PODCAST – Rebecka Rydå (Industrifonden): ‘More VCs should invest in transformative ideas’ – Live at Slush

New At The Money podcast episode with Rebecka Rydå of VC fund Industrifonden (live at Slush)!

Remember, I was at Slush on a quest to learn more about the future of venture capital in Europe. I had the pleasure to speak to Rebecka Rydå, Investment Manager at Industrifonden

Industrifonden is a large Swedish venture capital investor, investing in early-stage technology and life science companies across the Nordics. In this conversation we discuss the delicate balance of scaling a team while keeping the company culture, as well as investing in deep tech companies.

Rebecka comments: “I hope that more and more VCs will look towards deep tech and new technologies, and have the courage to invest in more transformative ideas.”

Listen here:

Thanks again Rebecka and keep up the good work with Industrifonden!

PODCAST – Inka Mero (Voima Ventures): ‘Deep tech startups are purpose-driven by default’ – Live at Slush

New podcast episode with Inka Mero of deep tech VC fund Voima Ventures (live at Slush)!

This was actually one of those conversations where I needed some time afterwards to process all the valuable insights I got from Inka.

Inka Mero is founder & managing partner at Voima Ventures, is a Finland-based €40M truly deep tech fund launched in the spring 2019.

Prior to Voima Ventures, Inka has been active as angel investor and VC, and has co-founded no less than 7 companies.

The episode is ‘only’ 12 minutes but wow, it’s dense! For sure a lot of valuable information in this podcast.

These are some takeaways of how Inka sees the future of venture capital in Europe:

  1. More purpose-driven venture capital, e.g. via deep tech investing
  2. More investors with entrepreneurial backgrounds
  3. New VC business models that support the long lifecycle of ‘tough tech’ companies
  4. Diversity in terms of gender ánd talent

Listen here:

Thank you so much Inka and good luck with the important work you do at Voima Ventures!


PODCAST – The Future of VC in Europe – Tuomas Kosonen (Inventure) & Alain le Loux (Cottonwood) – Live At Slush

🎙Second episode of the At The Money podcast – Live at Slush is online!

This time I had a conversation with high tech and deep tech investors Tuomas Kosonen (Inventure) and Alain le Loux (Cottonwood Technology Fund).

Inventure is a Nordic technology fund backing early-stage entrepreneurs. “Having our roots in Finland, we enjoy domains many don’t feel comfortable with, and make big bets on deep tech and scalable technologies.” Inventure is currently investing from their third 120M€ fund.

Cottonwood Technology Fund is an early-stage VC fund that invests both in Northern Europe & Southwest USA. Cottonwood’s investment approach and focus is on hard science, pre-seed, seed and early-stage funding.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/at-the-money/live-at-slush-inventure-cottonwood

🎧Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hycb6HBOv2A0deN45xskQ?si=H6aA6ukgSO-3niVPlBsyCQ

(and soon in all other podcast apps as well)

In this conversation we discuss (among other topics) how to invest in high tech and deep tech, how Europe becomes mature in terms of tech and venture capital (but is still behind US), and the risk of underfunding high tech companies.


Want to know more about the Future of Venture Capital in Europe? Check our other (live at Slush) episodes in your favorite podcast app and follow our At The Money podcast!

Thanks to Novel-T, the startup generator and incubator at the University of Twente, for hosting this podcast recording.

PODCAST – The Future of VC in Europe – Oscar Westergård (Antler) & Andrew Macadam (Microsoft) – Live At Slush

🎙Very proud to launch our first At The Money podcast episode live at Slush!

We’re exploring the Future of Venture Capital in Europe by speaking to a number of leading venture capital investors and record their insights for the At The Money podcast during Slush.

In this first live podcast episode, we had the pleasure to speak with Oscar Westergård of Antler and Andrew Macadam of Microsoft for Startups.

At The Money podcast Live at Slush

Antler is world’s largest tech startup generator and invests in talent first. Microsoft for Startups is, as you guessed, Microsoft’s program to support startups to scale.

The discussion is (among other topics) about investing in diverse teams, scaling across Europe ánd globally, and data-driven venture capital.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/at-the-money/live-at-slush-antler-microsoft

🎧Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3lR1RZhFU4bi8uDUaiyWfp?si=Yo9OLs15Qri6K_Qm1WkuSg

(and soon on all other podcast platforms)

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Special thanks to Novel-T, the startup generator and incubator at the University of Twente, for hosting this podcast recording.