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Building a global tech company is challenging. We know because we’ve done it too. No matter where you are on your journey and what your challenges are, chances are we’ve been there too and we can overcome them together.

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Axel Bard Bringéus joins EQT Ventures

EQT Ventures has strengthened its team of investment specialists and operational experts with Axel Bard Bringéus, former Global Head of Markets at Spotify, joining the fund. Get to know Axel in this video and find out how he will help to identify fast-growing, innovative and tech-enabled companies for support and investment in Germany.

Startup Grind Berlin hosts Ted Persson - Design Partner, EQT Ventures

EQT Ventures’ Operating Partner and Design/UX/Brand expert, Ted Persson, share his experiences at Startup Grind Berlin. Learn more about how Ted went into the tech space and his views on what’s next in the intersection of technology and humans. With more than 20 years in the technology space, Ted has co-founded digital consultancies where he helped build digital products and strengthen the brands and digital capabilities of both startups and incumbent brand. In his role at EQT Ventures, Ted works on the deal side and also helps portfolio companies become more human centric, through product development, user experience design, branding and storytelling.

Meet 3D Hubs CEO Bram de Zwart

3D Hubs recently hit the huge milestone of the 1,000,000th part printed via its online 3D printing platform. The company has certainly come a long way since its launch four years ago, providing manufacturing services across 6,000 locations in more than 140 countries. The team has also launched a book on 3D printing best practice. EQT Ventures sat down with 3D Hubs’ founder Bram de Zwart to find out more about his entrepreneurial journey and his advice for other founders.

Lucy Wimmer

Interview with Unicorn hunter Jason Calacanis

Unicorn hunter Jason Calacanis, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster and author, shared his advice for angel investors and founders with EQT Ventures’ Ted and Aurore at STHLM Tech Fest. Find out what Jason’s three hour rule is, what his big no-nos are, where he thinks great founders come from and more in this Q&A session

The first app to be certified as a contraceptive in the EU

Natural Cycles, the world’s first certified app for non-hormonal contraception, which can help women to prevent pregnancies. Its mission is to educate and empower women to take control of their fertility and future. Today, Natural Cycles has announced its €25m Series B round to help establish itself as the global leader in digital contraception and reproductive health. The investment will aid clinical research and product development, recruitment from the world of medicine and science, and international expansion.

Lars Jörnow

A founder's journey - Codacy

Get to know EQT Ventures’ portfolio companies, find out their founders’ top tips and discover what they’ve earned during their journeys so far in our new A founder’s journey video series. First to share their advice is Jaime Jorge, CEO and founder at Codacy, an automated code review platform that he describes as “like a spell check for code.”

Mind the gap...and I’m not just talking about funding

For the UK, the uncertainty of Brexit continues to loom and this apprehension has led to the rapid retreat of funding for UK funds and business. The most prominent of these is the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has frozen investments into UK funds and is predicted to leave a £900 million black hole for businesses. Cue other funds such as the British Business Bank and Draper Esprit, which plans to invest £75m into European seed funds over the next five years, leaping forward to plug the gap. This funding gap has also opened doors to many investors from unexpected places. Just last week, The Guardian threw its hat into the ring and launched a £42 million venture capital fund, GMG Ventures.

Alastair Mitchell

On EQT Ventures’ investment in CallDesk and our approach to AI companies

Talking to customer support is often a last resort that most of us want to avoid at all costs. Long queues with horrible music, badly configured IVR systems that don’t understand your requests. And the constant agony of being reshuffled between agents that don’t have any history of your prior discussions, while in the end being disconnected and having to repeat the process all over again. EQT Ventures recently announced its investment in CallDesk. A very exciting company that aims to solve the above issue, using AI done right.

Andreas Thorstensson

The French tech rocket-ship is ready for take-off, now let’s fuel it with ambition

There were two big news at the end of last month regarding the French tech ecosystem. Firstly, French VCs have raised more than any other country in Europe in H1 2017 according to Dealroom (and confirmed by Yannick Roux’ spreadsheet) and on the receiving end of the VC marketplace, French startups raised a record-breaking €420m+ in September (+45.8% YoY). What’s the explanation for this momentum in the French tech scene?

Bartosz Jakubowski

On EQT Ventures’ investment in Varjo, the Finnish company that solved human-eye resolution VR/AR/MR

Today, Helsinki based Varjo, maker of the world’s first human-eye resolution VR/AR/MR platform announced its $8.2M Series A, led by EQT Ventures.

