ProVenture is a leading seed and early-stage investor focusing on Norwegian technology companies with international potential.

Get the support you need to succeed for your startup company by partnering with us

ProVenture is a leading seed and early-stage investor focusing on Norwegian technology companies with international potential.

Get the support you need to succeed for your startup company by partnering with us

ProVenture is one of the leading seed and early-stage investors in Norway. Total capital under management is 925 MNOK. We provide capital and competence to accelerate growth for our investments. Our combined knowledge and experience from working with entrepreneurs provides us with a unique understanding of what it takes to succeed as a startup company. 

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ProVenture completed another exciting investment

Jul 09,2019
This time in the AI company Eldor Technology, based in Stavanger  ...More

qWave Appoints New Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jun 27,2019
Shona Grant New Chairman of the Board of Directors of qWave  ...More

Atle Sonesen new Chairman of the Board of Directors in Ace Oil Tools

Jun 07,2019
ProVenture welcomes Atle Sonesen as new Chairman of The Board in Ace Oil Tools.   ...More

About ProVenture

We invest in Norwegian start-up companies with international potential

Through active ownership and by financing, we accelerate the growth of our seed and startup technology companies. Since 2006 we have raised 925 MNOK for our funds.

In 2006 we raised our first fund, ProVenture Seed, with MNOK 400 in committed capital. This fund is now closed and in exit stage. 
In 2014 we launched our second fund, ProVenture Seed II, with MNOK 525 in committed capital. ProVenture Seed II is actively looking for new investments in companies with disruptive technology within the oil and gas segment.

​Collectively the ProVenture team has substantial operational experience and diverse backgrounds from finance to entrepreneurship, both internationally and in Norway. Our extensive network is a great benefit for our portfolio companies.

Meet the team

David Lysne

Managing Partner
David joined ProVenture Management in 2014. He brings more than 28 years of international oil and gas experience to ProVenture within R&D, entrepreneurship and international oil service. Over a period of 16 years he was managing director for various research and service companies. 
David holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in production technology from NTNU.

Email :
Phone : +47 930 59 722

Geir Ove Kjesbu

Senior Partner
Geir Ove joined the ProVenture team in January 2018. He has significant industrial experience from Q-Free ASA where he held several leading postions, also as CEO. Geir Ove has solid investment experience from Investinor, where he held the position as CEO for eight years.
Geir Ove holds an MSc in Computer Science from NTNU and an Executive MBA from Insead.

Email :
Phone : +47 905 59 404

Ane Christophersen

Investment Manager
(On maternity leave until Oct 2019)
Ane joined ProVenture Management in 2014. Ane co-founded and led the cleantech company WindFlip from 2009 to 2012 and came to ProVenture from a position within the tendering team in Ocean Installer. Ane holds an MSc in Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Email :
Phone : +47 971 63 117

Ingvar Katmo

Ingvar joined ProVenture Management in 2007 from McKinsey & Company. During his two years with McKinsey he specialised in  serving oil and energy clients on a wide range of topics.
Ingvar holds an MSc from the University of Mannheim and an MBA from the University of Oregon.   

Email :
Phone : +47 959 32 559

Frederik Hvistendahl

Senior Partner
Frederik joined ProVenture in 2016.   He started his career in Schlumberger as field engineer and in his more than 30 years of international Oil & Gas experience he has held CEO positions in 5 companies ranging from start-ups to larger, well established companies. He has also been serving as Chairman of the Board in several start-ups and early stage technology companies. 
Frederik holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from NTNU.

Email :
Phone : +47 957 42 653

Herbjørn Skjervold

Senior partner
Herbjørn is one of the co-founders of  ProVenture Management. His extensive background includes; partner in Ernst & Young, corporate finance and General Manager in corporate finance at Danske Bank HQ in Norway. He has been Marketing Manager at SINTEF Petroleum Research Institute and a consultant at UNDP and the Ministry of Regional Development.
Herbjørn holds an MSc in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Email :
Phone : +47 982 06 991

Sylvi Saure Finsrud

Investment Manager
Sylvi joined ProVenture in September 2018. She has a varied background from management positions within oil and gas service companies. Her experience includes developing and leading a consultancy company and managing the marketing and communications departement for another service company. Furthermore, Sylvi  has personal experience from being an entrepeneur and co-founder of a start-up.

Email :
Phone : +47 909 67 848

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