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

The Growth Readiness Programme is designed for start-ups or businesses looking to expand their networks in the UK and get first-hand advice from experienced venture capital investors on their growth journey. The programme, and its mentors, offer support, guidance and help in understanding the investment landscape and funding options available for businesses, tips on how to approach and work with investors, 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, mentoring, wider access to a powerful network of Swedish-British investment and tech professionals.

The programme includes four in-person 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, and throughout the year, the 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 capital
  • 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
  • Increase your brand awareness and gain marketing exposure towards the Swedish-British business community
  • Gain free access to events and courses hosted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and partnering organisations in conjunction with the meet-ups in London

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 for 2020/2021

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

Investor, Octopus Ventures

Conor sits in the Consumer and Growth pods, focusing on deal origination, execution and due diligence activity as well as portfolio company development. Prior to joining Octopus Ventures in 2020, Conor was a Principal at Frog Capital, a European scale-up stage technology investor, where he led UK deal origination and worked with several companies including Azimo, SHE Software and Vulog. He also spent 4 years at Arma Partners, where he advised on several high-profile European technology transactions, including the sales of Momondo, CarTrawler and Metrologic.Conor graduated from the University of York with a degree in Economics.

Yusuf Özdalga

Yusuf Özdalga

Partner, QED Investors

Yusuf is a London based Partner at QED Investors with a focus on European financial technology and consumer fi- nance companies. Yusuf joined QED in 2017, and his career has spanned roles as an operator, advisor, entrepreneur and investor. His current portfolio of investments include Wage- stream, Zopa, and GAIN Credit.

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.
Hussein Kanji

Hussein Kanji

Partner, Hoxton Ventures

Hussein is a partner at Hoxton Ventures. He currently represents Hoxton on the boards of Biotx, Giraffe360, Kbox Global, Skin Analytics, SOC.OS, TourRadar, XYZ Reality and Yieldify, and serves as a board observer on Behavox, Darktrace, Fy!, Karakuri, Loveshark and Panakeia. He previously served on the boards of Babylon Health, bd4travel (acquired by Dnata), Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media) and Deliveroo.

Triin Linamagi

Triin Linamagi

VP Investments, The Venture Collective

Triin is investing in fast-growing, early-stage technology companies at The Venture Collective. Before joining TVC, she was Investor at Founders Factory, a highly active early-stage investor, where she worked closely with corporates such as easyJet, The Guardian, and Aviva by looking after Travel, Media, FinTech, and AI investments. Prior Founders Factory she was heading the ecosystem at Startupbootcamp FinTech. She has previously established a handful of technology businesses, and has years of experience building and supporting startups and providing them access to growth and finance. She was also recognized by Innovate Finance's 2018 and 2019 Women in FinTech Powerlist.

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.
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).
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. 

Daniel Glazer

Daniel Glazer

London Office Managing Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Daniel Glazer is an American technology lawyer, strategic business advisor, and the founding partner of WSGR's London office. Since the 2010 launch of the UK Government's "Tech City" initiative, he has focused on supporting high-growth UK and other European companies with U.S. expansion and fundraising, and connecting the UK and wider European tech communities with U.S. investors, corporates, advisors and other stakeholders.

Archie Mason

Archie Mason

Director, True

Archie is Director at retail and consumer innovation and in- vestment firm True. Archie works with True’s global Partners, including M&S, John Lewis Partnership, TJX and Shell Retail, to provide sustained, filtered, pre-emptive access to a flow of relevant technology innovation supporting their most materi- al corporate priorities. Archie previously lead JLP Ventures, the innovation team of the John Lewis Partnership, and prior to that, was a Strategy Consultant at at PwC.

 

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.

Vinay Solanki

Vinay Solanki

Head of Commercial Growth Fund, Channel 4 Ventures

Vinay leads Channel 4 Ventures, the media investment arm of Channel 4, a leading UK public service broadcaster with a global reputation for uniquely young and affluent viewers.  The investment division invests media assets in return for stakes and helps digital companies reach mass scale.  Since joining in 2015, Vinay has overseen over 20 primary investments, and his portfolio has included two IPOs, including Pinterest. Vinay is passionate about digital consumer investment and solving challenges in the marketing and growth phase funding ecosystem.  Vinay has degrees in Law from University College London, and an MBA from Imperial College, and previously worked at Getty Images and Liberty Global in M&A and strategic development roles.
Hannah Prideaux

Hannah Prideaux

Investment Manager, M7 Structura

Hannah is an Investment Manager at M7 Structura, a European focused Property Technology Venture Capital firm. Hannah sources and invests in young technology companies who are tackling problems and creating innovative solutions across the real estate sector. Prior to this, she spent 10 years in advisory positions at Savills and PwC and two years in operational and business development roles in PropTech start-ups.

