How do you combine Nordic innovation, Japanese networks, and Silicon Valley mindset to make a positive impact on the world?
Welcome to the fireside chat of Startup Grind Stockholm with Claes Mikko Nilsen, Investment Director at NordicNinja - the biggest Japanese deep tech fund in Europe investing in companies building the world we want to live in. From self-driving electric trucks to AI-driven identity verification; from brain scan analytics predicting Alzheimer’s to mixed reality headsets training astronauts for their Mars mission; from seamless urban mobility to end-to-end transparency of sensitive supply chains, NordicNinja VC is searching for #1 teams in the world who are based in the New Nordics.
In this fireside chat, we discuss:
⭐️ What led to the formation of NordicNinja VC?
⭐️ What's the investment focus of the fund?
⭐️ How is the fund different from other VCs in the Nordics?
⭐️ What technologies, teams, and markets are of interest when it comes to investing?
⭐️ How does Claes view the Nordic state of VC?
⭐️ Given the current global VC / startup climate, what are recommendations from Claes for the startup founders?
⭐️ How, in Claes' view, deep tech investment works: insights for startup founders!
⭐️ Claes has a passion for pitch moderation: what are some guidelines for startup founders, esp. in the deep tech space?
⭐️ A short - but deep - dive in Claes' angel networks expertise for ecosystems and experts listening in to the fireside chat.
⭐️ Audience Q&A and open-mic!
The discussion will be moderated by Naimul Abd, Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead at Coompanion Stockholm, serial impact entrepreneur, Regional Director Nordics at the Founder Institute, and Director Startup Grind Stockholm.
Claes Mikko Nilsen is the investment director at the Nordic & Baltic fund NordicNinja VC. He is a Finnish-Norwegian, quick-witted character, well-known of his pitch moderator skills. Claes Mikko is an angel network expert and previously co-founded and worked as the first director of Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), which is one of the largest and most active angel networks in Europ…
Claes Mikko Nilsen is the investment director at the Nordic & Baltic fund NordicNinja VC. He is a Finnish-Norwegian, quick-witted character, well-known of his pitch moderator skills. Claes Mikko is an angel network expert and previously co-founded and worked as the first director of Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), which is one of the largest and most active angel networks in Europe, actively inspiring private startup investing. FiBAN received the Finnish Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic in November 2017. After FiBAN, Claes Mikko moved over to manage the "Nordic angel Dating service" as the Managing Director of Nordic Business Angel Network (NordicBAN), which is driven by active business angels and angel networks. NordicBAN represents over 10 Nordic & Baltic business angel networks, linking over 1700 business angels, sharing angel investing best practices and supporting the matching of syndication ready startups.
In addition to angel activity, Claes Mikko has been part of developing Slush's Investor Day concept, which today is one of the most important events in the North-European startup scene. Claes Mikko has also entrepreneurial background and during his studies was part of establishing student entrepreneurship society BoostTurku. Claes Mikko has worked with startup guiding at EnterpriseHelsinki and building their startup accelerator service, currently NewCo Helsinki. Claes Mikko was a steering board member at the Rising North Fund, which funded startup ecosystem initiatives supporting internationalization of Nordic startups.
Claes Mikko is fascinated about startup energy, being able to deliver, and finding that perfect one-liner.
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Naimul is a business advisor at Coompanion Stockholm
- Coaches more than 500 startup founders every year
- Responsible for partnerships, events, and ecosystem development
- Speaks at startup events and mentors at workshops and hackathons
- Also an early-stage impact entrepreneur and investor in startups
Before coming to Sweden he has been a marketing director for a fast-paced retail chain and has also consulted more than 20 multinational companies on consumer insights and strategic brand building.
In his spare time he makes music, you can follow him on Spotify.
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