Speakers and Panelists

Magnus Nilsson
Co-Founder/Executive Chairman, iZettle

Magnus Nilsson is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of iZettle, a fintech company headquartered in Sweden and named by The Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative and fastest growing companies.

Magnus currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the board at iZettle. Under his and his co-founder Jacob de Geer’s joint leadership, iZettle expanded into 12 markets to become the leading small business commerce platform in Europe and Latin America. In May 2018, iZettle was acquired by PayPal for $2,2 bn, giving it access to millions of merchant relationships around the world.

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Pär Hedberg
CEO, Sting

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Sara Bjelkstam
Team Development Expert, Grassy Growth

Sara Bjelkstam has since her studies at the Stockholm School of Economics worked in a number of entrepreneurial technology companies. Most recently, Sara was the COO at Fishbrain and before that, she was CMO for the digital mailbox Kivra. Nowadays, Sara runs her own company where she supports start-ups on issues such as how to build a successful team, ways to maintain and attract talent, and how to proactively work to build a corporate culture that enables innovation and rapid growth to achieve business goals. 

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Karin Ruiz
Business Coach, Sting

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Marie-Helene Ametsreiter
Partner, SpeedInvest

In the course of her numerious commercial and general management positions in Western and South-Eastern Europe, industry expert Marie-Helene has gained sound experience in the Telecom Industry as well as in the Oil and Gas Business. 


During the last 20 years Marie-Helene has gained hands-on experience as Markeing-Sales Director, CEO, Director Sustainability and several supervisory board roles in the corporate world. After some years of running her own consulting business Marie-Helene joined Speedinvest in 2014 as a Partner. Marie-Helene is today heading Speedinvest´s office in Munich and focusing on Industry 4.0 investments.


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Kina Zeidler
Business Journalist, Author

Kina Zeidler is a Swedish business journalist and author.

In her first book, "Det svenska techundret"/"The Swedish tech tycoons", she tries to find out why Sweden – a country with a population of 10 million – has become such a unicorn factory. What are the underlying factors of the unique digital progress seen in Sweden in the last 20 years? Who are the people behind the greatest Swedish tech company successes, what drives them, and what are their recipes for success?

Through unique interviews with the Swedish unicorn founders, investors and family members, Kina Zeidler investigates what turned tiny Sweden into a digital super power. She also tries to find out the common denominators and drivers of the unicorn entrepreneurs.

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Seth Pierrepont
Partner, Accel

Seth Pierrepont joined Accel in 2013 and focuses on enterprise software, cybersecurity, and fintech.Seth helped lead Accel’s investments and ongoing work in Kry, PillPack (acquired by Amazon), WorldRemit, Soldo, Anyfin, Snyk, Shift Technology, CallSign, Carwow, and FRVR.Prior to Accel, Seth invested in European companies with Vision Capital. He previously advised technology and media companies on strategy with Oliver Wyman in San Francisco.Seth is from Chicago, IL and attended Dartmouth.

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Jessica Schultz
Partner, Northzone

Jessica is a Partner at Northzone, the VC fund backing the entrepreneurs building Europe's game-changing companies, including Spotify, iZettle, Klarna and Trustpilot. Jessica has a strong interest in e-commerce and consumer internet, and has invested in companies like Matsmart, Red Points, Na-Kd and Klarna. Prior to Northzone, Jessica co-founded and was CMO of global recipe-kit delivery service HelloFresh.

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