a. — about

We believe that supporting unconventional minds is the key to crafting a better next generation.

That’s why we help the earliest stage startups to climb their first peak.

A bold blend of ambitious young minds, experienced partners and venture capital.

Founded


2016

Location


Helsinki, Finland

Fund size


1,2 M€

Team


8 students

Area focus


Nordics

Stage focus


Pre-Seed

b. — portfolio


Creating the best home selling experience

Changing the way we source high-quality carbon products

Making bone surgery safe

Defining chat games

Your next unicorn you don't know about?

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Blok creates the best home selling experience

Blok automates home sales with a streamlined web service that empowers home owners to sell their home themselves and renders traditional realtors redundant.

Instead of paying costly commissions (avg. 2-4%) to real estate agents or going through the hassle of selling the apartment themselves (avg. 50h+), Blok provides a new, cost-effective alternative, for home owners.

Blok aims to revolutionize the Nordic housing market within the next few years by bringing new types of services to the market that utilize advanced automation and artificial intelligence.

Company founded

2017

Wave of money in

2017

CEO

Rudi Skogman

The Web

Choice of social media

Favourite color

Yellow
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Carbo Culture changes the way we source high-value carbon products

Carbo Culture upcycles methane-emitting waste into high-value charcoal in a carbon negative way. The patented technology carbonizes versatile biomass, captures more carbon and gives higher yields in mass, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient process for making charcoal and carbon products.

The locally sourced product solves issues of farmers and industries who use charcoal by making a higher quality, locally sourced, value adding product.

Carbo Culture wants to make a permanent change in how carbon materials are sourced on this planet, making the trade more efficient, sustainable, transparent and scientific.

Company founded

2016

Wave of money in

2017

CEO

Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen

The Web

Choice of social media

Favourite color

Graphene
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Surgify makes bone surgery safer

In many fields of surgery and dentistry, bone has to be cut or removed without damaging the proximal soft structures. Surgify develops new solutions to protect these structures and prevent associated complications.

Bleeding, infections and nerve injuries are some of the complications that can severely affect a patients quality of life. Surgify technology improves the safety, speed and precision of bone surgery to minimize these risks.

Company founded

2016

Wave of money in

2017

CEO

Visa Sippola

The Web

Choice of social media

Favourite color

Light Blue
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Quicksave defines chat games

Quicksave makes quality games that fit well in the social and quick-paced chat environment. The games enable people to have fun together while chatting.

The team consists of veteran game developers from Finland that have worked with multiple platforms including consoles, PC, mobile, but have specialized since 2015 to build on the new emerging platform of messaging.

Company founded

2017

Wave of money in

2017

CEO

Elina Arponen

The Web

Choice of social media

Favourite color

Orange

c. — resources


To get you started in building the future, here's something we've found useful while getting to know the wonderful world of startups and venture capital.

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Most of these resources can be freely found on the internet. We figured to gather the most valuable content into one place with the hope that it will benefit more people than just the few who already know about it.


Enjoy!

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How to Start a Startup

Y Combinator

Start With Why

Simon Sinek

Lean Startup

Eric Ries

Don't Follow Your Passion -
Follow Your Contribution

Ben Horowitz

Extraordinary Essays

Paul Graham

Team of Teams

Stanley McChrystal

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Black Swan

Nassim Taleb

School of Herring -
Thoughts on Leadership

Mårten Mickos

Creativity Inc

Ed Catmull

How to Speak so People
Want to Listen

Julian Treasure

Why We Do What We Do

Tony Robbins

Your Body Language
Shapes Who You Are

Amy Cuddy

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Useful Insights on
Legal Matters
Open-Source Early Stage
Investment Documents
Toolkits and Templates
for Business Planning
A Comprehensive List of Tools
and Resources for Startups
Top Picks from Various
Practical Topics

Andreessen Horowitz

Examples of Decks Which
Raised Over 400M$ Total


Our Investment in Blok — A Finnish Startup That Shakes Up The Real Estate Market

Announcing Our Investment in Carbo Culture

Learning by raising: How to start a VC fund with next to no experience

Meet Our Advisor: Ilkka Kivimäki on Early-Stage Investing and the Future of the Nordic Ecosystem

Catalyzing Young Careers in the Startup Industry ®

e. — team


Janne Korpela

Co-Founder
Andreas Saari

Co-Founder & CEO

Olli Rissanen

Co-Founder
Anton Backman

Co-Founder
Henri Hyvärinen

Co-Founder
Eero Vartiainen

Co-Founder
Pauliina Martikainen

Communications Manager
Aleksis Tapper

Venture Partner

advisors