Zoe Peden

Zoe Peden

VC Investor, Ananda Impact Ventures

Zoe is an experienced tech entrepreneur turned VC investor for Ananda Impact Ventures. She has over 20 years operating and board experience in technology companies and currently sits as Ananda Board Observer for Dr Doctor and Arbor Education. She co-founded one of the UK’s top grossing assistive technology apps back in 2010  and now spends her time looking for Europe’s most impactful tech entrepreneurs to invest in. Zoe is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School and founder of FutureWorldVC a community of diverse, impact minded VCs.

David Guérin

David Guérin

Principal, Brighteye Ventures

David is a Principal at Brighteye Ventures (EdTech focused VC). David comes from an operational and consultancy background. He previously ran the marketing efforts at a leading healthcare start-up in Mexico, and worked as a management consultant in LATAM.

Miguel Nigorra

Miguel Nigorra

Principal, Fifth Wall

Miguel Nigorra is a Principal and Head of Europe Strategic Ventures at Fifth Wall, where he focuses on technology and innovation, and drives value creation transformations with startups and corporate partners in Europe. Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Miguel worked at McKinsey for over nine years in the Madrid and London offices. As part of the digital practice, he led teams across Europe in numerous real estate engagements. He also was a Business Development & Strategy Manager at Fon Wireless, the largest WiFi network in the world. Miguel started his career at The Coca Cola Company and Diageo. Miguel is from Madrid, and currently lives in London. 

Charles Madon

Charles Madon

Partner, LEGO Ventures

Charles is a London-based partner at LEGO Ventures investing along the LEGO mission of Learning through Play, and focusing on EdTech and Digital Play (Gaming) across Western Europe and the Nordics. Prior to LEGO Ventures, Charles worked in London at Atami Capital investing in consumer-facing startups in Europe and Southeast Asia, and in Montreal in the investment divisions of TD and RBC. Charles started his career at iSentium Technologies, a fintech startup also based in Montreal.

Participating Companies 2020/2021

Akribian

Akribian

Henrik Rosvall, CTO and Founder, Martin Hassler Hallstedt, Ceo and Founder & Per Wargéus, Chairman of the Board

Akribian, former known as Scientific EdTech, is an award-winning Swedish company that focuses on science and learning. Its first product is called "Chasing Planets"​ (Planetjakten in Swedish), and it helps primary school students learn curricular math. Chasing Planets is scientifically validated, tested in Swedish schools and based on real student & teacher feedback. In the doctoral thesis 'Closing the Gap'​, author and founder of the company, Martin Hassler Hallstedt, proves that the product substantially improves the results of students struggling with math. Akribian makes learning fun, easy and effective, and its long-term goal is to help children succeed in math so that they can live better lives.

Ansofy

Ansofy

Participants: Theresa Weber-Qvarfort, CEO & Fredrik Larsson, CTO

Ansofy is a revolutionary app where you build your own newspaper based on locality, subject, category and publication source. It should be simple, smooth and easy to create an overview of all the news in the world. Ansofy is a space for you to do that – where you decide.  How you want to read the news should be up to you. Whether you want top news from Europe, sports from Sweden or international financial news from Asia. It’s your choice.

BMP Innovation

BMP Innovation

Participants: Michael Jäderlind, Chairman of the Board & Graham McCarthy, General Manager

BMP is a tech company founded in 2016 by a group of friends with complementing and extensive industrial experience with the mission to provide non-invasive, innovative Test and Measurement systems to the modern agricultural market and food industry using high end cameras, embedded solutions, Image processing and AI/ML. Acknowledged by EIP-Agri and LRF-Macklean as one of Sweden's most innovative agritech companies, Seal of Excellence EU Commission (H2020-SME).

Custodi

Custodi

Participants: Peter Östling, CEO and CO-Founder & Jesper Zandin, CTO

Custodi was started in January 2019 by Jesper Zandin and Peter Östling, two entrepreneurs with experience from both IT and the construction industry. They had repeatedly encountered situations where a conflict between two parties had arisen due to a lack of common structure. There was a lack of tools and technical solutions to support the special relationship that is built between two parties in a temporary business exchange. Custodi's goal is to offer appropriate platforms in areas where today's solutions leave room for uncertainty and insecurity.

Fenix Funeral

Fenix Funeral

Participants: Mikael Novak, CO-Founder and CEO & Charlotte Runius, CO- Founder and CFO

Fenix offers caring support for funeral planning and estate issues, made easy and affordable online. Customers may take their time to review options discreetly, and remotely, and at a lower cost.

memmo

memmo

Participants: Gustav Lundberg Toresson, CEO and Co-founder & Tobias Bengtsdahl, COO and Co-founder

memmo is a platform that offers personalised video messages from well-known profiles to their fans and follower. The next generation of fan experiences, available for everyone. Book unique messages by the people you admire, unique to only you and the ones you share it with. Connect to your most dedicated fans on a more personal level than ever before, in only 30 seconds. With a mission to make memories, memmo is a new form of communication between icons and their admirers. 

