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The Nordics: Ripe for investment

May 13, 2014



Geneva, Brussels -- The end of Q1 in 2014 was an all-time high for investments in Europe. With the growth equity and venture market ahead by 20% compared to the same period last year, as reported in the Go4Venture European Venture & Growth Equity Market Bulletin, issued in March 2014. This is reflecting the changing mood of the European Market, which is slowly focusing on investments with a global footprint and the capacity to disrupt. As the European market is slowly maturing with increasingly high-energy, cross border, international investments, it is the Nordic Region that has been firing on all cylinders for the last few years and has been consistently producing significant winners.

* Examples of Billion USD exits from the Nordics in recent years include: Rec - IPO: 6.7BUSD, Skype M&A: 2.75 BUSD, QlikTech (Tech Tour company) - IPO: 1BUSD, MySQL (Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner) - M&A: 1 BUSD.

* Nordic technology firms represented 9% of all global billion dollar technology exits up to 2010 and 33% of European exits.

* The average exit value per year for Nordic Tech companies over the last 12 years is 2 Billion Euro

* Denmark has been rated as the number 1 location to start a Company in the past few years - statistics from Creandum: Nordic Technology Exit Analysis 2011

Opportunity is knocking!

In the past Nordic VC's have been present in 90% of all exits larger than 100M Euro, while Non-Nordic VC's represented on average 1.3%. It's time to get in on the action at the 2014 Nordic Tech Tour to be hosted in Helsinki and Stockholm, June 3rd and 4th 2014.

Programme Highlights

This year at the Nordic Tour Tech we will showcase the Tech Tour 20+ Nordic rising stars, carefully selected by the seasoned selection committee. We will then put the icing on the cake by delivering success stories including presentations from Supercell, Rovio and Klarna to name a few from the region in recent years.

Two Fantastic Networking Lounge dinners

At the end of both days all delegates have the opportunity to mix with the who's who of the European Investment Community, Presenting CEO's, Corporate Investors, industry VIP's and Government representatives. At the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm on June 3rd, and the wrap up party on the 4th June at the legendary Startup Sauna Demo Day party with saunas, music and drinks. Warning- you may have fun!

Register now: www.techtour.com/nordictechtour

Join our LinkedIn group: Tech Tour

Follow us on Twitter: #Tech_Tour #NordicTT14

Check out our videos on YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/EuropeanTechTour

About Tech Tour

The Tech Tour was founded in Geneva in 1998 in response to the growing interest in emerging technology companies in various European regions. Tech Tour is composed of key contributors to the high technology industry. Tech Tour recognizes that continued prosperity in Europe lies in its ability to transform today's innovative projects into tomorrow's global technology leaders. For further information, please visit www.techtour.com

About the International Venture Club

The International Venture Club was founded in 2011 as the collaborative platform of leading venture investors promoting successful international investments. Its objectives are to 1) share better practices, 2) build co-investor trust and relations, 3) foster new funding and investment opportunities through joint actions and PR, 4) grow promising companies with corporate partners and co-investors and 5) keep a smart window and support to emerging innovative companies.

www.iventureclub.com

Media Contacts:

Tanja Baltus

International Venture Club

+32 (0) 2 643 36 94

tanja@iventureclub.com

Patrice McCauley

Tech Tour

+41 22 544 60 62

Patrice@techtour.com

David Schimm

BondPR Worldwide

+49 179 59 447 45

David@BondPR.com

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