Ted Persson

CallDesk raises €2.1 million to transform customer call centre experience with Artificial Intelligence

The AI-powered virtual agent for handling customer calls, CallDesk, has raised a €2.1 million seed round. The investors in the round were Point Nine Capital and the EQT Ventures fund (“EQT Ventures”). CallDesk’s AI-based virtual agent works alongside teleoperators to improve customer experience and lower costs. Using proprietary AI-based architecture that understands intent and creates a natural dialogue, the virtual agent can autonomously handle simple, but time-consuming tasks.

Andreas Thorstensson

European entrepreneurs - it’s time to think bigger!

It’s time for European entrepreneurs to think bigger. Huge, in fact, and start building winning global businesses. The venture capital ecosystem is now well developed with both the expertise and capital needed for the next wave of tech giants to be born and then grow up in Europe. Entrepreneurs just need to unleash their full potential and resist the urge to sell before they’ve built a global success story.

Hjalmar Winbladh

Healthtech: Investing in the future

The healthcare industry as we know it is at the centre of a revolution. A data revolution. Faced with demands to improve efficiency and cut costs, while continuing to deliver the highest quality patient care and medical research, data — and specifically people’s ability to gain insights from it — is key to shaping healthcare’s future.

Alastair Mitchell

Investing in HealthTech: Aifloo’s winning combination of hardware and software

Today’s healthcare industry is under huge pressure from all sides. One of the most significant forces contributing to this squeeze is the growing ageing population. Thanks to medical advances, the number of people aged 60 or above is expected to more than double by 2050 to 2.1 billion. In Europe alone, a quarter of the population already falls into this age group. This has many implications for healthcare organizations, medical professionals, hospitals, and caregivers, as well as families and friends. To ensure that people stay happy, healthy and independent in their older age, healthtech now has to step up and play a vital role in propelling the healthcare industry into the future.

Henrik Landgren

Aifloo raises €5.1 million; accelerates development of AI-based e-health system

The Swedish-based company Aifloo, that develops e-health systems based on medical artificial intelligence (AI), today announces the completion of its latest funding round of €5.1 million. The A round was secured from the EQT Ventures fund (“EQT Ventures”) and will enable Aifloo to advance its AI technology that enables elderly members of society to live more independently.

Henrik Landgren

Home raises €3 million round, led by EQT Ventures

Berlin-based company, Home, has raised a €3 million round. Lead investor in the round was the EQT Ventures fund (“EQT Ventures”), along with the company’s existing investor, Redalpine. Home’s platform enables landlords to better manage their properties, helping to ensure the best housing experiences for tenants and landlords alike. There are currently more than 100,000 apartments on the platform.

Lars Jörnow

EQT Ventures leads Codacy’s series A financing

Codacy is an automated code review platform which lets developers review code, ship code faster and save hours of development time. EQT Ventures is thrilled to be the lead investor in Codacy’s latest funding round of $5.1 million.

Tom Mendoza

Min Doktor appoints Laurens Leurink as new CEO, eyes European expansion

MD international (Min Doktor) just announced the appointment of Laurens Leurink as its new CEO. Mr Leurink is an experienced executive with a background from several global internet-based companies in the finance and travel industry and will now drive the growth and expansion agenda of Sweden’s leading digital healthcare provider Min Doktor.

Lars Jörnow

Alastair Mitchell joins EQT Ventures

Alastair (Ali) Mitchell has recently joined EQT Ventures as the Advisory team's fourth Partner along with Hjalmar Winbladh, Kees Koolen and Lars Jörnow. Ali has exceptionally deep experience in B2B Software, B2B sales and marketing on services. At EQT Ventures, Alastair will work with leading EQT Ventures' B2B strategy and setting up EQT Ventures' presence in San Francisco.

Susannah Clark

Oden Technologies raises Seed Round, led by EQT Ventures

Today Oden Technologies announced the completion of its latest financing round of $3.5M. This combined with previous investments brings Oden’s total seed funding to $5.9M. Lead investor in this round was EQT Ventures along with Oden’s existing institutional backers Inbox Capital and LocalGlobe. Shiva Rajaraman formerly VP of Product at Spotify joined this round alongside existing angel investors Peter Carlsson, former CPO and head of supply chain at Tesla Motors, and Rob Keve, CEO and co-founder of Flow.

Hjalmar Winbladh

Enables banks to generate revenue from PSD2

Token, Inc., a turnkey open banking platform provider that enables banks to generate revenue from PSD2, today announced its Series A funding. Funding from major investors including Octopus Ventures, EQT Ventures and OP Financial Group totalled $15.7 million, which together with other investors, brings Token’s Series A total to $18.5 million. EQT Ventures is thrilled to join their journey as game changer in the world of banking and financial services.

