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Persbrandts Inkbay är Di Startup Tours första finalist

Tatueringslösningen Inkbay blev kvällens vinnare i Di Digitals Startup Tours första deltävling i Stockholm. Bolaget går nu vidare till finalen den 7 december.  

På onsdagskvällen gick Di Digitals Startup Tour av stapeln, med den första deltävlingen på hotell Rival i Stockholm. Där fick sju löftesrika startup-företag gå upp på scen och pitcha inför publik och jury bestående av tunga tech-investerare, däribland representanter från Creandum, Northzone, Moor och Almi.

Juryn korade kvällens finalister tech-supporttjänsten; Techbuddy, tatueringsplattformen Inkbay och spelbolaget Landfall Game. Av de tre bolagen fick Inkbay flest röster från publiken och blev därmed kvällens vinnare och pitchturneringens första finalist som har chansen att få 1 miljon kronor i annonspengar.  

”Det känns väldigt kul att vinna! Det är otroligt roligt att få komma hit, få möjlighet att berätta vad man håller på med under tre minuter och att få uppskattning för det”, säger Fredrik Glimskär, en av Inkbays grundare. 

Inkbay grundades i fjol och är en digital marknadsplats där användaren kan välja bland tatuerare och motiv samt boka och köpa sin tatuering direkt. Inkbay fungerar med andra ord som en förmedlingstjänst som är gratis för kunden, men med en avgift på 15 procent för tatueraren. Tanken är att den digitala plattformen ska fungera som en kvalitetsstämpel med endast noga utvalda tatuerare.   

“I dag är 40 procent av alla millennials i storstäderna tatuerade. På alla marknadsplatser blir det allt viktigare med omdöme, du besöker inte hotell som har fått dåliga recensioner och i framtiden kommer detta gälla för allt fler branscher. Vår vision är att det ska bli lättare för människor på en global nivå att hitta de bästa tatuerarna”, säger Fredrik Glimskär. 

Bakom företaget står Fredrik Glimskär, Pelle Nyman och Linus Sörensen som under flera år var fascinerade av tatueringsindustrin innan de drog igång Inkbay. De pilottestade tjänsten i september år 2016 och några månader senare kunde de ta sig ut på marknaden på allvar, med hjälp av en investering på 2 Mkr från Zenith Incubator, där Mikael Persbrandt är en av investerarna.

Nu har Inkbay expanderat till Göteborg, Malmö och Köpenhamn och är även på väg till London. I år fick företaget in ytterligare 4 Mkr från Tommy Jacobssons Zenith Venture Capital. Bolaget har numera fem anställda har i år flytta till nya lokaler på Södermalm. 

“Inför finalen i december kommer vi ha hunnit ladda ännu mer. Det blir en helt annan pitch”, säger Fredrik Glimskär.

De övriga företagen som tävlade var Bitrefill, Swiftr, Foodtruster och  Globhe. Under kvällen hölls även intervjuer med bland annat Anna Ryott, vice vd på Norrsken Foundation och Jacob de Geer, grundaren bakom betalbolaget Izettle. Nästa deltävling hålls i Umeå den 11 oktober. 

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EBBA GUSTAFSSON onsdag 27 september 2017 kl. 19:18  Foto: Amanda Lindgren

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Zenith möter Ash

Den 11 september bjöd Zenith och Quesada in till entreprenörskväll på Obaren då Zeniths grundare, tillika entreprenör och investerare, Tommy Jacobson slog sig ner och samtalade med Arash ”Ash” Pournouri.

Ash har utsetts till en av världens mäktigaste inom musikbranschen. Är mannen som upptäckte Avicii på Youtube och gjorde honom till världens största artist. Nu är Ash Pournouri aktuell med Self Made -”ett nytt digitalt universum för framtidens talanger och deras fans”.

Han ligger bakom bolagen PRMD Music, Connected artists och  At Night Management som genomsyras av hans entreprenörsprofil som är en blandning av underhållning och tech-startup. Han är grundare av flera ideella verksamheter och har tagit tech-eliten till Stockholm via eventfestivalen Symposium.

Det blev en intressant och stämningsfull kväll då vi fick lyssna på Ashs resa till entreprenör och världsstjärna.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Zenith and REEDA invests as FanLeague gets ready for launch

Zenith and REEDA are the lead investors behind FanLeague who launches its social sports betting app this summer, targeting football fans all over the world.

