Aligned VC – Helping unconventional founders bring their ideas to life

We are passionate about making a lasting impact and helping founders realize their vision. We bring meaningful investment experience, a diverse network and a committed partnership to support on the journey.

Early stage
& Growth


  • A2X Real Estate logo

    A2X Real Estate

    A2X is a London based real estate investment and development manager

    • Industry Property development
    • Year 2020
    • City London
    Visit A2X Real Estate
  • All Aboard logo

    All Aboard

    Europe’s leading travel agent solution for international train travel. Enabling travel agents to include train services to their offering in a simple way.

    • Industry Travel
    • Year 2020
    • City Stockholm
    Visit All Aboard
  • Astrid logo

    Astrid Education

    Subscription-based AI assistant for customer-facing teams to improve how they communicate with partners and clients.

    • Industry Education
    • Year 2021
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Astrid
  • Beauty Disrupted logo

    Beauty Disrupted

    A beauty brand free of plastics & harsh ingredients in Soap bar format. Designed in Stockholm and consciously crafted in the South of France.

    • Industry Beauty
    • Year 2021
    • City Stockholm, Grasse
    Visit Beauty Disrupted
  • Beckley Psytech logo

    Beckley Psytech

    Dedicated to helping patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders by developing a pipeline of psychedelic compounds into licensed pharmaceutical medicines.

    • Industry Healthcare
    • Year 2020
    • City London
    Visit Beckley Psytech
  • Big Atom logo

    Big Atom

    A clean recycling company creating a circular economy for polymer materials, creating new life for hard-to-recycle plastics.

    • Industry Recycling
    • Year 2019
    • City London
    Visit Big Atom
  • Brineworks logo


    Critical raw materials and enabling affordable CO2 removal, utilizing desalination brine.

    • Industry Materials
    • Year 2023
    • City Amsterdam
    Visit Brineworks
  • Buddywise logo


    Buddywise prevents injuries and loss of life by using real-time risk detection, through computer vision, to help companies proactively build a safer workplace.

    • Industry Safety tech
    • Year 2020
    • City Berlin
    Visit Buddywise
  • logo

    The leading online destination for playing, learning and watching chess.

    • Industry Online gaming
    • Year 2021
    • Country USA
  • Contingent logo


    Improving procurement for companies by reducing friction and increasing resilience, all while empowering procurement teams to make the right choices as part of the wider business.

    • Industry Supply chain Saas
    • Year 2021
    • City London
    Visit Contingent
  • Dance logo


    Making the subscription e-bike the primary way people move in cities. Founded with the purpose of having a positive impact across health, sustainability and livable cities.

    • Industry Mobility
    • Year 2022
    • City Berlin
    Visit Dance
  • Doctor.Se logo


    One of Europe’s leading providers of Digi-Physical healthcare.

    • Industry Healthcare
    • Year 2022
    • City Stockholm
  • Flowery logo


    Bringing cut flowers to the door of your home and office in a sustainable way, as a subscription service.

    • Industry Subscription services
    • Year 2019
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Flowery
  • Flowlife logo


    Sport recovery products that enable you to be the best active version of yourself. Making an active life possible for everyone.

    • Industry Sports Equipment
    • Year 2022
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Flowlife
  • Freshsound logo


    Automating the process of music sync for content creation.

    • Industry Music tech
    • Year 2020
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Freshsound
  • Klarna logo


    Payment solution provider.

    • Industry Payment solutions
    • Year 2018
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Klarna
  • Lifestyle Labs logo

    Lifestyle Labs

    A house of healthy low-carb nutritive food brands.

    • Industry Food/nutrition
    • Year 2021
    • City Barcelona
    Visit Lifestyle Labs
  • Meadow logo


    Aiming to convert single-use packaging to circular packaging based on the aluminum can and the deposit return system.

    • Industry Packaging
    • Year 2020
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Meadow
  • Insights logo


    Giving people access to expert insights and key learnings from tldr, talks and podcasts by world renowned health & wellness thought leaders, in just a few swipes.

    • Industry Health & Wellness
    • Year 2019
    • City Stockholm
  • Mojo logo

    Mojo Fertility

    Creating the future of fertility care using AI and robotics. Accessible, affordable and reliable preemptive care.

