Arctic15 speakers

Zoe Adamovicz

Founder Neufund

Zoe Adamovicz is the CEO and co-founder at Neufund. A serial founder and investor. Co-founder and CEO at Xyologic Mobile Analysis GmbH (exited to Nasdaq-listed venture Digital Turbine Inc.), Head of EMEA and Executive VP of Group Technology Development at Digital Turbine. Strong background in electronics and informatics and 20 years of experience as a founder. Mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, supporting technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps to introduce Blockchain.

Eric Lagier

Partner at ByFounders

Eric Lagier is Managing Partner at byFounders, the New Nordic seed stage venture fund. Backed by some of the most accomplished founders from the Baltics and Nordics, byFounders invest in the next generation of founders with global ambitions.

Eric Is a successful tech entrepreneur, with more than 20 years of experience from leading tech companies Skype (Acquired by eBay), Tradeshift and Memolane (acquired by HP).

Based in San Francisco, Eric has since long advised and supported other entrepreneurs on early stage ventures. Leveraging his many years of experience to help bring scale and growth to early-stage companies.

Hekla Arnardóttir

Partner at Crowberry Capital

Hekla is a General Partner at Crowberry Capital, a Nordic venture fund at the forefront of technology growth. As a seed and early stage investor, Hekla has backed many tech startups and worked closely with the founders on funding strategies, product and team development.

Hekla joined a health tech startup right after graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Emphasis on innovation was a key to the company’s success and during Hekla‘s time at Ossur ( the company grew into an international leader in its field, developing breakthrough products helping amputees gain better mobility. Roles at Ossur included leading product testing in R&D and product management. She moved to Hong Kong and then Shanghai to set up Ossur offices for the Asia region, hiring a local team and passing along the company culture to new employees in the region.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar

President of Axon Partners Group

Francisco has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture capital, investment banking and strategic consulting, having worked in more than 30 countries, with reputable private clients, governments and investors
across the globe.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar founded Axon Partners Group in 2006, and he is currently the President. Axon has become one of the largest Spanish advisory companies, with more than sixty employees, international offices,
and a very extensive list of clients and international investors. Within the venture capital division, Axon manages more than two hundred million euros. In additional to his role at Axon, Francisco is a Board Member of
numerous companies such as nxtGen and Captronic in India; O4IT and Mercadoni in Latin America; and Finizens and NicePeopleAtWork in Spain. Previously, he was an investor and Board Member of numerous successful
companies, including Akamon, and JustEat.

Francisco began his career as a systems engineer, first at Airbus and then in Hispasat, where he had the opportunity to lead the satellite Hispasat 1C and 1D and its satellite mission team. Subsequently, before founding Axon, he was partner in Analysys Mason, a British Consulting firm, where he advised international transactions valued at +20 bn dollars, in addition to his work as a consultant in the launch of important companies like ONO or Jazztel in Spain.

Francisco is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) since 2012 and holds degrees in aerospace engineering and an MBA from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Joe Schorge

Founder and Manager Partner at Isomer Capital

Joe has over 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. He founded Isomer to access early stage technology opportunities through commitments in funds, company co-investments, and providing liquidity to firms and founders via secondary purchases. Prior to Isomer Joe was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.

Kirsi Larkiala

Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd

CEO & Founding Partner Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd ( ), Fintech influencer, Fintech Entrepreneur, Long-term Corporate& Investment Banker.

Kirsi Larkiala is a dynamic and highly respected wholesale & transaction banking and Fintech senior executive with market-leading results in increasingly more complex leadership and client advisory positions. Kirsi has over 30 years of experience in Corporate, Institutions & Retail & Transaction, Liquidity & Risk Management banking. Kirsi is known as a thought leader in digitalization, disruption, innovation & change management as well as client advisory in the financial industry. Long-term professional relationships with leading corporate and institutional clients in the Nordics are important part of Kirsi´s network. Last 5 years Kirsi has been focusing also on Fintech companies and today as a founder of Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd for creating collaboration, tangible business results and innovation between traditional players and Fintech companies.

