Health care, life sciences and partnering drive investors to Slush. Out of 15 thousand Slush goers this year, over 700 are investors. Looking for an update on the Finnish scene and talks with possible partners and other investors is Analyst Chloé Giard, from the Paris based Idinvest Partners.
“The Nordic market is quite interesting, it’s growing fast. Over the past few months I’ve been here a few times already and Slush is the best opportunity to meet many interesting people.”
With a portfolio covering almost all of Europe, from Barcelona to Helsinki, in the past 15 years, Idinvest Partners has invested in over a 100 companies, including online marketing firm Criteo and one of the most popular video platforms online, Dailymotion.
“We are quite flexible, both in terms of stage and sectors,” Giard says. “We are able to invest from 500k to 20 million euros per round.”
To help with relationship building, many Non-Finnish players are interested in partnering with Finnish funds.
“Investors are definitely interested in syndicating,” Business Advisor Juho Pirinen from Helsinki Business Hub says.
“It’s definitely an opportunity.” Giard says at the Slush investor pre-event. “When you’re based in Paris, it’s key to partner with local investors.”