech and smart city advisor to the Danish and UK governments, lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship; a Tech London Advocate and Honorary Fellow of Ravensbourne (digital media and innovation) University in London. Over a 25 year career in the tech space, Jeanette has built, led and advised well known tech brands in the UK, Nordics and internationally. From a background in strategy and marketing, Jeanette’s focus is to help startups and established companies deliver exponential growth, leveraging technology-, customer-led approaches to innovation. Outside of Tech Nordic Advocates and newmedia2.0, Jeanette lectures in innovation and entrepreneurship and supports research at top universities. She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events and has published widely on the key strategic issues facing startups and business leaders in today’s tech-driven world. Jeanette has a postgraduate degree in Advanced Strategy from the University of Oxford; a.n MA in Economics from UCL, London; and a BA in English from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Director M&A @ Egmont Publishing
Peter Schrøder has great experience with management and development of innovative and internationally oriented growth companies. Peter joined Egmont in 2011 and has acted as Digital Director in Egmont Publishing and is now acting as Director of M&A, focusing on e-commerce and Content Marketing investments. Prior to joining Egmont in 2011 Peter acted as Associate Partner in Partnerkapital (VC fund - matchingfund for business angels), Commercial Director at NDS Denmark, participated in business development at British Telecommunications and has a MBA/MIEM from SDA Bocconi in Italy.
He has industry experience from New Media, Telecommunications, TV, Software Development, Entertainment and Consultancy Services and has several years of board experience from several growth companies.
Founder @ Vizor.io
Antti Jäderholm is founder at Vizor.io - a platform for creating and sharing VR content on the web. While working on their own 3D editor, he's created hundreds of VR scenes over the last couple of years. http://twitter.com/fthr
Founder @ Khora Aps
Innovative entrepreneur and seasoned retail professional with proven track-record of brand innovation. Accomplished director and manager, with a keen view from the customers’ perspective. Built a community hub in the Virtual Reality industry in Denmark, by founding the 1st VR store in the World, Khora and becoming the leading Danish VR experts. This has enabled him to establish key connections in different industries that needed VR ranging from: Architecture, Education, to Healthcare, Art and Vcommerce (VR-ecommerce).