Main stage speakers

Giovanni Fili
CEO and Founder of Exeger

Key note speaker

Giovanni puts all his professional focus in to Exeger which he founded in 2009 and is the CEO for. Exeger invented and developed a new and unique solar cell technology that converts all light sources to energy that can be directly integrated into consumer products to power them with clean, endless energy. He says it is with great pride that he leads Exeger, who will play a key role in the transition to renewable energy in people’s everyday life. 

Asked for a big rolemodel in his career, Giovanni mentions his father as an early inspiration he often draws on. He was in charge of several factories for SKF and managed to head the most profitable factory while being familiar with everyone working there. Giovanni vividly remembers the times he visited his father at work which has made a long-lasting impression on him. 

Giovanni loves being at Exeger and working with amazing people everyday. His life is based on a balance between working hard to achieve his goals, spending time with his wife Jeanette and his three awesome kids (Luca, Matteo, and Enzo), and tough physical activities like competing in paddle. When we asked him what he does to unwind his answer was that when he manages to strike the right amount of each, he feels “unwinding” isn’t necessarily needed.

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Jessica Schultz
General Partner at Northzone

Jessica is General Partner at Northzone, an early-stage venture capital fund partnering with founders at Seed, Series A and Series B stage. Northzone was founded in 1996 and has to date raised eight funds and invested in more than 130 companies. Jessica has been at Northzone since 2016 and her main focus os DTC and consumer internet. Her portfolio includes NA-KD, Klarna, Einride, Matsmart and Red Points. 

Previous to Northzone, Jessica co-founded and was the global CMO of HelloFresh. Jessica holds an MSc in Economic and Business, with a major in Accounting and Financial Management from Stockholm School of Economics. 

As for role models within entrepreneurship, Jessica believes that Gunilla von Platen is an amazing entrepreneur and big inspiration.

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Johannes Schildt
CEO and Co-founder of Kry

Johannes Schildt is the CEO and co-founder of Kry/Livi, Europe’s largest digital healthcare company. Kry/Livi revolutionize the way people access primary care by combining medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology. Johannes has been named one of the 2018 “30 under 30” in Europe by Forbes Magazine. Kry/Livi has been ranked as one of Wired’s Hottest Start-Ups in Stockholm and recently achieved a unicorn valuation of $2bn following closure of its series D funding round. 

Johannes background is in tech, product and entrepreneurship. He founded 4 companies in retail and e-commerce before co-founding Kry. When asked about role models in his career, Johannes says that there are so many bright and ambitious people out there he can’t name only one - but in general he really admires people with big ambitions and the courage and grit to act on them.

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Stina Ehrensvärd
CEO & Founder of Yubico

Founded Yubico, and co-created the YubiKey and the FIDO U2F open authentication standard to enable a safer internet for everyone. The company's technology secures access to computers, servers and online services for nine of the top ten internet brands, including Google, Facebook and Salesforce, and is loved by millions of users in 160 countries. Speaker on internet identity, security and entrepreneurship, recognized with numerous international awards, and regularly featured in leading tech media. 

Born in Seattle, USA. Grew up in Sweden, and have since 2011 lived in Palo Alto, California with husband and three children.

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Klaus Hommels
Founder and Chairman of Lakestar

Klaus Hommels is Founder of Lakestar, who invests in European as well as U.S. companies that show fast international growth. Klaus has been involved in the early days of investments such as Skype, Xing, King, Facebook, Spotify and Airbnb. More recent investments include online men's grooming business Harry's, GoEuro, Opendoor and FiveAI.

He was ranked as one of the top Europe-based venture capital investors in the global Midas List 2013, 2014 and 2015 and just became third best European investor in the first European list of the same ranking.Klaus has a strong voice in the European Tech Ecosystems which he supports passionately with various initiatives, eg. the 'Internet Foundation'.

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Heather Farmbrough
Financial Journalist & Editor

Heather Farmbrough is an award-winning freelance journalist and Forbes Senior Correspondent, where she specializes in green startups. As a former investment manager and Junior Markets correspondent for the Financial Times, she’s always had a particular interest in rapidly growing smaller companies. 

In the last few years, she has written about several Scandinavian startups, worked as an editorial consultant for Swedish companies and is the English editor of The Bumblebee Nation, The Hidden Story of the New Swedish Model.

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David Rowan
Investor, writer & journalist

David Rowan has invested in more than 80 early-stage tech companies, including eight that became billion-dollar “unicorns”, and has built small health-tech and climate-tech funds around the VOYAGERS.io community that he runs. VOYAGERS.io is a not-for-profit community of 600 innovators working to solve health and climate problems. 

