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Venture capital flows into Finnish start-ups

Finnish start-ups have truly piqued the interest of venture capitalists. The Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) has reported that relative to gross domestic product the early-stage investments received by domestic start-ups were second only to Sweden in Europe last year, outstripping countries such as Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Relative to the size of the economy, the amount invested in domestic s...

2014 was a record year for venture capital investments in Finland

Finns have had few reasons for jubilation in recent years as the national economy has been mired in recession. In one respect, however, Finnish firms are doing better than ever: Last year, they received a record-breaking 462 venture capital investments, over 15 more than in the previous record year of 2008, according to the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA). Altogether, the firms received 690 million euros in venture capi...

VC funding for Nordic tech startups hits 'historic high'

2013 was a bumper year for Nordic startups, with a record 179 investments made in startups from the region, totalling just over €500m. Thanks in part to Spotify's $250m (€183m) round led by Silicon Valley's TCV late last year, Swedish startups soaked up about 67 percent of funding in the Nordics in 2013 totalling €335 million — more than the entire region attracted in 2012, according to numbers compiled by Swedish VC firm Cre...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The 6 keys to making a killer venture-capital pitch

Venture capitalist Emily Melton still remembers the day Jacob Sattelmair, founder of Wellframe, showed up with his pitch to persuade her firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, to invest in his start-up. "He looked like he had been in a bar fight," Melton said. "His eye had been sealed shut." "Don't worry. It's not contagious," Sattelmair told her when he saw her expression, explaining that he had an eye infection. Melton had already m...

6 Essentials for Making Your Elevator Pitch Unforgettable

It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to start a new business, trying to make some new contacts, or just trying to drum up some new customers for your company. Your fate often begins and ends with a great elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch, so named because you time it for the trip from one floor to the next, needs to succinctly capture the essence of your company. However, cramming the details of a complex business plan into ...

7 Tips for an Investment Pitch That Excites and Inspires

You have a great idea. Maybe you have a great business. You might think, Why wouldn’t everyone want to invest in my company? But the often untold secret of raising money is that it’s a lot like a interviewing for a job. Investors will ask themselves, Has this person taken money from an investor before and turned it into more money? If the answer is no, the fundraising process can resemble interviewing for a job for which yo...

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Fund Raising

6 Tips for Overcoming a 'No' When Seeking Funding

As a new entrepreneur, unless you’re dipping into your own private fortune, you’ll probably have to spend some time fundraising to collect enough capital to start your project. For most founders, the process is difficult and time-consuming but necessary for the potential life of their business. If you haven’t been through the process before, the experience can be even more harrowing, since you won’t be familiar with the custo...

A scorecard for VCs – the eight KPIs your investor will be thinking about

After attending a metrics seminar in Stockholm organised by Nordic VC Creandum, Christoph Janz – partner at Berlin-based VC Point Nine Capital – was left mulling one question: “As a VC, what are the most important KPIs for yourself?” Today, he tackles that topic, drawing on his own years of experience making early-stage investments. Read on to gain insight into the mysterious ways that VCs work… #1 Keep the Limited Partn...

European startups: Here is how to (not) raise capital in the US

If you’re a European and work in tech in San Francisco, every summer you’ll be inundated with dozens of emails from friends, contacts and unknown European entrepreneurs who will ask you for advice and introductions to US investors for their classic VC fundraising trip. I’ve been in San Francisco less than two years, but I’ve met with countless entrepreneurs during their fundraising trips and I believe I now have a statistical...

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Marketing & Social Media

What to Consider When Trying to Market on Social Media

If the last decade has shown us anything, it's that social media is here to stay. As it continues to evolve, it can be difficult for startups and entrepreneurs to determine where to focus their marketing efforts. While there are certainly many options out there when it comes to social media marketing, there is no need to let your plans become derailed by analysis paralysis. Instead, focus on the following steps to launch a successful...

Measuring The Impact Of Social Media On Your Business

Spending on social media continues to soar, but measuring its impact remains a challenge for most companies. When The CMO Survey asked marketers how they show the impact of social media on their business, only 15% cited they have been able to prove the impact quantitatively. This low percentage is not completely surprising given that social media is a recent innovation that companies are quickly trying to understand and direct to the mo...

15 Must-Have Marketing Tools for 2015

The "if you build it, they will come" plan won’t get your business seen in 2015. The fact is, 50 percent of companies plan to increase marketing spend in 2015. So what will you do to get exposure and grow your business this year? If you don’t have the budget to assemble a top-tier marketing team, you’ll need some great tools to take your marketing to the next level. To help you reach your marketing goals this year, I’ve put t...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups

“I’ve probably revised this investor pitch deck 200 times,” a founder told me recently. She’d met with more than 50 potential investors before closing a seed round last month. This might sound excessive to some, but her experience is not unusual. Entrepreneurs often spend hundreds of hours raising funds from angel and venture capital investors. While these activities are clearly important, analysis of new data on startups sug...

4 Things Steve Jobs Taught Me About Succeeding as an Entrepreneur

He’s been deemed “the greatest marketer of all time.” There are countless stories of his outbursts and his stubbornness, but also of his iconic innovation, his inspirational personality (for some) and his revolutionary methods in everything from product design to branding. Ever since I got my first Apple II when I was 12, I knew that someday I wanted to go work for “the guy who made that.” I dropped out of grad school after...

10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners. Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same maj...

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