    • Industry Health tech
    • Year 2021
    • City Lyon
    Visit Mojo
  • Namastay logo


    A fast, secure and intuitive digital last mile experience for hotels and guests.

    • Industry Booking SaaS
    • Year 2023
    • City Paris
    Visit Namastay
  • Pet Media Group logo

    Pet Media Group

    The leading operator of online marketplaces for pets and horses.

    • Industry Marketplace
    • Year 2019
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Pet Media Group
  • Plantredo logo


    Bringing high-quality plants smoothly to your doorstep with home delivery, creating green environments for us to feel good.

    • Industry House plant delivery
    • Year 2021
    • City Stockholm
    Visit Plantredo
  • Producers Trust logo

    Producers Trust

    Building a leading network of agricultural producers to connect value chains more directly and efficiently with greater transparency and visibility to consumers.

    • Industry Agriculture
    • Year 2022
    • City San Francisco
    Visit Producers Trust
  • SeenThis logo


    Shaping the future of screen experiences through streaming. A unique technology platform that disrupts the efficiency for the display of digital content.

    • Industry Ad-tech
    • Year 2018
    • City Stockholm
    Visit SeenThis
  • Swiss Organic Partners logo

    Swiss Organic Partners

    Striving to improve life by making high quality, Swiss made cannabinoid products accessible to everyone, both in the wellbeing and the medical cannabis market.

    • Industry Cannabis
    • Year 2021
    • City Zurich
    Visit Swiss Organic Partners
  • TalentUp Africa logo

    TalentUp Africa

    Helping global organizations recruit top african tech talent in a fast and compliant way.

    • Industry Recruitment
    • Year 2020
    • City Lagos
    Visit TalentUp Africa
  • Three Spirit logo

    Three Spirit

    Designing a functional and healthier non-alc booze alternative, revolutionizing a third Way to socialize by bringing plants and pleasure to the people.

    • Industry Non-Alc beverages
    • Year 2018
    • City London
    Visit Three Spirit
  • Timely logo


    The automatic time tracking tool for improving company productivity and profitability as well as helping deep work planning.

    • Industry Productivity SaaS
    • Year 2021
    • City Oslo
    Visit Timely
  • Unaric logo


    Acquiring and growing Salesforce ISVs (Independent Software Vendors)

    • Industry Productivity SaaS
    • Year 2023
    Visit Unaric
  • Wild Immersion logo

    Wild Immersion

    Providing educational, ethical and ecological 360° VR entertainment of wild animals and their natural habitats.

    • Industry Education
    • Year 2020
    • City Paris
    Visit Wild Immersion
Our approach

We build supportive partnerships with founders

Meaningful creation and long term partnerships is what gets us up in the morning.

We work to ensure our partnerships are a true meeting of minds - not just your business plan. We combine an extensive network of entrepreneurs and investors with years of strategic experience to help drive your business forward.

Our office is in Stockholm but we spend our time wherever inspiring people and ideas may be.

Who we invest in

Founders that see the world differently

The founders we back want to make a lasting impact, either on a global level or a community level. We seek passionate, thoughtful teams who are finding unconventional solutions to common problems.

We are sector agnostic and invest in businesses in a wide range of industries – from Ad-tech to consumer goods, ecommerce to property development.

Who we are

Aligned is an investment vehicle sprung out of our shared joy for entrepreneurship. We also believe it is possible, as an investor, to promote positive change not only for companies but for communities of all sizes.

Aligned was founded in 2019 by two childhood friends, Eric Carlson Rydman and Christian af Jochnick.

Portrait of Eric Carlson Rydman

Eric Carlson Rydman

MD and Founding Partner

Eric handles the day-to-day operations of aligned, supporting the portfolio and scouting for new investments.

Before Aligned, Eric held senior commercial and strategic positions at Spotify. Prior to that, he was a Corporate Finance Advisor specialising in M&A at Stockholm-based Access Partners.

Portrait of Christian af Jochnick

Christian af Jochnick

Founding Partner

After starting his career at Goldman Sachs in London followed by his own stint as a start-up co-founder, Christian entered the venture space and has been supporting entrepreneurs since 2013.

He currently supports a range of social and environmental initiatives as a board member of the Af Jochnick Foundation. His main personal passion is the role plant medicines and regenerative agriculture can play in helping us transform our societies.

Get in touch

Are you an un­conventional entrepreneur?