Thought-provoking Swedish technology entrepreneur and investor with a first-hand understanding of how technology is changing business and society.
Throughout his 30 years of working as an entrepreneur, Nicklas has built companies in a variety of industries, regions, and economic climates. He is the co-founder and largest investor in an electron microscopy company with unique patented technologies and high-profile customers in more than 30 countries worldwide, the Volvo distribution network in Romania that grew into a 300 million EUR business, and a Scandinavian ski resort that has attracted investments close to 100 million EUR in the past ten years.
Nicklas is also a long-time member of the European startup scene, with more than 20 deep tech investments in AI, quantum applications, ICT and medical technologies as well as nano- and biotechnology. In the past 20 years, his portfolio companies have gone out of business, awaken from the dead, conquered the world, been sold to major industry players, and listed on the stock exchange, returning everything from 0 to 52 times the initial investment.
All-in-all, and with serious skin in the game, Nicklas is the perfect guide to the ongoing transformation of business and society!
A couple of years ago, he cleared his schedule and embarked on a journey to understand where technology is taking us, and if we are ready for the upcoming techstorm. Today he’s dividing his time between technology investments, a couple of skunkworks projects and speaking, writing, and advising on the future of technology, business, and society. Since 2017 Nicklas has also acted as a strategic advisor to the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation and
the European Innovation Council. Starting in 2020 he is also part of the Investment Committee at the EIC Fund, a 4 billion EUR venture capital fund investing in more than 100 technology startups per year.
As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Nicklas lives with technology 24/7/365 and meets with scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and fellow investors daily. He’s optimistic about the promises emerging from new technologies but is also very concerned that society is not ready for the upcoming techstorm.
He’s convinced that we’re entering an era in which technology will redefine who we are, and it’s no longer just a question of what it can do for us, but what should we allow technology to do. We need to discuss the ethical perspectives of any innovation or scientific breakthrough. Technology in itself is pointless; it’s the applications and ability to improve people’s lives that are important.
As a writer, Nicklas focuses on practical and useful perspectives on the merger of technology, society, and business. In 2018 he published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: “Navigating the Techstorm – The Business Impact of Technology Beyond the Hype” (Lid Publishing, London, 2018). Technology is probably the strongest driver of change today. Anyone in a management position must understand how innovations are changing business and society from the ground up. The book was listed in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 10 books to read in 2018. Also, from time to time, he’s writing for magazines like Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur on the business of technology.