Carlos Espinal, managing partner at Seedcamp: “The role that accelerators and incubators played [is] no longer as important”

Editor’s note: This interview has been recorded and published as part of a content project in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). With more than 10 years of history and over €1 billion raised across its funds, Seedcamp is one of the most well-known seed-stage VC firms in Europe. At the TechBBQ conference in […]

The Reverse Pitch: Dawn

“We love tech.” Emphasized in yellow text, this is the first line that greets you upon arrival at Dawn‘s website, and it is an outlook that permeates the firm’s entire business philosophy. Dawn was founded by Norman Fiore and Haakon Overli in 2007. In the years since the firm has sought to identify and support […]

The Reverse Pitch: Sure Valley Ventures

“We see it as our responsibility to encourage female founders, and founders from other minority groups, to feel confident enough to reach out to us, and other investors, to access the tools they need to level the playing field and build a more equitable tomorrow.” — Isabelle O’Keeffe, Principal at Sure Valley Ventures Sure Valley […]

The Reverse Pitch: True

True is a venture investor with a difference– the firm uniquely specialises in supporting companies in the retail and consumer sector. This focus allows the firm to support its portfolio companies far beyond seed funding, through their industry sector expertise and an extensive network of corporate partners. True was founded by Matt Truman and Paul Cocker […]

“I’m a curious nerd” — An interview with Esben Østergaard, CEO of REInvest Robotics, founder and former CTO of Universal Robots

Editor’s note: This interview has been recorded and published as part of a content project in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Esben Østergaard is a prominent figure in the Danish robotics ecosystem. Back in 2005, he co-founded Universal Robots, which became a pioneer in building collaborative robots, or cobots, and was acquired by […]

The Reverse Pitch: Speedinvest x

When I set up the Reverse Pitch series, the intention was to give funds the opportunity to demonstrate what makes them different. Speedinvest x rose to the challenge, highlighting their unique investment thesis and approach to investing in tomorrow’s technologies.  Speedinvest x was founded in 2018 as a micro VC fund under the larger umbrella of […]