Welcome to the Norwegian Investment Forum

Norwegian Investment Forum is the largest annual venture capital event in Norway that gathers 300 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/maritime and impact investments.

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 the 17th annual Norwegian Investment Forum!

The Changing Landscape of Venture Investing


”Nordic Tech is on Fire”, according to Creandum. With only 3% of Europe’s population, the Nordic have taken on 11% of Europe’s VC investment and turned that into $3.9 bn yearly in exit value over the last ten years, In 2014, 4 Nordic unicorns ($bn) exited and the total annual exit value was the highest ever.

Seed funding boom in U.S. We have heard about the Series A Crunch since 2011. The number of seed-funded companies has quadrupled over the last four years in U.S. More than 200 micro venture capital firms have raised more than $4 bn to invest in early stage companies, AngelList and FundersClub are growing, incubators and accelerators are pushing out large numbers of companies at Demo Day. Now, they look to Europe and the Nordics.

New players. In Europe, we’ve seen a number of new VC’s setting up. Felix Ventures and Mosaic Ventures are both spin out teams from other established funds. The European entrepreneurial ecosystems show a general increase in the capacity to generate talent and successful startups, capable of attracting foreign investors. Google Ventures launched a $100m fund dedicated exclusively to Europe last year, and there are more U.S. funds crossing the Atlantic in search of interesting companies.

What does this mean to the entrepreneurs, the investors and the LPs? We have invited some of the key players in the market to give us their Point of View on The New Venture Capital.

Tatiana Issaeva is the co-founder and Partner of Fluent Digital Capital. She is a strong believer in the European innovation potential and a bright future of the European Venture capital as an asset class.

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).

Sean Percival is a marketing guru and Partner at 500 Startups, passionate about giving organizations an unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is  an investor in over 75 companies and program director of the Mountain View accelerator.


The technology works well, the customers love the product – but scaling up & international growth is a total different game. How do you identify the potential global winners from the ”small, local business forever” ’s? When is it time to cut loose? Our industry depends on high returns on exits. What are the appetites of the Corporate M&As?

In this session, we will hear from some of the experts in the field.

Katarina G Bonde, Board of Directors Sixth AP Fund, Aptilo Networks, Propellerhead Software, , Nordax Bank etc. Owner & winemaker West Wines, CA

Haakon Overli co-founded Dawn Capital in London. Five years ago, Dawn funded one of the most promising Norwegian startups, Gelato Group, with series A funding in 2010. Today, Gelato are located in 12 countries and reported 83% revenue growth in Q1 2015.

Henrik Müller-Hansen, CEO & Founder Gelato Group, one of Norway’s most interesting startups. This year they attracted 1550 applicants from top universities and employers across the world – for 13 positions at the company.

Another Day. Another Exit. Jason Purcell and First Capital assists European tech ventures in growth funding and M&As. He knows what the corporations loaded with cash wants. It’s all about timing, right? Or is it?


Ambitious entrepreneurs and investors, here’s to you. Just to give you a teaser:

“Small companies had a tough time selling to big companies. They like stable vendors, and small companies are notoriously unstable.”

“We walked in the desert for a long time.”

“I love my venture capitalists; they’re great people and supported us really well. We took some loans from family, tens of thousands of dollars initially and a bit later, more later, some from the bank and worked really hard. We didn’t pay ourselves salary for many years, which I’m sort of proud of. It’s like a badge of honor.”

“…Over my dead body, would I let (the company) fail.”

These are some quotes from David Helgason. Born in Reykjavik, raised in Copenhagen, studied physics, Arabic and psychology, founded several startups – but became world famous for disrupting the gaming industry through Unity Technologies. He co-founded the company in 2004 with two buddies, moved to San Francisco and got funded by Sequoia Capital, WestSummit, iGlobe Partners and others. Unity Technologies has 550 employees in 27 locations, from 32 different nationalities today.



