Throughout the years, Start-up Day has featured many interesting
speakers. This year will be no different. At Start-up Day you can be
sure to hear from entrepreneurs who share one common trait, passion.
And that’s what we love about entrepreneurs, they simply
don’t do things because they have to, but because they love to.
Speakers: Main stage
Anders Östlund holds
an MSc from Stockholm School of Economics. While a student
at the SSE, Anders was also involved in the establishment of
the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. Anders became
inspired while studying and working at SSES and chose to
become an entrepreneur rather than pursuing a corporate
career. In 2006 Anders co-founded Ticket2.com, an internet
market place for event ticket trading, and was listed as one
of Sweden’s hottest IT-entrepreneurs by Internet World
in 2007. Today, Anders lives in Ukraine, where he has
co-founded Stella100, a professional development network
that offers job opportunities for students and young
professionals and recrutiment of top talent for companies.
Anders will be moderating the talks on main stage.
realised that climbing someone else's career ladder isn't
quite as fun as creating a ladder of his own. Having found a
strong partner in HackFwd, as an upcoming developer of web
based games, he started Pro 3 Games to realise his ideas on
how to change the gaming market with his two middle names;
'passion' and 'dedication'. Gone are the days as graphical
artist, web developer, community manager, software engineer,
teacher or cold blooded sales guy. Now Alex favorite
activity actually consists of connecting (with) people and
building up business networks.
Where passion meets momentum
Alexander will talk about what it means to be a geek and
how to make a living out of it. He will tell you that to
conquer the world you don't need 100+ employees, just a few
truly passionate and elite geeks and their insights into
what will be the next big wave… In short, momentum.
Nathorst-Böös is founder and CEO of
Propellerhead, a company that has
created some of the world’s most
innovative and widely used music software
applications. Founded at a kitchen table in 1994, Ernst's
and his colleagues' work has spawned novel product
categories and paved the way for new ways of making music,
even affecting musical styles and genres.
Reason to brand
Ernst will talk about how he and his team, with minimal
experience in entrepreneurship, became one of the most
important players on the music software market and try to
explain why some people walk around with the Reason logo
tattooed on their body.
Kajsa Balkfors Lind is one
of the entrepreneurs and leaders behind Cirkus Cirkör, one
of Sweden's leading cultural and social enterprises and the
"next major Swedish export after Abba" according
to Le Soir. Entrepreneurial creativity and value-based
organizational management are some of Kajsa's areas of
expertise. She has a background in political science and as
a communications consultant at Universum, Investor and
Scania, and has co-founded several companies and non-profit
organisations, before she "ran away with the
circus" some 10 years ago.
Behind the scenes of a circus entrepreneur
Listen to Kajsa explain how the vision to change the world
has been the key success factor when bringing a new
innovation to a market.
Matias Myllyrinne is
one of the key figures behind Remedy
Entertainment's success. Since joining the company in
1999, he has helped build Remedy into one of the world's
leading independent game developers. With over nine million
games sold to-date, the company's mission has been to
develop state-of-the-art action games (Death Rally, Max
Payne series and Alan Wake). Utilising innovative ideas,
cutting edge technology as well as a magic mix of talented
From garage start-up to focused player in the global game industry
Matias will talk about the three principles that have
guided Remedy along their exciting journey, add color to the
gambles they took and share the vision they continue to
Beth Topolovsky is the
founder and Managing Partner of Stinson Partners AB, which
specializes in cultivating high performing companies in a
style that bridges Silicon Valley with that of the Nordics.
Beth has over 18 years of senior management and technical
experience from Silicon Valley working in Cisco Systems,
Hewlett-Packard, and KLA-Tencor. While working for Cisco
Systems in 2001, Beth relocated to Sweden to manage an
acquisition formerly called Qeyton Systems AB. Thereafter,
Beth was co-founder and CEO of Q2 Labs AB, which was later
sold to Net Insight AB. Beth serves on the board
of The American Chambers of Commerce
in Sweden as well as The American
Club of Sweden and is an advisor to a
few early stage companies in Sweden.
