Unknown Group

Unknown Group does startup scouting for corporations and governments, helping them find startups to buy from or partner with.

Combient Foundry

Combient Foundry is the venture client unit of a group of Nordic industrial corporations, including Epiroc, KONE, Scania, Stora Enso, Husqvarna Group and Fazer. Together they outline new business opportunities and ensure the corporations are ready to cooperate with agile startups, and publish new opportunities two to three times a year.

The business opportunities typically aim to start pilot projects of €50-200k within a few months, with the goal of long-term cooperation as a client and/or other forms of partnership.

They most often seek physical or software solutions. New operational and business models have also been relevant for them. Most of their challenges are B2B or B2C, but there have been cases involving B2G clients as well.

Submissions for their autumn period are open until 22.10.2020. The next period is expected to open in 2/2021.


VNTRS is helping startups validate their problem and solution and building the first product the right way. They also help in attracting further funding.

They’re looking for strong teams with industry expertise. Software has to be a part of the solution, but it doesn’t have to be the main part.

They’re based in Stockholm, and building new teams in Tallinn, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Malmö. They’re happy to connect with experienced and entrepreneurial people in tech, product and UX fields who are interested in helping startups get their early product right.

Maxion Advanced Technologies

Iochpe-Maxion is a Brazilian wheel and chassis manufacturer, looking to connect companies in the mobility industry to develop new partnerships and revenue streams.

They prefer working with companies that have funding and at least a working proof of concept of their technology. Traction is also highly valued.

Tehnopol Startup Incubator

Tehnopol Startup Incubator is located in Tallinn, Estonia. Applications are open all through the year, selection process and intake are in batches around the year.

Current focus areas are health tech, space tech, B2B ICT, greentech and smart cities. Startups from other areas are also welcome.

Most of their participating companies are B2B or B2C. They also have a separate program focused on the needs of B2G startups, which they’re happy to tell more about.

Participating teams have to have or establish a company in Estonia (takes 15 minutes) within a month of joining the program.

Nordic Startup Bits (News)

Nordic Startup Bits publishes English-language news on startups in the Nordics, including Baltics. They’re happy to publish press releases and submitted articles.

They’re an open source effort by volunteers.

Copenhagen Capacity

Copenhagen Capital helps companies land in and/or connect with key players in the Greater Copenhagen region, including Denmark and Southern Sweden.


Nordic Startup School

Nordic Startup School accelerates startups and invests into the best ones.

They do two batches per year. Spring batch application period is in Jan-Feb, and program start is in Feb-March. Autumn batch application Aug-Sep, and program start is around the end of September. Program length is three months, but they support the best ones for 9 + 12 months more for a total of 2 years.

They’re interested in startups from all areas, but generally not from health and education sectors.

Fazer Lab

Fazer is looking for food tech startups who focus on food (the substance), raw materials and food production process technologies.

For example solutions that help in berry or cocoa availability around the year would be interesting.

They’re interested especially in commercial cooperation, and also willing to invest in a few select startups.

Startup introductions can be sent to Jussi Loponen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zloponen/. Please include an introductory text in the connection request.

Tampere Circular Economy Cluster

Tampere circular economy cluster has over 100 companies working directly and 500 companies working indirectly on developing next-generation circular economy solutions for industry, public sector and other stakeholders.