European Entrepreneurship & Innovation Thought Leaders Seminar

Scotland & Norway - Entrepreneurship in Oil Economies
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Hewlett 201
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Abstract / Description: 

Scotland & Norway - Entrepreneurship in Oil Economies
Session Two features an indepth look at how Europe's leading oil-based economies are building out their emerging startup sectors against the backdrop of historical dependence on petroleum extraction. Our Scottish speaker will also touch on how Scotland's recent push for independence from the UK has impacted the broader entrepreneurship environment.


Mondays 4:30pm @ Hewlett 201 Auditorium [ @Europreneurs ] Stanford Engineering's 'European Innovation & Entrepreneurship' (ME421) is a weekly speaker series - now entering Year Seven - that presents industry leaders from Europe's hitech startup, venture finance, corporate, university research & technology commercialization communities to share their insights and experiences with aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.

Jamie Coleman — Managing Director, CodeBase (UK)
Dr. Jamie Coleman is Managing Director of CodeBase, the UK's largest tech incubator with companies such as Kotikan, MiiCard, Rightscale, Cloudsoft and Float as tenants. He is also currently founder and Director of the Turing Festival; a Board member of The Edinburgh International Festival; Director of Biospoke, an open medicine technology company and a Board Member of ScotlandIS, the Software Trade Body in Scotland. Jamie began his career in Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetic Pregnancy. He has been involved for many years in biotechnology and commercialisation within the Life Sciences. He has founded and acted as Director in companies involved in science animation, educational software and medical data.

Arne Tonning — General Partner, Alliance Venture (NO)
Arne Tonning has been a General Partner at Alliance Venture since 2008. Alliance Venture is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies from its main base in Oslo, Norway. Arne is currently the Investor in Residence at Nordic Innovation House in Palo Alto, where he is looking for new investment opportunities and is a hands-on resource for the Alliance Venture portfolio companies to connect with the tech industry and start-up ecosystem in Silicon Valley. He currently serves on the BoD of poLight, Novelda and Encap Security, and was the COB of Integrasco (sold to Confirmit). Arne holds BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.