What an evening!

It was truly great – thanks to all of you guests and contestants! Congratulations to the Winner Labtrino AB the First Runner-Up, TADA Medical AB and the Second Runner-Up Race.se. Thanks for joining us on our journey to find the brightest shining Startup Stars, and thanks a million to all the participants in this year’s competition! #WSUS2019

If you have questions regarding the evening or about Wistrand Startup Star, feel free to contact Christin Bäckman at christin.backman@wistrand.se. 

Our Jury 2019

Ólafur Steindórsson

Ólafur Steindórsson specializes in M&A, IT & telecoms as well as general commercial contracts and corporate law matters, with particular focus on acquisitions, investments and start-up financing as well as IT outsourcing. Ólafur also has experience in providing day-today advice for start-up companies.

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Valeria Hedman
Creative Director

Valeria Hedman is an award-winning designer known for producing strong and unique design with a specific focus on user engagement. Valeria’s work often leads a reflective dialogue from new perspectives and knowledge of diversity, equality, innovation and sustainability and she is constantly striving to develop processes and methods for how these can be transferred to the practice of visual communication and design.

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Johan Siwers
General Partner and Investment Manager

Johan is a seasoned digital executive with a passion for entrepreneurial game changing technologies, practices and companies. Over the past 20 years+, he has been involved in breaking ground for a wide range of digital ventures within companies like Axel Johnson, Kinnevik, Spray, Schibsted and InterActive Corp (IAC).

From his position as General Partner with RECAPEX, Johan has been investing both time and money behind a wide range of initiatives, with a common thread being digital technologies transforming behavior and industries. Johan has been designated as one of Sweden's top tech investors by DI Digital.

Johan also is board member of Silicon Vikings Stockholm.

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Therése Folkesson
Head of growth capital, east Sweden

Therése is in charge of recruiting new Investors and developing Connect's Investor network. She is also involved in the work of NordicBAN, where Connect is a founding partner together with other Nordic Investor Networks.

As a core member of the Connect team in Stockholm, Therése participates in screening and evaluating 100+ startups yearly applying to the Springboard Investment Readiness program and supports them throughout their work with Connect. She is looking for start-ups that have solid business cases and great potential for secondary business opportunities.

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Joacim Scott
Head of Corporate Market SEB Norrmalm

Joacim heads the corporate department at SEB Norrmalm, which is the bank's largest corporate team in Sweden and is devoted to working with the corporate retail segment. Joacim has 20 years of banking experience from several different positions within SEB, both as a corporate advisor and different managerial positions.

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Jenny Lindblad
CEO & Founder

Jenny Lindblad truly is a Pitch coach extraordinaire, Advisor and Mentor. She has advised more than 200 start-ups from all around the world on how to sharpen their pitch. She is the founder of ELIZA Communication, a specialist agency that focuses on creating powerful communication techniques for high-performance individuals, which will bring them success in game-changing situations. Jenny is also a mentor at the Founders Institute, a Partner at the Keiretsu Forum and a speaking coach for TEDx.   

Jenny has a background from Ericsson where she delivered more than 5,000 presentations in five years for royalties, ministers, ambassadors, investors and lots of executives.

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2019 Wistrand and SEB teamed up with Connect Sweden, The Park, Transfer Studio and Silicon Vikings to help launch the next Star on the Swedish Startup Scene.

Wistrand Startup Star is open for all entries - irrespective of industry - that define themselves as startups. We define it as newly-started companies with growth potential. 

More information about our next and ninth competition will be available in January 2020.

Previous Winners:
Dramatify (2012), Trax (2013), DeoDoc (2014), EdQu (2015), Buildsafe (2016), Dib Hotel (2017) and Anymaker (2018). 

‘Winning Wistrand Startup Star 2018 gave us so much more than just a check in the hand. The legal advise and support from Wistrand has been extremely valuable for us as a small startup. It’s also of great value to be able to put an accomplishment like this on your pitch deck to show credibility for future investors’