James Digby

Managing Partner 3B Ventures

James is a Managing Partner at 3B Ventures, focusing on investing in innovation that can impact the lives of the next 3 billion. Also the founder the Global Startup Awards, a pan-regional startup competition that recognizes entrepreneurs and their respective supporting ecosystems around the world, and co-founded the award-winning startup incubator Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As a seasoned board member, most recently with Louisiana State University (LSU), James has also served on the management team and a personal mentor for a number of startups that have gone on to raise significant funding and global traction, recently with the award-winning AIRTAME wireless HDMI streaming device that became the most publicly backed crowdfunded project in Europe on Indiegogo of all time.

James has more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience working with startups and alongside corporations like Samsung, and public organizations such as the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and the Kauffman Foundation to develop innovation & strategy workshops as well as lecture and keynote on entrepreneurial techniques with a focus on ‘lean’ methodologies and social innovation.

Aki Koivistoinen

Ambassador of Europe & Israel StartUp Health

Aki is an entrepreneur, strategist and batteries included health transformer, leading the European arm of StartUp Health. StartUp Health is a global health innovation company and growth platform for entrepreneurs transforming health. StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies – over 200 startups spanning 18 different countries – and network of over 40 000 innovators, industry leaders and investors committed to supporting the entrepreneurs re-imagining health and wellness. Prior to StartUp Health Aki was a co-founder of Karyon Ltd, a medical biotech company, developing targeted carrier molecules for imaging and treatment of solid tumors. As a strategist he works in company, industry and government levels in different market areas to build innovation capacity and boost business creation. Aki also serves on the advisory boards of startups he has invested in.
StartUp Health is a global health innovation company. The StartUp Health Platform, including its Academy, Network and Innovation Fund, is empowering a global network of entrepreneurs and innovators to transform healthcare. With more than 200 companies, StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies from 18 countries and 5 continents. StartUp Health was founded in 2011 by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes and is chaired by former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin. StartUp Health’s notable strategic partners and investors include AARP, Accenture, Allianz, AON, Aurora Health Care, Bayer, California Healthcare Foundation, Steve Case, Cleveland Clinic, Conifer Health Solutions, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Feld, GE Ventures, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Ping An, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SAP, SeventySix Capital and Stericycle.

Falk Müller-Veerse

Partner & Head of Germany/Nordics Bryan, Garnier & Co. GmbH

Falk is an experienced M&A and fundraising professional with over twenty years of experience in the software, technology and internet industries. He has a global network in the investor and acquirer community and closed successful deals with companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Blackberry, Balderton, Swisscom and Telefonica.

Falk was the founder and managing partner of Cartagena Capital which merged with Bryan, Garnier & Co. in January 2016. Before that Falk worked for Durlacher (acquired by Lazard), Gartner Group, Logica, McGraw-Hill and Nokia in various management, consulting and investment roles.

He is also a founder and private start-up investor as well as board member of private and public companies in the technology sector.

Jeff Pulver

Vice Chairman Alchemist

Internet Pioneer, VoIP, Entrepreneur, Investor, Strategist, Photographer, Speaker, Futurist. Helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP; Founder / co-founder of numerous startups including VON and Vonage. Veteran of the Tradeshow industry; producer, host, curator of events; Instagram addicted.

Known as a globally renowned thought leader. In 1995 defined ``VON`` to stand for Voice/Video on the Net. From 1997 to 2008 he hosted/produced the VON Conferences. In 2009 started the #140conf events. His work in Washington is the reason services like: FaceTime, Messenger and Skype are free. Has influenced the creation of numerous other startups. Friends know him as ``the Forrest Gump`` of the communications industry.

Has invested in over 350 startups since 1998.

In 2012 Jeff adopted a lifestyle of health and wellness and dropped 120 pounds (54 kilos) along the way. Advocate of healthy living.

Lives on Instagram, find him there as: jeffkenipulver.

Mr. Pulver is committed to the future of the Internet and is featured often in the media as an expert in his field.

