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Sven Lingjaerde is an entrepreneur and investor who is the co-founder and currently the managing partner of Reference Capital, privately held advisory firm dedicated to researching and investing in disruptive technologies. He is a co-founder of several investment companies such as Endeavour Vision, the leading European growth stage medtech investment firm, Vision Capital, a Trans-Atlantic venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and Geneva, and Flexstone Partners (formerly Euro Private Equity Advisors). He established Tech Tour in 1998, which later merged with Europe Unlimited, founded ty William Stevens. Sven has been recognised for his contribution in shaping the European tech and life sciences ecosystem through a number of industry awards (Time Magazine, Investor AllStars, Innovate Europe).
Rick Salmon is an entrepreneur, executive coach and public speaker. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the winners of the renowned EEVC European Venture Contest due to his significant expertise as a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded three successful technology companies over the course of his career: BlueSky Software, which was subsequently renamed eHelp and acquired by Adobe, Scala Inc., the current global leader in digital signage, and RPR Technologies. In 2016, he incorporated The Technologies of Influence AS, Oslo, a startup that utilises artificial intelligence and scientific measurement of human behaviour traits as tools for coaching entrepreneurs and executives, enabling them to have a greater impact and influence while presenting and pitching.
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