Signals

Signals is the startup ecosystem branch of Signal Iduna, an insurance from Germany with a presence in the DACH region and parts of East Europe.

They prefer B2B and applied tech, but deep tech or B2B2C are also possible. Software and marketplaces only. Prefer to co-invest or lead.

They invest within two categories:

 

Pre-seed

Ticket size €150k – 250k

Round size: €250k – 1M

Invests into DE, AT, CH.

 

Venture

Ticket size: €1M – 5M

Round size: €1M –

Global, with focus on Europe.

Partech Partners

Looking for digital solutions and digital native brands, e.g. fashion/food solutions whose use digital opportunities fluently in branding, customer acquisition etc.

They have multiple funds with different focus areas but many similarities as well. Most of their funds focus on Europe, North America and Asia (except India), with one focusing on Africa and Middle East. Most do not seek hardware solutions.

 

Seed fund

Ticket size: €100k – 2M

Global. Hardware ok.

Usually co-lead, or when outside DE/FR, follow.

 

Venture fund

Ticket size: €4M – 12M

Global. Lead or co-lead.

 

Growth

Ticket size: €10M – 50M

European. Lead.

 

Partech Africa

Invests into African and Middle East opportunities. Agnostic on most other factors on the company, such as stage and company type.

Valo Ventures

Valo Ventures is a $175M fund, seeking scalable companies especially in the software field. They are interested in especially strong hardware cases as well, especially if the main value is in the software side.

Focused on B2B and B2C, but interested in especially strong B2G cases as well.

Geographically they look at North America, Europe and Israel.

They usually lead or co-invest.

Valkea Growth Club

Valkea Growth Club is the startup acceleration and support program of Fortum, a large Finnish energy corporation. They also invest into startups.

They are interested especially in software solutions, but hardware can also be relevant.

They seek companies with revenue to invest in, and also pre-revenue companies for acceleration and piloting their solutions.

Telia Lab

Telia Lab is seeking startups with whom to test new customer-based business and technology ideas. They’re the startup partnership unit of Telia, a large telecom in the Nordics and Baltics.

An ideal outcome from a partnership would be a new product they can sell to their existing client base.

Their focus is on software solutions, especially those working with mobile data. They’re also interested in emerging business areas like circular economy data solutions.

F10 Fintech Accelerator

F10 is a multi-corporate incubator and accelerator focusing on solutions for the Swiss financial sector.

As they are seeking matches to collaborate with their corporate partners, most of the startups they work with are B2B or B2B2C. They do work with especially strong or suitable B2C and B2G ones as well.

In their incubator program the invest CHF 200k for graduating startups, which are typically approx. 2/3 of companies who start the program. Their aim is that everyone would graduate. The investment is done as a convertible note.

Unknown Group

Unknown Group does startup scouting for corporations and governments, helping them find startups to buy from or partner with.

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.

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.

LH Startup MAQER

LH Startup MAQER is the venture client unit of LafargeHolcim, a multinational corporation with a background in manufacturing building materials. They’re looking for partners and suppliers in industry 4.0, logistics, services and retail.

They seek solutions that have at least early traction with pilot users and that have received their first professional investment already.