Erik Balck Sørensen
VP, Managing Partner, VF Investment, Direct Investments
Responsible for new investments and business development within the ICT portfolio. Co-founder of Billetto.dk, Downtown.dk, BloggersDelight.dk and TakeOffer.dk. Executive Director or chairman in Downtown, Billetto and Rushfiles. Holds multiple board positions in other Danish ICT companies. Erik has extensive experience with management, business development, fundraising and sales from the IT and gaming industry, and has working experince from USA, France and Belgium. Graduated MSc in Business, Language and Culture with study visit in USA – fluent in English and French.
Asbjørn Emil Holmlund
Screening and analytics responsible for companies applying for capital at VF Venture. Help to conduct value-adding activities at existing portfolio companies, and supports the due diligence process for new investment candidates. Holds an MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance from Copenhagen Business School with part degree completion at Columbia University. Previous professional experience from the financial and entrepreneurial sector from prior employment at Danske Bank, EY, and Blazar Capital.
Responsible for business development of the portfolio of Life Science companies. Earlier founder of four companies, managing international positions in Coloplast and Ambu, experience as CEO from several smaller companies as well as CEO for an international oncological knowledge center. She has been responsible for driving growth in companies through a consultant company, M&A processes and has board member experience. Combined business and clinical education, M&A, business development and MBA as well as board assignments. External lector at CBS and published her first book with a MedTech domain "MedTech Marketing" focusing on commercial success.
Investment Director, Aarhus
Responsible for business development of the investment portfolio primarily in sectors related to Greentech. Christian is the former CEO of, among others, the TDC-owned German mobile company, Talkline GmbH, the Danish private equity fund-owned IT outsourcing company Hostnordic A / S and the Global Sales & Marketing Director of Bang & Olufsen A/S. In addition to this, Christian has worked 10+ years abroad, mainly in Germany.
Responsible for analyzes and value-adding activities in the VF Venture portfolio companies to optimize capital raising, business models or exit process. Former Analyst and Student in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with experience in financial modeling, due diligence and asset management. Eva holds the degree Cand.Polit from University of Copenhagen with exchange stay in Santa Cruz, USA
Jacob Bratting Pedersen
Responsible for new investments and business development within the ICT portfolio. Former Partner of the venture company Northcap. Operational experience from several technology start-ups, most recently as COO for the ICT security company Secunia. Extensive experience with building up international sales organizations and internationalization of ICT companies. Work experience from e.g. USA and Israel. Graduated Msc in Business Administration and Commercial Law with additional courses from INSEAD, Harvard and MIT.
Investment Manager, Early Engagement
Responsible for new investments and business development within PreSeed stage across industries. Former VC experience from CAPNOVA and Business Angel investments. Operational experience from several technology start-ups, most notably co-founder, man.dir., and board member of GlobalConnect A/S. Hands-on experience in building teams, launching subscription and transaction based products, incl. Innovations & New Ventures Manager, Europe, eBay Inc. Work experience from Australia, USA, and Europe. Graduated MBA from Harvard Business School where he studied on a Fullbright postgraduate scholarship
Responsible for business development of portfolio within industry and ICT. Former positions include Vice President and other leading positions in the B2B component manufacturer Sonion, and director of a Norwegian-owned pan-Scandinavian incubator. Many years of experience with finance, strategy, product management and business development. Graduated MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst.
Johan Bitsch Nielsen
Responsible for seeking investments and business development in early stage venture investments across industries. Former CEO and co-owner of Ditmer A / S and co-founder of FirstAgenda A/S and Capturi A/S. Extensive hands-on experience in management, business development, software and digital business models. Board experience from several companies, including as chairman. Graduated HD(O) and Master of Management Development (MMD) from Copenhagen Business School. Captain of the Air Force Reserve.
Responsible for business development of the portfolio within industrial technology. Former positions include Managing Dircetor of Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration, President of Sonion Hearing Instruments division, Managing Director of the NKT subsidairy IONAS A/S and various positions in Hitachi Semiconductors Europe. Holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Investment Manager, Early Engagement
Responsible for early stage investments and business development in Life Science companies. Former Vice President of Visiopharm A/S (Image analysis software for cancer diagnotics), Vice President of Action Pharma (Biotech company focusing on Acute Renal Failure, sold to Abbott in 2012), Consultant at University of Copenhagen establishing research-based life science start-ups. Extensive board experience, has been a member of more than 20 boards, 18 as Chairman, vast knowledge within Intellectual Property Rights from Plougmann & Vingtoft and Albihns. Former VC experience from Borean Innovation, Denmark. Graduate MSc. Human Biology and holds a PhD in NeuroScience from University of Copenhagen
Senior Investment Manager
Responsible for business development of the investment portfolio within Life Science with special focus on Health Tech. Previously several roles at ALK, including as founder of corporate start-up, overall responsible for ALK's Consumer Division and director of Commercial Excellence. In addition, a handful of years at Coloplast with experience for global launch of MedTech products, product management and strategy. Educated Cand.Merc at CBS with study stays at Harvard University and Singapore Management University.
