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Board of Admissions

Our Board of Admissions consists of accomplished entrepreneurs and investors that act as the admissions committee for the Activate and Incubate programs.

 

Sebastian Knutsson
Co-founder, King
Sebastian Knutsson

Founder of King Digital Entertainment, one of Sweden’s most successful unicorn companies and creators of the gaming sensation Candy Crush Saga. Also the founder of the venture capital firm Sweet Capital. Has been named by Dagens Industri as Sweden’s most influential tech investor.

Anna Kinberg Batra
Investor and Board Executive
Anna Kinberg Batra

Anna is a graduate of SSE and was one of SSE Business Lab's earliest advisors during the incubator's very first years. She served on the jury of SSE's business plan competition Guldräven when it was won by the founding team of Klarna. Her business background includes Prime PR, the founding teams of Swedish HR services Jobline and Nova Talent as well as the position as VP of Communication at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. After the general elections of 2006, she left business for politics and was elected the first female leader of the Moderate Party in 2015. She left politics after the general elections of 2018. Today, she is active as an investor, board member, advisor, author and speaker, driving change for sustainability, in companies like Castellum, Cinis Fertilizer, Nederman, Polarium and Swedish Space Corporation.

Pia Engholm
Chair, DHS Venture Partners
Pia Engholm

Pia is a full-time angel investor, and a previous entrepreneur who has gone through all phases of entrepreneurship – from seed funding to growth, from local to global, from operational management to strategic board position, from startup to scale-up and on to successful divestment. As an investor, she works closely with innovative and impact-driven startups in many different sectors. She is also a member of the SSE alumni angel collective DHS Venture Partners, where she currently serves as chair.

Donna Hanafi
Founder, HONA and Angel Investor
Donna Hanafi

Growth and marketing expert with a background at successful startups like Mentimeter and Tictail. Has been a coach at both Sting and SSE Business Lab, and is an active angel investor having made investments in companies like imagiLabs and Mindmore.

Zakaria Hersi
Head of Growth at Rebtel, Angel Investor at Framtid
Zakaria Hersi

Zakaria is the Head of Growth at Rebtel and was previously the Director of Africa and Middle East at Truecaller, where he was responsible for the top 5 markets for the company until their IPO. At Trucaller, he set up multiple offices, operations and ventures in Kenya, Colombia, Mauritius, Sweden, and Nigeria and recruited and managed 550 employees. He built a team from 0 to 180 employees in Nigeria in 4 months, built a team of 40 employees in Colombia in 3 weeks and scaled it to 120 employees, recruited a team of 100 employees from 5 countries to relocate to Malta in 1 month. He has previously held positions in Kinnevik and Besedo. Since a few years back, he is a member of the angel collective Framtid which invests in digital scalable startups.

Lars Lindgren
Investor and co-founder of DHS Venture Partners
Lars Lindgren

Lars has been an angel investor since 1984, and has invested in over 80 startups, with ~20 active direct investments in digital services and SaaS. In 1985, he founded Svenska Riskkapitalföreningen (SVCA) where he acted as a board member and chair for 10 years. In 1988, he founded Europe’s first Fund-of-Funds which owns shares in active venture capital funds in the US and UK. He is also the founder of the SSE alumni angel collective DHS Venture Partners.

Lisa Lindström
Founder, Doberman
Lisa Lindström

Has since 2003 led the digital design agency Doberman, which under her leadership became one of Sweden’s most well renowned and successful agencies. Doberman was recently acquired by EY, where Lisa today is the Chief Experience Officer.

Mattias Nordquist
Professor, Department for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology, SSE
Mattias Nordqvist

Mattias Nordqvist, PhD, holds the SEB Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. He is a Full Professor in Business Administration at the House of Innovation at the Stockholm School of Economics. Mattias' teaching, research and outreach activities concentrate on entrepreneurship, strategic renewal and governance in private companies – in particular family businesses. He focuses on both start-ups/new ventures and established companies.