Finnish accelerators and incubators

All of these warmly welcome international applicants unless otherwise noted.

Aaltoes Ignite – For students interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

Aalto Startup Center – Home and incubator for many research-based startups at the Otaniemi campus in Espoo, a short metro ride from Helsinki.

Boost Turku

Combient Foundry

EIT Food & Beyond

EnergySpin

ESA BIC – Incubator for startups using space technology, including GPS. Operating next door from Aalto Startup Center.

Evium

Founder Institute

Health Incubator Helsinki

Helsinki Education Hub (coming during 2021)

Kasvu Open / Kasvun Roihu

Kiuas – A completely free acceleration program. Their annual program takes place in June-August, and the application period in April-May.

NewCo Accelerator – A completely free acceleration program by NewCo Helsinki, a part of the City of Helsinki. They provide coaching, partnership matchmaking and other services also outside their acceleration program.

Red Brick Accelerator

Sampo Accelerator – A no-equity program, asking for a contribution back only if your startup makes it big. Ran three times a year, starting typically around October, January and April.

Latvian startup ecosystem

General

LIAA & Startup Latvia – The national one-stop-shop for startup support. They manage the startup visa, support aspects of the new startup law, financial instruments and other ecosystem support programs, business incubators and other ways to help companies innovate, start a business and especially grow. They’re also happy to help organizations connect with others in the ecosystem. LIAA is short for the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.

Startin – Central uniting organization of the Latvian startup ecosystem. They help you identify potential partners working with startups in Latvia and connect with them. They also represent the startup sector’s interests e.g. for developing the legal framework.

Swedbank Latvia – Their co-creation and event space is the center of many acceleration and incubation programs. They manage some of those programs themselves, coaching and connecting startups with the Swedbank ecosystem. Recent focus areas include fintech and sustainability.

TechHub Riga – A central space for startups in Riga. They organize both physical and virtual activity for startups, corporations, investors and others to connect and spread information, ranging from Friday breakfasts and startup barbeques to startup-investor matchmaking, specialist and mentor meetups etc.

Greentech Latvia – National cleantech/greentech cluster, connecting organizations, people and opportunities in the field.

Relations with individual countries

Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia – Supporting companies in doing business between Finland and Latvia.


Investors

LVCA – Latvian Venture Capital Association. They don’t facilitate investments but are the contact point on topics regarding the whole venture capital sector.

Overkill Ventures – A B2B fund and accelerator focusing on early-stage startups from Eastern Europe and Nordics.

ZGI – In addition to their main focus on private equity, ZGI invests into fast-growing startups approaching or above 1M€ in turnover.


More organizations are being added soon 🙂

Drone startups in Finland and nearby

Seeking drone companies from Finland or nearby? Here’s a list of those I’ve come across.


Finland

DR1 – Industrial-grade drone solutions, e.g. remotely managed 5G drone swarms. Used for security, firefighting, agriculture, delivery, and monitoring of power lines etc. (Website under construction. Their older webshop of hobby and enterprise drones is at verticalhobby.com.)

Flyby Guys – Experienced with large-scale drone operations of up to hundreds of units in the air simultaneously, and consulting companies on a variety of drone-related topics. They have a wide network of partners, through which they have been able to put together proposals for comprehensive projects in days.

Holtan FlyOne – Building inspections, heat imaging, photogrammetric 3D imagery production etc. Certified and trained personnel. Winner of the building inspection category of world’s first drone olympics in 2019. Website in Finnish.

LAC Camera Systems – Drone camera solutions with automatic following and indoor/rough condition capabilities, even without GPS. Drones avoid obstacles automatically and can be set to fly preplanned routes or controlled manually with very little training. Used for security, monitoring, sports, construction etc.

Mericon – Producing measurements such as high-quality orthophotos and photogrammetric point clouds, tied to the local coordinate system. The end product of the service can be a surface or a 3D-model of the described object in CAD format or a classified point cloud for example in las-format. Rapid mass calculations on large objects or areas.

Skydata – Over 10 years of experience in hardware solutions, pilot training and consulting companies on how to utilize drones efficiently and safely. Ready to offer turnkey solutions, including training, technical support, rental and backup hardware, auditing and development services and insurance covering insurance and responsibilities.

Viasor – 3D-modeling of buildings and construction sites. Can be used e.g. for planning and guidance for maintenance, or following the development of construction sites remotely for accurate forecasting and management.


Estonia

Hepta Airborne – Infrastructure inspections. Flies 3,000km/mo for paying customers in over 10 countries. Offering both full service with drones, pilots and software, or modular service, like SaaS for other drone operators.

KrattWorks – An Estonian-British company that combats wildfires with AI-powered drones. They focus on developing advanced technology that can be used in multiple applications, e.g. noiseless automatic surveillance flights.

SKYCORP – Experts of hydrogen & drones. Built Europe’s first hydrogen drone at 2018. In addition to their drone work, they’re also often called on to consult on hydrogen projects beyond drones. Among other projects they’ve been working on combining manned and unmanned drones, and connecting drones to the internet.


If you know any that are missing, please let me know 🙂