Swedish Pitch Night on July 1st in San Francisco



  • Please join us for this exciting evening where you will have an opportunity to see and hear a group of young Swedish companies pitch to a distinguished panel of Silicon Valley investors moderated by Adiba Barney, SVForum. Panelists are Marlon C. Nichols - Intel Capital, Steve Goldberg – Venrock, Lars Johansson – K&L Gates. More panelists to be announced.

    SVForum and Silicon Vikings are organizing this event as part of the Startup Inspire™ program, financed by the Swedish Innovation office InterAct for Startups from KTH - Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

    InterAct is a partnership between three universities in Sweden; Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Mälardalen University (MDH) and Stockholm University (SU). We share a common, multifaceted, view of commercialization and are independent of other stake holders interested in investing in our project for commercial reasons. It is on these foundations that we now build a strong collaborative partnership in order to share resources and structural capital.

    Join the networking with lighter food and wine before and after the event, starting at 6:00PM.

    Event hashtag: #SWEPITCH SVForum’s twitter: @SVForum Silicon Vikings twitter: @siliconvikings



    Greenely is the next generation energy management tool - utilizes learning algorithms that track and analyze the households’ energy behaviors and then adapts accordingly. 

    LUP link-up point develops mobile technology for physical distribution solving the last mile problem and information sharing in road freight.

    Onacci is social networking everywhere on the web. Chat, video conference or interact through a web page’s content with old or new friends. 

    VirtualGrasp – spin-off of world-leading robotics research – lets not only #LEGO go cyber: we help you activate hands in creative games and virtual applications, with whatever hardware you like. 

    Help to Help’s crowd funding solution - a transparent, modern and social way to educate the employees, leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. 

    Shortcut Labs - The first product out of Shortcut Labs is a button that allows you to launch any function in your smartphone, with lots of amazing features: it's wireless, it's weatherproof, and the battery lasts up to two years.


    Steve Goldberg, Venrock

    Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in the wireless, mobile and energy sectors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Newport Media, Kineto Wireless and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft) and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology).

    Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


    Lars Johansson, K&L Gates
    Lars Johansson represents U.S.-based and international public and private companies, as well as investors, in connection with corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, joint ventures, and international business transactions.  He works with clients in a wide range of industries, including telecom, data analytics, information technology, software, medical device, nanotechnology, clean technology, financial services, and viniculture. 



    Eddy Lee, Fenox Ventures

    Eddy Lee, PhD is a Principal at Fenox Venture Capital, where he leads the execution of investments in health technology and IT startups. Based out of the Silicon Valley office, he travels regularly to Singapore to bolster the firm’s operations in the region. Apart from supporting product development and operations at portfolio companies, Eddy helps startups enter international markets such as Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. In addition, he serves on the board of Tech In Asia.

    At Stanford University, Eddy is a Consulting Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, where he guides the development and commercialization of projects in biotechnology. With prior experience spanning engineering and military, he has filled leadership and project management roles. During his doctoral dissertation, he devised magnetic resonance imaging technology for improving the efficacy of cellular therapy. And while at Marvell and Lucent, he managed projects in integrated circuit design.

    Eddy completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D in Bioengineering and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering. He is an invited speaker at international conferences, and an author of scientific papers, technical articles and book chapters.


    Marlon C. Nichols, Intel Capital

    Marlon Nichols is a venture capital investor and Kauffman Fellow at Intel Capital, the global equity investment and M&A division for Intel Corporation. In this role, Marlon sources, conducts due diligence on, invests in, and advises early stage high growth technology companies that produce cloud services, internet, and mobile solutions with an emphasis on new experiences and perceptual computing. Marlon also conducts market research, analyzes investment trends, and works with Intel business leaders to help define Intel Capital’s mobility and early stage investment strategies. Marlon serves as a board observer at a number of portfolio companies. As an individual, he mentors entrepreneurs at a number of business accelerators.

    Marlon started his career in enterprise software where he successfully led the deployment of many global software and business process improvement initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises. During his software career he was a member of a three person team based in London, UK that was responsible for the European expansion of Frictionless Commerce. Marlon later joined Edgewater Strategy, a boutique consulting firm where he led post M&A integration initiatives for the Blackstone Group’s real-estate division. Later, in the role of principal strategist, he led digital strategy initiatives for media companies such as Warner Music Group and McGraw Hill. Prior to joining Intel Capital Marlon served as the Lead Fund Manager of BRV, Cornell University’s evergreen venture capital fund.​

    Moderator: Adiba Barney, SVForum CEO

    As of January 2014, Adiba Barney is the new CEO of SVForum - Silicon Valley´s largest and oldest non-profit organization, dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology and startup community. She was prior to that the Executive Director of Silicon Vikings, a non-profit business networking organization connecting the Nordic´s innovation and startup ecosystem to Silicon Valley. Prior to Silicon Vikings, Adiba initiated, developed, and launched Innovative Sweden, a world tour exhibition promoting Sweden as an innovative country by showcasing a new generation of Swedish innovations. That is what brought her from Sweden to Silicon Valley in early 2011. Prior to the Innovative Sweden project, Adiba worked for 13 years within the Swedish innovation ecosystem (science parks, incubators, regional and government development agencies) where she focused on creating sustainable networking platforms, developing/executing high-profile PR projects, and coaching hundreds of startup entrepreneurs in international marketing, business development, market entry, communication, PR and branding. Adiba holds a BA in International Marketing and Business from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden as well as studies in Branding, PR, Media and Communication from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden.