Tellef Thorleifsson

Founding Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

Tellef Thorleifsson

Tellef Thorleifsson

Founding Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

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Western Bulk Shipping AS
Innotech Solar AS
Norfund

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Birthday

1962 - Norway

Age

57

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Owner at Strømstangen AS

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Co-Founder at Silex Microsystems AB

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Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

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Former General Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

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Managing Director at Voxtra AS

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Chief Financial Officer/Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

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Co-Founder & Executive Director at Playdots, Inc.

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Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Northzone Ventures AB

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Partner at Northzone Ventures AB

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Chief Executive Officer at Aunes Karosseriverksted AS

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Tellef Thorleifsson
Founding Partner at Northzone Ventures AB
Education
M.Sc. in Economics
Class of 1988

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

M.Sc. in Business Administration

NHH - Norwegian School of Economics was founded in 1936. NHH and affiliated institutes SNF and AFF constitutes the NHH Group, the oldest and largest centre for research and study in the fields of economics and business administration in Norway. NHH strives to be among the foremost in Europe in its fields, and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation reinforces a strongly held belief that excellence in research is a prerequisite for excellence in teaching. NHH has around 400 employees. The vast majority of the academic staff hold PhDs, and the faculty includes NHH Alumni and Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, Professor Finn E. Kydland.

Career History
Founding Partner
Current

NorthZone AS engages in technology investment partnership. It provides operational and investment services. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

Chief Executive Officer
2018 - Current

Norfund's mission is to foster economic growth by building robust firms in developing countries, such as Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Central America. They invest in a broad range of industries worldwide through direct investments, funds, financial institutions, and loans. Investments in renewable energy are one of their important growth areas.Norfund actively contributes by providing financial and legal input, in addition to taking an active ownership approach through board representation. The fund serves as a catalyst and will normally not take the role of lead investor.Norfund considers direct investment transactions such as expansion deals, MBOs, MBIs, private share placement combined with expansion and ventures. They typically support a project throughout the entire investment period but they never assume more risk than the project sponsor. Exits are generally within a three- to seven-year time frame.When making direct investments, Norfund must comply with three rules: investments in only privately owned firms; investments in firms registered or with their main activities in developing countries which have a GNI per capita of less than $6,055; and they cannot exceed a 49% equity holding in any one project.

Founding Partner
1996 - Current

Northzone's investment objective aims to deliver superior returns to their investors. They utilize a focused strategy and concentrate on their core competence in the technology sector. They seek ambition firms that aim to become major players in their sector. They invest in start-ups and early-stage firms primarily in the Nordic region.Northzone is an active, hands-on investment partner. They consider their business as a lifestyle. Investment selection criteria they look for are wide and growing markets accessible to start-ups, an experienced and committed management team either in place or on the way, a product really needed by customers and a scalable business model conducive to growth. Other criteria they seek are start-ups with a world-class lead customer, strong IPR/patents that protect uniqueness, efficiently used funding and firms that avoid direct competition with larger, more established technology firms.The firm prefers to co-invest with strong venture capital investors or strategic partners during the early stages of the firm's life cycle. They have also established a network of limited partners that invest in their funds.

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ChapDrive is a venture company located in Trondheim, Norway. They are developing a patented hydraulic drive train solution for wind turbines that will reduce top weight, eliminate the mechanical gearbox and reduce cost of energy. With promising test results, a strong management team and a staff of 20 competent and dedicated employees. ChapDrive is now entering the commercialization phase.

Events
Attendee
Switzerland
2009 EVCA Investors' Forum

Attendee
Berlin, Germany
2008 EVCA Venture Capital Forum

The EVCA Venture Capital Forum brings together venture capital investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and institutional investors from across Europe and beyond. It is three days of thought-leadership and intensive networking with the players that matter.

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