Edge Venture Capital is a Nordic technology investment firm
with scaling capabilities

Our mission

Backing the global category winners of tomorrow

About

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, combined with economic growth

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

At Edge Venture Capital we create value and success for our investors by analyzing global megatrend opportunities such as digitalization, IoT, robotics and sustainability which simultaneously contribute to the UN Development Goals

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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. Set-for-success comes when seasoned mentors who have done it before can provide the right guidance – and hence become the critical partner to unlock otherwise unattainable opportunities

We look for …

  • Nordic ventures with a proven product-market fit, corresponding to late seed and  A-rounds
  • Ambitious entrepreneurs with a  scale mentality and keen to make a positive impact on the world  
  • Software, Emerging Technologies, Industrial IoT, Enterprise AI, Machine Learning, Automation, predictive maintenance, Smart logistics, Internet, Robotics, AR/VR/XR, Mobility, Smart cities, Human Machine Interaction, Data Analytics (ML/DL/AI), Cloud/Edge computing, Cyber security, Digital platforms and enablers, advanced technology ICT, primarily B2B

  • Technological edge, IP, or defensible products that are set to become category winners – and ones that impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Edge partners

30 years of early stage investing, 60 years of business experience

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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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Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist

Managing Partner

Passionate about sustainability  //Elisabeth has over 20 years’ experience in corporate development, sustainability, and venture capital. And she is known in the Nordic as a thought leader in sustainability.

Over the years, Elisabeth has invested in 10 start-ups, is well connected in the Swedish government, and sits on several Boards: E14 Invest, Better Regulation Council, and Peak Region. In addition, Elisabeth is Chairman of Storskogen, (a group of 49 companies), and Skargardsstiftelsen (4000 properties in the archipelago). She is also CEO of Marsnen AB Investment Co.

Sustainability is my passion and I get excited when my investments follow the UN Sustainable Development Goals because innovation is key to our future.

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Niclas Lilja

Managing Partner

Early stage investing //Niclas has many years of investment experience with a proven track record in early stage investing from seed rounds to IPO. His expertise is identifying emerging technologies and analyzing innovative companies that result in substantial returns for investors.

As Chairman of Propel Capital, Niclas is one of the most active private investor in the Nordics responsible for investing in over 140 start-ups and 10 exits. He sits on the Board of Camanio Care AB and Dorunner AB. Niclas is a highly successful financial consultant in the Nordics, is Senior Advisor Forest Avenue AB and Forest Avenue Advisor AB.

What I like best about investing is when you find that ‘diamond in the rough’, it is not only exciting, but the ROI is fantastic!

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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Dan Haarman

Advisor

CFO. COO Executive //Dan is a seasoned executive in Silicon Valley as CFO, COO and consultant to venture capital firms and start-ups at big names such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, HP, eBay, and is currently at AiFi as CFO. Dan’s extensive background in finance and operations, and strong roots in Silicon Valley make him a valuable advisor to Edge Venture Capital.

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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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Lena Olving

Advisor

Entrepreneur. Automotive engineer. CEO. //In the Nordic region, Lena is known for her exceptional leadership style and in 2010 was recognized as “The most powerful business woman in Sweden”. She began her love for engineering at university where research and innovation became her passion. Lena’s business career started at Volvo Car Group where she was SVP Quality & Operations and is now Founder and CEO Olving & Ohberg AB. Lena has a keen eye for quality development and product manufacturing.

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Jan Bosch

Advisor

Executive. Professor. Consultant. //Jan has more than 20 years’ experience in large scale software R&D management and business. In addition to a valued engineering professor, and successful business consultant, he sits on many Board of Directors, and is an angel investor in startups in Sweden. Areas of expertise include digitalization, aligning business and R&D strategy, data-driven innovation management and software ecosystems.

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Leif Frykman

Advisor

General Counsel. Entrepreneur. //Leif’s background as an expert in legal matters relating to international law provides valuable insight and experience for Edge Venture Capital investments. While at Sun Microsystems, Leif was General Counsel for SUN Nordic, and later responsible for the Oracle transition. Post SUN, he was VP, VMware, General Counsel, Fingerprint and is now Founder & Chairman of LegalWorks Nordic which provides legal support for start-ups and small businesses.

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Bjarne Schøn

Advisor

Digital Transformation Leader //Located in Denmark, Bjarne’s passion is digital transformation and strategic business development with a focus on opportunities via technology innovation. He has built two companies at Microsoft and Nilfisk which he transitioned globally. His expertise in start-ups include such things as IoT, AI, robotics, blockchain, mobile, cloud & big data which makes Bjarne’s experience a valuable asset to the Edge Venture Capital advisory team.

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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.