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Join us for another Nordic Pitch Night with the most promising companies from KTH Innovation's Brighter Startup Program visiting from Sweden.  The annual Brighter Startup program is an intense program for select start-ups that get the chance to fine-tune their pitches and join several development workshops in Silicon Valley, with the ultimate goal to make them ready for expansion.  This year's participants consist of a diverse group of start-ups ranging from KTH research based Adaptive Simulations (the first fully automated flow simulation software) to StageCast (an augumented reality-platform for concerts).


Our panel of global venture capital experts will provide insightful and lively feedback to the pitching companies.  The program includes ample opportunity to network with the visiting companies and other members of Silicon Vikings' network over drinks and appetizers.  

 Our Event Host:

Prezi is the interactive, cloud-based presentation platform that helps you connect more powerfully with your audience. The company was founded in 2009 and has grown to 75 million users who have created over 260 million prezis and counting.

Participating Universities:


Peter Carlsson (Operations Executive, Angel Investor, and Board Member)

Peter Carlsson is a supply chain/procurement executive with more than 20 years experience in Automotive, Cleantech, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics and Semiconductor industries.  He is the former global head of sourcing and supply chain at Tesla Motors.  After leaving Tesla in 2015, Peter founded Amplify Ops to help startups scale and provide advisory services around digitalization, innovation and supply chain.  He has acted as an angel investor, board member and/or advisor to various companies (including Fingerprint Cards, Gränges, Rosti Technical Plastics, Metso, Orbital Systems, Elementum SCM).


Prior to Tesla, Peter served as Head of Purchasing, Outsouring and Country Manager for Singapore, Malaysis and Philippines for NXP Semiconductors.  He also previously served as Head of Sourcing for Sony Ericsson.

Arne Tonning (Partner Alliance Venture)

Alliance Venture was formed in 2001 by a team of experienced executives with broad business, financial and entrepreneurial backgrounds. The team is supported by a network of strategic alliances and an Executive Investor Network, consisting of more than 25 experienced individuals with a passion for start-ups.

Alliance Venture differentiates itself by its strong operational and international experience and network. This is put to use in deal flow generation, benchmarking, business development and transactions.

Alliance Venture is now investing from its third fund, Alliance Venture Spring, which was established in June 2014 with 510 MNOK in capital. The investors include, among others, Telenor, Opera Software, Kistefos, Umoe, DNB, MP Pensjon, Oslotech and Innovation Norway.

Arne has a BSc and a MSc in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University.


Henry Ines (Partner at DFJ Dragon Fund)

DFJ Dragon Fund is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm focused on exceptional early to growth stage China-centric IT investment opportunities.  DFJ DragonFund is a joint venture between the internationally recognized venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvestson and DragonVenture.  Mr. Ines is responsible for fundraising, sourcing / evaluating exceptional early stage tech investment opportunities in a variety of sectors ranging from internet / mobile to frontier technologies, community relations, and business development and marketing efforts in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Ram Srinivasan (Venture Capitalist)

Mr. Srinivasan is now an independent venture capitalist after having been a partner at Wellington Partners (one of the most successful pan-European venture firms with funds totaling over 800 million.  He also serves as mentor and chair of the selection committee for German Accelerator which has helped more than 75 German startups to define winning business strategies and scale internationally.  He has over 25 years of experience in engineering and marketing management; he is also a successful founder & CEO who took his company Fireclick through Series C and then ultimately exited through acquisition by a public company.




Pitching companies:


Capitainer is a joint KTH/Karolinska spin-off with three team members being from the Micro and Nanosystems department at KTH.  The technology is unique and patent pending, solving the main issues in Dried Blood Spot (DBS) sampling by combining microfluidic engineering with expertise in drug analysis. Capitainer have developed a microfluidic chip. The chip defines a specific blood volume and stores it dry into a paper matrix, making blood sampling easier – saving patients and clinics time and money.


Flying Colors 3D

Flying Colors 3D is an award-winning 3D modeling app, created with the purpose to make 3D modeling available to everyone, but especially to children. 3D modeling is a fun and exciting way for children to express their creativity, and it improves their spatial intelligence. We’re creating a community where children can create, share, remix, and print 3D models.



Stagecast is an augmented reality platform for concerts. Have you been to a concert lately? Within the past five years the concert crowd turned into a sea of smartphones. However, artists profited very little from this development. Until now! Stagecast turns every phone into an element of the concert’s light and sound show. And the best part: For the artist a new distribution channel is created through Stagecast’s local network that leverages the financial benefit of the concert. Next time you go to see your favorite band, be part of the show with Stagecast!



Prion is an app for communicating with photos, from the big life changing events to the everyday details. Today’s social media is not as private and relevant as we want it to be for our personal photo sharing - Prion solves this by a powerful and super-simple way of setting the audience of each photo. We strive to make sharing relevant again by taking the UX we all love from social media and putting it into a private context where every photo is shared only to the ones that care. Prion has been live since Jan 2016, we are seed funded and show an impressive DAU over MAU. Prion looks forward to meet you.



Tellus has developed a technology that continuously monitors and analyses hundreds of news sources worldwide. Tellus technology condenses all that information and presents it in a user-friendly way in the app, where depth and perspective is provided. In this way, readers can get 24 hours of news consumption in 5 minutes.


Adaptive Simulations

KTH-research spinoff, Adaptive Simulations, introduces to the market, the first fully automated flow simulation solution (SaaS). The accessibility and ease of use of the solution enables users to simulate flow, without any prior experience or knowledge. The ground breaking adaptive algorithms can automate the entire process of simulation, thus dramatically lowering the threshold of cost and competence. Intreagued? Visit www.adaptivesimulations.com.



Toteler aims to transform logistics by offering a one-stop platform for sending and requesting packages on-demand through a crowd-based network of verified couriers doing things for other within the sharing economy.

While today most delivery platforms depend on independent contractors to fulfill their rather limited offer of specific product categories in confined areas (e.g. only food in certain cities), we offer our users a more flexible and cost effective solution to send and get packages. As a user, through Toteler you can even deliver things for others!



KTH Royal Institute of Technology is the largest technical university in Sweden. Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. Basic and applied research are performed side-by-side at KTH and interdisciplinary research is conducted in parallel with work in specific fields. This approach encourages versatile solutions and the innovative climate creates many opportunities to realize great ideas.

KTH is known for being the starting point for several world-known tech companies such as Spotify, Prezi, or the eye-tracking company Tobii, not to forget the famous astronaut Christer Fuglesang who is a KTH alumni). Not only does advanced higher education and research in several fields of technology nurture new companies in the tech field - the legal system has a role to play as well. The Teacher's Exemption (or Professor's Priviledge) is unique for Sweden and entails that researchers, teachers and students own their IP and patentable inventions, even if they are made during work hours. This is regulated under the legislation relating to the right to employee inventions (LAU 1949:345).


Just short of 10 years ago, KTH Innovation started as a department to support commercialization of KTH-born innovations. Today, the department has 15 full-time employees consisting of for instance business coaches specialized in several technology fields, an IP-specialized layer, a patent attorney, and offers all KTH research faculty and students free support for their innovations. KTH Innovation also has a pre-incubator offering select early-stage startups office space, and has several start-up immersion and acceleration programs. One of the initiatives is the annual Brighter program which is an intense program for select start-ups that get the chance to fine-tune their pitches and join several development workshops in Silicon Valley, with the ultimate goal to make them ready for expansion.