Neqst was founded in 2008 by Erik Fröberg and Jonas Fredriksson. Since the 1980’s, Erik and Jonas have managed, advised and invested in technology and technology-enabled companies worldwide.
When they joined forces, it was to address what they saw as a gap in the Nordic tech sector: many of the firms investing in technology companies lacked the hands-on experience necessary to add vale to investments. Erik and Jonas are joined by team members with extensive strategic, operational, financial and legal expertise.
“Our goal has always been to create a good home, providing guidance, support and insight to growth companies. The Neqst team has been built up to offer the expertise and experience needed to help these companies succeed.”
Erik Fröberg is co-founder of Neqst. He has an extensive international background within the technology sector, encompassing operational, strategic and financial aspects of the industry. He has held top management roles within companies such as Capgemini, LHS Group and Digiquant, both in Europe and the United States. In addition, he has acted as special advisor and co-investor to General Atlantic Partners, a leading US-based growth equity firm. Prior to co-founding Neqst, Erik acted as an independent board member and private investor. He holds an MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Jonas Fredriksson is co-founder of Neqst. He has over 20 years’ experience of analyzing, investing in and advising technology companies. Jonas has been a top-ranked financial analyst at Alfred Berg and a partner, co-founder and fund manager of Manticore, a hedge fund within the Brummer & Partners network. He served for numerous years on the boards of the listed companies Protect Data, WM-data and Addnode. In parallel to starting Neqst he acted as special advisor to Öhman Asset Management’s IT fund for eight years. Jonas holds a BSc in System Analysis and Computer Science from the University of Karlstad.
Julie Axelsson joined Neqst in 2008. Julie has a background in strategy consulting, both with Gemini Consulting (Capgemini) and independently, with particular focus on the telecoms sector. This is complemented by experience in the IT and finance sectors, including launching and heading up the UK subsidiary of internet consulting company Icon Medialab and as a partner with London-based M&A advisory firm Steen Associates. Julie holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from London Business School.
Tobias Edvardsson joined Neqst in 2012. Immediately prior to joining Neqst, Tobias was an attorney-at-law (advokat) at Lindahl law office in Stockholm. He has more than 20 years’ experience on corporate boards and has founded several IT companies, including GlobeCom and Spinbox. He has written several books on the topics of law, privacy, IT and security and teaches regularly at Stockholm University. Tobias has a Swedish law degree from Stockholm University and an English law degree from Brunel University.
Henrik Scharp has been a co-investor with Neqst since 2009 and joined the firm full time in 2017. He has more than 15 years’ experience of investing in and building companies in the industrial and technology sectors, primarily as an investor/board member but in special situations also as interim CEO. Early in his career he joined Ericsson Group and held various management positions there before co-founding IP-telephony company 42Networks, where he was CEO until its sale in 2006. Henrik holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from INSEAD
Klas Smedberg joined Neqst in 2010. He held a variety of accounting and auditing positions prior to joining Neqst as CFO. At Deloitte, he was first part of the auditing team and later worked as a consultant specializing in accounting and regulatory matters for financial companies. He has also held the role of Head of Accounting at both the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation and at Öhman Asset Management. Klas holds a BSc in Business Administration and Economics from the Umeå School of Business and Economics.
Wolfgang Kroh joined Neqst in 2017. He has over 30 years’ operational experience within the information and communications technology sector, both internationally and in his native Germany. He has served as CEO of both private and public IT companies spanning hardware, software and services offerings, including Convex Supercomputer, EMC, LHS and Orga Systems. Wolfgang holds an MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Hannover, Germany.
Gabriela Baier-Sandén joined Neqst in 2018. Prior to joining Neqst, Gabriela was an attorney-at-law (advokat) at Lindahl law office in Stockholm, where she mainly focused on corporate law, capital market transactions and public M&A. Gabriela has a Swedish law degree from Uppsala University and has served as a law clerk (notarie) in the Administrative Court of Stockholm (förvaltningsrätten).
Henrik brings expertise within business control, group consolidation and taxation to Neqst. He has an extensive background from the finance departments of both Swedish and international companies, including Ernst & Young, Alfred Berg and ABN AMRO. Most recently he was head of the finance department at Öhman. Henrik studied business administration, economics and IT at Stockholm University and Linköping University.
Mhairi Nybom joined Neqst in 2015. Originally from Scotland, she has an MA in Business from The University of Edinburgh as well as a BSc in Industrial Design from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Mhairi worked in the oil and gas industry before moving to Sweden in 2014.