Accelerace

Accelerace’s acceleration programs are based in Denmark, but most can be participated in remotely. All their programs are free of charge, no equity taken. They have an extensive network of corporate partners internationally, especially in Europe.

Most of their programs can be participated in remotely, but some may require either physical presence or a registered in Denmark.

Their focus areas are life science, sound, energy, food and beverage, entertainment, IoT. They run more than one program per year per average in each of their focus areas, and typically at least one program’s application period is open on any given time.

They have a fund to invest in the best of their participating startups. The investment tickets are 500k DKK, which is approximately €65k. These investments are done as a convertible note, and are completely optional for the startup to accept or not. It’s done as a co-investment, so the startup has to have another investor investing a minimum of 125k DKK (approx €17k) at the same time. Accelerace is happy to help find suitable investors.

Their life science tech startup mentorship program is highly rated in the Nordics. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland. It’s funded by the Novo Nordic foundation.

They also partner with Overkill Ventures in Riga, Latvia.

Turku Science Park LevelUp

Incubation service in Turku, Finland, that has been running already for six years. Participating startups should have graduated from an acceleration program or be otherwise ready to sell their product to early customers.

They offer a network of mentors and industry contacts in addition to a working space for 12 months. The program is completely free of charge.

Their program for the autumn 2020 is being designed and its detailed information is expected to be released in the summer. You can ask more from marko.puhtila@turkubusinessregion.com.

Turku Science Park BusinessUp

Acceleration program in Turku, Finland, that has been running already for four years. Participating startups can be of any type and do not need to have any working prototype or proof-of-concept yet, but should be ready to start turning their idea into reality.

They offer a mentoring program for 10 weeks. The program is completely free of charge.

Their autumn 2020 applications are open 1.6.-1.9.2020. You can ask more from johanna.puhtila@turkubusinessregion.com.

AP Ventures

AP Ventures invests into energy-related innovations, especially hydrogen. They are headquartered in London and invest globally.

They do follow on their investments.

You can contact them at info@apventuresllp.com.

Red Brick Accelerator

Red Brick Accelerator is held twice a year in Tampere, Finland. Teams must attend onsite for the 12 weeks of the program. Autumn batch starts in October. Current information on application period is preliminary.

Boost Turku Startup Journey

Startup Journey by Boost Turku is a free early-stage acceleration program: no charges, no equity taken. Next batch is digital. Earlier ones have been onsite in Turku, Finland, and upcoming ones may be physical with digital participation possibly an option. Most selected teams will be from Turku region in Finland as the organization’s mission is to support the local ecosystem.

They select teams (not solo founders) that have done at least some work already on the idea, e.g. competitor identification and evaluation. Teams have to be able to clearly state their solution that has some competitive advantage.

The goal of the program is to help you develop your concept and get you towards first revenue.

Their community page with mentors etc. can be found at facebook.com/BoostStartupJourney.

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.