Welcome to Norwegian Investment Forum

The Norwegian Investment Forum 2016 is organized in partnership with DNB at DNB NXT, and is part of Oslo Innovation Week.
This years event will be the 18th in a row, and is the largest annual venture capital conference in Norway. Norwegian Investment Forum gathers participants from the Nordic venture capital community, business angels and start-up companies. International keynote speakers set the agenda and point out trends for the coming years. Norwegian Investment Forum presents the most interesting blend of promising Norwegian start-ups, from digital, mobile, life science and med tech, energy and maritime.

The event is an exclusive opportunity to meet the leading Nordic and European investors to discuss investments, exits and industry trends, and to expand your business network for future collaboration.

Welcome to DNB NXT – Norwegian Investment Forum 2016!

The 2015 speakers and panellists

Tatiana Issaeva

Managing Partner at Fluent Digital Capital

Tatiana is Managing Partner of Fluent Digital Capital, a new generation fund of funds focusing on European early stage and micro venture capital funds investing in digital technology. Before co-founding Fluent Digital in March 2015, Tatiana was Venture Capital Investment Manager at European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest European growth and venture capital fund-of-funds. During her 4 years at EIF, Tatiana has led investments into 15 European early stage and growth venture capital funds, including latest funds of Creandum, Inventure, Sunstone, Prime Ventures, Atomico and Balderton. She also worked on the development of EIF’s new investment products and represented EIF at European Digital Forum working group. 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. She holds an MBA from Aalto University School of Business and M.Sc. in Information Technology from Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Katarina Bonde

Katarina has a long international career leading fast-growing software companies to success in the US and Europe.

Katarina G. Bonde is Managing Director at Kubi LLC, engaging in international board assignments and interim executive work focused on fast expanding companies or turnaround situations. She has been fundraising as an executive at many fast growing high tech companies as well as an angel investor. She was part of Seraph Capital since its start in 1998, the first and longest continuously running all-women angel investment group in the United States, and its president for 2 years.

Ms. Bonde was previously CEO of UniSite Software Inc. in Seattle and prior to that CEO of Captura International, Ltd., Executive VP at Captura Software Inc in Seattle, Executive VP Sales & Marketing at Timeline Software Inc., Seattle and CEO of Programator Industri AB in Sweden.

She is currently Chairman of the Board of Propellerhead Software and Board Director of Microsystemation AB (public MSAB), Micronic Mydata (public MICR) and Images Systems (public IMAG), Aptilo Networks and eBuilder AB. She also serves on the executive Board of the The Sixth AP Fund, part of the Swedish public pension fund system.

She shares her time between Stockholm, Sweden and Sonoma, California where she runs a winery with her husband.

Sean Percival

Sean Percival is a Partner at 500 Startups with a focus on the Nordics, Bitcoin and the Mountain View accelerator.

He launched his first internet startup in 2006 for a mere $12, then sold it in 2009 at an 835,000% return on investment. His second internet company (the popular media site lalawag), which he founded with his wife Laurie, was created in 2008 and sold in 2010. More recently Sean was the CEO and Co-Founder of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Online Marketing at Myspace.

He’s also been a recognized, leading authority in digital business, media, entertainment, online marketing, and e-commerce, working with high-profile startups and companies including MySpace, Tsavo Media, Docstoc, and Mahalo among others. His projects and insight have also been featured in Forbes Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, TechCrunch and at SMX: Search Marketing Expo and many more.

David Helgason

Founder of Unity Technologies

David is a technologist and visionary, founder of Unity, non-executive director of Plain Vanilla, and a restless entrepreneur with a passion for creating feedback loops between innovation and teams and revenue streams, applying new and old business models to changing industries, and pushing people to do the very best they can do.

David‘s background is in software, an assortment university dabbling, creating companies, and helping entrepreneurs. He served as CEO of the game technology company Unity Technologies since co-founding it in 2003 and until October 2014, with the unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to develop technology and business models for the next generation of the games industry.

Jason Purcell

Jason is the CEO and co-founder of FirstCapital. He is an accomplished and experienced investment banker, with a successful track record of advising on transactions in Europe, US and Asia and delivering exceptional value to clients. In a career spanning more than 20 years Jason has worked on a wide range of deals including mergers, acquisitions, exits, MBOs, fundraisings and IPOs.

Prior to founding FirstCapital, Jason was a Director of Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), where he worked in international capital markets. Notably he established the subcontinent desk in London in the early 90s, and was instrumental in setting up investment banking operations in India and Pakistan. Previously, he was a number 1 ranked equity analyst with Smith New Court based in Hong Kong. Jason is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and has a BA and MA in Management Studies and Physics from Cambridge University.