During the spring, the Swedish VC moguls Stefan Lennhammer and Tommy Jacobson joined FanLeague via their investment companies REEDA and Zenith Venture Capital. The duo has made several investments together such as for instance Truecaller and Vionlabs and see great benefits of working together.

“We are very pleased to have Stefan and Tommy aboard and to be able to take advantage of their experience both as investors and from building companies” says Christian Magnuson, COO at FanLeague.

“I’m excited to finally announce our joint investment in FanLeague together with Stefan. We have been working together for a long time and know each other well. Together, I am confident that we can contribute valuable insights and I look forward to contributing to Fan League’s success” says Tommy Jacobson.

With the vision of becoming a world leader in “Social Sports Betting” FanLeague, founded by Markus Jennemyr, Christian Magnuson, Henrik Åsén and Christian Schaffner in the fall of 2016, has already completed two successful capital rounds and attracted several renowned business angels and individuals. The funds have primarily been used to finance the development and positioning of the app prior to the August launch, in time for Premier League. While ultimately aiming for a global expansion the app is initially launched in the UK market.

The social betting experience is based on a global community of football fans where the app offers a platform for fans to interact and measure their soccer skills with each other. The core of FanLeague is a weekly set of 13 predetermined English Premier League and Championship matches where each player predicts home win, away win, or draw and compares their football expertise with their friends and colleagues. Players can set up private leagues, compete against FanLeague’s own pundits, including Sven-Göran Eriksson and journalist Iain Macintosh, or against the rest of the community and compete to win the weekly prize pool and season prize awarded to the 1,000 best players.

In addition, FanLeague introduces a further dimension of social betting whereby differentiating from the general gaming industry in its emphasis on social responsibility. For instance, a weekly deposit limit of £125 / player is applied and at the end of each season 10% of the revenue is donated to selected initiatives primarily in English youth football.

“I’m looking forward to challenging the public to beat me in English football. FanLeague is a fantastically easy and fun way to compete against your friends and colleagues, and there is a strong link to further developing the youth football” says Sven-Göran Eriksson, one of FanLeague’s ambassadors and ‘Pundits’.

“FanLeague is first and foremost a global social community for fans of English football where you can prove what you’ve always known – that you have better football skills than your family and friends! You are also rewarded by inviting others to FanLeague, especially if they know their game! Given the global popularity of English football, there is definitely an advantage of signing up early and starting to build your FanLeague ‘tree’ – invite your friends before anyone else does!

FanLeague stands for something different from the traditional betting industry. With FanLeague you will not risk to waste your savings since we have applied a limit for how much you can deposit with us per week. We also donate 10% of our turnover to youth football.” says Markus Jennemyr, CEO of FanLeague

However, it’s not just the potential of the app that has attracted interest from investors, but also the strong team with an impressive mix of expertise, experience and execution capabilities.

“I have never met a company that has been run at such a professional level from the very beginning. The team presented a very ambitious plan at the beginning of our discussions and has not yet deviated a millimetre – very impressive” says Stefan Lennhammer, who also takes the role as Chairman in FanLeague.

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Urb-it noteras på Nasdaq First North / Urb-it shares listed on Nasdaq First North

I början av mars 2017 offentliggjorde styrelseordförande Lage Jonason planen om att börsintroducera Urb-it innan sommaren. Idag, tre månader senare, listades aktien på Nasdaq First North till ett pris om 15kr / aktie.

Inför noteringen har Urb-it genomfört en fulltecknad nyemission om 110mkr före emissionskostnader och kvittningar av konvertibler och lån. Därmed tillfördes Urb-it cirka 51mkr i nettolikvid från emissionen. Emissionslikviden är avsedd att finansiera försäljningssatsningar i Stockholm, Paris och London, finansiera vidareutveckling av Urb-its plattform samt stärka Bolagets finansiella ställning. Urb-it fick i samband med nyemissionen cirka 250 nya aktieägare.

Mangold Fondkommission AB var finansiell rådgivare till Bolaget och är utsedd Certified Adviser för Urb-it på Nasdaq First North.

 

In early March 2017, Chairman of the Board Lage Jonason announced the plans to IPO Urb-it before the summer. Today, three months later, the stock was listed on Nasdaq First North at a price of SEK 15 per share. 

Prior to listing, Urb-it has completed a fully subscribed rights issue of SEK 110m before issue costs and settlements of convertibles and loans. Urb-it was thus supplied c.SEK 51m in net liquidity from the issue. The funds are intended to finance sales growth in Stockholm, Paris and London, finance further development of Urb-it’s platform and strengthening the company’s financial position. In connection with the rights issue, Urb-it’s shareholder base was expanded with c.250 new shareholders.