Smart Visualizer Sweden

Smart Visualizer Sweden

Participants: Alexander Zinnert, CEO & Miso Iric, CFO

Smart Visualizer is an AI web-based 3D visualisation platform. They visualize anything with a maximum toolset and features. Online collaboration and teamwork from different industries and data sources. They publish or share the visualisations to Smart Visualizer is an AI web-based 3D visualization platform, for complete collaboration between data and users, as in digital twins and for smart cities. In Smart Visualizer you can import data from more or less any data source and any data file. The AI engine translates and corrects the files and imports them directly into Smart Visualizer. A collaboration platform for data delivery and for visualization, online and live. Create, modify, develop and analyze the imported data, and in the next unique step, export to any data file and data source. Share links with customers, citizens who can visually see and take part in information, visual effects and give opinions, vote or create dialogues with citizens. Data service providers can use our platform as part of their own data delivery to their customers, where they can work and export their visually created data to their customers. or citizens and allow them to use toolsets in their visualisation.

SoundLily

SoundLily

Participants: Peder Bylander, Managing Director & Patrik Sventelius, Senior Adviser

Did you know that 9 in 10 children in the UK, in the age of 6 to 16, want learn a musical instrument? Our vision is to be the leader in music edtech. SoundLily is a fantastic and ground-breaking software for anyone who would like to enhance their musical skills. By using SoundLily the end user can practice playing an instrument to backing tracks synchronised with sheet music, with great functionalities to change the pitch and speed of the music. Including original content and content from music publishers. Furthermore, SoundLily distributes music learning material perfectly suited for distance learning, thus safeguarding public health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Target Aid

Target Aid

Participants: James Reason, CEO & Anna De Geer, COO

Target Aid offers a SaaS solution to corporations, associations and NGOs communicating their social engagement by implementing a broad and sustainable content base through our unique platform. Target Aid's digital tool, the impact profile enables corporations to visualize, communicate and nourish engagement, while the platform allows NGOs and associations to expose themselves to donors and initiate crowd funding as well as establish various partnerships. Target Aid is growing exponentially. Today more than 150 organizations with over 300 projects have chosen to join the platform spread over 30 countries and relating to all of the 17 SDGs.

The Third Act

The Third Act

Participants: Cecilia Seddigh, CEO & Marcus Karlsson, CPO

The Third Act offer digital pension advice that guides to create your financial plan towards a set goal. The service is adapted to the different phases of life – Saving – Planning – Withdrawal phase. They have developed mathematical models and algorithms that together with your preferences and needs will optimize your pension plan given your current pension savings. You will receive an individual advice on how to achieve your plan. We will continuously monitor your pension plan and, if necessary, propose changes if you deviate from your goal. The service is offered via mobile application and web. The digital customer journey considers your driving forces and external triggers that help you understand and take control. The design is interactive with responsive simulations and calculations.
Wehype

Wehype

Participants: Robin Åström, Founder and CEO & Gustaf Smith, Founder and Chief Partnership Manager

WeHype connects brands and gaming influencers for marketing campaigns on global scale. Leveraging the largest gaming influencer network on the planet, they help brands reach billions of gamers. The platform helps brands remove manual overhead and ensure targeting.
Wiser

Wiser

Participants: Emre Cubukcu, CEO and Founder & Nilsu Derici, Co-Founder and COO

Wiser is a subscription-based social network that connects intelligent, curious individuals – providing a platform for them to discover and stream podcasts and videos or read articles based on the recommendations of one another.

Zesec of Sweden

Zesec of Sweden

Participants: Thomas A Rejmell, CEO and Founder & Patrick Johansson, CBDO

Zesec is a digital platform that manages and distributes access in a building, the mobile becomes a keychain. This opens up for a lot of new opportunities for all involved parties. Zesec handles the access and makes sure it’s a seamless customer journey for everyone.

Programme Director

Katarina Sallerfors

Katarina Sallerfors

Katarina is Head of Communications at Apax Partners. She 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.

Participation fees

SCC member, member of partner organisation and alumni:  7500 SEK + VAT / £650 + VAT
Non-members: 15,000 SEK + VAT / £1,300 + VAT

 

Hosted in partnership with the British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Chalmers Ventures, Findec, Ideon Science Park, Recapex, Sandbacka Science Park, Skane Startups, Stockholms Handelskammare, and Östsvenska Handelskammaren. 

 

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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