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Minister visiting Antler!

2 August 2018

Antler Minister visit

From left; Mr Vegard Medbo, Co-Founder and CCO, Mr Fridtjof Berge, Co-Founder and COO, Ms Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Magnus Grimeland, Co-Founder and CEO, and Ms Anita Nergaard, Norway’s Ambassador to Singapore

 

Antler had the honour of welcoming The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ms Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, and the Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, Ms Anita Nergaard to the office for a friendly chat on the Antler program and the startup landscape of SEA. It was a great and informative afternoon of knowledge sharing and ideas. A pleasure to see the fostering of ties and building of a collaborative bridge for businesses between SEA and Europe.

 

 

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Talents - Look Out!

11 May 2018

Investigate’s fourth investment is all about building - Antler the child of Mr Magnus Grimeland, CEO and Co-Founder, is setting out to help great talents build tomorrow’s outstanding companies.

 

“This is a bit like turning the startup process upside down - typically you first have an idea then you gather the talent, Antler starts with finding the right talent.” says Mikael Krogh, Managing Partner and Founder of Investigate Network Capital. “The reason why this is such a good recipe for success is that Antler addresses market inefficiencies and offers effective solutions to the common reasons for failure. For example; a) inability to find the right founding team/talent, b) not the right idea, and c) not enough capital. For Investigate this is interesting in several aspects in addition to return on investment; we get first hand access to the startups and the right to invest in companies that we are particularly interested in. This is also a very good, if not unusual, example of Network Orchestrating, fitting right into our investment theme. Last but not least - Magnus has gathered a great team and partners to ensure excellent execution of this strategy and scaling of companies that are being built!”

 

“We are very happy to have

Investigate aboard as an investor.”

says Magnus Grimeland, CEO and

Co-Founder of Antler. “Investigate’s

investment theme is fully aligned

with the type of companies we want

to help build. We aim to build up an

effective global network of top

mentors, partners and investors to

help our founders get the best

support and launching pad for their

businesses. Investigate is one of our

key partners in this space, and they

will also play an important role when

it comes to further external funding

of the companies we are building.”

 

About Antler (www.antler.co)

Antler is a new startup generator that turns top talent into great founders of great companies. We believe anyone with the right talent, drive and resources can change our world for the better.

 

Antler selects the most passionate aspiring entrepreneurs, helps them find the right co-founder and connects them to a mentor network of fitting business and academic subject matter experts worldwide.

 

Antler provides funding from day one to support founders building businesses they will own and run, and that can positively impact local, regional and global economies.

 

About Investigate (www.investigategroup.com)

Investigate is a Singapore-based investment firm specialising in accelerating growth of startups within the Network Orchestrator business model - corporations facilitating information sharing and transactions in their network and sharing the value created.

 

Investment theme:

  • Focus - a particular business model called Network Orchestrator
  • Geography - SEA with an opening for Scandinavian companies with a strong SEA link
  • Stage - early growth stage (would like to see some revenue)
  • Size - up to USD 500k in a single investment

 

For further enquiries contact Investigate on mail@investigategroup.com

 

 

 

Mr Magnus Grimeland and Mr Mikael Krogh

Pitch it like a Viking!

19 April 2018

Vikingcubator

Can you pitch like a Viking? Ms Manminder Kaur Dhillon Founder of Supernewsroom could definitely do that - they won the first prize! There were several exciting companies, so not so easy to pick the winner. Thanks to Mr Leonard Opitz Stornes and Vikingcubator for arranging and inviting me to judge together with Mr Tore Andre Godager, Ms Lim Qing Ru, and Mr Tyler Norwood, and last but not least thank you to Mr Are Gloersen for being the Chief Viking of the evening!

 

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Norway Asia Business Summit participation

18 April 2018

Norway Asia Business Summit

I was invited by NBAS to talk about "Today's Startups - Changing the Game?" and also to moderate the debate around this theme. A big thank you to the participants of the panel debate; Dr. Ayesha Khanna CEO of ADDO AI, Shao-Ning Leigh Huang MD and Co-Founder of AngelCentral Pte Ltd, Fridtjof Berge COO and Co-Founder of Antler, Stein Eggan MD of NTNU Technology Transfer AS, and Pal T. Naess Director at Innovation Norway. Thank you to Norwegian Business Association (Singapore) for arranging and giving me the opportunity!

