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2018.10.26

Investors looking for impact unicorns at HealthTech Nordic Investor Forum

Marianne Larsson, Project Manager for HealthTech Nordic and Director of New Industries and Innovation at Innovation Skåne summarise the successful event.

HealthTech Nordic this week hosted the largest healthtech investor forum in the Nordics – and it was a resounding success!

– This was truly a great event, it feels as if all relevant investors were gathered at the forum, it has certainly helped me progressing my company, one participating founder of a startup said.

Another startup founder the day after the forum reviewed it on LinkedIn, saying he’d been “attending the best investor forum for healthtech companies in the Nordics!”.

On October 24 the HealthTech Nordic Investor Forum gathered 14 of the Nordics most promising startups in healthtech and 22 international investors interested in the fast-growing industry. The forum aimed to bring startups and investors together and prompt them to embark on new partnerships able to disrupt today’s healthcare system.

HealthTech Nordic’s investor forum is unique in the Nordics, never otherwise is so much investment capital targeted for healthtech companies gathered in one room. Because of this, the expectations from organizers, startups and investors were very high. However, the event lived up to the high expectations with startups and investors after the event expressing great excitement for participating.

Investor pitches – “I love it”

The program for the day included 60 second pitches from startups – as well as from investor, an unusual set up but believed by HealthTech Nordic to be essential to ensure mutual beneficial partnerships.

– I have not been to any other event where investors need to pitch for startups – but I love it!, one participating investor said before delivering his pitch.

Another investor in her pitch let the audience know exactly what they were looking for, also reflecting the potential for this new line of business.

– We’re looking to invest in an Impact Unicorn, meaning a disruptive company with the possibility to impact one billion people, Tove Larsson, Investment Manager at Norrsken, said in her pitch to the startups.

In their pitches, investors let the startups know they had money to invest in the growing healthtech business. This became even more evident in the one to one meetings between the startups and investors that followed the pitches. In the entrusting talks startups and investors thoroughly discussed concrete possibilities for collaborations.

The intended, and likely, outcome of the forum is that several of these discussions will lead to investments. Just as last year’s Investor Forum did. The HealthTech Nordic Investor Forum this year ran for the second consecutive year.

A paradigm shift in the making

Apart from pitches and one to one meetings the forum also included two much apricated keynotes. One delivered by Indra Sharma, Venture Lead at EQT Ventures, speaking about the Impact of tech on women´s health and one by Sven Lingjaerde, Managing Partner at Endeavour Vison, speaking on the topic of Digital health: not if, but when.

The latter keynote was also a testimony to the fact that interest from investors for the fast-growing healthtech industry has increased significantly just over the last year. As well as the fact that the number of HealthTech Nordic member startups with world-class scalable healthtech solutions are higher than ever – and demand from their customers is increasing.

– The interest from investors has grown enormously only over the past year, which is why we increased the number of investors participating in this year’s forum. Healthtech is an industry that grows rapidly and we see many promising Nordic startups with the possibility to become the healthtech equivalent to Spotify or Klarna, says Marianne Larsson, Project Manager for HealthTech Nordic and Director of New Industries and Innovation at Innovation Skåne.

The digitalisation of healthcare is a paradigm shift in the making, and Nordic startups are ready to ride the wave.

Read more about the forum and see which startups and investors participated

HealthTech Nordic is a project lead by Innovation Skåne and consisting of five other partner organisations. The project aim to contribute to the creation of 700 new jobs, help 20 startups become international fast-growers and get 5 international companies to establish themselves in the region.

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