Arctic15 LP Summit

Wednesday June 5th

The LP community is a powerful resource for the startup ecosystem – with business intelligence, networks and one of the smartest talents in the market, it is capable of driving much bigger outcomes in any businesses they get into.

Our LP Summit program at Arctic15 will cover topics related to relationships between LP and GPs, purpose-driven investment, corporates and LPs. The program will culminate in a culinary experience with Nordic flavors and plenty of networking opportunities. Institutional funds, Fund of Funds, Family Offices and GPs are welcome to join.

In collaboration with


LP Summit speakers

Scott Sandell

Managing General Partner, NEA

Scott Sandell is Managing General Partner at NEA. A General Partner since 2000, and Co-Managing General Partner from 2015 - 2017, Scott served as head of the firm’s technology investing practice for 10 years and has led NEA’s China investing activities for over a decade. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io,, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott is one of only four investors named to the Forbes Midas List every year since 2007, with 24 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers.

Scott is currently a director of Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and a number of private companies including Automation Anywhere, Branch, Cloudflare, Coursera, Enigma, Expanse (fka Qadium), Hello Alfred, One Concern, Robinhood, Sentons, Transfix, and WaterBit. Other previous investments include Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (acquired by Attachmate Corporation), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Spreadtrum Communications (acquired by Tsinghua Unigroup).

Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. Before joining Microsoft, Scott was the first salesperson at C-ATS Software and later co-founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Scott also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is a former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) (2014-2015).

Asher Siddiqui

Technology Investments Advisor, ADFG (Abu Dhabi Financial Group)

Asher Siddiqui is an investor, mentor and advisor to management teams, boards, family offices, private equity and venture capital firms globally.

Asher is currently an Advisor to ADFG (Abu Dhabi Financial Group) on Technology Investments.

Asher was previously a Managing Partner, and part of the global leadership team, at 500 Startups, dividing his time between Dubai and San Francisco, leading the global flagship mid-to-growth stage fund to double down on ``winners”.
Prior to 500, Asher was Head of M&A and later Head of Venture Capital at Etisalat Group (c. $43bn market cap, c. $14bn revenues) where, for 10 years, he was part of the management team that led the transformation of Etisalat. He led over 36 advanced stage deals valued at approximately $34bn and closed 20+ transactions valued at c.$7.5bn (10 M&A transactions and 12+ VC deals).

Asher started his career in the late 90's and founded several startups in the U.K. and the US.

Colette Ballou

Founder, Ballou Capital

I am an entrepreneur, former angel investor and limited partner.

Years ago, I started Ballou, a European communications and strategy agency that works with high-growth technology and technology-enabled companies, as well as technology investors. As Ballou is at the meeting point of business and media, we’ve been early adopters of leading technologies and monitored their development.

Ballou’s success has allowed me to invest in start-ups and venture capital firms, and has also given me exposure to thousands of different business models, so that I know what works, what doesn't, and what to watch for. Along with my colleagues, I forecast trends, understand and examine human behaviour, and use these insights to position businesses for high growth.

Companies I’ve worked with include 83 North, Accel Partners, Box, Criteo, Eventbrite, Facebook, GoEuro, Lakestar, Pinterest, Stack Overflow, Stripe, TransferWise, Twilio, Waze, WhatsApp and Zendesk.

I am an investor in VC funds including Cavalry Ventures and Connect Ventures.

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.

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.

Oscar Farres

Head of Unit, Innovation and Technology Investments EIF

Oscar Farres is Head of Unit in the Innovation and Technology Investments team at the European Investment Fund (EIF) in Luxembourg, a European institution that provides risk finance to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Europe. At EIF, Oscar has invested in VC funds across Europe with a focus on the ICT sector and sits on their Advisory Boards. Oscar is a seasoned speaker in VC industry events and contributor to publications in the field of venture capital.

Prior to joining the EIF, Oscar developed his professional career at two Spanish VC funds, Caixa Capital Risc and Debaeque Venture Capital, where he invested in internet and software
start-ups. During this period, he invested and sat on the Boards of companies such as Groupalia, BuyVIP, ApeSoft, Icinetic, and HelpMyCash among others. Before becoming a VC investor, Oscar co-founded Kineto Project, a technology start-up in the fitness space,
and Witur, an on-line marketplace for local travel experiences.

Oscar holds an Electronics Engineering degree from Universitat Ramon Llull and an MBA degree from IESE Business School with an exchange at MIT.

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.

