Growth Readiness Programme – Connecting Swedish tech start-ups with London based investors

The Growth Readiness Programme is designed for start-ups or businesses looking for first-hand advice from experienced venture capital investors on their growth journey. The programme, and its mentors, offers support, guidance and help in understanding the processes behind raising series A, and connects you with one of the largest investment communities in the world. 

Contents of the programme

The programme offers a combination of workshops, presentations, matchmaking, mentorship and wider access to a powerful network of Swedish-British investment and tech professionals.

The programme includes four evening meet-ups in London over the course of one year. Facilitated by a programme director, the meet-ups address topics that are relevant in preparing your business for growth and ‘getting your ducks in a row’. What type of investors and finance options are available to you? What are investors looking for? How do you work with your investor once onboard? During the meet-ups all the businesses and mentors will get to network, discuss key business topics and ways forward. It will help you develop practical skills, tools and knowledge to bring your business to the next level. In addition to the joint meet-ups, the various mentors are available to assist you based on your needs and their relevant expertise. 

The Programme will help you to

  • Accelerate your business’ journey to raising series A funding
  • Better understand the various sources of finance and capital available to growth businesses in the largest financial centre in the world
  • Develop practical understanding of what investors will be looking for, and how to prepare appropriately
  • Develop a unique eco-system of connections and potential door openers in the London based investment community
  • Share experiences with other businesses on similar journeys to yours

Growth Readiness Programme 2019/2020: Meetup 1

The first meetup featured a panel discussion followed by a speed dating session between mentors and mentees. 

See more photos from the first meetup here: https://bit.ly/34V0jSK

Mentors

Daniel Freeman

Daniel Freeman

Managing Partner, C5 Capital

Daniel Freeman is Managing Partner of C5 Capital, a specialist venture capital fund focussed on mid- to late-stage investments in the secure data ecosystem (cyber security, data analytics, and cloud computing infrastructure). Daniel has 19 years of public and private investment experience. Daniel is also a a Member of C5’s Investment Committee.

Henry Gladwyn

Henry Gladwyn

Principal, OMERS Ventures

Henry Gladwyn, Principal at OMERS Ventures, is responsible for research and execution of investment opportunities as well as of supporting portfolio companies post-investment. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Gladwyn was an investor at BGF Ventures where he led several Series A & B investments including the Cybersecurity startup, Garrison Technology, and the biometric identity platform, AimBrain.
Malin Holmberg

Malin Holmberg

Partner, Target Global

Malin Holmberg, Partner at Target Global, works with inspirational startups, challenging old industries and building new category leaders. Her role is both to find and invest in the right entrepreneurs, as well as support them post investment. Prior to this, Malin was the CEO of large subscription-based businesses and has experience in scaling up teams and processes, driving hyper-growth and restructuring/pivoting businesses. 

Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Analyst, Hoxton Ventures

Hussein Kanji is a London-based venture capitalist, who backs tech start-ups to become “giants in their field”. He is a founding partner of London-based VC Hoxton Ventures. Prior to Hoxton, Kanji spent time at Accel in London and at Microsoft in the U.S., as well as at various companies in Silicon Valley. Kanji has a strong background in enterprise software, internet infrastructure and consumer internet products.
Joe Knowles

Joe Knowles

Principal, Smedvig Capital

Joe Knowles is Principal at Smedvig Capital, having joined in 2015. He is currently a board member of Infinity, Poq, Adzuna and Masabi and was on the board of Picture Production Company prior to exit in 2017 and My Home Move in 2019. Joe spends half his time finding and executing investments. This means meeting with hundreds of ambitious founders to understand their mission to improve the world we live in by bringing technology to life (the fascinating part). He spends the other half of his time working with the teams he has backed to help them achieve their ambition (the rewarding part).
Triin Linamagi

Triin Linamagi

Investment Lead, FinTech & AI, Founders Factory

Triin is looking after investments at Founders Factory - a highly active early-stage investor in London, backed by seven leading international corporates: L'Oreal, M&S, The Guardian Media Group, Aviva, easyJet, Holtzbrinck, CSC and Standard Bank. Combined with a full-time team of 60 specialists, Founders Factory offers founders the best platform to launch or scale their startup.
William Mercer

William Mercer

Venture Director, Zag

William is an early stage business strategist, who helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into sustainable businesses. His experience spans finance, venture capital and consultancy. William has founded four ventures and is an adviser to five tech start-ups. He is currently Venture Director at Zag, a hands-on early stage venture fund.
Conor Scanlan

Conor Scanlan

Principal, Frog Capital

Conor Scanlan is a Principal at Frog Capital, and a core part of their deal origination, execution and due diligence activity. He is part of the investment team that led Frog’s investments and ongoing work in Dealflo and Vulog. Prior to Frog, Conor spent 4 years at Arma Partners, where he advised on several high profile European technology transactions, including the sales of Momondo, CarTrawler and Metrologic. He also has spent time at Forward Partners, an early stage VC based in London, investing in Applied AI, ecommerce and marketplace start-ups.