Mangold Fondkommission AB was the sole financial adviser to the company and is appointed certified adviser for Urb-it on Nasdaq First North.

Friday 7 July 2017

“Don’t become an entrepreneur if you are not willing to go to war”

It’s the time of the year when all of Sweden’s high profile business men and women gather in Almedalen to discuss the future. Zeniths’ founder and Chairman Tommy Jacobson was there to contribute to the debate.

As one of the panellists in Break-it’s and Almi’s debate Tommy shared his thoughts on funding for start-ups: “Is it too difficult to find capital for start-ups – how does the state and capital interact?”

Funding is one of the most important issues for growing start-ups. Almost all growing companies need capital – either their own or venture capital, bank loans or capital, using new funding methods such as crowdfunding or peer-to-peer services. But many companies find that capital shortage is one of the biggest barriers to growth, while some digital start-ups now take in millions of millions of funds.

Tommy sees no shortage of capital. Instead, he sees a lack of implementing power among the entrepreneurs asking for money:

“There is plenty of capital. What is lacking is implementing power”

“Capital is often overrated. Many companies raise money and think they are thus set for success. But execution is 95 percent, capital is 5 percent.”

Tommy left the audience and entrepreneurs with the powerful advice not to become an entrepreneur if you’re not willing to go to war.

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Zenith Venture Capital II investerar ytterligare SEK20m i Truecaller

In December 2016 it was announced that Zenith Venture Capital II invested c.SEK100m in Truecaller. Further to this, Zenith is now announcing an additional investment of c.SEK 20n in Truecaller.

Tommy Jacobson, Chairman of Zenith Venture Capital II says: “I don’t think I have ever experienced an investment where virtually all parameters, which formed the basis for investment decision, has consistently exceeded managements’ predictions. Truecaller is an extremely exciting company in a commercial breakthrough-phase, and I consider it an honour to invest together with entrepreneurs such as Alan and Nami. When we got the chance to further invest SEK20m it was a very easy decision to make.”

About Truecaller: Truecaller is a leading global player in mobile communication apps offering services such as caller-ID, spamprotection and other smart phone solutions. Truecaller is headquartered in Stockholm, and was founded in 2009 by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. Shareholders include Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. For more info, please visit www.truecaller.com

About Zenith: Zenith Venture Capital is an early-stage tech investor focussed on the Nordic region and the retail & entertainment sectors. Since the foundation, 14 investments have been carried out through Zenith I and II, including Zenith Incubator that focusses on seed investments. Zenith is an active investor and works closely with its portfolio companies on a daily basis. The company was founded in 2015 by Tommy Jacobson and is based in Stockholm. For more info, please visit www.zenith.vc

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Zenith & Friends @ Maximteatern

On Friday, Zenith and its sister companies hosted an exclusive private show of Macbeth, featuring Mikael Persbrandt and Marie Richardson in the leading roles. This was the first, in a series of events in our new initiative” Zenith & Friends @ Maximteatern” aiming to encourage cross-entrepreneurial meetings.

The concept was created in an attempt to acknowledge and leverage on Zenith´s broad network of talents and entrepreneurs spanning a wide range of genres, from company builders to athletes and artists. Our hope i that this forum will enhance inspiration and encouragement by sharing experiences and making new contacts.

Tommy Jacobson, founder of Zenith comments: “We strongly believe that new ideas are born in the meeting between new people in new environments. Zenith thus wants to encourage cross-cultural and cross-entrepreneurial meetings and contribute to creating a dynamic environment that inspires and leaves no one untouched.” 

Entreprenöriellt och kulturellt med Zenith & Friends @ Maximteatern

På fredagen bjöd Zenith och dess systerbolag in till en exklusiv privatvisning av Macbeth med Mikael Persbrandt och Marie Richardson i huvudrollerna. Detta var det första av en rad events i det nya initiativet ”Zenith & Friends @ Maximteatern” som syftar till att skapa ett möte mellan olika typer av entreprenörskap. Idén föddes ur viljan att uppmärksamma och ta vara på den otroliga talang som finns inom Zenith’s nätverk. Här återfinns en stor bredd av talanger och entreprenörer inom många olika genrer, från bolagsbyggare till idrottsmän och artister. Vår förhoppning är att detta forum ger inspiration och uppmuntran genom delade erfarenheter och nya bekantskaper.

