Scaling up Nordic
Emerging Technologies with an Edge

 

 

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Our mission

Backing tomorrows category winners

Edge Venture Capital is founded on the belief that innovation is a force for good in the world. Technology is a key enabler and entrepreneurs are vital change agents to build a better and more sustainable world

Innovation will strengthen our ability to compete on a global basis. For creators and investors, megatrends such as digitalization and sustainability provide opportunities to build successful companies, accomplish change and create value

We look for …

  • Nordic ventures with a proven product-market fit, looking for capabilities, network, experience and funding to scale up in a new market; USA, Europe, India or China
  • Ambitious entrepreneurs with a  scale mentality and keen to make a positive impact on the world
  • Climate tech, software and emerging technologies, primarily for B2B and industrial transformation   
  • Technological edge, IP, or defensible products that are set to become category winners – and ones that impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We believe that …

  • The Nordic region is a leader of world class entrepreneurs and innovative technology
  • Nordic-born global industries and regional university knowledge clusters nurture innovation and foster huge potential for start-ups
  • Sustainability is a megatrend shaping our world and the Nordic region is a leader in this space
  • Silicon Valley is the epicenter of venture capital, company scaling and expansion. And scaling ventures in distant markets require local knowledge and high-touch coaching

Edge General Partners

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Ted Elvhage

Managing Partner

Seasoned investor //Ted has over 20 years of investor experience in early stage and scale-up companies in Sweden, Norway, USA and Taiwan, and has a solid network in Europe and Silicon Valley.

His portfolio includes over 45 companies ranging from hi-tech and life sciences, to real estate and restaurants. In addition, Ted is co-founder of Stockholm Business Angels and sits on numerous Boards: E14 Invest, Keiretsu Forum Nordic, Gradientech, and Fingerprint Cards.

Entrepreneurs are fantastic people to work with. I love their passion and enthusiasm; they work hard, are so eager to learn, and take direction well. I feel blessed every day to have found my passion, too – set companies up for success and give investors a high yield on their investment.

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Niclas Lilja

General Partner

Seasoned investor //Nicas has over 10 years of investor experience in early stage companies. Prior to that Niclas worked in leadership positions in 3, Nasdaq and other tech companies and been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford. 

His portfolio includes over 10 companies in emerging technologies. In addition, Niclas is the chair of Propel Capital that financed over 150 startups in Stockholm.

Technology is rapidly changing the way people live and interact. I am happy to work with many entreprenuers as they impact the world of business.

Advisors

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Christian Parlanti

Senior Advisor

Entrepreneur at heart //Christian is the Senior Advisor at Edge Venture Capital and has a keen eye on future markets. He is a successful ‘spotter’ and has vetted over 100 start-ups and scale-ups in the Nordics. His entrepreneurial spirit is contagious, he identifies markets even before the consumer, has a strong network in Silicon Valley, and his European roots is an added value to Edge Venture Capital.

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Joe Cutts

Advisor

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Executive //Joe brings over ten years of investment experience to the Edge Venture Capital advisory team. As a partner at Opus Capital, Joe has an array of industry investment expertise in early stage funding which includes companies such as FedEx, Informatica, EFI and Brocade. Joe contributes executive finance and operations experience to the equation when evaluating scale-up companies.

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Fred Rosenzweig

Advisor

Silicon Valley Executive //For over 20 years, Fred was an executive in a variety of high-tech industries: President, Electronics for Imaging; Co-founder Drive AI, and Plant General Manager, Tandum Computers, with a focus on engineering capabilities and trends. Since his years as a corporate executive, Fred spends his time consulting start-ups and sits on many Board of Directors.

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Leif Frykman

Advisor

General Counsel. Entrepreneur. //Leif’s background as an expert in legal matters relating to international commercial law provides valuable insight and experience for Edge Venture Capital investments. While at Sun Microsystems, Leif, was based in California, served as manager for its global legal commercial team and during a period also Sun’s global sales operations team. Post SUN, he served as a VP at VMware, General Counsel at Fingerprint and is now Founder & Chairman of LegalWorks Nordic which provides legal support for start-ups and small businesses.

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Eric Saltzman

Advisor

Business consultant. Mentor. Investor. //Eric’s background adds a unique element to the Edge Venture Capital advisory team. After Stanford law school, he worked for Cooley LLP for several years - then switched his concentrated to business and became COO and CFO of many Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley. Eric’s passion is now mentoring small businesses and chairing Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California.

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Elisabeth Thand Ringkvist

Advisor

Entrepreneur.BOARD PROFESSIONAL.// Elisabeth's is an experienced board member and investor in fast growing companies with a demonstrated history of working with turnaround situations. Strong business development professional with a bacground from McKinsey and the Swedish government. Founder of E14 Invest and Vaccine Forward.

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Nancy White

Advisor

Strategic Partnerships. Operations Management. //Nancy is known as a thought leader in building and managing strategic partnerships and programs for Fortune 500 companies: Sun Microsystems, NetApp, Autodesk, and Veritas. In addition to partner focused activities, Nancy is highly skilled at executing the corporate strategy, building brand awareness, and aligning business plan to industry trends that deliver successful results.

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Christian Fredrikson

Advisor

President and CEO Fingerprint Cards //Located in Finland with a long and successful career within enterprise technology solutions, Christian adds an international experience and network with deep knowledge of global commercialization of advanced technologies. In 2012-2016 Christian was the CEO of F-Secure, and he has had a long career within Nokia Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks (1994-2012), where he held several leading positions, including Head of Asia Region (2008-2010) and Global Head of Sales, Mobile Infrastructure (2010-2012) at Nokia Siemens Networks. Board member of Stena AB 2017-2020. Christian has a Master’s Degree in engineering from Turku University.