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Conor Venture Partners Names Chris Barchak as New Partner

Espoo, Finland – July 9, 2013 – Conor Venture Partners, a leading Nordic and Baltic early-stage technology VC, today announced that it has invited Mr. Chris Barchak to join as a Partner. Mr. Barchak was previously a Principal at Fidelity Growth Partners Europe (FGPE) in London and an Associate at Index Ventures in Geneva, bringing a total of 8 years of pan-European venture and growth capital investment experience, following 10 years of operational experience in mostly US enterprise technology startups.

While at FGPE, Mr. Barchak led the firm’s efforts in the Nordics, and is well known in the local venture and entrepreneurial communities. He led their first investment in the region, a $10.6M A round investment and $11M B round in Neo Technology, also a Conor Venture Partners investment. Mr. Barchak will continue to serve on Neo Technology’s board, now as a representative of Conor, and will also assume board seats in several other Conor portfolio companies.

Mr. Barchak will strengthen the extensive combined experience of the present Conor team, which is focusing on building global winners emerging from the Nordics and Baltics. “In many ways, this move is a return to my roots, both personal and professional. Having been born in Finland, and beginning my investment career in early stage technology venture capital, I am excited to join the Conor team to help fully realize the enormous potential of Nordic entrepreneurs,” says Barchak.

“Recruiting Chris to our team is an indication of our ambition for Conor to strengthen our role as a truly pan-Nordic and Baltic firm, while also working closely in syndication with the leading Nordic, European and US venture firms”, added Mr. Jari Mieskonen, Managing Partner at Conor.

Separately, the firm announced that Partner Sami Ahvenniemi leaves the Partner position, but continues as a Senior Advisor , following his recent appointment as a member of the group management team of SSH Communications Security responsible for operations in North and South America.

More information:

Jari Mieskonen

Managing Partner

+358 50 563 6992

Chris Barchak


+44 7852 333 965

Conor Venture Partners is a leading early-stage technology VC investing in the Nordics and Baltics. With 70 million euros under management Conor invests in disruptive technologies in software, embedded systems, electronics, new materials and optics. The Conor portfolio includes companies such as Neo Technology, Sticky, Omegawave,, BehavioSec, Tactotek, Supponor Systems, Aito Technologies, Eniram, Scint-X, AnaCatum, Sensinode and Imbera Electronics. For more information, please visit