Silicon Vikings

Angel Investor Training in Silicon Valley for Nordic/Baltic Angel Investors

Nyhet   •   Aug 28, 2012 23:20 CEST

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There are more Seed investments than Series A now than ever before. Q2 of this year was the biggest quarter in more than a decade of VC investing in the US. Geographically, Silicon Valley dominates the destination of angel funds, receiving 77% of the $8.1B funds invested in US-based companies throughout Q2 2012; 4 times as much as the total amount invested within New York, according to historical trend data(Source: Forbes article, Sarah Austin)

Silicon Valley is and has always been a dominant force, worldwide, in Angel investing – it’s the Wall Street of Angel Investing.

We would therefore like to invite relatively “new” Angel Investors from the Nordic/Baltic Region (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) to an Angel Investor Training conducted by highly experienced key Angel Investors in Silicon Valley. The Angel Investor Training is organized by Silicon Vikings in collaboration with US Market Access Center, and hosted by SNR Denton

The three-day training supports the Nordic/Baltic Regions Angel Investor community in achieving the following goals:

  • Expand availability of early-stage equity capital for SMEs in the Nordic/Baltic Region by training relatively “new” (one to three investments) investors in angel investing, utilizing the best practices from Silicon Valley.
  • Help angel investors develop a more informed, nuanced understanding of risk, and the role it plays in the investment process. Evolve traditional investor mindsets from risk-averse to risk-embracing.
  • Create and support a group of angel investors to syndicate capital, evaluate deals, invest in technology companies and mentor them towards growth and success.
  • Improve your return on investment by adopting a process for evaluating and monitoring potential opportunities.
  • Learn and become inspired by case studies of Silicon Valley’s greatest successes and failures.
  • Educate and influence the entrepreneurial ecosystem (universities, economic development professionals, incubator and accelerator coaches, innovation agencies and policy makers) to service and guide their constituents towards more successful investments.
  • Enhance the interaction that opens up future collaboration with other angel investors from the Nordic/Baltic Region, as well as angels and angel networks in Silicon Valley and around the world.
  • Learn the basics of helping your portfolio companies begin doing business in Silicon Valley and the US. 


We are inviting up to 8 Angel Investors from each country in the Nordic/Baltic Region (Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), totaling up to 64 investors.

  • Angel investors who have done from one to three deals.
  • Successful investors who have made money from investing in real estate or blue-chip corporations.
  • High net-worth individuals with senior business experience who now have the time and interest in investing in early stage technology companies.
  • Community leaders and entrepreneurial support professionals who are interested in promoting angel investing in their communities.


    The Nordic/Baltic Angel Investor Training provides a comprehensive overview of the angel investing process, utilizing best practices established in Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Angels Investors and experts.  The program provides an in-depth knowledge for traditional, angel investors to transform a risk-averse mindset to a more risk-loving reality. Workshop topics include:

    Oct 1st - Oct 3rd, 2012

    • Overview of Silicon Valley Angel Investing including case studies of Silicon Valley´s greatest successes and failures
    • Beyond the Business Plan:  What to look for in a founding team
    • Effective Strategies for transforming traditional investment environments, from risk-averse to risk-embracing
    • Portfolio Strategy: Top tips on building a successful portfolio
    • Structuring the Deal: Focusing on the business and legal priorities
    • Due Diligence and Valuation
    • Preparing your portfolio companies to begin doing business in Silicon Valley and the US
    • Getting Alignment:  Making sure entrepreneurs and investors are on the same page
    • Being an Effective Mentor/Advisor: What entrepreneurs want and need from their Angel Investors
    • Post-Investment Relationship
    • Building a Syndicate: Finding and selecting other investors
    • Evening event day 1: Experience a typical Silicon Valley pitching event in action, where we invite 5 companies to pitch to a panel of investors with Q&A and feedback.
    • Evening event day 2: Mixer and wine tasting with Silicon Valley investors in collaboration with VC Taskforce and their members.
    • Evening event day 3: Silicon Vikings 15th Year Anniversary party at Blackbox Mansion with Mårten Mickos as keynote speaker, entertainment and networking.
    • Visiting schedule on day 3: Visits to nontraditional Silicon Valley Investors and accelerators.   

    More information including a full three-day schedule will be received upon registration.


    October 1st-3rd 2012
    (the training will be conducted on Oct 1st-2nd and a visiting schedule on the 3rd).


    Silicon Vikings HQ at SNR Denton on 1530 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto + several locations in the Bay Area on day 3.


    Expert presentations, panel discussions, small group case studies and networking events.


    $2 750 per participant

    Refund policy
    If you register, pay and then change your mind you may receive a 100% refund up until September 10th. After September 10th registration and payment is 100% binding. 

    In certain cases where emergency situations occur, the participant can receive a partial refund. However certain administration fees will be deducted.This will be assessed case by case. 

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    Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

    20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and an operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He sits on the Boards of CaseStack, WhiteHat, ClearFuels, cFares, and ThermoCeramix. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. 

    Ronald Weismann, Band of Angels

    30+ years of high technology investing, operations, strategy and marketing. I have served on 25+ boards and mentored, invested or advised 50 startups. I manage the Band of Angels’ Software SIG. I have been a VC at Apax Partners since 2000; prior to Apax, I was #2 at Verity, the leader in information retrieval and was on the executive team that was awarded the large cap turnaround of the year by the Turnaround Management Association in 1999. Prior to Verity I worked in a variety of senior management positions with Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer. 


    Max Shapiro, PeopleConnect, Keiretsu Forum

    Max Shapiro is the founder and CEO of PeopleConnect. His unique blend of experience, creativity and persistence has made it possible for many startups and established companies to add key members to their teams. In addition to running PeopleConnect, Shapiro produces four monthly pitch events where early stage startups pitch to panels of VCs and Angels: IGNITE!, JumpStartDays and two VC Taskforce events. An active Angel investor, Shapiro has been a member of the Keiretsu Forum since 2001 and is also a member of Silicom Ventures.


    Alfredo Coppola, US MAC

    Alfredo is the President and Executive Director of the US Market Access Center. He has 20 + years of business development and management consulting experience in the information technology sector. He has advised over 150 early-stage technology companies in his career and he also worked with large multinationals such as Adobe, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to US MAC, Alfredo was president and co-founder of two Canadian digital media companies, where he established offices in Ottawa, Toronto, and San Francisco, California. 


    Richard Allan Horning, SNR Denton

    Richard Allan Horning practices in the Venture Technology Group at SND Denton in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in counseling high technology and e-commerce companies in all stages of development, from start-up to Fortune 50, with particular emphasis on funding transactions, intellectual property protection, licensing, contract and antitrust issues. He also has substantial experience in representing high technology companies in litigation and arbitration matters, in both international and domestic venues. 



    Adiba CremoniniExecutive Director at Silicon Vikings & VP International Relations, Northern Europe, at US Market Access Center
    mobile: +1 (917) 767 0077email:




    Organizer Silicon Vikings in collaboration with US MACAbout Silicon Vikings:Silicon Vikings is a non-profit member organization for networking and promotion of technologies and businesses intersecting Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.) and the Nordic region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). Silicon Vikings delivers value to its members through technology and business driven events, ...Full Description