It is a real pleasure to look back at 2019 in Keiretsu Forum Nordics.
We have met with over 100 brilliant ventures of a variety that you can’t find in any other investor network. We have also grown with new members and we have seen the birth of Keiretsu’s first fund; Cross Nordic Capital, which will be the start of the next level collaboration across the Nordics and Baltics within our great community. It will actually be the first Business Angel fund with a mandate to invest across the Nordics and Baltics. The mission is to bring the Nordic and Baltic business angels closer to each other by co-investing with the fund. You can read more about the fund here https://dev.keiretsuforumnordics.com/2020-launch-of-the-cross-nordic-capital-fund/
During the year we have launched our first Investor Training program through Keiretsu Academy. With ten investors combining theory with practical venture selection and investing, similar to the Nordic Angel Program earlier launched by our fellow investment groups across the Nordics and Baltics, the program has resulted in a brand new way for our members to work together to screen ventures and finally announce a winner; a venture to receive a share investment from the group. The winning investment will be announced at our annual Investor Capital Expo on the 23rd of January in Stockholm.
Another big news is that Keiretsu Forum Nordics, together with the new venture capital firm Edge Venture Capital and the Swedish Venture Capital Association, is presenting the first Nordic LP/GP event for institutional investors, family offices and pension funds interested in investing in emerging Nordic and Baltic VC-teams: Nordic Allocation.
The first Nordic Allocation annual summit event on the 22nd of January in Stockholm is a new space for investors in VC-firms to meet and share best practice on how to work with the best emerging VC teams in the Nordics. Instead of ventures pitching to Investors, VC teams will be pitching to institutional investors, family offices and fund of fund investors interested in the Nordic VC market. More information at www.nordicallocation.com.
Finally, and most important; we have a new CEO and President at Keiretsu Forum Nordics!
I am extremely pleased to announce that Anette Nordvall has joined our team. Anette does not only hold impressive titles as one of Sweden’s Most Powerful Tech-investors and Nordic100 Most Influencial Person, she is also a wonderful addition to our community with huge knowledge and experience as a successful entrepreneur in the U.S, private investor in the Nordics, experienced business executive, chairwoman and founder of investor networks such as NordicBAN and STOAF Associates. Anette and I have invested together since early 2011 when she came back to Sweden from the US. We share the same values and mission in supporting the ecosystem for startups and scaleups, as well as bringing the Nordics and Baltics investor community closer together.
Please join me in giving Anette a warm welcome, we are so happy to have you joining our Keiretsu team and family, welcome Anette!
On January 23, I hope to see at our great annual event Investor Capital Expo. This year we are aiming higher than ever before, with great keynote speakers as Tina and Tom Sjögren, who will share with us their unbelievable and inspiring story as adventurers and space tech entrepreneurs, we will see 12 high quality ventures pitching and we will focus on the most important question right now: how can we support the innovation that will take us to a sustainable future?
My warmest Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!
TED ELVHAGE, CHAIRMAN