OXYGEN 2019 | 24.4. | COPENHAGEN

Location: Grant Thornton, Stockholmsgade 45, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Time: 12.30pm – 5pm

The event is co-organized with  Bancore, Impact X, Global Enabler, Aion, 3B Advisory and Africa Innovation Network


Let’s finance purpose and profit


Positive Business Impact as disruption. Incentives for collective goals, good corporate citizenship, smart use of technologies with all stakeholders. 

Oxygen2050 does not arrange typical sit-and-listen conferences. We want to promote open discussions, so the event will be held as an unconference.

Oxygen 2019 |24.4 | Copenhagen

Ulrike Glatz is a thought leader on global impact business and networks. At Glatz Impact Ventures she has launched several impact initiatives. She is passionate about women empowerment and conscious business. She has over 12 years of experience in Management Consulting and Business, is an UNCTAD Empretec certified entrepreneur, holds a Master degree from Passau university / Germany in International Business & Cultural Studies & speaks 5 European languages.

Thomas Westerholm

The Laboratory of Business Disruption Research

Thomas Westerholm acts as the director of the Disruption Lab at the Turku School of Economics. The Lab’s objectives are to create new understanding of disruptive phenomena in businesses and to create new strategies and business models for business life. His previous career includes business and production development tasks at companies such as Bayer, Neste Jacobs, Steris Corp, Terveystalo, Lindström, and PBI Research Institute. He has also worked as an entrepreneur and consultant developing internationally new businesses and services and conducted digitalization processes within several business areas. 

Jari Ala-Ruona

Founder Aion Sigma | Oxygen2050

Jari Ala-Ruona has co-founded a dozen innovative software companies. He has raised finance, sold and acquired businesses. He has lead renewalist and socially transformative technology businesses to significant growth across several industries. Jari co-chairs Oxygen 2050 –  ”home” of  high impact entrepreneurs and investors at the forefront of a movement for a better world. His activities bridge Nordic, African and Asian software, AI and blockchain based business and services. 

Richard GEORG Engström


Richard has over 20 years as an entrepreneur in technology and business development for corporates and organizations in the sustainable, political and civil society sector. In 2017 he founded the online platform IMPACT X – The Impact Business Index. Richard and his team have so far registered, analyzed and rated over 1,000 Nordic commercial companies on their business viability in combination with how their product solves the largest challenges in the world (using their Impact Business Score System). If you need advice on how to invest your capital in Nordic business opportunities with great impact Richard is a leading advisors to the Nordic impact business and impact investing market.

christian honore

3B Advisory 

Christian is on mission for long term positive change in business. He has worked almost 20 years with sustainability both as a founder of several companies and as a partner in KPMG Climate Change & Sustainability Services. Christian is passionate about business with impact with ensuring visible and measurable results that support the business strategy and contribute to the company’s bottom line.

Oxygen 2019 | 24.4. | Copenhagen


Doors open and networking.

1:00 pm

Welcome words 

1:15 pm
2:00 pm

Open sessions agenda setting 

2:30 pm

Break out sessions

4:00 pm

Session presentations

4:30 pm

Panel discussion

5:00 pm


Program 4.12.2018

12:30 pm

Doors open

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Open sessions agenda setting


Open sessions 

4:00 pm

Session presentations

4:30 pm


5:00 pm


Open Session pitches:

Purpose identity presented by Flemming Sørensen

Board of directors of SMEs should focus on the SDGs; board members could help entrepreneurs assess how any business could contribute to better world. E.g. Flemming’s business Nordekon facilitates seminars focusing on nordic companies doing business in Africa. Could membership in a supporting network help?

Families for impact investing by Ulrike Glatz

Families could gather together funds to invest in impact businesses. Probably the younger generation is more interested in the future, whereas the older generation is interested in the past. Identifying the supporters amongst your family could be  a starting point. Family investing however might cause conflict unless well managed and the person inviting the investment group together is to blame for losses. Active role by even smaller families as investors

Financial Inclusion cluster or SDGs presented by Brian Larsen

The time it takes to build an impactful business is often in conflict with mandates of majority of venture funds.  Thus FI-IC Financial Inclusion cluster was presented as an impact venture fund for SDGs. Such a fund would focus on companies with net positive impact on the society and the planet. The governance, mandate and structure of such finance tool for impact could meet the needs of commercial large institutional investors. Key question is derisking the investment.

What is impact and how it should be described presented by Tommi Ullgren

Impact investing is may come out as a white washing theme similar to CSR in the marketing or PR departments of corporations. The group discussion found that impact startups finance should not be as exit driven as that of the standard startup ventures. The question is what short of ever green structure will support balance in time, risk and return.  It was concluded that solutions to big opportunities have net positive impact – makeing of transformative entrepreneurship.

Impact measurement presented by Brian Larsen and Thomas Westerholm

Impact measurement can not be standardized, but it’s reporting could be standardized. Challenge of impact is that it is contextual and situational. What is considered impactful is subjective. Therefore stories should confirm the impact qualitatively. Some of the major players in CSR reporting should take into their objective to embed impact reporting as part of annual reports.

Narratives presented by Milla Wiren

Realistic scenarios todays on planet are dystopias, rather than realistic sounds of utopias. If Hollywood can envision touch screens in 1960s in science fiction, then we can design better futures as well. Climate change and SDG issues is the apocalyptic doom for which we need as humanity need to pay for our sins – which turns us into passivity. Other story is that technology will solve it for us, as this drives also passivity. Sharing small success stories and sustainability sprints could start driving better narratives. Innovation to improve operational structures of business is the supply chain, meaning is the demand to change the behaviour and artefacts are the innovation. (Following artefact, meaning and structure)

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