Published on November 21, 2019
AMSTERDAM/STOCKHOLM, November 21, 2019 – John Sjölander (42) has joined Newion, the leading Amsterdam based European investor in B2B software startups, to support the venture capitalist’s growth in the Nordics, DACH and the Benelux. Today Newion counts 21 investments with a total of €150 million Assets under Management. The company was founded in 2000 by Patrick Polak and is managed by Patrick Polak and Frank Claassen.
John Sjölander has a background in investments and technology. He comes from the Swedish fund Industrifonden, where his focus was B2B software. Before Industrifonden, John held management positions with B2B SaaS startups Sticky and Burt. John has a master’s degree from the IT University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Patrick Polak: “We are excited to have John in our team. John brings a great network, a proven track record and an entrepreneurial background. He will support us in our further growth and shares our mission to let startups shine.”
John Sjölander: “I think the biggest opportunities in the B2B space are yet to come, and Newion is perfectly positioned to ride this wave. I’m very excited to join the team that is proven to be among the best.”
Newion is a leading Amsterdam based investor, focused on European business-to-business software startups and scaleups with a global ambition. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Amsterdam. Newion has invested in 70+ companies, among which: Collibra, iWelcome, Reasult, Nallian, Foleon, CustomerGauge, L1NDA, The Next Ad, Oxynade, Swipeguide, Roadmap, RexAI, DataStories, Playpass,TaxModel, Deliverect, APICBASE and ValueBlue.
The company has exited companies like Oxxio, Mirror42, Q-go and 24iMedia. Newion III is supported by InnovFin Equity, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), set up under the Investment Plan for Europe. The purpose of EFSI is to help support financing and implementing productive investments in the European Union and to ensure increased access to finance.