January 29, 2021

Northzone co-founder Karl-Christian Agerup joins Antler as Global Partner

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The global early-stage VC announced today that Karl-Christian Agerup joins Antler as a Partner, focusing on the company’s investment operations and strategy globally.

In 1997, Agerup co-founded the leading European venture capital firm Northzone Ventures.

Among their seed investments during his tenure is Spotify - the global music service to consumers, Stepstone - the leading European job-portal, lastminute.com - a leading European travel site, Mas Movil - a leading Spanish Mobile Telecom player, and more than 50 other tech and software companies.

Agerup is a serial entrepreneur having started numerous companies in the early years of the internet. Since leaving McKinsey in 1994, Agerup's career has been focused on entrepreneurship and value creation. That same year he became the co-founder and CEO of Hugin ASA, a leader in offering software as a service, distributing real-time financial reports from listed companies in Europe to the market. The company was sold to Euronext S.A in 2003 and later acquired by Thomson-Reuters.

More recently, Agerup held the position of CEO at Oslo Science Park where he spent the last 10 years building the Oslo startup community, including StartupLab, Aleap, ShareLab and the seed fund Founders Fund.

As a Global Partner and Chief of Investment Operations and Strategy At Antler, Agerup will further develop and oversee our investment strategy and operations as well as develop our strategy and offering to its corporate partners on both local and global levels.

Karl-Christian Agerup comments: "The vision and ambition of Antler are breathtaking and motivating. I am looking forward to applying all that I have experienced and learned to help Antler attract and grow the next generation entrepreneurs and companies on a global scale and to work with the Antler team around the world with this ambition in mind."

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Antler is one of the most active early-stage investors globally.

The firm leads in ‘Day Zero’ investing, an approach to venture capital focused on partnering with founders pre-launch. Antler systematically removes capital and network constraints for early-stage technology entrepreneurs by providing co-founder matching, deep business model validation, initial capital, expansion support, and follow-on funding.

The firm is present in 30 cities across most leading technology ecosystems globally and has made over 1,000 investments into early-stage startups, with the goal of backing more than 6,000 by 2030.

Antler has been repeatedly recognized by Pitchbook as the world’s most active angel and seed-stage investor.

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Rike Döpp Bergérus

VP, PR and Communications
rike at antler.co

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