Seed Forum London

About Seed Forum in the United Kingdom

The 1st Seed Forum in London was organised in Trinity House in the City of London spring 2002. Since then there has been a Seed Forum in London organised every 6th month.

The 1st Seed Forum in London spring 2002 was the 1st ever Seed Forum, and was named Campus Kjeller Forum as the concept and most of the presenting start-ups originated from the Campus Kjeller (now Kjeller Innovation) Science Park in Norway. All Seed Forums since Seed Forum London autumn 2002 has been named “Seed Forum”. The 2 first Seed Forums in London was organised by Campus Kjeller in cooperation with the London office of the Norwegian Trade Council (later Innovation Norway). Seed Forum Norway Foundation took over the organisational responsibility for Seed Forums in London from Campus Kjeller since spring 2003.

Seed Forum International Foundation was established in 2004 as a British not-for-profit entity with Seed Forum Norway Foundation as the sole founder. Seed Forum International Foundation has been responsible for all Seed Forum activities in the United Kingdom since 2004 and has also since the same year had the responsibility as the global collaboration entity for all national Seed Forum not-for-profit foundations in many countries. The Seed Forum process has originated from Norway but has been further developed by Seed Forum International Foundation out of London to a global process and organisation.

Seed Forums in London from 2002 until 2006 was organised according to grants from the Norwegian Agency for Regional Development “SND” and from the Norwegian Trade Council (both units were merged in 2004 to Innovation Norway).

Venues for Seed Forum London has been Trinity House in the City of London, several times in Haraldssalen at the Inn & Out Club in St. James, several times at the Institute of Directors, several times in the auditorium and the board room of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), several times at the London Stock Exchange, several times in the Pewterer`s Livery Hall, in the Plaisterer`s Livery Hall, in the Butcher`s Livery Hall, in the Wax Chandlers Livery Hall and in Mansion House. The geographic orientation for Seed Forums in London has been St. James and the City of London in Cooperation with the Cooperation of London. The representative of Seed Forum to the Corporation of London since 2003 has been former Sheriff of the City of London, Mr. Geoffrey Bond.

Various distinguished persons have given opening remarks and key-note speeches in Seed Forums in London such as various former Lord Mayors of the City of London and Ambassadors of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Evening receptions to Seed Forums in London has been hosted in the Residences and respective embassies of the Ambassadors of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Seed Forum in London is recognised as the main global Seed Forum venue and has since 2002 presented more than 300 early stage companies from overseas to London based investors from many countries for instance Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, the US - as well as the UK.

A first Seed Forum investor pitch training for UK based start-ups was organised by Seed Forum Academy in the City of London autumn 2014.

Seed Forum managers in the United Kingdom:

2002Kai Winnem, Norwegian Trade Council
2003 – 2006Arne Tonning, Norwegian Trade Council / Innovation Norway
2006 – 2013Steinar Hoel Korsmo
2014David Shannon
2015+Steinar Hoel Korsmo

Representation:

2013+Geoffrey Bond, Seed Forum Representative to the Corporation of London

Current board members Seed Forum International Foundation::

2004+Steinar Hoel Korsmo, Chairman

Various prominent representatives have given opening remarks and key-note speeches in Seed Forum London for example:

  • Former Sheriff of the City of London, Mr Geoffrey Bond
  • Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dame Fiona Wolff
  • Ambassador of Latvia to the UK, HE Eduards Stiprais
  • Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nich Anstee
  • Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Robert Finch
  • Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the UK, HE Mustafa Muesinovic
  • Minister Councillor of Norway, Arne Bjørnstad
  • Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir John Stuttard
  • Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir Jeffrey Evans

Seed Forum International Foundation office locations:

2004 – 2006Hosted by Oury Clark, Slough
2007 – 2008Hosted by Goodwille, Kensington, London
2009 – 2014Hosted by Panaco, Glouchester Place, London
2015+Hosted by Essendon, Milton Keynes