In Iceland, conditions are extremely favorable for start-up and growth companies with its small and flexible economy, and strong infrastructure. Icelanders generally have a can-do attitude, and entrepreneurship and creativity are highly regarded. In the field of innovation it is often said that the best time to invest is on the back of a recession, and this has in fact proven to be the case in Iceland. Numerous successful start-ups have emerged since the financial crisis in 2008 and continue to emerge as Icelanders learn to appreciate their importance in the economy. Brunnur vaxtarsjóður slhf. is a VC fund that utilizes the abundance of opportunities in innovation in Iceland.
Brunnur Ventures GP ehf. is the General Partner of Brunnur VC Fund slhf (Brunnur vaxtarsjóður slhf). The Fund’s limited partners (LPs) are Icelandic pension funds, Landsbankinn, Brunnur Ventures GP in addition to a few other financially strong private investors. The Fund invests in Icelandic start-ups and growth companies that sell or intend to sell products or services to foreign markets. Brunnur Ventures GP analyses and manages investments for the Fund in collaboration with Landsbréf. The Board of Directors is comprised of Gudbjörg Edda Eggertsdóttir (Chairman), Hjörleifur Pálsson and Kjartan Örn Ólafsson.
Árni Blöndal, General Partner, Co-Founder
Arni has over two decades of experience with start-ups and private equity, as a co-founder, venture fund manager, investment banker and as a fund general partner. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Managing Director of Uppspretta Venture Capital, following his role as founding CEO of UK on-line advertising start-up, BePaid. Between 2006 and 2014, Arni was a corporate finance professional at Landsbanki, Askar Capital and at Moneta Corporate Finance. He has completed transactions and managed both private equity and venture capital investments in more than ten countries and has served as a board director in numerous start-ups. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Iceland and holds an M.Sc. degree from Denmark's Technical University in Informatics and Operations Research.
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Sigurdur Arnljotsson, General Partner, Co-Founder
Sigurdur has two decades of experience in the private sector in various roles; as a co-founder and CEO of one of the world's most successful gaming companies (CCP), as CFO in two growth companies, Industria hf. and Hringras hf, and as an investor and board director in numerous start-ups. Sigurdur led CCP through its early stages between 1999-2002, where he, as the CEO, secured the necessary funding and executed the company's plan of launching "EVE-online" a few years later, including securing the initial publishing deal with Simon & Schuster. Since his days with CCP, he has been active within the venture capital industry, with investments such as Vivio, Dohop, Notando and Solid Clouds. Sigurdur holds a Cand. Oecon degree in business from The University of Iceland and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.
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