At SACC-SF/SV we want to harness an innovative spirit and the success of entrepreneurial ventures by connecting emerging ideas and people. Our start-up events provide a forum for entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to exchange insights about how to effectively grow ventures.
Throughout the years we have had the pleasure of organizing a number of interesting and inspiring events with pioneering startup companies, such as Wrapp and Sticky. As part of this series, we also hold pitching sessions to connect Swedish startups with prominent Bay Area venture capitalists, such as our recent venture lab where eight promising start-ups form Chalmers University of Technology Program “Born Global” pitched their innovative ideas to a prominent Venture Capitalist panel.
Born Global Venture Labs
Our Venture Lab series is part of the initiative to cultivate new businesses that share an innovative spirit—catapulting successful entrepreneurial ventures by connecting emerging ideas and people. SACC-SF/SV has hosted two venture labs featuring ten promising start-ups from Chalmers University of Technology’s “Born Global” Program, pitching their ideas to a panel of prominent Bay Area Venture Capitalists and Experts. Guests are offered the opportunity to participate in the inception of tomorrow’s leading companies: to learn, connect and exchange insights as our panel of veteran VCs groom the next generation of cutting-edge entrepreneurs.
VCs & Expert Panelists have included…
Johan Brenner, Creandum
Johan is General Partner in Creandum, the leading venture capital firm. With a credo of investing in entrepreneurs with “big disruptive ideas,” Creandum has helped capitalize Spotify, Wrapp, Hansoft, iZettle, VideoPlaza, Vind and Vivino, among a host of successful startups. One of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investors, he has an impressive track-record of building, identifying and mentoring groundbreaking companies, including E*Trade Nordic, Jobline, Dibs Payment, Payson, Tradera, MySQL, Betfair and Wonga.
Adam D’Augelli, Associate True Ventures
Growing up, Adam was drawn to startups and technology – early on as a founder of a donation–based record label and a social business in India then later as a consultant to early-stage technology companies on the East Coast. Building upon this experience, Adam led the creation of “Digital Frontiers,” a course at the University of Florida exploring how the Internet and Technology are changing the global business landscape. Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a BS & MS in Finance and was selected as one of the two Four Year Outstanding Scholars in his graduating class.
Jon Soberg, Co-Founder & GP Expansive Ventures
Jon specializes in financial technologies, enterprise software, and global markets, and has an especially deep track record in financial services. As a Managing Director at Blumberg Capital, Jon was an active investor, having led a large portion of the investments, including all of the financial services investments over the past 4 years, and served as a board member for 22 companies, and observer for another 13 across 5 continents.
Bill Reichert, MD & Co-Founder Garage Technology Ventures
Bill is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and mentor, specializing in seed stage and early stage venture capital; startup and emerging technology companies; information technology, software, networking, eCommerce, energy tech, clean tech; disciplined growth and development of operations. Garage Technology Ventures is a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Garage started as an accelerator and seed fund, launching in 1998. Garage was the first investor in Pandora, and has funded many successful startups since.
Ram Srinivasan, Independent Venture Advisor & Venture Partner
Ram started in Silicon Valley in the pre-PC days and have amassed 30 years experience in engineering, marketing, and general management. He has a lasting understanding of high-technology companies based on the “school of hard knocks”. Mr. Srinivasan served as Vice President of product marketing for RightPoint Software (acquired by E.piphany), a provider of real-time personalization solutions. He also had very memorable stints at Red Brick (including an IPO as Director of Product Marketing), Informix, Sun and Hewlett-Packard. His goal is to build a company with lasting value for its customers, employees and shareholders without compromising integrity.
Ullas Naik, Founder Streamlined Ventures
Ullas is the founder of the seed stage investment firm, Streamlined Ventures. The firm is focused on investing in transformational companies that are building enabling technologies for the Web, Mobile Web, Social Web and Enterprise. Streamlined Ventures has invested in companies such as Atheer Labs, Resilinc, DoorDash, Baarzo, YouPlus and Tachyus. Ullas has been an active angel investor for over 17 years. He has invested personally in over 60 companies spanning Internet 1.0, Web 2.0, the mobile web and enterprise computing.
Lars Johansson, Partner K&L Gates LLP
Lars’ practice is focused on corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He works actively with entrepreneurs and investors, and counsel founders, directors and officers on fiduciary duties, strategic issues, and general corporate matters.
Participants have included…
New online forum and sales website connecting collectors all over the world.
A social p2p platform for sharing products and services, with the purpose of increasing economic, environmental and social sustainability in the world.
Developers of social cloud service “WIDE,” simplifying the management of ideas and development of new products and services.
Unique volume instruments for fast and reliable analyses of drill samples on mining sites.
A mobile platform creating a social inspirational fashion experience.
A game development studio creating games for all platforms.
A platform that makes it possible for anyone to publish and sell books.
An IT company focusing on graph databases and optimization of databases.
A cloud based platform that connects a variety of screens and creates interactive moments.
Developing the next step in motion analysis in sport and wellbeing
A free service for locating, configuring, downloading, and requesting 2D and 3D parts and assemblies, 2D blocks, library features, and macros.
Marine Benchmark has the mission “Supporting a sustainable business and environment”. The services are based on analysis of the world fleet and its vessel movements from global AIS-information stored on an hourly basis.
Acosense develops and sells Acospector Acoustic Chemometer, a Clamp-on instrument measuring complex fluids in the process industry, delivering analysis previously thought difficult or impossible to obtain.
ELIQ (former Exibea) is an independent product concept for monitoring and steering the homes energy consumption. The name ELIQ comes from the Swedish wordplay where “EL” means Energy and “IQ” is the same as in English.
Inside Explorer is an interactive visualization system that enables museum and science centre visitors interactively explore subjects scanned using medical imaging systems to learn and discover for themselves.
This cloud-based platform enables everyone to create an accurate 3D body model that can be used to customize products and services.
Swedish Startups Profiled
Wrapp – The Success Story of a Swedish Startup Company
SACC-SF/SV co-organized an event with Silicon Vikings highlighting the success of Swedish startup company Wrapp. Wrapp CEO and Co-founder, serial entrepreneur Hjalmar Winbladh, shared many valuable insights and advice on what to think about as a startup and global entrepreneur. The event was hosted by Wrapp at their new San Francisco office, and sponsored by for K&L Gates.
The Sticky Story Business Seminar (hosted by K&L Gates)
Eye tracking technology has been around for years but has just recently reached a greater audience. Sticky Inc.’s President Jeff Bander discussed a number of eye tracking application areas where Sticky stands out as being the only platform providing scalable online eye tracking. Mr Bander told an engaged audience about how Sticky strives to clean up in the digital advertising wasteland where billions of dollars are lost each year as money is invested in ads no one sees.