Andreas Thorstensson

EQT Ventures invests in HackerOne

HackerOne, a bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure platform, announces the completion of its $40 million Series C funding round with EQT Ventures as one of the investors. As part of its international growth strategy, HackerOne has opened two additional offices in Germany and United Kingdom, with plans to double its engineering team in the Netherlands.

Andreas Thorstensson

Andreas Thorstensson on the future potential of eSports

January saw people in the tech community converge on Munich for DLD. EQT Ventures’ Andreas Thorstensson joined a panel on esports, titled ‘League of New Legends’. Here, Andreas, a former world champion in the game, Counter Strike, gives us his views on the future of esports.

Andreas Thorstensson

EQT Ventures leads Peakon's latest funding round

Today, Peakon, the London and Copenhagen-based people analytics company, announces the completion of its latest funding round of $6.5M. Lead investor in this round was EQT Ventures, along with Peakon’s existing investors, IDInvest, Sunstone and angel investor, Tommy Ahlers. The Peakon team has a track record of building some of Europe’s most successful technology startups and their mission is to impact the world’s productivity and happiness by using data to create meaningful understanding between employees and their companies.

Lars Jörnow

Mobile gaming experiences you simply won’t forget

EQT Ventures has led a growth financing round for Finnish game developers, Small Giant Games. The €5.4 million investment round was also joined by the company’s earlier investors Creandum, Spintop Ventures, PROfounders and First Fellow Partners. Small Giant Games is a Finnish mobile games company focused on creating stunning multiplayer mobile games, which become a daily hobby for the players. The company aims to become one of the most successful studios by creating engaging battle RPG games, with new types of multiplayer and social features.

Lars Jörnow

Tomorrow's company, myTomorrows

EQT Ventures is happy to welcome myTomorrows to the family. myTomorrows was founded to improve access to drugs in development for physicians and their patients facing an unmet medical need. myTomorrows announces a €10m growth funding round, co-led by EQT Ventures and Octopus Ventures.

Kees Koolen

Facebook, Data and Growth: Henrik Landgren

In early December, we hosted an intimate dinner in London with Alex Schultz, Facebook’s VP growth marketing, analytics and i18n and Henrik Landgren, EQT Ventures’ Analytics Partner, who previously built the analytics team for Spotify. Here Henrik writes about the evening and the moments of pain in businesses that often force a focus on real priorities…

Henrik Landgren

EQT Ventures leads 3D Hubs’ series B financing

Today, 3D Hubs, the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services, announces the completion of its Series B financing, totaling $7 million, led by EQT Ventures, followed by original backer Balderton Capital. Ted Persson, Design Partner at EQT Ventures, will be joining the 3D Hubs Board of Directors. The round will enable 3D Hubs to further its mission towards developing a connected network of 3D printing services to support the company’s rapidly growing professional user base.

Ted Persson

Say W(h)aaaa…. tty!

EQT Ventures is happy to join Watty’s €3 million investment round alongside Nordic accelerator Cleantech Invest and current and new investors. Watty uses deep learning to identifying what home appliances are on, at what time, based on the electricity meter data.  Using simple visualizations, Watty breaks down users’ energy costs for immediate understanding of exactly how energy is spent in their homes and what they can do to reduce their energy bills. 

Hjalmar Winbladh

Say Hi to Service Partner ONE

Today, we’re happy to welcome Berlin based Service Partner ONE to the family. SPO has created the first digital multi-service platform for office management, from cleaning, delivery of fruit and beverages through to coffee machines, water dispensers, office supplies and craftsmen. We’re thrilled to join their mission to make offices more happy.

Lars Jörnow

EQT Ventures partners with Unomaly

Today, we're happy to announce that EQT Ventures leads the €4 M A-round of Unomaly. Based in Stockholm and founded in 2012, Unomaly helps companies avoid IT incidents by automatically analyzing all the data their IT systems produce.

Andreas Thorstensson

EQT Ventures leads Verto Analytics’ Series B funding

Today EQT Ventures is happy to welcome Finnish-American Verto Analytics to the family. Verto Analytics provides audience data measurement solutions for a multi-screen world, and since the EQT Ventures team likes both data measurement and screens, leading the B round investment was a no brainer.

Henrik Landgren

EQT Ventures and UberPitch

If you find yourself in an Uber in any of the major European cities the next few days, don't be surprised if you'd squeeze in with someone from EQT Ventures. We have teamed up with Uber and their UberPITCH program where entrepreneurs are invited to pitch to investors in Uber cars.

Ted Persson

EQT Ventures is open for business

After countless discussions, late nights, flights, iterations, Keynote revisions, sales meetings and prototypes, it’s official – EQT Ventures is live. This has been more than a year in the making and the team is super excited to get going.

Lars, Kees & Hjalmar

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