-- Proud Achievement: The Pulver Order --

On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver's petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision was the first decision it made on IP communications. Now referred to as ``the Pulver Order``, the ruling provides important clarification that computer-to-computer VoIP service is not a telecommunications service. By doing this, the FCC delivered a strong signal to consumers and capital markets that the FCC is not interested in subjecting end-to-end IP Communications services to traditional voice telecommunications regulation under the Communications Act.

Rolf Assev

Partner at StartupLab

Rolf Assev is co-founder and partner in leading Nordic incubator/accelerator/investor StartupLab and is based out of Oslo Norway. StartupLab has today 80+ startups and invests early phase capital through Founders Fund being the first investor in early phase startups such as Remarkable, NoIsolation, Huddly and 35 other startups.

Rolf worked for 12 years in Opera Software as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy on an exciting journey building the company from 12 to 750 people with more than 200 million active users.

He started his post-secondary education at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, before receiving his Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Business Administration in 1988. Rolf’s work experience includes the Norwegian Trade Council in Stockholm, the marketing department of the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee, senior consultant for the Nordic PR agency Geelmuyden. Kiese and chairman/co-founder of WeWantToKnow which is the startup behind the math game DragonBox.

Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation

Anna-Maija is a finance and business development professional with +20 years’ of experience in identifying innovations and scalable business models in various industries in an international context with execution capability, a can-do-attitude, holistic perspective and passion to build on Nordic strongholds. Currently she works at Nordic Innovation which is part of official Nordic cooperation contributing to making the Nordic region a leading region for sustainable growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness. At Nordic Innovation she is responsible for Nordic Scalers program. The vision of the program is to make the Nordics the leading region in the world not only for starting up but also for scaling up businesses. Nordic Scalers program provides 10-weeks hands-on and customized support for up to 10 Nordic scale-ups at a time who want to grow their business even faster. Before joining Nordic Innovation, Anna-Maija worked with the Finnish start-up ecosystem at Tekes (current Business Finland), evaluating the business performance and execution capability of start-ups and coaching them in their business and innovation development. She has also hold has had various international assignments related to innovation policy development and in the field of innovative service businesses

Svein Berg

Managing Director/CEO at Nordic Innovation

Svein Berg has a wide and long experience from working with innovation and business development both nationally and internationally. He started as Managing Director at Nordic Innovation in April 2017. He came from the position as Director Region Americas at Innovation Norway where he has worked in various positions since 2006.

Berg also has experience from the private sector and has previously served as Director at Norway Seafoods ASA and Managing Director of the Norwegian Seafood Council AS. Berg has also served as Senior Vice President in the Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund. He holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo.

Ola Ahlvarsson

Entrepreneur. Change Maker. International Speaker. Moderator.

Ola Ahlvarsson is a Swedish entrepreneur and athlete based out of Stockholm. Ola has since the mid 90’s been at the cutting edge of digital entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur, investor, thought leader and advisor. He has a deep understanding of how businesses can embrace digital opportunities and technology earning him several international awards and recognitions, such as Wired Magazines top technology thinkers 2015 and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum.

Speaker and Moderator

Ola is one of Sweden’s most popular international speakers and moderator. Ola has been chosen to host and lead discussions in some of the world’s most prestigious events, amongst them at the World Economic Forum in Davos, DLD in Munich, World Knowledge Forum in Seoul and Le Web in Paris. Ola is also the co-creator, host and moderator of SIME, a thought leader summit held in Stockholm every year hosting 2000 leaders from the Swedish and the International Economy. As a moderator, he has interviewed heads of states, global top executives, pop stars, super-entrepreneurs, hackers, opinionated kids and brilliant academics. As a speaker, Ola has an amazing ability to engage and combine personal experience with the latest trends and learnings and a unique way of combining in-depth domain expertise with excellent stage performance sprinkled with passionate curiosity.