Investment Associate, Early Engagement
Responsible for screening and analysis of pipeline companies with a primary focus on PreSeed and Seed stage companies. Assisting on value-adding activities in the VF Venture portfolio companies and supports due diligence processes for new investment candidates. Mathias holds a MSc in Finance and Accounting from Copenhagen Business School specialized in private equity and venture capital. Previous professional experience from the financial and entrepreneurial sector as a student analyst at Vækstfonden Analytics and at Maj Invest.
Responsible for business development of the investment portfolio in Life Science. Former Founder, CEO and President of Zoetis Denmark (Scandinavian Micro Biodevices / SMB), Vice President of Alere Inc., Adm. Dir. / Vice President of NKT Innovation, Executive Assistant at NKT Holding, Project Manager and Telemarketing Manager in Q8, Management consultant at A.T. Kearney and Project Manager in Lessor. Graduate MSc, Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
Otto Bjerg Hausgaard
Senior Manager, Business Angels
Otto holds a Cand.merc.jur and has extensive experience in venture capital and with venture financed startups. Throughout his career, he has acquired both management and investor experience in early-stage venture financed startups. Otto joined Vækstfonden in 2019 and is a part of Vækstfonden’s Business Angels team. Otto is situated in Aarhus.
Simon Frederik Øelund
Investment Manager, Early Engagement
Responsible for new investments and business development within PreSeed and Seed stage with the primary focus on ICT and Industry 4.0. Previous professional experience from the financial sector working with Pension Funds at Forca and responsible for analysing and value-adding activities as analyst in VF Venture. Simon holds an MSc in Financing and Strategy from Copenhagen Business School with part of his degree completed in Singapore and India.
Senior Vice President for VF Venture. Responsible for business development of MedTech portfolio. Former CEO of Nordic Medical Group a/s, Vice President for ELA Medical (USA), Global Marketing Director for St. Jude Medical (Los Angeles and Japan), BU director for St. Jude Medical (Brussels), Country Manager for Guidant Nordic Area, Sales Manager for Danica Biomedical. Graduated medico engineer and holds an executive MBA from SIMI.
Business Supporter, Value Creation
Responsible for updating and developing business systems, for payments, and for linguistic quality assurance of reports and other written material. Former positions include Office Manager at Odex ApS, where she was responsible for customer service, supply chain, webshop, office management and development tasks. Prior to this, Annette was district manager of Falck Home Care A/S. Annette has studied business languages in English and German.
Responsible for screening and analysis of companies applying for capital at VF Venture. Christian has a MSc in International Business from CBS. Part of Christian's education took place in the United States. Previously Christian has worked at Velux in their Global Finance department.
Jacob Kildetoft Henriksen
Responsible for screening and analysis of companies applying for capital at VF Venture. Jacob has a MSc in accounting and finance from CBS and has a bachelor in entreprenurship. Previously Jacob has been self-employed in an online affiliate business.
Senior Management Assistant
PA for Erik Balck-Sørensen and project manager regarding Compliance, SharePoint and CRM development and training as well as internal business workflows and processes. Responsible for coordination, reporting, and for linguistic quality assurance of proposals and other written material. Former Executive Assistant and PA at The Boston Consulting Group, responsible for quality assurance, creating presentations, implementing new formats and templates, development of new standardization processes on Nordic level and training in internal systems. Prior to BCG, Jette worked as Sales Secretary at Ellab A/S. Jette holds a practical vocational education supplemented with various educational courses.
Responsible for screening and analysis of companies applying for capital at VF Venture. Laurits studies at CBS with a focus on Business Administration and Mathematics. Previously Laurits had a start-up in E-commerce.
Philip Juul Dalsgaard
Responsible for screening and analysis of companies applying for capital at VF Venture. Philip studies at CBS with a focus on Economics and Business Administration. Previous professional experience from the entrepreneurial sector establishing a start-up and working with Venture Capital at Copenhagen Venture Exchange
VF Venture’s Advisory Board supports management in our portfolio companies as well as the VF Venture team. The Advisory Board members all have strong operational backgrounds from tech companies. They support on deal flow, selection of investment opportunities, identifying key operational team members, sparring on trends and developments, just as they often invest alongside VF Venture.
