Startup investment is on a tight leash - that's the general sentiment that seems to be taking shape in the wake of the Y-Combinator letter that sparked enormous online debate.
There are so many questions to dive into, and for these and more, welcome to our fireside chat with Simon Olson, Founder & CEO of XY Ventures - a seed fund in Stockholm, Sweden, the second most unicorn dense area in the world. XY Ventures focuses on funding high potential software startups targeting digital disruption opportunities through a network of 20 international corporations.
Simon has been recognized as a future global leader by the prestigious organization The Hive, affiliated with Stanford, Harvard, Singularity University and NASA and ranked #3 Social Change Maker by Business Weekly’s list of 101 Swedish Super Talents.
Here's what we are discussing:
⭐ Innovation - how do you see it, and what it means in the startup space?
⭐ What makes a founder / startup attractive for you to support / invest in?
⭐ What's the experience of building a VC fund like?
⭐ How do you choose your focus in a fund? How specific you need to be?
⭐ How is the Nordic region seen in the world? Cautious / founder-friendly?
⭐ How bad are things looking for startups? What type / stage of startups?
⭐ Is early-stage startup formation immune to the global challenges we see in the funding landscape?
⭐ As someone involved in several VC funds, accelerators, what will be your advice to startup founders in terms of raising money?
⭐ How do you achieve focus in the midst of all your initiatives?
⭐ How should founders get in touch with XY Ventures and your all other initiatives?
The discussion will be moderated by Naimul Abd, Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead at Coompanion Stockholm, serial impact entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor at the Founder Institute, and Director Startup Grind Stockholm.
Founder & CEO
Simon is a curious visionary and an explorer. He has a burning passion for challenging norms with insights from leadership and new technology. He has been recognized as a future global leader by the prestigious organization The Hive, affiliated with Stanford, Harvard, Singularity University and NASA and ranked #3 Social Change Maker by Business Weekly’s list of 101 Swedish Super Talents. He ha…
Simon is a curious visionary and an explorer. He has a burning passion for challenging norms with insights from leadership and new technology. He has been recognized as a future global leader by the prestigious organization The Hive, affiliated with Stanford, Harvard, Singularity University and NASA and ranked #3 Social Change Maker by Business Weekly’s list of 101 Swedish Super Talents. He has also been awarded Swedish social challenger of the year by Nova, ranked top 100 most powerful Swedes by News24, ranked top #2 mentor at founder institute, awarded top 5 emerging fund manager by VCLabs, and announced a Swedish young leader by HMH King Carl Gustaf XVI. He has founded several companies, one of which awarded first runner up in MIT’s global entrepreneurial accelerator program, as well as the Nordic hub of MIT launch to boost young entrepreneurs to aspire greatness. He is also an active advisor and board member for several startups, one of which was featured in Billboard magazine, and has helped serve rail companies raise seed rounds. In his daily work, Simon is the head of Innovation at KPMG where he leads the development of Innovation advisory. He has previously been the head of Ideation and lead an AI accelerator program at Tieto, the largest Tech company in the Nordics, and alumn of Tieto’s future leader program - awarded employee of the year in 2018. He is a reoccurring keynote speaker on leadership, innovation and venture capital at C-level. Outside work he engages in several important initiatives that challenge and drive society forward. He has played a pivotal roll as CTO of The New Academy whom in December 2018 awarded the alternative Nobel prize in literature - featured in the Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Huffington Post, and has been on the board of TEDx in Sweden. He has also held the position of Chief Operation Officer of the non-profit Futuristas who helps entrepreneurs in Africa, and is an active advisory for Singularity University's Global Solution Program, Founder Institute, Masschallenge, Tech stars and affiliate investor at Y-combinator. In his latest venture - XY Ventures, he was selected to attend founder institute’s VC Lab were he graduated top 5 among 1000 applicant funds. He holds an MSc in Energy engineering and management and has studied entrepreneurship and innovation leadership at MIT.
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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