Tommy Jacobson, grundare av Zenith säger ”Vi tror att nya idéer föds i mötet med nya människor, i nya miljöer. Zenith vill därför uppmuntra till tvärkulturella och tvärentreprenöriella möten och därmed bidra till en dynamisk miljö som skapar inspiration.” 

 

Monday 13 February 2017

Christopher chairing @ MCP Stockholm 2017

When the Nordic Mobile Commerce and Payment Conference gathered the retail industry and its thought leaders over two days this week, they turned to Christopher Lindfeldt, Managing Partner at Zenith Venture Capital  to moderate the event. Speakers included MasterCard, MediaMarkt, J Lindeberg, Klarna, Tieto, Swish among others. Attendants gave great feedback on relevant content and strategical insights. Companies like Urb-it and Leeroy in which Zenith has invested were mentioned in several speeches as leading examples of how to disrupt the industry and create better user experience for retail customers.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Zenith Venture Capital II invests SEK100m in Truecaller

Zenith Venture Capital (”Zenith”) who previously has invested in a range of retail tech and entertainment tech companies, has invested SEK100m in Truecaller.

The investment constitutes existing warrants and shares in Truecaller. Zenith, founded in 2015 by Tommy Jacobson, has primarily invested in Scandinavian companies such as Zound Industries, Urb-it, Vionlabs and Shopbox.

Tommy Jacobson, founder of Zenith comments: ”We are focused on promising tech-oriented companies, and as one of the most prominent companies on the Sweden scene we view Truecaller as a perfect match in our portfolio. Truecaller is an important step in Zenith’s development and we believe it will continue its successful expansion and become a globally dominant player”.

“We welcome Zenith to the Truecaller family and are very happy to have them on-board. The Zenith team has highly valuable experience and a broad network in our sector. The investment further enables key employees to exercise their warrants and become shareholders, which provides for long-term sustainability.” says Alan Mamedi, CEO and co-founder of Truecaller.

About Truecaller: Truecaller is a leading global player in mobile communication apps offering services such as caller-ID, spamprotection and other smart phone solutions. Truecaller is headquartered in Stockholm, and was founded in 2009 by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. Shareholders include Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. For more info, please visit www.truecaller.com

About Zenith: Zenith Venture Capital is an early-stage tech investor focussed on the Nordic region and the retail & entertainment sectors. Since the foundation, 14 investments have been carried out through Zenith I and II, including Zenith Incubator that focusses on seed investments. Zenith is an active investor and works closely with its portfolio companies on a daily basis. The company was founded in 2015 by Tommy Jacobson and is based in Stockholm. For more info, please visit www.zenith.vc

Monday 12 December 2016

Zenith explores Silicon Valley

Just as the Americans are tucking into the turkey and are kicking off a weekend of festivities, Zenith’s Christopher Lindfeldt and Leeroy’s Per Nord are boarding the flight to the US. Heading for the west coast the duo is to explore the capital of Tech – Silicon Valley. On the agenda is meetings with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs as well as rising stars – all in the attempt to source new opportunities and take Leeroy to the next level!

 We wish the duo best of luck and look forward to some exciting reports!

Friday 25 November 2016

Christopher Lindfeldt becomes Partner in Zenith

Effective 1st of November Christopher Lindfeldt takes on the new role as Partner in Zenith and Deputy Chairman of the Board, of which he has been a Director since the company was founded almost a year ago.

With his increased engagement in Zenith, Christopher steps down from his previous position as Head of Innovations at Bambora.

“Being able to tie Christopher even closer to Zenith, and bringing his expertise in-house on a daily basis is key for us to take the next steps in developing and expanding Zenith. Christopher is one of the most experienced people in Stockholm on the Retail-tech scene – let’s just say that Christmas came early this year!” – Tommy Jacobson, Chairman of the Board

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Zenith is expanding

Zenith has grown rapidly since the start in late 2015, and we are thus very happy to welcome a new talent to the team. Caroline Nylund has recently joined as an investment analyst focussing on the development of our portfolio, alongside sourcing new investments.

Caroline has most recently spent two years in M&A advisory at Greenhill & Cos’ London office focussing on the UK and the Nordics. She holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and the National University of Singapore.

Together we are excited to continue the journey supporting the growth of our current portfolio companies and finding the new challengers on the Nordic tech scene!

Wednesday 21 September 2016