Odense Investor Summit is still a couple of weeks away, but already now the company line-up looks strong! As the investments in new technologies increase year after year, Odense Seed and Venture is hosting this annual event for the third time. The people invited are investors and capital-seeking companies focusing on robotics, drones, automation and health tech.
Odense Investor Summit creates a platform where highly specialized companies and investors with insight in new technologies can meet. The investors represent ‘smart money’ and risk capital, which also generates knowhow and network to the capital seeking companies. In Odense we have Denmark’s largest concentration of robotic companies, and by recent acquisitions of first Universal Robotics and latest Mobile Industrial Robots the rest of the world has also noticed the robotic cluster in Odense, which is one of the biggest in Europe.
“In and around Odense we have an inspiring robotic environment with a great global potential. They only lack the right investors to create significant growth. At Odense Investor Summit we match the capital seeking companies and investors. We bring partners together, which normally do not move in the same circles. It is a focused effort, which all partners around the industry see great value in” Michael Hansen, Investment Manager, Odense Seed and Venture, says.
Odense Investor Summit 2018 is the largest meeting place for potential investors and capital seeking companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. This year we expect a minimum of 25 capital-seeking companies and more than 100 investors.
”We see a great potential in Odense Investor Summit for both the companies and the investors. Nordea is once again the main sponsor of the event because we want to support the development of strong, innovative technology companies. There are times, where this type of companies need a partner to manage the growth together with them – and we would like to create the framework and help establish a platform for such a partnership”, says Tommy Bøg Thomsen, Regional Director for corporate customers at Nordea.
The program of Odense Investor Summit contains both interesting pitches as well as keynote speakers. During the day there will be approximately 10 investor pitches at the main stage and two keynotes.
The first keynote speaker of the day will be Helge Holm-Larsen, CEO at Syddansk Innovation (SDI). SDI is an early (pre-seed) investor in tech and high innovation and with a portfolio counting more than 60 companies, Helge will provide an insight in 6-8 companies looking for funding. This year, SDI is participating as an investor for the third time. When asking why that is, Helge expresses the following: “At SDI we are always excited to see which robotic and automation companies will participate in the summit. The summit is a place where we can meet some of the best startups and also bring some of our own capital-seeking startups in front of other robotic investors”.
The second keynote speaker of the day will be Anders Bundsgaard, CEO at Odico. Odico is the first Danish Robotic IPO at Nasdaq First North Copenhagen. Anders will present Odico’s journey by going through key learnings, do’s and don’ts and the plan and possibilities for the global growth that the money from IPO has provided.
In collaboration with R-18
This year, Odense Investor Summit is held in collaboration with the robotic fair, R-18; a side-event to the electronical fair, E-18. R-18 is held for the first time and takes place 11th – 13th September 2018 in Odense Congress Center.
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