These are some of the attending investors:

Johan af Sandeberg, TeliaSonera
Murat Aktihanoglu, Roundtable Accelerator
Thomas Berglund, Ocular AS
Teodor Bjerrang, Rocketeer
Jørgen Blystad, Argentum Asset Management
Katarina Bonde, Kubicorp
René Brix, SevenVentures / ProSiebenSat.1
Fredrik Cassel, Creandum
Bjørn Christensen, Alliance Venture
Stephan Christgau, Novo Seeds
Marit Fageraas Øien, Investinor
Jan Fikkan, Fikkan Pharma
Ekaterina Gianelli, Inventure
Johan Gjesdahl, Alliance Venture
Rein Inge Hoff, Havnebase Eiendom AS
Tatiana Issaeva Fluent, Digital Capital
Vidar Johnsen, Steenstrup Stordrange DA
Geir Ove Kjesbu, Investinor
Per Haug Kogstad, Bjøberg E AS
Bjarne Lie, Verdane
Lars Jørgen Loktu, Investinor
Tor Møinichen, Halvorsen & Møinichen AS
Erling Maartmann Moe, Alliance Venture
Gabi Olsen Welsh, Oury Clark
Haakon Overli, Dawn Capital
Sean Percival, 500 Startups
Bjørn Erik Reinseth, Foinco
Per Samuelsson, HealthCap
Thor-Egil Solhaug, Foinco AS
Benjamin Sommer, Lean Venture
Marius Steen, SteenCo/TorKap
Masha Stromme, Arctic Securities
Jeanne Sullivan, Sullivan Adventures
Steinar Svalesen, Beringer Finance AS
Rune Sævik, Investinor
Maria Teilman, EQT Partners AB
Tellef Thorleifsson, Northzone
Anders Tuv, Radforsk
Magne Uppman, Uppman
..and more…


CytoVation AS
Snow Cannon Games AS
Prosperator AS
Respinor AS
Design without Borders
Oslo Edtech Cluster
Rock Physics Technology AS
Neck Graph AS
Vio Media
Riftlabs AS
Dynamic Elements AS
Portalene AS
NeoTurbine AS
Engskov Emballasje AS
Nor-Scot Norge AS
Regenics AS
Otivio AS
SunSense AS
EdTech Foundry
IC Targets AS
The Next Billion AS
Cloudx Services AS
Phoenix Solutions AS
MetaTracks AS
Seram Coatings AS
Softarch Technologies AS
FlowMotion Technologies
Tilrettelagt AS
Rå Lab
Personal Style Society AS
Well Genetics
Carbon Wealth Scandinavia
InfoLinken as
Plattform 12 AS
Webinara AS
Applied IoT AS
Mobile Software As
Oslo International Executives
Løkling utvikling
CuraService/ CuraGuard
Ridl AS
Software Innovation Lab
Effort In AS
Streamie, Inc
Sand Corp
One Earth Designs
Systemapic AS
Se og Lær AS
Stent AS
Exhibition Management AS
Sirrus AS
Volmundo AS
Beilu Consulting & Investment
..and more..

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 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

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 Bæck

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.


Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Forskningsparken, Oslo



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8:00 – 8:30

Registration & morning coffee mingle

8:30 – 9:00




9:00 – 9:15

Welcome & Opening

State of the Venture Capital market

Karl-Christian Agerup, CEO Oslotech

The landscape is changing; a new type of investors fund the startups. Who are they, how do they work and what does this mean to the institutional investors and entrepreneurs?

9:15 – 10:00

Keynotes & fireside chat

The New Venture Capital – An LP’s Point Of View

Tatiana Issaeva, Fluent Digital

The New Venture Capital: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

Tobias Bæck, Co-Founder Bakken & Bæck, Orbit, Wake.io, & Pinatabutikken

Accelerators Money Ball

Sean Percival, Partner 500 Startups & Founder & Partner 500 Nordics

10:00 – 10:10

Power pitch 1

30 second pitches of the companies of the OIW 100 Pitches Semi-Finale, part 1

10:10 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

OIW 100 Pitches Semi-Finale, part 1:

(3 parallel tracks)

ICT             Health & life science             Energy, sustainability, impact investing

11:45 – 12:30


Part 2 – SCALING UP!

12:30 – 12:50

Scaling Up!

Katarina G Bonde, Board of Directors Sixth AP Fund, Aptilo Networks, Propellerhead Software, Nordax Bank etc. Owner & winemaker West Wines, CA

12:50 – 13:10

Chasing Nordic Unicorns

Haakon Overli, Dawn Capital

13:10 – 13:30

From Zero to 1 Billion. The Gelato Story

Henrik Müller-Hansen, CEO & Founder

13:30 – 13:50

Another day, another exit

Jason Purcell, Co-founder & Managing Director First Capital

13:50 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:10

Power pitch 2

30 second pitches of the companies of the OIW 100 Pitches Semi-Finale, part 2

14:10 – 14:30


14:10 – 15:45

OIW 100 Pitches Semi-Finale, part 2

(3 parallel tracks)

ICT             Health & life science             Energy, sustainability, impact investing

15:45 – 16:00



16:00 – 16:30


What it takes to conquer the world

David Helgason, co-founder Unity Technologies

16:30 – 17:30

NVCA VIP reception (by invitation only)

Part 4 – Oslo Innovation Week 100 PITCHES FINALE and SUPERMIXER

17:30 – 18:30


Oslo Innovation Week 100 PITCHES
The most talented and promising tech startups are joining Oslo Innovation Week to pitch their innovative business ideas. This evening, the absolute best startups are going head to head in the OIW 100 Pitches Finale. The prize is NOK 300 000, and the winner takes all!!

