Date: 26 Apr 2016, 15:30 - 19:30
Host: Njord Law, Pilestraede 58, 1112 Copenhagen
Attract US investment for growth!
Are you a Danish company seeking to raise capital for your US growth from US investors?
History shows it’s tough for non-US startups to raise early-stage funding from most US VC (Venture Capital) investors. These normally want you already to have a solid base of American customers and/or business partners, as well as US operations near their location, so they can stay in close touch with the top management or founders.
So let’s assume you’re a Danish company and already have a few employees located in the US, as well as a solid US customer base. What’s next?
50 members and guests joined us to get tips and learnings from our expert speakers, to help with their next stage of growth. If you missed it, you’ll find a summary here.
Registration and coffee
Einar Dyrhauge, Executive Director Danish-American Business Forum
Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen, Partner, Njord Lawfirm
How to attract US investment: the basics
Gerald Brady, Head of UK Relationship Banking, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)
Gerald has had 20+ years of experience working in Silicon Valley, and now leads a team of technology and life science relationship bankers, working with entrepreneurs, VCs and corporate VCs to help entrepreneurs and their investors be successful. He’ll talk about financial solutions for starting up, managing growth, and expanding globally, including what Danish companies should be prepared for when working with Americans.
The importance of protecting your Intellectual Property in the US market
Peter Gustav Olson, Partner, Njord Law firm (previously MAQS)
IP theft poses a risk to all industry sectors; those most commonly affected are manufacturing, consumer goods, technology, software and biotechnology, including pharmaceuticals. Copyright piracy, trademark counterfeiting, and patent infringement have become significant problems, especially for small businesses who may lack the knowledge or resources to prevent theft of their ideas and products. Peter is an American with law degrees from both US and Denmark, and long-time experience in Denmark and EU. He’ll help us understand the IP considerations Danish companies need to be aware of, to satisfy US investors.
Refreshments and networking
The Vivino Journey
Theis Søndergaard, COO and co-founder of Vivino
Most of us know the Vivino app, now the largest and fastest-growing wine app in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, with more than 10 million users providing tasting notes, ratings, price info and more. The company was founded in 2009 in Copenhagen by Heini Zachariassen, and previously raised $10.3 million in funding from Creandum, Seed Capital, Balderton Capital, and Janus Friis. Theis will talk about Vivino’s experience and what can Danish companies do to avoid pitfalls and maximize success with US investors.
Raising capital through the growth phases
David Horn Solomon, President and Chief Executive Officer at Bionor Pharma ASA
David has been at Bionor since Jan. 2015 and prior to that was President and Chief Executive Officer, Zealand Pharma A/S for 6+ years. He is an American/Canadian with a wealth of experience in biotechnology innovation, investor relations, regulatory matters, and advancing new medicines to patients and caregivers. He’ll share his learnings from many years of growing globally by attracting investment capital, including from US investors.
Wrap Up, followed by mingle with tapas and wine
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See you there!