21–22 AUGUST, PÄRNU, ESTONIA
Each summer, at the end of August, Baltic Private Equity & Venture Capital professionals gather at one the beautiful Baltic resorts to discuss industry developments, network & enjoy various activities together. EstVCA has the pleasure of inviting you to the 8th edition of Baltic VCA Summit.
Baltic VCA Summit will be held on 21-22 August in Pärnu – a resort town known for its 19th-century timber villas and for sandy Pärnu Beach, with its shallow waters, and promenades.
The main event will be held on 21 August at the iconic Pärnu Beach Hotel. On 22 August Baltic VCA Summit will continue with a series of activities and will reach its finale at Pärnu Rowing Club with a thrilling race where VCs go up against Buyout.
To keep the official part lively and entertaining, and to broaden the prospective of the audience, we add a specific country touch each year (previously Israel, India, Columbia, Netherlands).
This year the moderator will take the audience on a journey to Japan.
Insights into Japanese business and culture will continue throughout the day and evening programme.
Jerry Yang is General Partner at
Hardware Club, a Paris-Silicon Valley-Tokyo based VC firm whose fund LPs include Foxconn,
Taizo Son’s Mistletoe, NGK Sparkplug, Digital Garage, Isomer Capital, Draper Esprit etc. And as a name suggests – it invests in
hardware startups. Before switching to the dark side, Jerry had been in analog
IC design for more than a decade.
Originally from Taiwan, Jerry's career has spanned across many continents and cultures. At a young age he won a large contract with Japanese electronics part manufacturer ROHM, which in turn it allowed him to exit his startup. Since then he has established a very strong connection with Japan and is closely familiar with Japanese corporate culture. He is also fluent in Japanese and is a routine speaker at VC and tech events, including Tech in Asia and SLUSH Tokyo.
Jerry has obtained a BS and MS degrees in
electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University and MBA degree from HEC Paris.
Chris is a Cofounder and Partner at Isomer Capital. He is on the board of technology companies Calastone, Machines with Vison and in 2016 Magic Pony Technologies that was acquired by Twitter. He was one the original advisors and Venture Partners at Entrepreneur First. Chris was the founding director of the Venture Capital Unit for the UK Government where he promoted the UK VC and direct investment opportunities to investors in the US and Asia and attracted over $1B, he also advised the Singaporean Government on European VC’s. In 1998 he co-founded CPS a mobile location tech company which he successfully sold in 2007 to a major global chip design company. Prior to his start up experience he had over 15 years operational experience at US based DSc which he assisted in the $4B sale to Alcatel and Northern Telecom where he worked in Turkey and the US. He has a BSc in Physics and Chemistry from Leeds University under an industrial scholarship program
Jesper Knutssøn is partner and co-founder of Saga Private Equity. He has 28 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. At Saga Privat Equity he is responsible for investor relations and he has been involved in several due diligence processes. Previously, Jesper was responsible for investor relations at Danske Private Equity from 2006-2017. Before entering the private equity industry in 2006, he worked at Ixis Securities (Natixis) and Svenska Handelsbanken France. Mr. Knutssøn holds a M. Sc. (Economics) from the University of Copenhagen.
Kriss is a senior investment manager in EIF’s earlystage VC and BA fund-of-funds practice, former business angel, entrepreneur and management consultant. Kriss has a "hands-on" experience in co-founding and developing businesses in product and service sectors, advisory work, as well as investing himself as a business angel. Kriss holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore, France).
We have pre-bookings until July in the following hotels. Ask for a discount with the codeword “VCSummit”