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About Seed Forum in the United States of America

The 1st Seed Forum in New York City was organised in the Volvo Hall of Scandinavia House in Park Avenue South on the 17th of November 2004 according to a grant from Innovation Norway. Because of this very successful 1st Seed Forum in New York it has been organised a Seed forum in New York every 6th month since autumn 2004.

The 1st Seed Forum investor pitch training was conducted for US companies by Seed Forum Academy in the premises of the Barton Law Firm in Mid-Town Manhattan fall 2014.

Evening receptions to Seed Forums in New York has mostly ben hosted in the Residence of the Norwegian Consul General to NYC but also by the Icelandic Consul General to NYC, by Heiberg Cummings, by Moods of Norway, by the Barton Law Firm and by SKULD North-America.

The 1st Seed Forum in Silicon Valley was organised in the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto on the 21st of November 2006 according to a grant letter from Innovation Norway. Seed Forum was organised in continuance of this several times in Palo Alto before the venue changed to the San Francisco city centre spring 2013. A special venue was autumn 2011 when Seed Forum in Palo Alto was an integrated module in the program for the Norwegian-US Science Week in San Francisco kindly opened by the Norwegian Ambassador to the US Chr. Wegger Strömmen.

A 1st Seed Forum was organised in Minneapolis on the 14th of November 2006 in cooperation with the Norwegian Consulate General for the Upper Mid-West. Several Seed Forums has been organised since then in Minneapolis and especially Seed Forum in Minneapolis spring 2014 was an integrated module in the celebration for the 200 years anniversary for the Norwegian Constitution. Evening receptions in Minneapolis has been hosted by the former Norwegian Consulate General by the Consul General in Minneapolis Club, at the Radisson Hotel downtown, at Windows on Minnesota and at the Hotel Hilton downtown.

Most companies presenting in Seed Forums in New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis has been from Norway but also some companies in all three destinations from Sweden. Companies presenting in New York and San Francisco has also originated from Finland, Estonia, Ukraine and Australia, and companies in New York has also originated from Moldova, Georgia, Russia and Singapore.

Seed Forum activities in the US was organised by the Norwegian Trade Council (now Innovation Norway) in 2014, continued by Seed Forum International and since 2015 organised by the Seed Forum North-America Foundation. A main contributor in New York and Minneapolis has also been the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce and in Minneapolis also the Norwegian Consulate General before it was closed.

Seed Forum management in the US.

2004 – 2013Steinar Hoel Korsmo
2014+Michael Batt – East Coast (Seed Forum North-America Foundation)
2014+Anne-Mette Tunem – West Coast (Seed Forum North-America Foundation)
2014+Terje Mikaelsen – Upper Mid-West (Seed Forum North-America Foundation)

Current board member Seed Forum North-America Foundation:

  • Steinar Hoel Korsmo, Chairman of the board
  • Michael Batt, board member
  • Eythor Jonsson, board member (since 2015)

Previous board members:

  • Inger Tallaksen (until 2015)

Venues for Seed Forums in the US:

  • Seed Forum New York City:
    • Volvo Hall, Scandinavia House
    • Waldorff Astoria Hotel
    • Penn Club
    • DLA Piper Headquarter
    • OTXQC Market Centre
    • Citrin & Cooperman
    • Anchin Block & Anchin
  • Seed Forum Silicon Valley:
    • Garden Court Hotel (Palo Alto)
    • SNR Dentons (Palo Alto)
    • Sheppard Mullen (Palo Alto)
    • K&L Gates (San Francisco)
  • Seed Forum Minneapolis:
    • IDS Tower 50st floor Conference Centre
    • Hotel Radisson downtown
    • Hilton Hotel downtown

Various prominent guests have given key-notes and opening remarks in Seed Forums in the US as for example.

  • Consul General of Norway Liv Mörk Finborud (New York)
  • Consul General of Norway Sissel Breie (New York)
  • Consul General of Norway Elin Bergithe Rognlie (New York)
  • Secretary General of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce Inger Tallaksen (New York)
  • Founder of Teknoinvest Terje Mikaelsen
  • Ambassador of Norway HE Chr. Wegger Strömmen (Palo Alto)
  • Consul General of Norway Janne Hilde Skorpen (San Francisco)
  • Consul General of Norway Rolf Willy Hansen (Minneapolis)
  • Honorary Consul of Norway Gary Ganderud (Minneapolis)