Local capital formation matters

DI.tv has a good interview with Patrik Tigerschiöld, chairman of the Swedish growth-oriented investment company Bure (unfortunately only in Swedish).

One thing, of several, I agree with Patrik on is the value of local capital formation in Sweden (and the Nordics). It does matter where companies are started, where they grow their staff and where they are headquartered and owned when they become multi-billion dollar companies.

It doesn’t mean that companies should not grow outside of Sweden, on the contrary. Growing internationally is a great trait of e.g. the leading Swedish industrial companies and it should be copied by digital winners. But it is worth noting that the Swedish industrial companies remained headquartered in Sweden with a large chunk of Swedish shareholders.

Commercially-minded, professional, long-term and ambitious investors play an important role in enabling companies to grow. From angel investors and venture funds (and the investors in such funds) to (family-run) investment companies, pension funds and equity funds.

Author: Henrik Torstensson

Partner at Alliance VC. Investing in Nordic early-stage tech startups.

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