Sitar Teli

Sitar Teli

Managing Partner, Connect Ventures

Sitar Teli is a founder and managing partner of Connect Ventures, a venture firm she and her partners started in 2012. Since its founding, Connect has invested in over 40 companies across Europe, including Fiit, Kheiron, Citymapper, Typeform, OurPath and Soldo.
Jenny Tooth

Jenny Tooth

Chief Executive, UK Business Angels Association

Jenny Tooth has since July 2012 taken the role of CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing, which superseded the British Business Angels Association. Jenny provided strategic support to BBAA since its establishment in 2004, supporting both policy and interfacing with Government, as well as developing the trade body’s major annual events, before becoming the founding CEO of UKBAA. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of supporting SMEs access to investment, both in the UK and internationally.

Lina Wenner

Lina Wenner

Principal, firstminute capital

Lina Wenner joined firstminute from the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked alongside global corporates across Consumer, Energy and Heavy Industrials, advising on digital strategy, restructuring and M&A as a member of the corporate finance team. At firstminute, Wenner leads on sourcing for the Nordic and German-speaking regions and has a strong interest in digital health, robotics, direct-to-consumer brands and femtech.
Ulrika Werdelin

Ulrika Werdelin

Chief Platform Officer, Accel

Ulrika Werdelin is responsible for talent, organisation, brand and the broader Accel eco-system in Europe. She is an experienced senior manager of investment companies, including PE, growth, VC, distressed debt and real estate with a focus on managing projects, people and transactions. Ulrika Werdelin has twenty years of experience in the Financial Services industry including positions as MD and European COO of Goldman Sachs PIA and COO of Lapithus.

Participating Companies

Beleco

Beleco

Sebastian Rudenstam

Beleco is a design-tech startup that offers furniture on-demand. Their concept brings together high-quality design with simplicity and high availability letting users access items both shorter and longer time. Sebastian is co-founder and CBDO at Beleco. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

debricked

debricked

Daniel Wisenhoff

debricked creates automated tools and services to make the digital landscape a safer place for companies. Its focus area is on how businesses can use open source components to speed up the development of their products and services but by avoiding the risks associated with open source.

HomeMaker

HomeMaker

Sebastian Karlsson

A SaaS company digitizing the Real Estate and Construction industry. Creating and enhancing revenue streams, enables construction efficiency. Sebastian is the CEO of Homemaker. The company was founded in 2014 and is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Humly

Humly

Kristoffer Persson & Gustav Bild

A digital marketplace that connects schools with educators that makes a difference.
Kristoffer, CPO and Gustav, CEO are the co-founders of Humly. The company was founded in 2015 and is currently expanding to Norway and the UK.

Natta

Natta

Jon Sprank

Natta is a voice first technology platform building apps on Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant / Siri Smart Speakers. Jon is the founder of Natta and has previously work with Swedish Startups on their growth journeys, from fintech to unicorn. The company is in an early stage and will begin to launch in the UK market.

Northfork

Northfork

Erik Wallin & Robin Rendahl

Northfork enables a user journey based on recipe and meal plan shopping that reduce time to check out, leading to higher conversion. Erik, CMO and Robin, CEO are co-founders of Northfork. The company was founded in 2014 and is active in Europe and the US. They are now planning to expand to the UK.

StoryTourist

StoryTourist

Anderas Jansson & Johanna Forsman

StoryTourist is a tourism experience where books, films and other stories come to life, turning the world around us into a playground for the imagination.

Spiideo

Spiideo

Fredrik Ademar & Patrik Olsson 

Spiideo makes advanced sports video recording easy, useful and accessible for athletes and coaches. In practice as well as competition, Spiideo solutions are successfully used within a wide variety of areas, ranging from individual sports like track and field, swimming, skiing to field team sports like soccer, handball etc.

Tipser

Tipser

Marcus Jacobsson

Tipser is the e-commerce backbone for publishers. A customized Concept Store with full inventory, e-commerce tools for editors and buyable content. Marcus is the founder and CEO of Tipser. The company was founded in 2012 and will soon be expanding to the UK.

YourPdi

YourPdi

Patricia Ingemarsson & Jenny Wouri

YourPDi is the GO-TO app that makes life easy to get organised of what is important about yourself, your home, family, things and your project. Everything in one place - securly stored in the cloud. Patricia and Jenny are the co-founders of YourPDi. The company was founded in 2017 and is currently expanding to the UK.

Programme Director

Katarina Sallerfors

Katarina Sallerfors

Katarina has more than a decade of experience advising financial services and investment firms on reputation management and strategic communications, particularly around corporate positioning, financial transactions and crisis situations. She is a Director at Greenbrook Communications and before that she worked for The Carlyle Group, as an Associate Vice President in their EMEA External Affairs team.

Participation fees

SCC member, member of partner organisation and alumni:  7500 SEK + VAT / £615 + VAT
Non-members: 15,000 SEK + VAT / £1,230 + VAT

Application

The programme is closed for applications. The applications for next year's programme will open in the autumn of 2020. 

Hosted in partnership with SUP46, Findec, Handelskammaren Jönköpings Län, Stockholms Handelskammare, Sting, Skåne Startups, E-Commerce Park of Sweden, Minc and other Swedish accelerators and incubators. 

 

Get in touch

Are you interested in finding out more about the Growth Readiness Mentorship Programme? Please get in contact with Business Services Manager Anna Crona.

Anna Crona

Business Services Manager

crona@scc.org.uk

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