Marija Rucevska

Co-founder at & TechChill

Marija is an entrepreneur who has over 5 years of experience in building tech startup ecosystems across the Baltics. During the time she has also co-founded and served as a CEO at TechChill organization, a startup community non-profit that hosts the leading Baltic Tech event every February and brings together hottest startups and innovators from across the region. Apart from the event, TechChill Foundation's main focus is to serve as an international voice for Latvian startups globally and place the Baltic region on the European tech map.

Marija is an active advisory member for the Latvian government when it comes to crafting the overall nation's strategy towards IT and tech. She is a passionate ambassador for Baltic tech and works to help the region gain visibility in order to attract foreign talent, smart investment and media attention that it deserves.

Currently, Marija has co-founded another venture - - a company aiming to fight climate change by offering global scale solution - a creation of a new type of economy (sustainable one) based on a digital asset-backed currency trusted and accepted by all parties. She's in charge of operations and business development. Marija believes in social entrepreneurship and is proud of everyone who works towards building a more sustainable environment for everyone.

Joerg Rheinboldt

Managing Director at APX Axel Springer and Porsche

Joerg is one of APX Axel Springer and Porsche's Managing Directors, Europe's most ambitious early-stage VC and tailormade program. Back in 2013, Joerg joined the Axel Springer Plug & Play team as its new CEO.
He started his first company denkwerk while studying Business Administration in Cologne in 1994. In 1999 he co-founded AG which he and his co-founders sold to eBay Inc. after 6 months. Until 2004 Joerg worked as managing director at eBay and helped to grow the company from 6 person startup to one of Germany's most successful e-commerce companies with more than €500 Mio of revenue.
After his time at eBay Joerg took a parental leave to be with his wife and his twin sons for several months. In 2005 he started M10 Partners together with his business partner. They have invested in numerous Startups and have worked with several companies over the last 9 years.
In 2008 Joerg co-founded the transparent online donation platform and non-profit organization. More than 6,000 projects already use their free technology and advice and more than 470.000 donors have contributed.
Joerg has worked with more than a hundred startups as shareholder and mentor at Axel Springer Plug and Play, M10 GmbH, hub:raum, Startupbootcamp, Startup Institute and as a member of the faculty at the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance. Together with two friends, he published in 2012 - a book about internet business models. In 2014 Joerg is a co-founder of Unternehmerschule at ESCP.
Creating opportunities for success and bringing out the best in people is what Joerg is doing for the companies at APX. Friendly and direct is how he likes to work with our companies.
In his off the grid moments Joerg spends time with his family, likes travelling, loves being outdoors, plays the drums and collects knowledge and gadgets.

Colette Ballou

Founder & President at Ballou PR

I am the founder of Ballou PR, a European communications and strategy agency that focuses on high-growth technology and internet companies. The Ballou PR team has had a string of well-documented client success stories including the exit of Musiwave for $100M+, the entry of Facebook and Pinterest in France, and the entry of Eventbrite into Europe. Along the way, they have redefined PR to include social media at its core.

Companies I’ve worked with include 83North, Accel Partners, AOL Networks, Criteo, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Flipboard, GoEuro, GP Bullhound, HotelTonight, Lakestar, , Pinterest, Seatwave, SendGrid, Stripe, TechCrunch Disrupt, TransferWise, Twilio, Waze, WhatsApp, White Star Capital, Wildfire Interactive and Zendesk.

I’m also an angel investor, and invest in companies with teams I’ve known previously who have a straightforward business model where I can bring more than money to the table.

More speakers will be announced soon


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In 2019 the most effective networking startup conference in the Nordics and Baltics will raise the bar again.


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We believe that events are at the heart of business and entrepreneurship!

Arctic15 is the most effective matchmaking startup event in Northern Europe. The focus is on making deals and quality networking. The 2-day event brings together a focused international crowd of startups, investors, corporates, media and influencers.

15 Tracks are focused on various industries, technologies and topics ranging from Digital Health and AI to Social Impact and Scaling. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is one-on-one meetings in Deal Room.

The event is organized by ArcticStartup, a startup media covering Nordics and Baltics since 2007.