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  • Portfolio News
  • 15 February 2012
  • 6 min read
  • Words: Northzone

New Office, New Website, Old Us

A few weeks ago we announced some exciting news; namely the opening of our first non-Scandinavian office, and with it welcoming Jeppe Zink as to our team. Now is the time to explain our reasoning a bit more.

Following the announcement of our new London office opening, we have been asked “why?” by a few members of the community, and would like to take a minute to explain our reasoning a bit more.

We see London as a great opportunity both for new investments and for our portfolio companies wishing to expand globally. Our hope is that by being more present in the city we will be able to be to support our portfolio to an even greater extent. We will actively work on bringing two of the arguably most exciting European innovation clusters closer together. We believe that there is a lot to gain from this both at a local and regional level.

The Nordics have a track record of creating a disproportionately large number of innovative and successful businesses relative to the size of the market. We have been lucky enough to work with some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the region, and now feel that the next natural step is to establish closer relations to another great innovation hub and Europe’s most active capital market. In doing so we also aim to share our knowledge/resources/network with the community and work on building an even stronger ecosystem. To us it is clear that ecosystems foster innovation, and our goal is to help build a more tightly-knit European tech ecosystem, in which entrepreneurs and companies collaborate more. We regard this as a win-win scenario for entrepreneurs as leaders, their companies as organisations, investors, and thought leaders. Our plan is to initiate focused efforts to stimulate further cooperation, ideas-exchange, and creativity in the community, adding to some of the notable movements such as Seedcamp, the Europas, etc. Reach out to us if you’d like to get together and discuss this whole ecosystem-building conundrum, or if you simply want to say hi.

On a separate note, we’ve finally moved on from our 2008 web presence. 🙂 Have fun browsing and let us know what you think!