The top pitfalls of an early stage company
Beth will talk about the most common mistakes that
start-ups do and tell you how to avoid them.
Filip Engelbert had a
career in the Swedish investment banking community. After
Filip started, and discontinued, a classic dot-com project
in 2000 he eventually became CEO of Remium Fondkommission.
During the years as CEO, Remium became the leading
investment bank in Sweden targeting small listed companies
and their owners. In 2006 he started Kontakt East Holding in
Russia. Kontakt East business concept was to copy successful
Internet project from the west and launch in the east,
“What works in the west works in the east”.
Since then Filip has moved to Moscow with his wife and three
children and have been involved in a number of project
relating to Kontakt East. Today Filip is the Executive
Director and co-founder of Avito. Avito is the leading
online classified in Russia with almost 14 million unique
visitors per month and one of the top-10 online sites.
What works in the west works in the east
Filip will talk about starting and ramping up a major
online project in an emerging market, where business is
done, for us Scandinavians, in very different ways.
Soledad Piñero Misa
is the founder of the social enterprise Retoy. Retoy
creates places where children can play without any
commercial pressure, borrow sustainably manufactured toys
and games instead of buying, and learn about sustainability
from an ecological and social perspective deeply rooted in
the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has also
founded Diferencia, a knowledge consultancy helping
organizations prosper through sustainable leadership,
intersectoral collaboration and respect for human rights.
Soledad has been appointed by the Swedish government to
serve on the board of the Skansen Foundation and was ranked
number nine in Veckans Affärer's list of "Sweden's
101 Super Talents of 2008". She has a background as
secretary General of LSU, the Swedish council of youth
organisations, head of office for Youth against racism, and
president of the Red Cross refuge centre. Her vision is a
world in which we all consume sustainably and show
solidarity with nature and our fellow human beings, locally
Playing our way to a better world
Soledad will talk about the opportunities and challenges of
following your heart in your work, illustrated by her
experience from creating social innovation that changes the
world. Soledad is also on the jury for “Pitch your
founder and CEO Mutewatch, is passionate about time
management and learning about people. She started her first
international project at the age of sixteen and discovered
her interest in sales and consumer electronics working at
Sony Center. As a student, Mai-Li explored and expanded her
skills attending Stockholm School of Economics, London
School of Economics and the CEMS master-program at the
University of St Gallen.
Praglowski founder and CTO Mutewatch, is passionate about product
development and user/product relations. Oscar has worked
with product development in China and Finland and he
received his master's degree from The Royal Institute of
Technology in Stockholm.
How to be a young team and develop a product
Three years of hard work is about to be shipped out to
stores around the world. Hear Mai-Li and Oscar tell their
story of what it’s like bringing an innovation to the
market, and the balancing act of getting the sales, the
product development and the financing in place.
Cecilia Hertz founder and
CEO of Umbilical Design, a company dedicated
to space design and technology transfer from the space
industry to consumer products. While still a design student
at Lund Institute of Technology, Cecilia went to NASA and
the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and showed 8,000
engineers how to build a space ambulance. Today, her company
Umbilical Design has the role as Swedish NTTI - National
Technology Transfer Initiative for the European Space Agency
and work with clients like Electrolux, Academedia and
Lidköping Municipality to name a few. Cecilia believes
in the notion that nothing is impossible and that we need to
challenge our clients so we don’t just create more products.
A journey from space down to earth
Hear Cecilia explain how to benefit from “weightless
thinking” and a team of dedicated
“why-not-people” when building your start-up.