 

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6392585051401490432/

 

Investigate + e-commerce technology = Parcel Perform

25 Feb 2018

The co-founders together with some of the Parcel Perform team

“Parcel Perform is making e-commerce ‘sexy’ again.” says Mikael Krogh, Managing Partner and Founder of Investigate Network Capital. “Dr Arne Jeroschewski and Ms Dana von der Heide, the co-founders of Parcel Perform, are good examples of how you can look for an opportunity that can facilitate a Network Orchestrator business model. Parcel Perform is solving the problem of ‘losing’ the customer after checkout by offering

 

  1. the best e-commerce parcel tracking solution (~600 logistics partners and counting) to deliver an outstanding customer experience,

 

  1. where e-commerce companies can create their own branded tracking experience to build a long-lasting relationship with their customers,

 

  1. and reduce Customer Service Cost and understand the true carrier performance.

 

The result? 40% increase in customer lifetime value (CLV) after checkout!”

 

“And that is just the beginning!” continues Mikael. “The data created and accumulated creates several, and arguably even more valuable, opportunities for products and services - more on this later in 2018 and beyond. Investigate is looking forward to taking a part of the journey and assisting along the way.”

 

About Parcel Perform

Parcel Perform is a Singapore-based disruptor in the e-commerce logistics industry. Parcel Perform is aiming to excel our customers’ end-to-end logistics experience and developed a SaaS platform to help merchants and customers to optimise their e-commerce logistics.

 

For more information on Parcel Perform see www.parcelperform.com

Investigate’s first HR tech investment!

20 Feb 2018

Salary Board is Investigate’s second investment and our first in the HR tech industry. “Salary Board, is a great example of the type of Network Orchestrator companies we are investing in; Salary Board is collecting public as well as proprietary data and applying their knowledge graph/AI and big data analysis to create products not before available - offering great value for the customers. What is also interesting is that every time a

customer is added the value for everyone

increases. Mr Madu Ionascu, the CEO and

Founder of Salary Board, and his team has

already proven that they are excellent in

delivering value to their network by adding

large MNCs as customers. We at Investigate

are looking very much forward to assist Madu

and his team to go international with Salary

Board.” says Mikael Krogh, Managing Partner

and Founder of Investigate Network Capital.

 

About Salary Board

Salary Board is an HR tech company that offers

online solutions allowing professionals HR data

and compare market pay rates in an accurate

and convenient manner. Salary Board has

access to real time and very granular HR and

compensation data from 28 different sources (and counting) and by applying their knowledge graph and big data analysis they deliver products to several industries, SMEs, MNCs, recruitment industry, and others.

 

For more information on Salary Board see www.salaryboard.com

 

 

Mr Madu Ionascu, CEO and Founder of Salary Board

DREA - Investigate’s first investment!

16 Feb 2018

“Investigate is very proud to announce DREA as our first investment. DREA is a good example of the type of companies Investigate would like to support and that represents ‘Singapore 2.0’; companies with a business model which is highly scalable and less manpower hungry. Additionally it is particularly satisfying that DREA is a company that helps regular SMEs to move into digital and social marketing in order to expand their businesses. Ms Yuet and her team have managed to build a platform using artificial intelligence to continually improve their product as they help more and more SMEs, initially targeting the property sector. Investigate, with our international team, are looking very much forward to working with DREA to expand their

business internationally and into new sectors.”

says Mikael Krogh, Managing Partner and

Founder of Investigate Network Capital.

 

The CEO and Founder Ms Yuet Whey Siah started

a company that helps SMEs to take advantage

of digital marketing, especially social marketing -

where most of us ‘consume’ ads today.

 

DREA de-mystify digital marketing by using

artificial intelligence and automation in

different verticals (currently the real estate

vertical). It is all executed through an app on

your mobile, creating a campaign in only 60

seconds. Their chatbot qualifies the leads before

DREA’s lead management system helps the

SMEs to follow up with the leads. Analytics on

the marketing campaigns are supplied in real time. For each campaign, their 'advertising machine' learns and subsequently optimises in real time all campaigns on the DREA platform.

 

For more information on DREA see: www.drea.com.sg/plans/

 

 

Ms Yuet Whey Siah, CEO and Founder of DREA

Mr Birger Nergaard joins the Advisory Board

15 Feb 2018

We are very pleased and honoured that Mr Birger Nergaard has joined Investigate as an investor and Advisory Board member. Birger is also known as ‘Mr VC’ in Scandinavia, after pioneering the venture capital industry by establishing Four Seasons Venture (now Verdane Capital) in 1985. Birger was the CEO until 2006 and now serve as GP and Director. Birger brings vast amount of expertise and knowledge that will benefit both Investigate and its portfolio companies.

 

“It is exciting to be part of Investigate, both as an investor and Advisory Board member. Investigate has an approach and investment theme adjusted to the new tech start up reality where big data analysis and artificial intelligence are commodities, ‘off-the-shelf’ products, enabling companies to launch products and get profit much earlier than before, and grow at a much higher rate. I am equally excited to be part of this next chapter of venture capital - especially in South East Asia that is booming with interesting startups.” says Mr Birger Nergaard.

