We make fish farming sustainable using software and machine learningBryton Shang, Aquabyte
Alliance was the first VC to invest, and has supported us every step of the wayKarl Munthe-Kaas, Kolonial.no
We are improving the ability to quickly and more sustainably deploy and operate renewable energy assets around the worldOle-Erik Endrerud, Shoreline
Alliance supported us throughout the roller coaster ride of revolutionizing the container freight industryPatrik Berglund, Xeneta
We bring transparency and efficiency to paymentsPeter Keenan, Apexx Global
Our conversational AI is a game changer for customer interactionLars Selsås, Boost.ai
New ways of financing small companies has huge impactHalvor Lande, Aprila Bank
We are Alliance Venture
We believe that the most successful companies of our time will be the ones solving real problems. The entrepreneurs that improve the way we live in a scalable way, will create long term profit as well as increase environmental and social sustainability.
We invest in exceptional early-stage tech companies founded by entrepreneurs with global ambitions. We believe that investing in a founder is a mutual partnership, and we know that building great and valuable companies requires active support and takes time.
We are a Nordic venture capital firm run by experienced venture capitalists, operators and founders that helped create billion dollar companies.
We invest in nordic entrepreneurs with global ambitions
H1 2020 ended up being an all-time high for follow-on investment in the Alliance Venture portfolio. Eight companies raised a total of 479 MNOK (approx. 50 MUSD). Six of the funding rounds have already been announced, Apexx Global, Shoreline, Aprila Bank, Boost.ai, Novelda and poLight, while two deals are not yet public.
We are very happy and proud to be able to close a sizable early-stage venture fund in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. This will enable us to invest in a very challenging time for the startup ecosystem. And though this post is written while most of us are still in lock-down it is our firm belief that we as a society will fight through these difficult times.
Now is the time for investors to prove themselves as great long-term partners to entrepreneurs and that it’s not just a marketing gimmick.
Swarm64, the leader in FPGA-accelerated database management solutions, today announced that Xilinx, the FPGA inventor, has invested in Swarm64. The two companies will work together to deliver high-performance analytic databases that are easy to deploy and scale at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than existing solutions in the market.
See press release.
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Altua, the developer of Grunt – the tool that gives PowerPoint users superpowers, announced a new funding round of 16 MNOK (1.9 MUSD) to take Grunt to market. Alliance Venture, a new investor, joined the syndicate of existing investors. See article from Finansavisen (in Norwegian).
Xeneta, the leading freight price benchmarking and market intelligence platform, has raised a new funding round of 70 MNOK (8.2 MUSD) led my Investinor. Existing shareholders Smedvig Capital, Creandum, Alliance Ventures, and Alden participated in the funding round. See announcement from Investinor.
Novelda, a developer and supplier of adaptive smart sensors, has closed a USD 15 million funding round to further develop and take the XeThru radar sensor technology into high volume applications. Alliance Venture participated in the round led by Investinor. See the company’s announcement.
poLight ASA today announced the successful completion of its initial public offering (IPO). The first day of trading of the company’s shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange is expected to be Monday 1 October 2018 under the ticker OSE: PLT. In the offering poLight has raised 130 MNOK in new funds. See the company’s announcement.
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Boost.ai, provider of the world’s most robust virtual assistant platform, announced today the closing of a new round of financing from Alliance Venture. Boost.ai has developed the world’s most robust natural language processing (NLP) algorithms. These algorithms enable virtual assistants built on the James® platform to respond to customer enquiries quickly, efficiently and with unrivaled accuracy. The financing will be used to strengthen the technical and commercial teams within boost.ai, and to support expansion beyond the Nordics. See article (in Norwegian).
Aquabyte raises 3.5 MUSD seed funding; aims to transform fish farming through computer vision and machine learning
Aquabyte, a startup applying computer vision and machine learning models to dramatically optimize fish farming efficiency, today announced a 3.5 MUSD Seed Round of funding co-led by Costanoa Ventures and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Alliance Venture, Princeton University and other investors. See press release, Forbes article and Shifter article (Norw).
Arundo Analytics raises 25MUSD Series A funding to bring large-scale machine learning into asset-heavy industries
Arundo Analytics, a software company powering advanced analytics in heavy industry and Alliance Venture portfolio company, announced today an initial closing of 25 MUSD on its Series A financing round. To date, the company has raised over $32.5 million since its founding in 2015. “This investment is a validation of the product and market strategy our team pursued over the last two years,” said Tor Jakob Ramsøy, CEO of Arundo. See article.
Alliance Venture portfolio company, Swarm64 – an enabler of real-time analytics for high velocity and big data – has raised 12.5 MUSD Series B round led by Intel Capital. The funding will be used to strengthen Swarm64’s position as a global leader in FPGA-based accelerators for relational databases. Alliance Venture participated in the round. See press release in English and article in Norwegian.
Alliance Venture invested early alongside FJLabs and was later joined by several reputable Norwegian investors. Aprila delivers a fully automated on-the-spot financing solution for SMEs with an innovative distribution model. The solution will address the SME funding gap through a seamless integration with established ERP solutions and accounting services. See article in Norwegian.