Benjamin Rohé is an
entrepreneur who, since the age of 15, has been working in
the digital media space. At the peak of the new economy, he
co-founded on-web AG, an e-commerce specialist. From 2002 to
2007 Benjamin contributed as Director Operations to the
success of the Italian media company, Buongiorno SpA, which
went public in 2004. Entrepreneurship being his
true passion, he has been investing time and money into
startups for the past 3 years. His most recent investment is
a software service company that provides a customer review
systems for hotels, called Customer Alliance. Since 2009
Benjamin gives guest lectures about business models,
entrepreneurship and e-commerce at various universities
(including European School of Management and Techonology)
and as an associate professor at the Zeppelin University.
Why worry? Meet failure: an entrepreneur’s best friend
Benjamin will talk about lessons learned from 12+ years of
entrepreneurship in the internet and new media industry.
Gustav Borgefalk in
2008 turned down the standard SSE banking career and made
the choice to become a full time entrepreneur. After being
CEO of the digital marketplace Filehill.com, Gustav
co-founded Student Competitions, an innovative
company that connects students with
competitions and that creates competition
formats for companies and organizations
worldwide. Gustav has also worked with microfinance in India
and has a vision of how competitions one day will be used to
solve all mankind's most pressing problems.
Challenge the world
Gustav will talk about the lessons learned from
launching a natural global start-up.
Speakers: Floor 2
Gregg Vanourek is an
author and expert in the fields of leadership,
entrepreneurship, and personal development. He has
co-authored two books (including LIFE Entrepreneurs), with a
new one in the works. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at KTH
and teaches one of SSES courses. Vanourek founded Far
Horizon and co-founded New Mountain Ventures. Before that,
he served as SVP at K12 Inc., VP at the Thomas B. Fordham
Foundation, and Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Vanourek is a featured speaker both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Gregg will be moderating the inspirational talks on Floor 2.
Henrik Berggren is a
hacker, entrepreneur and ex DJ who's fallen in love with
e-books. He has been working with the web for almost 15
years and have been involved in SoundCloud, Music Hack Day
and Physical Interaction Lab. Right now Henrik is, together
with a friend, bootstrapping a new platform that helps
people share, discover and talk about books.
From angels to VCs
Henrik will share his recent learnings from raising a seed
round of money in Europe for a new web startup.
Lukas Duczko is a serial
entrepreneur with a passion for IT. With a broad background
from sectors such as education, entertainment, business
development and sales, Lukas has a knack for smart solutions
and unconventional ideas and strategies. At the moment he is
exclusively focusing on his new start-up SkrivaPå, an e-contracting cloud
service. In five months, Lukas has grown the company from
two to 12 people on a zero budget and is managing a
distributed team of nine nationalities spanning four countries.
Managing distributed teams
Lukas will talk about the challenges and experiences from
building and managing a distributed team on a zero budget
under tight time pressure.
Jakob Persson is a
founding partner and web strategist at NodeOne
– the biggest company in Europe building websites and
web applications exclusively using the Drupal content
management system. Jakob has a multidisciplinary approach
and deep knowledge in usability and web development. When he
discovered Drupal six years ago he knew he'd found a
powerful platform that was further strengthened by its open
source values. He realized that you can do good things and
build a strong business on and around those values. Those
values include freedom, openness and the idea of sharing
openly with customers and competitors in the open source community.
Drupal powers websites such as whitehouse.gov and is one of the most
popular content management systems in the world. Today
NodeOne has 43 talented employees from all over the world.
The company is steadily growing and has offices in
Stockholm, Göteborg and Copenhagen.
Become successful by being the good guy
Jakob Persson will tell you how to build a
"good" company and make a good living at the same
time, by empowering the users on the Internet.
Rahul Barwani joins us as
the recent winner of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge
2010. He prides himself as an entrepreneur of sorts with a
strong interest in CleanTech and Product Design. His
background is in Mechanical Engineering with a B.S. and M.S.
from University of California, Berkeley, but he also has
certifications in Management of Technology, Engineering
& Business for Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship
& Technology. Currently, Rahul is working with two
start-ups focused on making alternative energy more
accessible to consumers in the U.S.
The importance of public relations
Rahul will be discussing different Public Relation
strategies and how to get your company on the map. In a
world of so many start-ups, how do you get yours to stand
out and succeed?
