Northzone Co-founder Karl-Christian Agerup Joins Antler as Global Partner

  • People Moves
  • 01.02.2021 09:57 pm

Antler is delighted to welcome Karl-Christian Agerup 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 are Spotify – the global music service to consumers, Stepstone - the leading European job-portal, - 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 his 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, Agerup will further develop and oversee Antler’s investment strategy and operations as well as develop Antler’s strategy and offering to its corporate partners on both local and global levels. 

Karl-Christian Agerup comments: “The vision and ambition of Antler is 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.”

Antler is a global early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the defining technology companies of tomorrow. The firm is present across five continents including most major entrepreneurial hubs. 

Founded in Singapore in 2017, Antler is on a mission to fundamentally improve the world by enabling and investing in the world's most exceptional people building the defining companies of tomorrow. Antler has already invested in and helped build over 250 companies since launch. Of these companies, over 40% have at least one female co-founder, and the founders represent more than 70 nationalities.

Antler enables exceptional people to build impactful technology startups by building complementary co-founder teams, supporting the teams with deep business model validation and providing a global platform for scaling their startups. 

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