Henrik Müller-Hansen

Henrik Müller-Hansen, CEO & founder Gelato Group.

Gelato Group is one of Norway’s most interesting startups. Founded in 2007 Gelato Group is about intelligent distribution of the world’s print jobs. Today, Gelato Group enables delivery of printed materials in 40 countries and reaches 2 billion people over one single print cloud.
In 2014 the revenue of Gelato Group was 170 million NOK. This year, revenue is trending towards more than MNOK 300, with profits tripled compared to 2014. Printing is a business with revenue 50 times bigger than the global music industry and Gelato Group is now focused on global expansion. While fairly unnoticed by the general public, Gelato Group has been able to build an impressive employer brand. In 2015 Gelato Group attracted 1550 applicants from top universities and employers across the world – for 13 positions at the company.

From 2003 to 2006, Henrik was the CEO of Tele2 Norway AS. He left this job to build the world’s most intelligent print cloud. Henrik has an M.Sc.E; Major in Managerial Economics from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

Tobias Baeck

Tobias Baeck is the co-founder of Bakken & Baeck, Orbit (artificial intelligence for digital media) & their latest venture, Wake.io. (private space to share design work). Bakken & Baeck recruited Chris Kalani from Facebook as the CEO of the company, and launched Wake August 2015 in San Francisco with funding from First Round Capital, Slow Ventures, Designers Fund, Alliance Venture as well as angel investors.

(funfacts: Bakken & Baeck is also known for accidently becoming the owners of an online Pinata store, after ordering to many Pinatas for a massive Mexican fiesta, one of their famous parties..)

Haakon Overli

Haakon is a co-founder of Dawn Capital. Dawn Capital is a venture fund focused on Enterprise Software and Fintech. Dawn are a team of experienced entrepreneurs who help European Founders build great global companies. The portfolio companies include Gelato Group, iControl, iZettle Mimecast, Neo Technology, Showpad, and 90MIN.

Prior to Dawn He co-founded Self Trade, a pan-European 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 S.A was floated in April 2000  at €750M and then sold in October 2000 to DAB (a subsidiary of HVB of Germany) for €911M.  In an earlier life, Haakon was Head of Technology Investment Banking at ING Barings and worked at JP Morgan in New York.

Haakon has served on the boards of Self Trade and Wonga.comamongst others, and currently looks after Dawn’s investments in Neo Technology, 90MIN and First Care.

Throughout his career, Haakon has been helping early stage companies with their first commercial efforts through to managing accelerated growth, often by serving as an interim manager or board member.

Anne Worsøe

Anne Worsøe is moderator of The Norwegian Investment Forum.

Anne joined Oslotech AS as Director of Business Development January 1st 2015. She is the founder of Nordic Innovation House in Silicon Valley, a co-working space, soft landing and a trusted community in for Nordic technology startups and professional investors. She is the former Head of New Business at Statkraft Development, exploring opportunities for new technology and business models within cleantech and the global renewable industry. Anne was the first Secretary General of the Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association from the foundation in 2001, where she led the creation of a professional community for the VC & PE industry including LPs and service providers.

Anne is an experienced member of the Board of Directors for startups, VCs and communities focusing on early stage ventures, business development and internationalization. She is passionate about helping companies scale their impact, and a believer in “pay it forward” and serendipity.

René Brix

René Brix, Nordic head of SevenVentures and is one of the panelists at the conference.

SevenVentures is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Group, one of the largest independent media corporations in Europe and one of the leading media investors globally.

Prior to SevenVentures, René launched and scaled the largest e-commerce retailer in Denmark, Zalando.dk. René has also advised a range of the most succesful omni-channel players in Scandinavia as digital strategy consultant and built mvno business units for telcos in Austria, Switzerland Denmark and the Baltics.

Masha Stromme

Masha is a senior advisor to the Healthcare team at Arctic Securities, and she works alongside Oslo Medtech to stimulate flow of private capital to the sector. Masha is one of the great panellists at the conference.

Upon completion of her D.Phil. in Genetics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar Masha joined Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in London in 1998. She focused on the Healthcare sector and more specifically, Biotechnology. As a research analyst at Altium Capital (Apax, London), she covered the Biotech and Medtech stocks for UK and Europe (Team ranked #2 in UK). When she moved to Oslo in 2007, she began working as a Board Member with Navamedic and worked with other healthcare companies. Today with BMI she focuses primarily on Medical Technology working actively as a consultant and investor.

Stephan Christeau

Stephan Christgau, Investment Director of Novo Seeds and is one of the panelists at the conference.

