Nordic ventures
with a Silicon Valley Edge

 

Our mission

Backing the category winners of tomorrow

 

We look for …

  • Nordic early stage ventures who need and want to expand to the US
  • Technological edge, IP, or defensible products that are set to become category winners – and ones that impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals #SDG17

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
  • Silicon Valley is a fantastic opportunity to scale up global opportunities
  • Sustainability is a megatrend shaping our world and #spacetech will have an important role for its success

Founding Team

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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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Christian Parlanti

Senior partner

seasoned venture partner //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.

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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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.