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ABOUT US

CNI is a network of professional investors and high-profile members who partners with primarily Nordic unlisted, entrepreneur-driven companies in various industry segments.

At the core of the network is a team of seasoned investment managers with a flexible mandate and a pragmatic approach to deploying capital, driving growth and, together with the entrepreneur, creating value in companies in various markets and at diverse levels of maturity.

CNI is short for Club Network Investments and was founded in 2011. CNI is currently advising five funds.

With a proven track-record in international capital markets, the investment managers of CNI strive to team-up with superior entrepreneurs in a collaborative way.

 

THE TEAM

Erik Ejerhed

Erik Ejerhed

Partner, Co-CIO

After six years working as an equity analyst for ABG Sundal Collier in London, Mr. Ejerhed relocated to Sweden in 2007 to head-up a team of specialised equity analysts. In 2010, he took a position as a portfolio manager for a local wealth manager, before moving on to co-found CNI. Mr. Ejerhed holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) and a BA of Arts from the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala

Jesper Almkvist

Jesper Almkvist

Partner, Co-CIO

Having spent nine years in London as an equity analyst/broker for CAI Cheuvreux, Alfred Berg and ABG Sundal Collier, Mr. Almkvist moved back to Sweden in 2004 to found Adapto Advisors AB. During his six years at Adapto, Mr. Almkvist started two funds and was responsible for the equity long/short portfolio. Mr. Almkvist founded CNI in 2011. He has a BA in Business and Finance from Richmond University.

Kim Johnsson

Kim Johnsson

Partner, Business Development

After 17 years as a professional hockey player, of which 11 years were spent in the NHL representing New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks Mr. Johnsson moved back to Sweden and Stockholm in 2011. He has since studied business administration while being instrumental in building CNI with a particular focus on business development. Mr. Johnsson has represented Sweden numerous times in the Olympics and the World Cup.

INVESTMENT APPROACH

CNI partners with small- and medium-sized Nordic companies, with proof-of-concept at or close to break-even and a credible plan for near-term growth in profitability. Some would call this late stage venture capital. We prefer to identify our partner companies by their needs, which is typically access to network, funding and support in key strategic decisions. In that order. More often than not, this also goes for more mature, cash-flow generative businesses.

CNI has no specific sector focus and we always strive to open up and utilize our network for the benefit of our portfolio companies, while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

We strongly believe in entrepreneur control. We prefer the driving force behind the business to remain heavily incentivized and we always strive to maintain the same entrepreneurial mindset as the entrepreneur. Unlike most traditional VC/PE investors, our commitment and ownership are not limited in time by a hard-stop. Rather, we think it is important to align all co-investors in the value creation and exit processes in a collaborative way.

Our approach is quite simple: we invest in companies run by the right people that have what it takes to succeed. These entrepreneurs do not need investor interference. Rather, we think they need an investor that can provide access to network, capital and support in key strategic decisions. In that order.

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Collaborative Approach

 

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Strong Network

 

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Nordic Focus

 

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Portfolio Construction Strategy

 

CNI deploys a clear portfolio construction strategy, based on a combination of growth and value. By combining cashflow-generative value investments with high-growth investment cases, CNI typically constructs portfolios that benefit from downside protection, while enjoying significant upside potential.

CNI is owned and controlled by the investment team and external professional investors across the Nordics and Europe.

INVESTMENTS

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Companies Funded

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The Future of Podcasts

 Asfaltsgruppen

Leading independent producer, distributor and service provider of top-quality asphalt mixes

 Asfaltsgruppen

Quality baby store online

Barnebys.se

Arts, antiques, design and collectibles – all auctions in one place

Billogram

Makes invoicing part of a positive customer experience

BST - Brandskyddsteamet

Active and preventive fire protection systems and services

Cleanpipe

Leading service provider within water, wastewater and sewage services

Dirac

Immersive Sound at New Levels of Realism

Voltair

Parking. Made easy.

Eriks såser

Market leader for high-end chilled sauces. Sold to Kavli in 2014.

Gumbler

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can now earn money from playing skill-based computer and mobile games that they love

iDeal of Sweden

Quality mobile fashion accessories.

Mathem

Sweden’s largest online grocery store

Qapital

A drink of high quality with a sustainable twist

Outnorth

Leading online store for outdoor products. Trade sale 2017.

Qapital

The leading personal finance app helping everyday people achieve their goals

Design at the right price

Voltair

A unique green-tech concept for efficient air handling in commercial and multi-family buildings. Sold to Volution Group plc in 2017