Unknown Group does startup scouting for corporations and governments, helping them find startups to buy from or partner with.
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.
Maniv Mobility invests into mobility companies worldwide. They have extensive networks in the mobility industry and have many car companies as their limited partners.
They invest into both hardware and software, as well as deep tech and applied tech. They prefer B2B or B2C, but B2G is also possible. They’re often the lead or solo investor, but can be a follow investor in exceptional cases.
They’re based in Tel Aviv, Israel. They have approx. 30 companies in their portfolio and are currently managing their second fund by the end of 2020.
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.
The Blue Minds Group focuses on innovative solutions to transform our energy system and industrial value chains. They build innovative companies, invest in promising tech teams and help industry create new skills, promote talents, and develop business models for the digital age.
They invest in very early stage.
They also help companies expand into the German-speaking market (DACH countries).
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.
Sunbo Angel Partners represents 17 Korean LPs and 120 SMEs, investing into research-based early stage B2B companies globally.
OP Lab is the startup collaboration unit of OP, a major Finnish bank. They seek startups to purchase innovations from as an early adopter, while also seeking for more mature startups to acquire.
Their focus is on solutions that are linked to fields of banking, insurance & finance in general. Fields such as fintech, insurtech, AI, biometrics, customer experience, and loyalty etc. are of interest to them.
They’re happy to connect with startups that are interested in the Finnish market.
Lithuanian cluster of engineering, design and production companies, specializing in products of at least one cubic meter in size and orders from €30k upwards. They’re especially able to orchestrate complex offerings, up to 50 suppliers for one project. Their focus is in metal and plastic production.
Their ideal customers are from the following sectors:
- Micro- and macro-algae
- Aquaculture & marine
- Industry & offshore
- Indoor and outdoor marketing
Their offering is most often used by companies with a TRL of 4-8, but sometimes as early stage as 2.
They are also happy to help in the technical part of writing applications for Horizon and other grants. They’re also interested in discussing helping companies where management team wants to simplify their involvement or move on to something else.
They have three main programs: B2B (SaaS), Cyber Security, Fintech, and a pre-accelerator for idea stage companies. The applications are ongoing, but the programs are done in batches.
Strong focus on B2B. B2B2C is possible if it’s B2B focused. B2G is possible in especially strong cases. They invest in software and marketplaces. Hardware is ok, as long as the main value in the software side.
Main acceleration programs take companies from proof-of-concept stage onwards. Idea stage companies can apply into the pre-acceleration program.
Initial ticket almost always solo, follow-on is a co-investment with possibility to lead.