 

“Having such an experienced and successful person like Mr Birger Nergaard joining Investigate as an investor and Advisory Board member is a testament to what we are currently doing is on the right track. Having a person like Birger on board will ensure that this continues to be the case. We are very proud and grateful.” says Mr Mikael Krogh, Founder and Director of Investigate Network Capital.

 

More about Birger Nergaard

 

Birger Nergaard is a Director of Clarksons and has been deputy chairman of the board of Clarksons Platou AS (formerly RS Platou ASA) since 2008. He is currently a Director of Verdane Capital's funds V, VI, VII and VIII, a Director of Clarksons Platou Securities AS, Nergaard Investment Partners AS, and an advisor to the P/E fund Advent International in Norway.

 

Birger established Four Seasons Venture (today Verdane Capital) in 1985 and was the company's CEO until 2006, now he serves as GP and Director.

 

Birger was awarded King Harald's Gold Medal of Merit in 2006 for pioneering the Norwegian venture capital industry. He holds a law degree from the University of Oslo.

 

More about Investigate Network Capital

 

Investing in a business model

 

Investigate is a Singapore-based investment firm specialising in accelerating growth of startups within the Network Orchestrator business model - corporations facilitating information sharing and transactions in their network and sharing the value created, with the same network.

 

Investment theme:

  • Focus - a particular business model called Network Orchestrator
  • Geography - SEA with an opening for Scandinavian companies with a strong SEA link
  • Stage - early growth stage (post revenue)
  • Size - up to USD 500k in a single investment

 

For further enquiries contact Investigate on mail@investigategroup.com

 

"A dream come true"

31 Jan 2018

Investigate Network Capital (Investigate) had an official kick off at the Norwegian Embassy with investors, most of the Investigate team, and friends present both in person and over Skype from most parts of the world. The first three portfolio companies were also present, the founders presenting themselves and their companies.

 

“A dream come true!” exclaimed Mr Mikael Krogh, Founder and Director of Investigate Network Capital. “I am very grateful towards everyone that has supported this journey that is in its beginning - a big thank you to all of you.” he continues.

 

“This was a great way to kick off our fund that was formally established in December. I couldn’t be happier to have these three companies as the first investments - we have been digging through more than 150 companies the last six months in order to find these jewels. They truly represent our investment theme well and are already executing on the great potential they have. And with the excellent team we have gathered in Investigate we are well positioned to support these and more companies going forward.” says Mikael. “Best of all,” he continues “this is just the beginning!”

 

The three first investments of Investigate are:

 

  • DREA - an AdTech & Marketing Automation startup that lets SMEs do effective digital marketing and generate sales leads in a simple-to-use 4 Steps, 60 Seconds app (website)
  • Salary Board - is an information services company that offers SaaS solutions allowing companies and recruitment agencies research and compare HR analytics accurately and in real-time (website)
  • Parcel Perform - is a carrier-independent SaaS parcel tracking solution for e-commerce merchants worldwide, allowing them to improve their customer lifetime value by 40% through managing their customers' after-checkout experience and improving their overall logistics setup (website)

 

Even though all three companies are based in Singapore, they will have a truly global reach with their product offering.

 

More about Investigate Network Capital

 

Investing in a business model

 

Investigate is a Singapore-based investment firm specialising in accelerating growth of startups within the Network Orchestrator business model - corporations facilitating information sharing and transactions in their network and sharing the value created, with the same network.

 

Investment theme:

 

  • Focus - a particular business model called Network Orchestrator
  • Geography - SEA with an opening for Scandinavian companies with a strong SEA link
  • Stage - early growth stage (post revenue)
  • Size - up to USD 500k in a single investment

 

For further enquiries contact Investigate on mail@investigategroup.com

 

 

"Adjust or die"

26 Sep 2017

Here is an interview done in connection with a talk Mikael Krogh did a couple of weeks ago about how connectivity change business. Mikael Krogh focused on how it changes business models and marketing.

Talk at NBAS event

21 Sep 2017

Norwegian Business Association (Singapore) (NBAS) and Innovation Norway (IN) were so kind to invite Mikael Krogh to do a talk about our connected world and how it redefines business.

 

Technologies and social media are radically changing and redefining businesses and industries. Consequently, every industry will face massive changes going forward. I will go into two aspects in particular - how it is changing business models and marketing:

 

a) The business model – how connectivity enables a network orchestrator business model which can have substantial impact on scalability, marginal cost, and profitability of the company

b) Marketing – how connectivity enables a conversation with clients and partners and changes the premise/rules of marketing

 

The event was at Fullerton Hotel (Singapore) Thursday, 21 September 2017, 8:30 AM. For more information see NBAS site.