It's increasingly hard to make solid returns from traditional investments, and at the same time, new types of investments are being explored faster than ever before. What will the future hold for investing and venture capital? Will it be more inclusive than the current situation? Will you need to understand blockchain in order to invest successfully? Will regulators be able to keep up?
On February 22nd, you are invited to join the discussion of the future of funding together with top players in the Norwegian investment scene, with a visit from the founder and CEO of Europe’s Best Fintech 2017 - Funderbeam - a platform which aims to be the regulated version of the much-hyped ICOs.
• Kaidi Ruusalepp, Founder and CEO Funderbeam
• Matthew Smith, Investment Program Director at Angel Challenge
• Oskar Åslund, Co-founder of Blockchangers
• Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad, Head of Corporate Affairs at Argentum
• Sean Percival, Partner at Katapult Accelerator
Founder and CEO of Funderbeam, the global startup stock exchange built on blockchain. Funderbeam combines three stages of investor journey into one: startup analytics, investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to growth companies and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Matthew is currently, Investment Program Director at Angel Challenge. Listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the Nordics, in 2017.
Having been through several investment rounds both as a VC and founder, Matthew has realised that every investment is equally reliant on good investors as it is on good startups. Yet there is an imbalance in most startup ecosystems. There are countless initiatives geared for making startups succeed and become investor ready, but very little emphasis or support towards making investors ready. Angel Challenge mission is to introduce, educate and inspire first time Angel Investors to the world of startup investing. Through a 2-month program, they build knowledge and best practices whilst making their first investment.
To date, Angel Challenge have run 13 programs across 5 cities in Norway. Introduced and educated 254 new Angel Investors into the Norwegian startup ecosystem. In the last 2 years, these investors have mentored 300+ companies and injected over $5M of new early-stage capital into Norwegian companies. In 2016 Angel Challenge Angels were the catalysts behind 1/3 of all investments under $500K across Norway.
Ingibjörg Meyer-Myklestad heads up Argentum’s Corporate Affairs Division. Argentum is a leading asset manager that invests in private equity funds in Northern Europe. Ingibjörg has broad experience from investment management and communications with background as an analyst at DNB in Oslo and New York and consultant at Burson-Marsteller. She is also a former journalist. She holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Business from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
Oskar Åslund: Co-founder of Blockchangers AS, a center for blockchain expertise in Oslo and COO of AKJ Crypto. He has given advice and consultation to several blockchain projects and ICOs and is a public speaker and educator on the topic. He has a masters degree from the University of Oslo on the use of blockchain technology in the financial sector. The theme for this talk is ICOs, tokens and blockchain based funding.