Too many great ideas, entrepreneurs and solutions stay overlooked and unsupported due to them not conforming to what is known, and thereby expected, by the traditional investment landscape. For some, they are unconventional, but unconventional is often what the world needs in order to change.
Welcome to our fireside chat with Nora Bavey General Partner at Unconventional Ventures and Co-Founder at the UV Accelerator, the first digital accelerator for diverse founders. Unconventional Ventures invests in startups in the pre-seed and seed stage led by diverse founders identifying as women, people of color, immigrants and/or LGBTQ+, building scalable impact tech companies in the Nordics and beyond.
In this fireside chat, we discuss:
⭐️ Why is the VC & Tech landscape still closed?
⭐️ Is Nordics better- or worse-off compared to the rest of the world?
⭐️ How should diverse founders overcome systematic racism and ecosystem barriers?
⭐️ Which founders / groups are the hardest hit?
⭐️ What is the long-term impact of a closed and non-diverse startup ecosystem?
⭐️ What are the long-range solutions for correcting the VC & Tech space around DEI?
⭐️ What's the big vision / why for Unconventional Ventures?
⭐️ What the funding capacity and focus of the fund - how should founders reach team?
⭐️ Nora is outspoken around issues considered a taboo or politically incorrect in terms of the traditional narrative of the VC world - does the VC and tech world put "a pressure to conform" on Nora or other similar outspoken voices?
⭐️ 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.
Nora has been an active key figure in the tech industry the last 13 years. Responsible for many of the successful strategies implemented by big tech companies as well as startups in the Nordic region. Before moving into the VC industry, she was an EdTech founder that built and launched concepts for supporting underrepresented founders in the Nordics as well as supporting boards and management …
Nora has been an active key figure in the tech industry the last 13 years. Responsible for many of the successful strategies implemented by big tech companies as well as startups in the Nordic region. Before moving into the VC industry, she was an EdTech founder that built and launched concepts for supporting underrepresented founders in the Nordics as well as supporting boards and management teams with insights and learnings on DEI and how to implement best practices. Nora is named one of the Most Powerful Women in Business, one of the 50 most influential in Tech 2022, Most important Female investor 2021 and among Sweden’s 101 Sustainability Leaders 2020.
Business Advisor & Partnerships LeadSee Bio
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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