Let’s start with the bottom line up front: If you’re looking for early-stage startup dealflow in Helsinki, just contact us and we’ll pull from our network to find exactly what you need. It’s our job to connect smart money into the Helsinki region!
But if you’re looking to scope out the Helsinki startup ecosystem yourself, here’s a high level look at where to find early-stage startups and entrepreneurs.
1. Dig in with the main ecosystem players
The hospital-turned-startup-campus is Helsinki’s physical startup hub. With 1200+ members and 160+ startups, you’ll find it easiest to book your in-person meetings here.
2020 put a pause on Helsinki’s keystone startup event, but they used the momentum from their 20,000 attendees to launch Node by Slush, an online platform and streaming event concept. Fingers crossed that Slush will be back in Helsinki in 2021.
Find early-stage startups:
- Join Node by Slush, an online matchmaking platform and ongoing conference.
- Get a ticket to Slush 2021 and meet entrepreneurs in person.
- Ping us to see how we can involve you in our next Slush event. Recently we hosted a successful angel matchmaking event on the platform, and are looking forward to doing more.
2. Follow Helsinki’s early-stage investors
The Finnish Business Angels Network is one of the largest and best organized in Europe. with over 650 members. In addition to dealflow, FiBAN provides local resources that foreign investors will find useful.
Icebreaker is an early-stage VC firm that invests at Idea, Angel, and Seed stages. They regularly throw events to develop idea-stage talent, and are a good contact to have on your radar if you’re looking at the same stages.
Find early-stage startups:
- Check out their homepage to see what’s happening in their next program.
3. Search through online lists
Danske Bank’s startup directory, TheHub.io, is active in Finland. It offers a startup directory, job board, and investor tools.
4. Follow (or offer to coach) at local accelerators
Kiuas has gathered a lot of buzz in Finland. They run a couple accelerator concepts and have an online platform for sharing knowledge and matching potential cofounders together.
Sampo Accelerator provides early-stage startups in the Baltic, CEE and Russia region with two short duration programmes to help them build a well functioning business, rather than merely closing an investment round.
Helsinki XR Center is an incubator for talent in the field of virtual and augmented reality (VR & AR).
Terkko Health X is an ambitious early stage accelerator program for health and life science teams with the potential to reshape the industry.
Mutiny is a cutting-edge accelerator program for ambitious early-stage teams with the potential to reshape the future.
5. Stay on top of local event calendars
Want to look deeper into the Helsinki startup ecosystem? The experts at Helsinki Business Hub are here to help you find what you’re looking for.
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