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.

Maniv Mobility

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.

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.

The Blue Minds

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

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

Sunbo Angel Partners represents 17 Korean LPs and 120 SMEs, investing into research-based early stage B2B companies globally.

OP Lab

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.

Access 4 Future

Access 4 Future is a market entry program for startups wishing to help people in the target countries get better access to healthcare: India, Niger, Philippines, Egypt, Thailand.

The program’s support includes connections locally (piloting), regionally and globally (scalability) and covers startups’ piloting costs. Each location has a different challenge for startups to help in, and they have different application periods during autumn 2020. Challenges include for example furthering the education and training of doctors.

The chosen solutions have to be scaleable. For example a solution that will be piloted in two hospitals might later expand to the state, then the country and finally internationally.

 

Salo IoT Campus

Salo IoT Campus is a community of high-tech companies, researchers and educational instutitions working together on a daily basis. They have over 100 companies and 2 000 people on working and studying on their campus.

They offer versatile premises, comprehensive services and an active expert community. They are seeking more companies and partners to join them in making a smarter future.

They’re based in Salo, Finland, approximately one hour from Helsinki.

Sampo Accelerator

Sampo Accelerator is a no-equity 3.5-week acceleration program ran by Mike Bradshaw, who was the Head Coach of Startup Sauna when that acceleration program was active. The program includes follow-up meetings and checkups after the program to support the founders’ growth path.

The program is optimized for first-time growth company founders. They’re looking for companies around launch, with a working demo but without significant customer numbers. The solution will be evaluated too when applying, but teams are the main focus. Teams typically have to have background in design or product development (ability to build a solution and generate interesting ideas).

The program is free until the company generates €1M of revenue profitably, at which point the company is suggested to make a small contribution to the accelerator’s founder community.

The coaches each have over three years of experience in building startups. They’re not investors, which enables them to offer an independent point of view.

Sampo Accelerator is ran three times a year, starting typically around October, January and April. They also organize a social gathering for alumni and coaches twice a year: the week before midsummer and around the time of Slush.