Latest from the ecosystem
Climate tech investment grows five times faster than the rest of the venture capital market. However, funding negative emissions technologies can be challenging. Verneri Välimaa dives into the mysteries of carbon removal, climate change and startups with Heidi Lindvall, Harri Lammi and Henrietta Moon.
In the latest Six Questions -series we introduce Wave Ventures' freshly appointed CEO Harri Iisakka. Wave's team consists of a diverse group of students and is supported by experienced investors and serial entrepreneurs around the Nordics.
The societal stigma surrounding mental health is preventing people from seeking support; startup founders are particularly at high risk of suffering mental challenges. When we fail to take action early, the result can be devastating for the individual, the company and all stakeholders.
Six questions with Inklusiiv’s Yesmith Sánchez on D&I, belonging and talent – “Solving the talent shortage starts with inclusion”
This month's six questions have everything to do with creating inclusion and supporting diversity – a core issue when it comes to attracting new talent to Finland, according to Inklusiiv's Yesmith Sánchez, a D&I specialist, and Business Strategy professional.
Today, funding is no longer the biggest obstacle to growth and internationalization for startups, talent shortage is. Our growth companies are no longer able to find skilled professionals for the challenges they want to address.
A deep dive into the state of impact investing – interviewing investors from Maki.vc, NGP Capital and Taaleri
Impact investing is a growing trend globally, and for good reason. Annika Sjöberg of NGP Capital, Pauliina Martikainen of Maki.vc, and Pekka Samuelsson of Taaleri Group provide insights from an investor's perspective on investing into impact.
Is impact at risk of becoming another buzzword? Alisa Mick, the co-founder of the North Mix and head of GITA Finland thinks so. In this blogpost, Alisa discusses what impact is and, more importantly, what it isn't. She also showcases an exceptional Finnish impact company, Origin by Ocean, tackling one of the biggest climate issues: the eutrophication problem of the Baltic Sea.
Foundation’s board member and Professor Emeritus Eero Eloranta on Finnish innovations in the 80s and how students have changed the game
The introductory series of Foundation's board members continues with Eero Eloranta, a well-known face within the student-led entrepreneurship community within Aalto University. In this interview, Eero walked us through the history of the Finnish innovation ecosystem and how the students changed the game for everyone.
We are excited to introduce the latest addition to the Foundation's board, Emma Lehikoinen. Emma has been an integral part of the local startup ecosystem, first through working as the President at Slush and now as the expansion lead at Swappie, one of the fastest-growing Finnish startups.
To understand better how the Foundation's board functions, we asked six scintillating questions from Janne Snellman, the Chairperson of the Board, covering everything from the purpose of the board to its plans for the next decade.
As the societal importance of startups continues to grow, current challenges must be addressed. The Startup Foundation wants to foster the emergence of diverse startup communities with new talent, science-based startups, and Helsinki's growth into an international startup hub.
Six questions with Inka Mero, Managing Partner at Voima Ventures – “Deep tech companies will help Finland rise to the next level”
Voima Ventures is led by one of the most distinguished investors and public voices in Finland and in the Nordics, Inka Mero. As a serial entrepreneur, company builder, and investor, Inka has been part of it all. Now, she's leading the team at Voima Ventures to find and build world-changing deep tech companies – while trying to figure out ways to Finland to support their growth.