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.

AI4Cities

AI4Cities is looking for solutions that use articial intelligence to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. The participating cities are Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Paris region Stavanger, Tallinn.

They’re seeking 40 consortiums to participate in phase 1 (up to €40k per company), of which 20 continue to phase 2 (up to €80k) and three to phase 3 (up to €240k).

An applying consortium can consist of one or more companies. The emphasis is on European companies (main applicant of consortium and at least 50% of the budget expenditure).

Companies can seek others to form consortiums with through the matchmaking of two pre-events as well as the form on the website.

Their applications are open from 1.12.2020 to 28.2.2021.

Contact through website and email: info@ai4cities.eu.

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.

 

Aria Fund

Aria Fund is a generalist multi-family office, looking to invest €1-5M tickets into companies with proven ability to sell.

They prefer technological hardware and software B2B and B2C solutions, but are interested in looking at marketplaces, non-tech, or B2G solutions in especially strong cases.

They have often been the lead investor, but are interested in co-investment and solo investment opportunities as well.

Startup Wise Guys

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.

 

Insta Ventures

Prefer B2B, certain B2C niches are also interesting. Prefer cases with over €15k monthly revenue.

Only co-invest in rounds that already have a lead investor. Majority of deals (70%) from Nordics and Baltics, especially Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania so far. 15% from Central and Eastern Europe and 15% elsewhere from the world.

Does not invest in mobile gaming or hardware. Hardware-enabled software is interesting.

Karma Ventures

Karma Ventures invest into early-stage deep tech software in Baltics, Nordics, and in especially strong cases also elsewhere in Europe.

They’re looking for companies with technological advantage. Doesn’t have to be IPR, but something valuable and very hard to imitate. They look for companies with traction, first clients validating the demand, but in exceptional cases pre-revenue can also be considered.

In terms of sectors, life sciences are not their focus, but deep tech B2B health software can be interesting.

They prefer to lead, co-lead or invest solo.

Contrarian Ventures

Contrarian Ventures is a European fund investing into companies transforming the energy sector, including where and how it is used, with an emphasis on sustainability. They are also interested all energy tech, e-mobility, automation, AI, hydrogen, energy grids, and energy storage. They have an especial liking for software and hardware-enabled software.

They focus on B2B, but are interested in especially strong B2C and B2G cases as well.

The partners have extensive expertise and networks in energy and its associated sectors in addition to startups and venture capital. They have a singular focus on helping the best energy-related startups succeed.

They prefer to lead or co-lead in deals. They’re an active investor, seeking to add value through their network, expertise and services for all portfolio companies. They often look for a place on the board, at least as an observer. Their HQ is in Vilnius with partners based in London and other key European cities.

Helen Ventures

Helen Ventures is the €50M energy CVC fund of Helsinki energy company Helen. Their investments are connected to energy: production, storage, transmission, usage, saving, carbon neutrality, digital and other operational solutions for a large energy company, and related solution areas like mobility and circular economy.