Sweden, and especially Stockholm, has a great innovation environment, and to start the first Nordics chapter here was a natural first step. To support local and global ventures by contributing capital, resources, experience and qualifications are keys to a thriving business environment.
The Keiretsu Forum Nordics (KFN) journey begun a few years ago. STOAF (Stockholm Business Angels), an angel investment network in Stockholm, had been in touch with Keiretsu for several years in order to establish a steady contact, and to enable future joint work. During a visit to San Francisco in 2015 when a STOAF-team attended several Keiretsu meetings further discussions concerning a Nordics chapter arose. STOAF verified the potential in the Nordic region and gathered a suitable team in Sweden to launch and build the first chapter in Stockholm. By doing so the Keiretsu international growth continued. The team also visited San Francisco and Prague for further studies of the network, to experience a chapter launch, and to understand the Keiretsu process and way of working. The start up went quick and the first information meetings where held in February (2016) to educate potential members about Keiretsu.
The first Forum meeting were held in March, a successful meeting with representatives for the US present, over 45 angel investors, and three companies presenting their ventures and ideas. Since then Keiretsu Forum Nordic has successfully had monthly investor meetings in Stockholm. We launched the Nordics chapter because we know that the Nordics has innovative ideas, skills and abilities.
Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000 by Randy William, now we are a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 47 chapters in 13 countries and 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities, and our community is strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities.
Keiretsu is a Japanese term describing a group of affiliated corporations with broad power and reach. Keiretsu Forum is described as a conglomeration of individuals or small companies that are organized around private equity funding for mutual benefit. Keiretsu Forum believes that through a holistic approach that includes interlocking relationships with partners and key resources, they can offer an association that produces the highest quality deal-flow and investment opportunities.
Keiretsu Forum membership is comprised of serious investors, business leaders, venture capitalists, corporate/institutional investors and serial entrepreneurs. Keiretsu Forum enjoys synergies and close relationships with venture capital firms, universities, and other partner organizations. These relationships facilitate the access to capital, talent, technology, and resources needed to build a successful venture. Our quality and diverse deal flow comes from our community of members, venture capitalists, sponsors, incubators and universities. Keiretsu Forum members invest in investment opportunities that focus on emerging technologies, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate and other segments with high growth opportunity.