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Startup Foundation

The purpose of the Startup Foundation is to support and enable entrepreneurship and the creation, growth and internationalization of startups in the Nordics. The foundation was established in 2012.

The foundation has ownership in the growth entrepreneurship event Slush, the hackathon community Junction, the private equity fund Wave Ventures, The Shortcut and the startup campus Maria01.







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. We asked Yesmith to walks us through the current reality with D&I practices, how creating belonging could help in part solve the challenge of talent shortage, and how the startup ecosystem can take the leading position in building inclusive communities.


6 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.


“There is room to grow” – Introducing our newest board member Emma Lehikoinen

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.


Six questions with Janne Snellman, the Chairperson of the Board of the Startup Foundation

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.

11.12.2020 update 3.0 released is a set of standardized legal documents for startups. The templates include a Termsheet, Shareholders’ Agreement and Investment Agreement. An update on the documents has been prepared with the supporting community.


Finland is approaching a talent crisis that we keep on denying

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.


Introducing Startup Foundation’s new CEO – ”The ecosystem needs diversity”

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.