18:30 – 23:00


Register to NIF 2015

Investor Registration

Investor Admission
NOK 3.999,
Registration is closed – you can register at the event.

Startup Registration

Early Stage Startup (ONLY no funding or bootstrap/family & friends)
NOK 750,-
Startup Funded
NOK 1.999,-
(incl. Government grants, incubator, angel etc.)
Registration is closed – you can register at the event.

General Admission

General Admission
NOK 3.999,-
Registration is closed. You can register at the event.



Norwegian Investment Forum is open for all growth companies of every stage and industry. Whether you are looking for investors, customers, media exposure or mentoring, it’s a unique opportunity to get your company within the reach of a global audience. Meet investors, promote your company, broaden your business perspective and get inspired!

0ur offering for startups includes:
–       Oslo Innovation Week 100 pitching competition
–       Top 30 startups promoted through on stage pitching
–       Growth stage startups featured in online program
–       Investor matchmaking and 1-on-1 meetings in meeting areas
–       Opportunity to build a showcase at a demo booth
–       Supermixer afterparty

Do you want to pitch your company?

Sorry, time is out!


Norwegian Investment Forum is an official partner of Oslo Innovation Week
October, 12-16, 2015
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Norwegian Venture Capital Investment Awards 2015

Norwegian Investment Forum in cooperation with Norwegian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (NVCA) are announcing four awards this year.
The award ceremony will take place during the NVCA VIP reception during Norwegian Investment Forum. The deadline for proposals for the awards is October 1st, 2015.

Nominations to the categories must be handed to the Chair of the Jury before October 1st 2015. E-mail your nomination to Karl-Christian Agerup: kc@oslotech.no

Awards will be given for the following categories

Investor of the Year
Exit of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Service Provider of the Year

The jury consists of the following persons

Karl-Chr Agerup. Oslotech (Chair of the Jury)
Jostein Vik, Viking Venture & Board of Directors NVCA
Jørgen Blystad, Argentum
Rune Sævik, Investinor

Nominations to the categories must be handed to the Chair of the Jury before October 1st 2015. E-mail your nomination to Karl-Christian Agerup: kc@oslotech.no


All Awards are based upon the achievements in the period Sept 1, 2014 – Aug 31st, 2015.
Investor of the Year
This award is for professional excellence and is open to all Norwegian individuals, investment firms and corporate investment arms that make investments predominantly in early stage companies.
The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:
     – A track record of innovative fundraising, investments and exits in the early stage sector
     – A reputation for adding considerable value – not just finance – to portfolio companies in early stage
     – A reputation for working closely with the early stage investment community
     – A strong network from which to source deals
     – An ability to assess opportunities, manage the due diligence process and close deals in difficult circumstances

Exit of the Year

This award is open to all Norwegian investors who achieved an exit for shares or cash.
The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:
 – Role in growing the business
Role in the exit strategy and executing the deal
The shareholder value created by the exit
The impact on the Founder shareholders
The positive impact on the wider community

Entrepreneur of the year

This award is to acknowledge Norwegian entrepreneurs and their contribution to the European economy.
We are looking for the standout Entrepreneur of the year who has made a significant impact in the past 12 months through:

     – Their contribution to the Entrepreneurial eco-system
Successful fundraising or exit activity
Successes in the past year such as business growth, leadership excellence and delivering value to shareholders
 – The viability and future growth potential of their business

Service Provider of the Year

This award is open to specialist advisor firms across all disciplines that serve the Norwegian venture capital industry. This includes legal advisors, placement agents, venture debt providers, head-hunters and due diligence providers.
The judges will be looking for evidence demonstrating:
An ability to be innovative, creative and adding value in a deal
 – Commitment to contribute to the industry and to drive it forward

Please note that nominations to the categories must be handed to the Chair of the Jury before October 1st 2015. E-mail your nomination to Karl-Christian Agerup: kc@oslotech.no

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Conference Venue:
The Norwegian Investment Forum 2015 takes place in
Oslo Science Park Conference Centre.

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