Lars-Erik Houmann Christensen, with over 30 years as manager and investor in a large number of companies, has extensive experience in relation to both the strategic considerations and decisions and the operational challenges that all companies face - not least in a growth phase. The experience covers: retail, manufacturing, real estate development / investing as well as IT and start-ups, more mature companies and turn-arounds and includes a number of exits.
Niels Finseth is a serial entrepreneur and angle investor in IT, nano tech and industrial start ups. Niels was a lead technologist in GiGA. GiGA was acquired by Intel, the US based computer chip maker for 10 billion kr. in 2000. Niels was an angle investor and chairman in Merus Audio, a VF Venture backed startup, until its acquisition by Infineon in 2018. Niels is an active investor and advisor in multiple startups: Mono Solutions, Nordic Power Converters, OCTlight and Balancair.
Thomas Visti Jensen is a key person in the commercial success of Mobile Industrial Robots, a global leading manufacturer of collaborative mobile robots, and his involvement in the booming robot industry has contributed to creating a large number of jobs in his hometown of Odense, Denmark. Thomas joined Mobile Industrial Robots in 2014 as the CEO and as an investor. From 2009 to 2014 Thomas was part of building up the successful robot company, Universal Robots.
Finn is CEO and founder of Furbo & Halken; a consultant and investment company. From 1991 to 2014 Finn was CEO and majority owner of Informationsteknik Scandinavia A/S and DIS, Danish Interpretation Systems A/S. Finn was investor and board member of Merus Audio from 2014 until the exit to Infinion in 2018. Finn has been chairman of the board of directors at a number of companies abroad and holds currently chairman and board positions in Denmark.
Ulrik Spork is Director of SporCon Lifescience Advisors IVS and Salient Pharma ApS. He is chairman of the Board of Directors of Danish Growth Capital II, Practio ApS, MedTrace A / S, SOBEC EMEA Aps, ROS-Therapeutics Aps and Technolution A/S. Furthermore, Ulrik is board member in Reapplix A / S, Statumanu Aps and in Dianova A / S. Ulrik was part of the Executive Board of Novo Holdings. Previously, he was Head of Group Business Development at Novo Nordisk, as well as Chairman of DVCA.
Patrick Dahlen has spent the past 33 years of his career in life science and diagnostics. For 16 years he worked with PerkinElmer in the US and Finland. In the last 18 years Patrik has worked as the CEO for various companies including SSI Diagnostica (current), Dako, NeuroSearch, BioImage and Immunodiagnostics Plc. Patrick has served as the Chairman of the Board in several companies like Olink Biosystems, Proxeon, and Sophion Biosciences with successful exits as a result.
Søren Thestrup-Nielsen is Corporate Vice President of Danaher Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Cathvision ApS. He is board member of 3Brain AG as well as of Sensasion GmbH and for a long time was Director of Radiometer and Executive Chairman of Althea Group Ltd. Søren is also a founder of Sensimed AG and a private investor in a number of medical and diagnostic companies in Switzerland and the USA.
Since autumn 2017, Mogens Elsberg has been the Operating Partner in Marlin Private Equity. Mogens was previously director of Bluegarden, and before that he was CEO of e-conomic and GN Store Nord. He co-founded his own company within the Payment Services industry. Previously, he served as General Manager at Microsoft and held several senior positions at IBM. Mogens also works with his own investments in various startup companies within B2B software.
Jesper Johansen is chairman and investor of OrderYOYO and Edulab - two Vækstfonden financed SaaS companies. As an active investor in technology companies, he has worked with acquisitions, sales and investments in technology companies for 20 years. Previously, Jesper Johansen was chairperson of Secunia, Libratone, Mofibo and Plenti, board member of Endomondo and Reson as well as investor in Traen and TIA Technology. All are companies successfully sold over the last 10 years
Claus Moseholm is an entrepreneur, investor and board member. Claus has worked with startups in a variety of industries over the last 20 years; Founder and CCO in goviral, a bootstrapped start up that was sold to AOL for $ 97m in 2011. Investor and CCO in GameAnalytics sold to Mobvista in 2016. Investor and board member in Drivr and Spiri. Co-founder and Chairman of EasyCorrect. Board Member of DonkeyRepublic. Investor and interim CEO of Paralenz. CEO of Next Dynamics.
Greg is the managing partner of Anorak Ventures, a seed-stage venture firm focused on emerging technology. Greg has worked closely with and invested in over 60 companies, counting six exits including the $3B acquisition of Oculus by Facebook. He invests internationally and leverages his network to help unlock new partnership. Greg founded and ran a restaurant chain before moving into technology as a marketing executive at Scaleform (acq. 2011), Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK), and Glassdoor (acq. 2018).