Riikka Olli works as Head of
Business Development at PayPal for Nordics with a special
focus on new innovations. Riikka holds a degree in
International Business from Helsinki School of Economics but
has spent most of her career in business development roles
for international Ecommerce in Paris and now in Stockholm.
What’s next in payments
Riikka will co-moderate the PayPal workshop
"What’s next in payments"
Orkun Saitoglu is Sales
Engineer for PayPal, he works for France, Benelux, Nordics
and Turkey. After his computing studies he worked for 3
years as a webmaster where he became familiar with web
development and best practices for ecommerce. He is the
contact of large merchants and partners for PayPal
integration and he is an evangelist for PayPal X Platform.
What’s next in payments
Orkun will co-moderate the PayPal workshop
"What’s next in payments"
coordinates the technology evangelism activities towards the
Developers audience across Europe for PayPal as Developer
Community Manager for Europe. He is also
“Seedcamp” and “Launch48” mentor.
Before joining PayPal, he worked as Software Engineer for
several companies, including Accenture, moving then in the
“Developer and Platform Evangelism” group at
Microsoft where, as Web Lead, he was in charge of the Web
Technologies stack adoption evangelism activities with top
customers and partners in Italy. More recently he drove a
Technology startup on Mobile / Web Digital Brand Management
incubated by a Startup Accelerator and funded by a VC.
Corrado currently holds a Master in “Business and
Corporate Strategy” from SDA Bocconi - School of
Management, a BEng in “Computer Engineering”
from Polytechnic of Milan and a BMus from a National
Conservatory of Music.
What’s next in payments
Corrado will co-moderate the PayPal workshop
"What’s next in payments"
left her role as Marketing Manager at SSES in 2006 to move
overseas. She ended up spending 4 years in London and
Amsterdam, working in digital marketing at agencies such as
AKQA, helping clients such as Sky and Nike. When she
returned to Stockholm, she spent a year in market research
before finding herself back in the academic world. She now
works on Idea to Product® Global at KTH. Karina holds
degrees from both Stockholm School of Economics and
Pitch your social innovation
Karina will be moderating the session “Pitch your
Stefan Krook co-founded
Glocalnet at the age of 24 and was the CEO from 1997-2002.
In five years, Stefan had challenged the Swedish
telecommunications monopoly, taken the company to the
Stockholm Stock Exchange and, at least temporarily, been
good for hundreds of millions. Money, however, was never the
driver for Stefan, who in 2005 decided to found GoodCause
foundation, where he is chairman today. The foundation
starts and operates companies that (through the foundation)
donates all future dividends to good causes. One such
company is GodEl where Stefan is the founder and
chairman. The foundation has also started a fund management
company, GodFond, that now manages some €80 million for
its investors. Stefan is an SSES alumnus from 2002.
Pitch your social innovation
Stefan is on the jury for “Pitch your social innovation”.
Amir Sajadi is the founder
and director of Hjärna.Hjärta.Cash., a
nationwide organization promoting innovation and
entrepreneurship for social change. After a decade in
politics, several years as an entrepreneur in the
communications industry and as business advisor at Drivhuset
and NFC, Amir realized that the combination between social
needs and innovation - social innovation - could solve many
of the challenges politicians and the society has been
struggling with for many years. The organization is now
working throughout Sweden to help entrepreneurs finding a
curiosity for social challenges and vice versa, getting
socially committed people to understand innovation and
entrepreneurship as method for change.
Pitch your social innovation
Amir is on the jury for “Pitch your social innovation”.
David Lundborg works as
business advisor at SU Innovation with a special focus on
service innovations and will assume a key role in the center
for social innovation at Stockholm university that is to be
launched in May. David holds a degree in macroeconomics from
Stockholm School of Economics but has spent most of his
career in start-up environments in Stockholm and London.
Pitch your social innovation
David is on the jury for “Pitch your social innovation”.