He is also the author of “Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways to Transform How You Work” which has been translated to several languages. David was founding editor-in-chief of WIRED's UK edition and is a technology columnist for a number of well renowned media as well as an adviser to Lakestar and Outsized Ventures.

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Founders Forum speakers

Maria Swedin
COO of CaCharge

Maria is the COO of CaCharge – a company with the vision of a society where the car is as easily charged as the mobile phone. CaCharge provides services and charging boxes for electric cars and has developed an affordable solution that serves many cars within the existing electrical power capacity of a facility and is minimizing investment in the facility’s power grid. Before joining CaCharge, Maria was Head of New Equipment, Sales in Sweden and Projects in the Stockholm region at Otis AB. Prior to that, she was Head of Fleet management at Bombardier Transportation, being responsible for the train maintenance in the Nordics. 

Furthermore, she also holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. As role models within her career, she mentions Sting’s business coach Magnus Rehn.

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Ola Lowden Landström
Founder & CEO of Omocom

Ola is the founder and CEO of Omocom, an insurance solution for the circular economy that will rock the foundations of the insurance industry. Omocom was founded with a sole  purpose, to create  incentives  to keep existing resources in use, and  is as much about insurance as it is about creating incentives and enabling a more circular economy.

Ola has a law degree from Uppsala University and has eight years’ experience in data flows and digital trade. He has given lectures at universities and organizations such as the UN, WTO and CIFTIS as well as both the EU-parliament, commission and the Swedish Riksdag. Ola has also been appointed expert in several parliamentary committees. 

As his role model, Ola mentioned Socrates. “His thesis that “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  has always been my guiding principle as CEO and founder.

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Elsa Bernadotte
Co-founder, COO/CPO at Karma

Elsa founded her first venture back in 2013, Pop Fruits, which offered a healthy substitute to ice cream: frozen fruit on a stick. She sold that company in 2015 to one of our European distribution partners and soon after founded Karma in 2016. As the ultimately responsible for Product at Karma, she’s started learning to code and in order to both keep her own motivation as well as encourage other late bloomers like herself to get going, she’s put together a coding group, where they do coding challenges together in their spare time. Elsa is also about to join the board of CB Save Earth Fund which invests in companies active within cleantech, renewable energy and water management. 

As for role models in her career, she mentions her parents. “I watched them closely while growing up as they worked relentlessly starting up their own businesses. It showed me both the hard work behind starting your own company, but equally the joy and freedom it can give for yourself and your entire family once it starts to take off.”

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Julian Lee
Founder & CEO of Airmee

Julian is the CEO and founder of Airmee, a logistics technological platform with the vision of optimizing every transport in every city in the world. Airmee has a strong focus on sustainability, and they believe that convenience and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive, but the future. They focus on that by expanding their fleet with carbon free vehicles and climate compensating, in addition to the optimization of the fleet with our technology. 

Julian also holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics, and before founding Airmee in 2016, he has had roles such as business consultant, business manager and commercial director in various tech companies. 

When asking about his role models, he replies that he doesn’t have one, but instead he tries to learn bits and pieces from everyone he meets.

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Rosie Linder
CPO & Chairman at Peppy Pals

Rosie is the CPO of Peppy Pals, a company with an ambition to equip, strengthen and nurture children’s social and emotional intelligence. As the CPO of Peppy Pals, Rosie leads the creation of their products. In her work, she often tries to wear the hat of their customers to make sure they add more value than the customer expects. The past four years she’s also been a Board Member of BRIS. 

As for her role model within entrepreneurship and in her career, Rosie says “Brené Brown is probably my greatest female role model. I admire her leadership style built on respect and empathy. To realize the fact that entrepreneurship is not a one man show. That our success is built on the efforts of people in our team. Once you realize that, you´ll try to find the potential in people and develop that potential instead of giving people roles and titles that they are not passionate about.”

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Alexander Hjertström
CEO and co-founder of Airinum

Alexander is the CEO and co-founder of Airinum, a Swedish healthtech company tackling the climate change’s influence on global health by empowering people with innovative products to live healthier lives. Alexander has previously worked as Global Venture Developer at Kinnevik owned Rocket Internet, Venture Developer at Kinnevik owned Millicom and as management consultant at A.T. Kearney. 

Alexander holds a BSc in Management & Financial Accounting and MSc in Management from Stockholm School of Economics. 

Asking about his role models within entrepreneurship, he replies “There wasn't one single person who has inspired me but a bunch of people: my mentor, my old classmates who started their own business, my old teacher in the entrepreneurship course and family. Then reading about Elon Musk changing the world doesn't take away from the commitment to choose an entrepreneurial path ;)”

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Sara Rywe
Investor at byFounders

Sara is an investor at byFounders (New Nordic early-stage VC) where she oversees their investments in Scandinavia. An entrepreneur at heart, she embarked on her first venture as a 17-year-old and has since then been supporting young entrepreneurs across a range of initiatives. She has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and led the global strategy implementation at Danske Bank. 

