November 9, 2015

Building billion-dollar businesses through venture capital and in-house innovation at Slush 2015

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Fireside chat led by Nokia Chairman of the Board Risto Siilasmaa featuring Nokia Technologies CTO Ramzi Haidamus and Partners David Tang and Upal Basu from Nokia Growth Partners

9 November 2015

Espoo, Finland – Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), the independent fund manager sponsored by Nokia, participates in the corporate venture building session at Slush together with Nokia Technologies CTO and Nokia Chairman of the Board. The fireside chat takes place on the first day of Slush and speakers include Nokia Technologies CTO Ramzi Haidamus and NGP’s Partners David Tang and Upal Basu. The discussion is led by Nokia Chairman of the Board, Risto Siilasmaa.

The speakers share learnings from how an independent venture capital firm and a large tech organization work together in the innovation space, building billion-dollar businesses, as well as their personal experiences from building and investing in successful companies . David Tang and Upal Basu, who are spearheading NGP’s activities in China and India, will also discuss NGP’s largest successes in the respective markets, including the three billion-dollar companies recently announced, UCWeb, GanJi and Quikr.

Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) has pioneered a unique corporate venture structure by being independent and fully sponsored by one corporate. NGP started in 2005 and acts with two primary objectives: to find and fund the best growth-stage entrepreneurs in within IoT, Analytics and Mobile as well as establish successful partnerships both for Nokia and the portfolio companies. NGP is the only firm in the world who has managed to operate this way successfully for ten years on a global scale. NGP is active in US, Europe, India and China.

The fireside chat takes place on the Black Stage on Wednesday November 11 at 14:30-15:30.

About Nokia Growth Partners

NGP is an independent fund sponsored solely by Nokia backing entrepreneurs focused on building a connected world. NGP offers industry expertise, capital and an extensive network, enabling entrepreneurs to build disruptive, industry-changing companies and take them to the global market. With offices in the US, Europe, India and China, NGP extends the reach of companies making their products and services local everywhere. Visit for more information.