André Baustad Benonisen Prydz re-joined Crux in 2019 after having founded Octo Ventures, a venture factory that initiates, invests in, and develops companies together with external co-founders. Prior to that, he served as director of investor relations and corporate communication at Scandza, a Nordic FMCG company where he contributed to a successful management buyout, raising more than NOK 1 billion in the process. André’s emphasis is on financing strategy and best practice methodologies and tools to enable scale-up. He has been client lead and project manager for several large projects including IPOs, MBOs, equity raises, and M&As. André has 13 years of broad business experience as financial journalist, equity analyst, adviser, manager, board member, venture investor, and entrepreneur.

Work experience:

  • Business developer, Crux Advisers, 2019-

  • Managing Partner, Octo Ventures, 2019-

  • Director of IR and Corporate Communication, Scandza, 2018-2019

  • Adviser, Crux Advisers, 2016-2018

  • Equity Analyst, Danske Bank, 2011-2015

  • Financial Journalist, Finansavisen, 2006-2011


  • BSc in Business and Administration, BI Norwegian Business School, 2007