She holds an MBA from INSEAD and Wharton Business School, and a Bachelor in Business & Economics from Stockholm School of Economics. Sara is also working closely with several of byFounder’s portfolio companies, such as Normative, Greenely, and BonBot in Sweden. Proper and Corti in DK, as well as Qvin & Digitail in the US. 

As for role models in her career, Sara directly mentions Pippi Långstrump and her quote: “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”

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Alok Alström
CEO at Appjobs

Alok Alström is the CEO and Co-founder of Appjobs, a platform that helps gig-workers improve their working conditions and status in the labour market. 

Alok started his career as a Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group for many years but entered into the world of Gig-economy as the General Manager of Uber in Sweden before Co-founding Appjobs in 2017. Since then the platform has supported over 3 million members to find and compare work opportunities in the Gig-economy. Most recently the company has turned its effort into enabling Gig-workers to own and leverage their work data from gig-platforms.

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Maja Magnusson
COO & Co-Founder of Care to Translate

Maja is the COO and Co-Founder of healthtech company Care to Translate, which solves language barriers between patients and healthcare staff. Care to Translate is a digital medical translator for everyone who needs to communicate in healthcare. Talk to your doctor, no matter the language. 

Maja is passionate about tech, innovation and building beautiful companies inside and out. When asked about role models she answers “I can’t specify one particular person. I get inspired by many different people and journeys. Especially inspiring are people who manage to build companies with a healthy and transparent company culture.”

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Jyri Engeström
Partner & Co-founder at Yes VC

Jyri Engeström has previously co-founded and sold two companies: Jaiku, a mobile social network acquired by Google; and Ditto, a local recommendations app acquired by Groupon.
Jyri is currently an early-stage investor at Yes VC, based in San Francisco. They invest in the pre-seed and seed stages of companies connected with cultural movements. Jyri is an early investor in Unity, Dapper Labs and many other companies. Prior to co-founding Yes VC he was on the investing team at True Ventures.

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Tatiana Shalalvand
Investment Director at Inventure

Tatiana is an investor at Inventure. She has an operational background having been part of two startup journeys before joining the VC side. She looks for founders with big, status-quo-changing visions and is a true driving force of change through her investments as well as her other work, having recently co-authored the book The Role Models: Women Who Shape Our Future. 

At Inventure, Tatiana works closely with the portfolio companies Mojo, Stockeld Dreamery, Zaver and Starcart.

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Carlo Giovanni Biggio
Vice President at Accel

Carlo is an investor at Accel, focusing on the Nordics and Nordic founders. Accel is a leading venture capital firm that invests in people and their companies from the earliest days through all phases of company growth. During the last 40 years, Accel has backed companies such as Atlassian, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Forgerock, Kry, Chainalysis, Sky Mavis (Axie Infinity), and many others. 

Carlo is from Cagliari, Italy, and graduated from Bocconi University and the Rotterdam School of Management. Prior to joining Accel, Carlo was with Anthemis and Rocket Internet, focusing on early-stage European startups.

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Martin Landén
Co-Founder & CEO of APPRL (acq. Klarna)

Martin was the CEO/cofounder of APPRL, acquired by Klarna in July 2021. APPRL is a SaaS solution that empowers e-commerce brands to do data-driven influencer marketing at scale with clients such as H&M, Harvey Nichols, Dr Martens as well as many smaller DTC brands. 

Prior to APPRL Martin started up a web consultancy at age 16, has a MSc in Media Technology Engineering from KTH and won a Cyber Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

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Michael Arnör
Co-founder & CEO at Sellpy

Seven years ago, Sellpy was founded to empower everyone to live circular and is now the largest online shop and sales service for second-hand items in Sweden. Michael was part of cofounding Sellpy, and has had the pleasure of being the CEO ever since. Today, the company has more than 500 employees. For his role model, Michael mentions Jeff Bezos, and to unwind after a long day at the office, Michael hangs out with his two little daughters.

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Frida Emilsson
Co-founder & CEO at Worldfavor

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Tor Rauden Källstigen
Founder of All Ears

Tor is the founder and CEO of All Ears, a media monitoring and social listening platform specialized in spoken media. All Ears has 500 customers in the Nordics and the US, including Walmart, Hertz and Canon. The All Ears team consists of 40 superstars – and by the way: they’re looking for new colleagues! Check out https://jobs.allears.ai

Tor is a serial entrepreneur with a background in the communication industry. Previously a Grammy nominated musician, radio and podcast producer. Also jeans manufacturer in the world’s least accessible country, and… Flashback moderator!

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