Welcome to the Grand Finale of Wistrand Startup Star 2019!

Never before have we had so many competing startups. The jury is now facing the tough decision of crowning a winner of Wistrand Startup Star 2019. We are happy to invite you to the Grand Finale where the winner, the runner-up and the second runner-up will be announced.

Take this opportunity to meet the talented entrepreneurs who have participated in this year's Wistrand Startup Star. Listen to the finalists' pitches and have a drink and some food with old and new friends. Meet investors, advisors from SEB, networking experts from Connect Sweden and Silicon Vikings and creative and inspiring people from Transfer Studio and The Park.

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

What? Grand Finale of Wistrand Startup Star 2019
Where? Citykonferensen Ingenjörshuset, Malmskillnadsgatan 46, Stockholm
When? Thursday, 9 May, 18.00-23.00

‘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’


Stage 3: The Finalists will Pitch for the jury on Thursday 9 May at the office of Wistrand Advokatbyrå (Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm).  Based on the pitches, the jury will select this year's Winner as well as a Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up, which will be presented at the Awards during the evening.

Our Jury

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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For the 8th year in a row we are back to crown the next Startup Star! This year, Wistrand and SEB partner up with Connect Sweden, The Park, Transfer Studio and Silicon Vikings to help launch the next Star on the Swedish Startup Scene.

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

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