Jonathan Sibilia

Partner, Head of Secondaries and Fund of Funds, Draper Esprit

Jonathan joined Draper Esprit in 2009. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior associate in the technology group at Jefferies International advising on high-profile cross-border M&A, debt & equity offerings. Previously, he worked at Rothschild & CIE in Paris and Apax Partners Corporate Finance in France. Jonathan holds a MA in Management from EM-Lyon and the University of St Gallen in Switzerland and an MA in Advanced Corporate Finance from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. Jonathan sits on the board of both M-Files and RavenPack and leads the Secondaries and Fund of Funds program at Draper Esprit.

Reetta Repo

Strategy Analyst, Innovation & Venturing at Fortum

Reetta joined Fortum team with the assignment to establish systematic startup investment and collaboration activity. Two years later, Fortum announced 150 million euros anchor LP investment in Valo Ventures, VC firm investing in the US and Europe. Reetta has worked through the full path from strategy to the LP investment at Fortum, and her current responsibilities include ensuring strategic value creation from Valo Ventures and other external innovation activity. In addition, Reetta has worked on Fortum’s consumer strategy and corporate venture development. She’s a graduate from Aalto University’s Industrial Engineering and Management program and is currently based in Helsinki.”

Alex Felman

General Partner, Felman Family Office

Alex Felman is a veteran of the family office community for almost a decade; working as managing director with his own family office, Felman Family Office, on the ground with local families in Brazil, China, Denmark and South Korea and remotely with other family offices around the globe. He uses his expertise in Molecular Toxicology and Bio-entrepreneurship(B.A from University of California -Berkeley, MBA from Copenhagen Business School) to advise them in biotechnology, healthcare, and other futuristic tech industries with the goal of maintaining long-term wealth through innovation.
He is personally involved with a number of early-stage companies having previously worked as a general partner of Venture Labs, an early stage venture capital/ incubator fund as well as a mentor, advisor, serial entrepreneur and director of numerous startups. Alex is an expert in helping companies with business plan creation, product development, operations, successful market launches, and fundraising.

Barbara Piette

Managing Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers

Barbara joined Knightsbridge after spending more than twenty years as a venture capitalist, holding partner positions with both Charles River Ventures and Schroder Ventures. At Knightsbridge, Barbara is actively involved in all aspects of portfolio management, including all investment due diligence and decision-making processes. In addition to Knightsbridge, Barbara works as an advisor with five emerging venture capital firms: Tera Ventures, focused on born-global digital startups; Hyperplane VC, focused on AI; the Material Impact Fund, focused on materials; _Underscore, focused on the cloud; and Will Ventures, focused on sports technology, as well as several early stage technology companies spanning industry sectors such as robotics, blockchain enterprise software, and cybersecurity.
As General Partner of Charles River Ventures from 1986 to 1992, Barbara was responsible for a successful portfolio of health care, technology, and consumer companies and served on the boards of several companies. From 1992 to 1999, she invested with a life sciences focus as a Partner of Schroder Ventures, co-founding the SV Life Sciences funds and serving on the boards of eight companies. From 2000 to 2006, she was President of Blackwood Capital, investing in and advising private and public companies.
Barbara received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and holds a BS summa cum laude from Boston College where she graduated first in her class. She serves as an Overseer of Boston Children’s Hospital and as a Board member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. She serves on the Board of the Alliance for Advancement and Diversity in the Sciences, is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum, and previously served on the boards of the Koch Center for Cancer Research at MIT and the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. She has been an annual judge for the HBS New Ventures Competition for over twenty years.

Hanna Silvola

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics

Hanna Silvola (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Accounting at Hanken School of Economics. Her research interests are in accounting for sustainability, strategic management control and performance measurement. Her Ph.D. (2007) focused on management accounting and control systems in start-up and growth companies. In 2019, she published a book ‘Vastuullisuudesta ylituottoa sijoituksiin’ (Responsible Returns – How to beat the market with ESG Investing) with Tiina Landau. She has international experience from London School of Economics (UK), University of Stanford (USA), Monash University (Australia) and the University of New South Wales (Australia). Dr. Silvola has published on a range of topics in accounting in journals like Accounting, Organizations and Society; Management Accounting Research; Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of Management Accounting Review. She has comprehensive experience as a speaker in media and executive education.

Stergios Voskopoulos

CEO, Kanoo Capital

Mr. Stergios Voskopoulos is the CEO of Kanoo Capital, the Investment Division within YBA Kanoo, one of the largest and oldest family conglomerates in the Middle East. As CEO of Kanoo Capital, Stergios is responsible for the active management of direct and indirect investments regionally and globally.

