The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK

Entrepreneurship Forum: Getting ahead with your venture


Credit Suisse, 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG
Have you discovered that perfect idea but aren't quite sure how to protect it? Are you perhaps looking to attract some capital to your venture and in need of some pointers? Perhaps your new venture is up and running, but does it stand out from the rest? At the next Entrepreneurship Forum on 29 March, we hope to answer all of your burning questions. We have invited three entrepreneurs and an angel investor from different disciples to help guide you and get ahead with your venture Confirmed speakers: Mats Johansson is an investor and supporter of technology companies and has, since 2006, focused particularly on early stage investing. He is co-founder of three investment companies - including Spintop Ventures, launched in 2009 - and has been involved in over 50 investments in new tech growth companies. Mats believes passionately in further developing support and investment for new growth companies in Sweden. Last year he co-founded Framtidslyftet - a foundation aiming to become Sweden's leading private provider of funding for early stage ventures. Previously, Mats was CEO and led a successful turnaround of NASDAQ technology company Futuremedia Plc. He joins us to talk about what investors are looking for today, how to contact potential investors, what to emphasize and how to deal with the potential valuation gap between investor and entrepreneur. In 2005, Sofia Hagberg teamed up with a friend to create the perfect festival; a festival where the entire line-up would be the headliner in itself. The result was The End of the Road, a festival that two years after its inception sold out - in one of the most festival dense countries in the world - and in 2011 was nominated "Best Small Festival" in the UK Festival Awards. The End of the Road separates itself from other festivals in its clear identity and attention to detail. Moreover, this year Sofia is launching The No Direction Home Festival, which builds upon the success from The End of the Road. Carlos Rivadulla has been a lawyer for Clifford Chance and a member of the Barcelona Bar Association for more than 12 years. He is an elected member of the Board of the Copyright and Image rights section. In 2008, he started his company, EcoFrego, launching a simple but highly efficient and innovative product that has been nominated Best Innovative Product by the University of Lleida and the Delta Award Design Awards in 2009. Carlos's three hobbies - EcoFrego, law and teaching intellectual property - are all related to one common aspect: protecting and developing intellectual property based businesses. This is exactly what Carlos will touch upon at the forum.

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