Supporting the startup ecosystem – Making an impact by doing more

A big goal for us this new year is to be all the more active and involved within the startup & growth company ecosystem not just by funding ambitious companies or by participating in events, but making an impact. In order to achieve this, we decided that the best way for us to share our know how, experience and networks is by partnering and getting involved with key ecosystem players and events.

That is why for 2019, we have partnered with:

Kasvu Open as a nationwide 2019 partner. Kasvu Open is the biggest national growth sparring competition (but more like a program) in Finland. This year we also launched an award together with Nordea called the Investors Favourite. The winner of the award will receive a 1 million euro growth funding prize made up of a 50% growth loan from Nordea and 50% growth equity from us. Learn more about Kasvu Open’s programs and the Investors favourite award on their website and apply to their growth tracks.

Polar Bear Pitching which is taking place on 12.-13.3.2019 in Oulu. Polar bear pitching is a business event like no other, that see’s startups pitch to an international audience from an icy hole cut into the baltic sea! Learn more about the event and join us in Oulu.

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch which is taking place on 4.-5.4.2019 in Tahko. The event brings together startups and investors in a unique way by you guessed it, pitching to investors in the ski lift. Learn more about the event and join us on the slopes.

SHIFT Investor Network which is a peer network for startup and growth company investors and individuals working within the finance industry. The network aims to promote investments into early stage companies and share good practices to its members by organizing investor meet ups, pitching events and training sessions. SHIFT’s main business festival event “AI for Industries” will take place in Turku on 29.-30.8.2019, check it out!

FiBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network) which is one of the largest and most active business angel networks in europe. Their services include dealflow, trainings, investments materials and reasearch & lobbying. Learn more about the great work that they do.

NordicBAN (Nordic Business Angel Network) which is a not-for profit association linking 12 Nordic & Baltic angel networks and supporting cross border angel investments. Learn more

Interested in making an impact with us? We are more than happy to discuss partnership opportunities, speaker requests and so forth. Please reach out to our Marketing Manager for more information:

Anna Koponen, anna.koponen@innovestor.fi, +358 400 700 194


Innovestor is an experienced startup venture investor and provider of equity funding solutions in the Nordics. We manage Venture Capital funds and make direct investments into startups. We also operate an online Co-investment Platform, through which private investors can invest together with us. Additionally, through our strategic ownership in Kasvun Roihu, we operate Kasvu Open and Grow to Market acceleration programs for founders and partners.

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