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.
Invest in country: France
Evli Growth Partners invest throughout Europe. Their home markets are the New Nordics: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
An insider view from their investment manager: https://medium.com/evli-growth-partners/vc-as-a-marketplace-and-other-learnings-from-the-first-year-in-vc-568dc2b1e7ad
Iron Wolf Capital invests in EU, with a focus on Baltics and nearby countries.
They prefer deep tech and other solutions with solid, defensible competitive advantage and teams that can show ability to sell the current solution (traction, e.g. crowdfunding sales).
Their preferred channel for new contacts is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SpeedUp invests in companies that have a connection with Poland. This can come in many forms within 5 years after the investment, for example R&D or sales.
Most of their investments are in B2B, B2B2C and SaaS companies. B2G is possible in cases with strong indications of ability to sell and scale.
It’s common for them to be the only investor in the round, but they’ll be happy to lead or co-invest as well.
SpeedUp has two funds with different investment criteria.
Ticket size €600k – 1M, sweet spot 750k, maximum total allocation per company 5M.
Product type: Any tech except pharma, very rarely also Marketplaces (connection with e.g. energy, IoT, industry, smart manufacturing, cleantech)
Revenue: €100k/y or more.
Product readiness level: Product or Scaling
Valuation: Max €10M
Ticket size €200k-250k, sweet spot 250k, maximum total allocation per company 250k (no follow-on).
Product type: Any tech that has an R&D component. No marketplaces. Pharma is possible.
Revenue: None or any.
Product stage: Proof of Concept, Prototype or Product.
Valuation: Max €4M
The company’s requirements for a connection with Poland are more strict.
The information below is generated automatically from the investor’s overall information in our database, which doesn’t separate between different funds of the same investor.
Apex Ventures is a deep tech fund headquartered in Vienna. Their home markets are the German-speaking DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). They’re happy to lead investment rounds into companies from these countries and co-invest in companies from elsewhere in Europe.
Maki is an early-stage industry-agnostic global fund from Finland. Their main geographical focus is developed Europe, especially Northern Europe.
They look at all kinds of companies, especially those with scientific advances and customer understanding. This includes strong deep tech and/or brand-driven cases.
They invest also in very early stage, if the team and case is especially promising.
OpenOcean invests into digital data-intensive solutions with significant indications of ability to sell and scale. B2B is a big plus, other business models are possible with very strong traction.
They have invested in open source solutions such as MySQL, MariaDB and RapidMiner. Other areas of especial interest include AI/ML, application-driven infrastructure and development tools, marketing technology, and automation and recommendation engines.
They look for cases that have a ready product + early revenue, a proven product-market fit. Typically they like to see companies already have €50k MRR (€500k/year recurring revenue).
They require a board seat as a condition of investing. They’re often the lead investor of a round.