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.