Stephan obtained his MSc degree from the Technical University of Denmark in 1988 and his PhD degree in 1992 from the Technical University of Denmark, for a project in diabetes immunology, conducted at Hagedorn Research Institute and University of California, San Francisco.

Prior to joining Novo Seeds, Stephan was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Osteologix where he played a leading role in the development of the company, taking the lead candidate drug through all stages from lead identification to Phase II testing for osteoporosis treatment. He also played an active role in the company’s financing including a public listing in the USA on the OTC exchange through a reverse merger with a public shell company. Previously Stephan has worked in the metabolic bone disease and arthritis areas in Nordic Bioscience and Osteometer Biotech and as a protein chemist in Novo Nordisk A/S.

Murat Aktihanoglu

Murat Aktihanoglu is in the jury at 100 Pitches.

Managing Director and founder of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, a non-profit for helping entrepreneurs and startups in New York, Turkey, Japan, S.Korea, Norway, Ireland and more.

Personal blog: http://muratak.com Previously founded several technology startups, the last of which was Centrl, a location-based mobile social network in New York City., Software Engineer, Author.

Per Samuelsson

Per Samuelsson is Partner of HealthCap, and one of our excellent panelists at the conference.

Prior to joining HealthCap in 2000, Mr. Samuelsson gained over 15 years of investment banking experience, mainly with ABB Aros Securities in Sweden. In his last position with ABB Aros Securities, as a Director in the firm’s corporate finance department, he specialized in the areas of merger transactions, initial public offerings and equity incentive programs.

Prior to this Mr. Samuelsson was Head of Research, also at ABB Aros Securities. Mr. Samuelsson received his M.Sc. in Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Linköping.

Jan Fikkan

Jan Fikkan, CEO at Fikkan Pharma and one of the panelists at the conference.

Jan has more than 20 years of experience in various executive roles in the international pharmaceutical industry. He was running the Japan region for GE Healthcare for 10 years – a role including building infrastructure on the ground while optimise the business through Strategic Alliance and JV structures. He had full P&L responsibiltiy for a $130m business. Jan has also been running the global pharma R&D operations in GE Healthcare including a $50m development portfolio and project/portfolio teams in UK, USA and Norway. Jan left GE in Oct 2014 as the President for the 800 employee Norwegian organisation.

Jeanne Mariani Sullivan

Jeanne Mariani Sullivan is a Co-Founder and Special Advisor at StarVest Partners, and one of our great panelist at the conference.

Ms. Sullivan was a General Partner at the firm. Ms. Sullivan contributes in the areas of marketing, channel development, product direction, and strategic participation in the exit strategies of technology companies. Ms. Sullivan is a frequent Guest Lecturer on the subject of investing in and building technology companies.

Fredrik Cassel

Fredrik Cassel is a Partner at Creandum, Stockholm, and is one of the panellists.

Before Fredrik joined Creandum, he ran the largest online search service in the Nordics at Scandinavia Online. Earlier he was part of the team launching 20 Minuten – a free daily newspaper – in Cologne, Germany. At Creandum, Fredrik has led the first institutional rounds of financing in several companies that have grown to dominate their respective markets, among others Cint, Spotify and Videoplaza. Focusing on digital media b2b- and b2c companies he also leads Creandum’s work with 13th Lab and Xeneta.

Tellef Thorleifsson

Tellef Thorleifsson is Partner at Northzone Ventures, and one of our excellent panelists at the conference.

Tellef co-founded Northzone in 1996. His primary areas of focus are fintech, infrastructure and SaaS. His portfolio includes Kahoot, Outracks, mCASH, Artfinder and Innotech Solar. Tellef has over the years also invested in LastMinute.com, Mamut Software and Trolltech. Tellef also spearheads Northzone’s efforts in fundraising.

Johan Gjesdahl

Jonan Gjesdahl, Partner at Alliance Venture is one of the great panelists at the conference.

Johan has a broad venture, IT and start-up background. Responsible for M&A and business development at TANDBERG ASA, venture experience from Springfondet and Telenor Venture. Johan also formed part of the management team of a high-tech startup during the dotcom years.

Ekaterina Gianelli

Ekaterina is a Director at Inventure, a leading venture capital fund in the Nordics. She is in the jury on 100 PITCHES Finale! In 2014, Inventure were in the top 3 most active investors in the Nordics and the most active in Finland. Ekaterina focuses on seed and early stage investments, and works with the portfolio companies in online & mobile space.

Prior to joining Inventure, Ekaterina has been involved in many innovative companies, including an adtech startup, Kiosked, and a leading service design agency, Fjord.

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Conference Venue:
DNB Bjørvika, Dronning Eufemias gate 30, 0191 Oslo

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