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Marta Sjögren

Marta joined Northzone in November 2011 and is part of the early stage investment team. Marta is also responsible for all external communication, and developing an even stronger tech ecosystem in the Nordics.

Marta’s debut to the VC world resulted from a passion for innovation and a desire to make an impact in the world. After graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in International Relations, Marta quickly learned that ‘saving the world’ through established institutional structures wasn’t really happening, so she embarked on an experimental journey to the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe), to develop her knowledge of the business side of things through a MSc in European Business. At ESCP Marta worked on a student consultancy project commissioned by the Conservative Party of the UK, aiming to uncover the roadblocks to a healthy entrepreneurial society (Enterprising Britain, October 2007). This report marked the beginnings of a much larger effort to make Britain an entrepreneurial port of choice in Europe.

Upon graduating, Marta got thrown into deep waters by joining London/Palo Alto based venture fund, DN Capital, as an Investment Analyst, where she focused on digital media and financial services technology. At DN Capital Marta worked on several transactions, including OLX, TBricks, FamilyBuilder, and Eyeka, whilst also supporting the portfolio through market research, creative strategy direction, and business development. After five years in London, Marta thought it was getting a bit too tropical, so she boarded a ship heading north, and got off at the last stop: Stockholm. There she founded a boutique consultancy working with start-ups, corporates, and, of course, Northzone. Having previously worked with Lea in London, and followed the team’s progress over the years, Marta realised that time was ripe to start the Northzone chapter of changing the world (one step at a time). Her mission at Northzone is to use her holistic perspective and international experience in building awareness of the Nordics as a prime innovation hub, as well as sourcing new exciting ventures to invest in. 

Driven by solving inefficiencies, you’ll most likely find this digital native working with grassroots innovation, experimenting with sports, or switching off from the world through meditation, literature, photography and time with her family. Having moved around the world more times than most people can count, Marta is fluent in English, French, Swedish, and Serbian/Croatian, and can communicate reasonably well in German, Portuguese, and Russian. She’s most at ease when there are at least as many different backgrounds/nationalities in the room as there are people.

Location: Stockholm

Focus: Early Stage