The Games Capital Summit is a rare opportunity for venture-ready companies to connect directly with VCs actively investing and seeking opportunities in the games sector. The Games Capital Summit takes a hands-on approach, with a focus on mentoring.
Games Capital Summit at NG19 flashback
Hosted by games funding guru Jason Della Rocca, the Games Capital Summit at NG19 enabled entrepreneurs to both connect with potential investors and learn what it takes to be investable.
Format and logistics
The Games Capital Summit took place on Tuesday, 21 May as a day-zero activity of Nordic Game 2019 (22-24 May). The action started during lunch, with the following afternoon of pitches, feedback and mentoring sessions, closing with a VIP cocktail, joining up with the Nordic Game Exec event participants.
Each company selected to participate pitched in front of the panel of investors, receiving questions and feedback. Once all companies pitched, they paired up with different investors for round-robin style 30-minute meeting/mentoring sessions.
• 12:00-13:00 – Group lunch and introductions
• 13:00-18:00 – Pitching, feedback and mentoring sessions
• 18:30-20:00 – Exec VIP cocktail and buffet mingle
Note: All Games Capital Summit activities are on an invite-only basis – details below.
Eligibility and submissions
Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their company based on an opportunity in the game sector (i.e. game, tech, service, platform, etc.) are welcome to apply to the Games Capital Summit (submissions are currently closed).
Note: This summit focuses on VENTURE funding, which implies that the investors are interested in funding companies directly in exchange for equity. This summit is NOT the right venue for those mainly seeking project funding or in need of a game publisher. Alternatives for project financing and meeting publishers are MeetToMatch and the Publisher Market.
Note: There is no cost to apply. Submissions are filtered and prioritised based on the awesomeness of the opportunity and suitability for venture funding. Only those companies selected are invited to pitch and participate in the Games Capital Summit.
Selected companies are also given two complementary passes to the Nordic Game conference. Extras like MeetToMatch access, Discovery Showcase tables, Dinner Experience tickets, etc. can be purchased separately.
Investors at NG19
Investors participating in the summit last May, receiving pitches and serving as mentors, include:
Tony Zander, Vectr (Hong Kong)
Shum Singh, Agnitio (London)
Harri Manninen, Play Ventures (Helsinki)
Michael Cheung, Makers Fund (London)
Lauri Lehtmaa, Creandum (Stockholm)
Guillaume Lautour, Level-Up (London)
Karl Magnus Troedsson, Nordisk Film Games (Stockholm)
Per-Arne Lundberg, Goodbye Kansas Game Invest (Sweden)
Bertrand Vernizeau, Game Seer Venture Partners (Frankfurt)
Kamil Klinowski, angel investor (Poland)
Timo Ylikangas, Nordic Game Fund (Kajaani)
Samuli Syvähuoko, Sisu Game Ventures (Helsinki)
Juha Paananen, Cherry Ventures (Berlin)
Selected studios at NG19
The following venture-ready studios were hand-selected from dozens of applications from around the globe. They each had the opportunity to pitch to the whole panel of investors and then sit down for direct mentoring by each investor throughout the day.
Apocalypse Studios (Canada)
Flying Sheep Studios (Germany)
GRX Game Studio (Finland)
Invisible Walls (Denmark)
Playmore Games (Finland)
Polka Dot Studio (Finland)
Reforged Studios (Finland)
Shy Bonsai (Norway)
Visual Novel Entertainment (Finland)
For any questions, clarifications or information about the Games Capital Summit, you are welcome to contact Jason Della Rocca here.
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2020 marks its seventeenth edition. Gathering thousands of industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
You can download the NG19 print program right here (note that speakers and content added after the print deadline appear on the website).