Meet the jury.
Our jury members come from diverse backgrounds surrounding sustainability, business, entrepreneurship and investor experience. They'll use their wisdom, specialization and technical knowledge to evaluate your business pitch.
Claus V. Hemmingsen
Maersk Drilling, DFDS, HusCompagniet
A.P. Møller Holding, The A.P. Møller Foundation, Bacher Workwear, Global Maritime Fourm, MMM Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
Claus Hemmingsen joined the Maersk Group in 1981 as a shipping trainee and started his career in Maersk Drilling's HR Department.
From 1988 Claus spent 17 years in Maersk Line, he was stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore for 12 of them. In 2005 Claus became CEO of Maersk Drilling alongside various other responsibilities in Maersk. Claus joined the Executive Board of A.P. Moller – Maersk in 2007 and was Vice CDO of the Group from 2016.
In 2019 Claus completed the separation of all Oil & Gas related activities from APM - Maersk, including the sale of Maersk Oil and the listing of Maersk Drilling, thus becoming Chairman of the now independently listed company. Claus has supplemented his education with an Executive MBA at IMD and the INSEAD International Director’s Programme.
Nannynu!, Tidynu!, Nanny- akuten, Alltjänstpoolen, Lekhallen and CID Ventures.
Jeanette Holm started her first company, Nannynu! at the age of 27. The company grew rapidly to over 1000 employees and Jeanette received awards like ”Gasellföretag”, "Årets tjänsteföretag", "Årets nykomling", and being the finalist at "Stockholms mest entreprenöriska person och Årets Bragdföretag”. When the government reduced RUT (the tax deduction that Nannynu depended on) by 50% in 2015, Jeanette was faced with the biggest challenge of her career. She could give up and slowly die off like a lot of the other companies did. Or she could grow, which she decided to do!
She then proceeded to start Tidynu and bought Nannyakuten, Alltjänstpoolen and Lekhallen. The group's revenue almost doubled under the next 2 years and was stronger than ever coming out of this crisis. About 1 ½ year ago Jeanette sold all of her companies, and has enjoyed some time off educating herself more about buying and building groups of companies. Now she is ready to start buying companies again because that is what she enjoyed the most during the 13 years that she built her first group.
Jacob Bro Eriksen
Omni Group 2000 ApS
Jacob Bro Eriksen started his career as Marketing Manager for Carnegie Bank in 1987, where he gained experience in several positions such as Syndicate manager and Director for Wealth Management. Born with the true spirit of entrepreneur Jacob co-founded 4 companies during the latter six years of his career, finally requiring his full attention in 2005 since when Jacob has been self-employed & consulting.
Currently Jacob owns Omni Group 2000 ApS, an independent corporate finance and consultancy firm offering his expertise within a wide range of fields within Corporate Finance and a list of services including business plans, capital origination and co-investment & board work.
Anna-Carin Sandberg Jödahl
Drivhuset Nordic, Sweden
Anna-Carin started her career as a teacher in 1998. After some years she started her own school outside Stockholm convinced that it has to be possible to create a school that truly engages the students and prepares them for their future.
Anna-Carin started the school and worked with it as a teacher, principal and CEO where she created several interesting cooperations with school leaders around the world.
One example, is a situation where Anna-Carin had China's Deputy Minister of Education visiting the school and they were enjoying lunch eating Swedish meatballs and he then asked her to give him advice on how to develop the schools in China. Quite surreal, but an amazing memory of course.
She has also worked with school development by educating school leaders in digital management.
She has been at Drivhuset for 8 years now and if you ask her, there is no better job assignment than the opportunity of working with driven people and guiding them on how to realize their dreams and make a businesses of it! Her own businesses have been focused on education, development, entrepreneurship and horse breeding.
With one master’s in Management and Business Communication and another one in Digital Marketing, Anca combines her passion for knowledge with her curiosity for consumers, cultures and innovation to develop products for current and future consumer needs. She began her career in Bucharest in the home entertainment sector, working with major US studios such as Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. Since then, Anca’s been leading major innovation, renovation and marketing communication strategies to refresh and rebrand iconic international brands.
Anca is the creator and developer of A+, the second biggest detergent brand in Sweden and Denmark today. Throughout her career she has won several marketing awards, including an EFFIE prize for the Best Cleaning Products Campaign and a Cannes Lions nomination for the same campaign.
With a passion for sustainability, Anca is a firm believer that you can prosper in business while being sustainable and, inspired by the Nordic culture, she always tries to bring sustainability into her personal life. Recently she joined Vista, where she will continue delivering top-line and bottom-line growth for the Nordic markets.
Ready to bring your idea to life?
The last day to apply is 23 June 2022. If your idea is chosen, you’ll join the Njord Nest contest, develop your idea and prepare for the final pitch where the 3 best pitchers win a prize. There are 10 spaces available, and everything will be in English.