a. — about

 

What?

Wave is Europe’s largest student-run VC helping the most exceptional Nordic Gen Z founders to change the world by backing them earlier than anyone else

 

Why (is this so exciting)?

Inspired by the recent success stories of young Nordic founders, more and more students see building a startup as the best and most meaningful way to have an impact and change the world

With our second fund, we are giving 25-30 Gen Z teams the opportunity to change the world and have a part in building the next wave of Nordic Gen Z unicorns

Are you a future founder with some heavy world-changing aspirations? We are always excited to chat!

Founded


2016

Location


Finland & Sweden

Fund size


1,5M€ + 2M€

Team


6 students

Area focus


Nordics

Stage focus


Earliest

b. — team

 

Helsinki, Finland

Erik Kymäläinen
 
CEO
Lauri Lahtinen
 
Investment Manager
Helmi Puustinen
 
Investment Manager
Aleksi Päkkilä
 
Investment Manager
Antonia Eneh
 
Investment Manager

Stockholm, Sweden

Valtteri Korkiakoski
 
Investment Manager

c. — Wave II – the next Nordic Gen Z unicorns

 

The AI powered company database

Effortless and remote-first property rental management

The next generation social sports platform

The smart ring

The world's fastest way to hire top software developers

Platform to kickstart your own restaurant business

A connected community of creators & discoverers

The modern, data-driven way of conducting job interviews

A climate-smart way of using electricity for you and the grid

Your next unicorn?

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Your next unicorn?

Aspiring to be the next Gen Z unicorn from the Nordics?

Have a solid idea but you're unsure what’s the best way to get started?

Shoot us an e-mail! We’re always happy to help!

team@wave.ventures

Company founded

2022

Wave of money in

2022

CEO

Erik Kymäläinen

The Web

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Would you like to join us?

Wave Ventures was founded by a mix of students to maximize many things - both for ourselves and for others.

For ourselves, setting up a VC fund and running it would provide an incomparable chance to learn, help others and encourage audacity in anybody we would meet. At the same time, founding the first student-run VC fund in the Nordics was a manifestation of our willingness to make the path instead of taking an existing one.

We want to create the same opportunity for the most intensely curious of our peers, and thus the management responsibility of our fund will be passed on the to the next team regularly, but gradually, creating a continuity for years to come.

To carry this out, we are now in search of new team members to continue the journey of building the next big things.

If you are a university student with passion for entrepreneurship and tech startups, drive for helping others while learning radically fast, and interest towards the world of venture capital, Wave Ventures might be what you’re looking for.

If interested, send us an application to team@wave.ventures with:

  • Max. 150 words about your motivations to work alongside entrepreneurs and in VC
  • An up to date CV or link to LinkedIn profile
  • Possible start date and availability in the upcoming year(s)
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d. — Wave I – millenial ventures tackling problems of our generation

 

The re-stored carbon company

We convert CO₂ from plants into stable carbon and lock it away for 1,000 years

Creating the best home selling experience

Making bone surgery safe

Influencer Marketing at Scale

Defining chat games

Reshaping how we consume fashion

Sustainable routines for balance and high performance

Insurance claims simplified

The world's first sneaker made from coffee

Battling global warming by reducing methane emissions from cows

Sustainability simplified

Gen Z group messaging app

Spotify changed the way we listen to music, Starmony changes the way we create music

Share-to-earn decentralised social platform

Creating the future of digital healthcare

100% cooler than having 0 battery

Like seafood but harmless

The healthiest RAW pet food

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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

e. — 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!

To start or not to start?

 

Material to help your thinking.

Ok, so you'll start.

 

How the heck to design, inspire, lead and manage?

Here's a little something, too.

 

Legal documents, pitch decks, templates & other goodies.

 

18.05.2020

The Beginnings

25.02.2020

It’s about damn time for Venture Capital to act on gender equality. Here’s what millennial investors are doing

6.11.2019

MedTech with Surgify | Wavecast

17.10.2019

Wave-series 1: First things first

9.9.2019

Our investment in RENS | Wavecast

22.8.2019

Battling global warming with seaweed — Our investment in Volta Greentech

16.8.2019

Making way for nanotechnology with Nanojet

10.4.2019

Announcing Our Investment in Boksi — Influencer Marketing at Scale

8.3.2019

A Year In Review: The Next Wave

4.1.2019

Defining new platforms for mobile gaming: Introducing our investment in ARGH!

28.9.2018

Backing Fifth Corner Inc.: Sustainable routines for balance and high performance

13.9.2018

Insurance Compensation Simplified — Our Investment in Insurello

24.8.2018

Small Screens and Big Ambitions: Why We Joined Forces with Action-Reaction Games

8.5.2018

Riding the Vintage Clothing Wave — Why We Invested in TPH.co

16.3.2018

Creating a New World For On-Demand Work with Sumpli

7.2.2018

Breaking Into The US: An Easy Guide For European Founders Taking The Plunge

27.9.2017

Announcing Our Investment In Portyr — A Finnish Startup Building a Future of Personal Data

13.9.2017

Match Made in Silicon Valley: Wave Ventures Is Expanding in Sweden

27.6.2017

Move Fast and Break the Playbook — Founders Facing a Wave of Regulation

30.5.2017

Meet Our Advisor: An Investor Must Have a Clear Vision of the Industry’s Future Value Formation Says Inka Mero

16.5.2017

From Biglaw to Founder Trenches: A Law Student’s Path into Venture Capital

9.5.2017

Announcing Our Investment in Surgify — A Health Technology Startup That Makes Bone Surgery Safer

21.4.2017

Catalyzing Young Careers in the Startup Industry ®

4.4.2017

Announcing Our Investment in Carbo Culture

29.3.2017

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

17.3.2017

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

17.2.2017

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

g. — advisors and alumni

 

Advisors