Let’s start with the bottom line up front: If you’re looking for early-stage startup dealflow in Helsinki, just contact us and we’ll pull from our network to find exactly what you need. It’s our job to connect smart money into the Helsinki region!
But if you’re looking to scope out the Helsinki startup ecosystem yourself, here’s a high level look at where to find early-stage startups and entrepreneurs.
1. Dig in with the main ecosystem players
The hospital-turned-startup-campus is Helsinki’s physical startup hub. With 1200+ members and 160+ startups, you’ll find it easiest to book your in-person meetings here.
2020 put a pause on Helsinki’s keystone startup event, but they used the momentum from their 20,000 attendees to launch Node by Slush, an online platform and streaming event concept. Fingers crossed that Slush will be back in Helsinki in 2021.
2. Follow Helsinki’s early-stage investors
The Finnish Business Angels Network is one of the largest and best organized in Europe. with over 650 members. In addition to dealflow, FiBAN provides local resources that foreign investors will find useful.
Icebreaker is an early-stage VC firm that invests at Idea, Angel, and Seed stages. They regularly throw events to develop idea-stage talent, and are a good contact to have on your radar if you’re looking at the same stages.