He has worked in the Gulf Region for over 10 years, and has over 20 years of global experience in the areas of Asset Management, Private Equity and M&A, including AIG Global Investment Group, Barclays, Investcorp and Seera Investment Bank. Mr. Voskopoulos has also been a serial entrepreneur himself and a speaker in several global summits in topics around investment management, innovation, family offices, global affairs and business. He has an MBA in Finance & Investments from Zicklin School of Business in New York and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Athens, he speaks six languages having lived and worked in seven countries.

Mauro Yovane

Principal, Axon Partners

Investment professional with over 18 years of experience in both, private equity and venture capital. Currently leading Aurora Fund of Funds at Axon Partners Group, an investment, corporate finance and strategic advisory firm based in Madrid with five offices worldwide.

Before Axon, Mauro worked for 4 years as an Investment Manager at Talde Private Equity, a GP investing in the Spanish mid-market, with more than EUR 250m AUM. Previously, he also worked as a Senior Investment Officer for the Interamerican Development Bank in Washington and CAF Development Bank in Latin America, both multilateral institutions covering Latin America, with an overall portfolio of over EUR100b AUM. In this position he invested in more than 25 PE funds across different countries in LATAM and structured several equity and credit facilities for SMEs and financial institutions in the region. Also, he served as board member in several PE/VC funds and portfolio companies.

Mauro holds a Master in Finance Degree from London Business School and a MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile.

Stefan Fällgren

Investment Manager Private Equity, Skandia Mutual Life Insurance Company

Stefan Fällgren is an investment manager in the Private Equity group at Skandia Mutual Life Insurance Company. Having joined the firm in 2017 and being based in Stockholm, Sweden, he focuses on investments in US and European venture capital and buy-out funds out of Skandia’s USD 5bn private equity program. Prior to Skandia, Stefan worked at Swedish life science venture firm HealthCap and with HealthCap portfolio companies in Sweden and California, e.g. helmet technology company MIPS AB. Other experiences include investment banking and later stage investing in London, United Kingdom.

Makoto Shiono

NordicNinja's Board of Directors

Makoto Shiono is a Chief Investment Officer at JBIC IG Partners and a Partner at Industrial Growth Platform Inc. His professional career includes time with Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company and Livedoor Securities where he was head of investment banking division. He has been provided strategic, M&A advice for a wide range of corporate clients in a variety of industries including Technology start-ups and governmental organizations. He has 15 years of experience in private equity investments. He also wrote several books on Business, Laws and Artificial Intelligence published in Japan.

He received BA in Law from Keio University and earned master’s degree from the Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law.

Curator of the Track

Pontus Stråhlman

CEO at Spinnaker Ventures


Inga Chenova

Head of Investor Relations Arctic15, COO ArcticStartup


Arctic15 LP Summit speakers

LP Summit Program

Wednesday, June 5th


LP – Fund of Funds Showcase and networking (LPs only)
Parallel session
Corporate LP Round Table “Strategic Corporate LP Investments”
hosted by
Reetta Repo ― Strategy Analyst, Innovation & Venturin, Fortum
Makoto Shiono ― Chief Investment Officer, JBIC


GP Showcases
Quick Introductions from the GPs


LP-GP Relationship Management session
Panel and Q&A: “How to Develop & Maintain a Great Relationship with LPs”
Scott Sandell ― Managing General Partner, NEA
Joe Schorge ― Founder and Manager Partner, Isomer Capital
Asher Siddiqui ― Technology Investments Advisor, Abu Dhabi Financial Group
Stefan Fällgren ― Skandia
Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar ― President, Axon Partners Group
Moderated by Colette Ballou ― Founder, Ballou Capital


Why Invest in Europe? Stage session
EIF latest numbers – Patric Gresko, EIF
Jonathan Sibilia ― Partner, Head of Secondaries and Fund of Funds, Draper Esprit
Barbara Piette, Managing Principal, Knightsbridge Advisers
Alex Felman ― Felman Family Office
Makoto Shiono ― Chief Investment Officer, JBIC
Stergios Voskopoulos ― CEO, Kanoo Capital
Moderated by Jan Ameri ― ArcticStartup

14:40 -15:00

Purpose Driven Investing Stage session
“Sustainable Returns – How to Beat the Market with ESG Investing”
Hanna Silvola ― Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hanken School of Economics

15:10 – 17:00

LP-GP Networking Cocktails

19:00 – 22:00

LP-GP Culinary Experience powered by Vake (GPs, please request access from

Arctic15, Helsinki 5-6 of June

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


Network and close deals with investors and corporates

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops



Meet startups and find ways to make your company more agile

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops



Discover and meet startups and syndicate with other investors

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops
Invitation to Investor VIP Reception


Startup Demo Stand Package

Showcase your startup to investors and clients. Find new talent

Demo Stand for 1 day (2x2m)
2 Startup Tickets for 2 Days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops


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.