Invest in Helsinki

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Invest in Helsinki: A thriving innovation ecosystem

Helsinki Partners wants to help you find the right invest-in opportunities in Helsinki. With rapid growth and consistent returns, Finland is an ideal location for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Discover new opportunities in Helsinki today.

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The Helsinki advantage

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Leading the way in innovation

Helsinki boasts one of the most advanced and forward-looking innovation ecosystems in the world. Our strong culture of trust and innovation has led to the emergence of a booming startup scene that attracts investors from all over the globe.

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A track record of success

Helsinki’s strategic location offers investors easy access to both the Nordic and Baltic regions, which is home to some of the world’s biggest unicorn factories. Some of these unicorns include Skype, Wolt, Supercell and many more.

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A collaborative environment for new players

Our open and collaborative environment in the Finnish venture capital and startup ecosystem makes it easy for new players to penetrate the market and establish their brands. With the help of our experienced professionals, you can navigate the Finnish market with ease.

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A stable environment for investment

Our functional environment is supported by a strong legal framework, providing investors with peace of mind. Finnish startups have received the most venture capital funding in relation to GDP for three consecutive years and attracted twice as much funding as their European counterparts.

What we offer

We specialise in connecting international investors with investment opportunities throughout Helsinki and the wider region of Finland. As a team of experts in the local market, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the investment process, from identifying promising deal flow to ensuring compliance with local regulations and customs.

1. Tailored fact-finding tours  

Our team can provide you with personalised fact-finding tours to help you discover what makes Helsinki a thriving business hub. We’ll help you explore the city’s startup ecosystem and connect with key players in your industry.

2. Matchmaking services

Finding the right local partner is crucial for foreign LPs looking to invest in Finland.

Our matchmaking service connects you with reliable and experienced local VCs who are actively seeking investment opportunities that match your investment criteria.

We have a deep understanding of the Finnish startup ecosystem and can provide tailored recommendations to ensure that you make the best possible investment decisions.

3. Soft landing services for new funds  

Setting up a new fund in a foreign country can be a daunting task. Our soft landing service makes it easier for new funds to establish their presence in Finland.

We provide support in legal and administrative matters, as well as practical matters such as office space, recruitment, and networking.

We help you navigate the Finnish regulatory landscape, and connect you with local service providers to ensure a smooth transition.

4. Access to financing  

Finding the right financing can be challenging. Our team has the expertise to help you navigate the Finnish investment landscape and access the funding you need to grow your business.

We’ll work with you to identify the best financing options and connect you with investors who are eager to support your vision.

New funds

Helsinki Partners offers comprehensive services for new funds looking to set up in Helsinki. Our team provides valuable information about:

  • How and why to establish a fund in Finland.
  • Investor connections and introductions to legal help and partners.
  • Curated sector list and seep stage tips in collaboration with FiBAN, along with co-investment opportunities with local VCs.
  • After-landing market support.
  • Connections to relevant initiatives, programmes, and events.
  • Visits to help establish a strong presence in Helsinki’s thriving startup ecosystem.
Tuomas Uusiheimo

Venture Capitalists and Corporate Venture Capitalists (VCs &CVCs)

Helsinki Partners provides a range of services for VCs and CVCs seeking to invest in the thriving startup ecosystem of Helsinki. Our team offers:

  • Valuable information about the ecosystem, including startups, investors, and LPs.
  • Seed-stage tips in collaboration with FiBAN and curated sector lists.
  • Co-investment opportunities with local VCs
  • Custom research to find highly targeted dealflow.
  • Introductions to startups, VCs, and LPs.
  • Events and visits to help VCs and CVCs navigate the ecosystem and make informed investment decisions.
Tuomas Uusiheimo

Limited Partners (LPs)

Helsinki Partners provides a range of services for LP investors seeking to explore the thriving startup ecosystem and fund landscape in Helsinki including:

  • Information about emerging teams and startups.
  • Curated new fundraising opportunities for the next two years.
  • Introductions to local VCs and LPs
  • Event information and guided tours to help LP investors navigate the ecosystem and make informed investment decisions.
Tuomas Uusiheimo

Why Helsinki?

The most pressing global challenges will be solved on a city level. Helsinki, one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe, is a perfect testbed for future solutions. Helsinki boasts one of the world’s most talented workforces and a highly functional business environment, with impressive investments in research and development. Cooperation between businesses, research institutions, and citizens is a characteristic feature of the city. Read on for the top four reasons to invest in Helsinki and Finland, and discover more reasons why Helsinki is the perfect place for you

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1. Booming Startup Ecosystem in Helsinki

Helsinki boasts a thriving startup ecosystem that has tripled in value since 2015, making it a top contender in VC investment growth and VC per capita. Finland is leading in attracting VC funding in Europe in relation to GDP. The region has produced successful unicorns like Supercell, Wolt, and Aiven. While these unicorns dominate the startup value, smaller companies are quickly catching up.

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2. Innovation-Driven and Economically Successful Environment

Finland’s success is attributed to the sharing of knowledge between public institutions, businesses, and universities, which has led to an innovation-driven and economically successful environment. In fact, Finland has been ranked as the most competitive country in Europe by the World Economic Forum’s ‘The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Index.

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3. Strong Support System for Startups

Helsinki-based startups enjoy a strong nurturing system that helps them thrive. Business Helsinki provides cost-free coaching to startups, while publicly and privately funded incubators and accelerators offer continuous support. One such community is Maria 01, which provides nurturing and support to startups. Helsinki is also home to Slush, the largest gathering of venture capital in Europe, which brings together investors, entrepreneurs, and potential clients to network and share ideas.

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4. Safe and stable investment environment

Helsinki’s stable and predictable political and economic environment makes it a reliable choice for investors. For nearly a decade, Finland has been ranked as the world’s most peaceful and stable country, according to the Fragile States Index 2020. Additionally, Finland ranks third on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019, making it one of the least corrupt countries globally. Helsinki boasts a cohesive and inclusive society, where everyone is included in the development, making it a surprising but reliable choice for investors.

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“Helsinki Partners is a great organisation. They have always been very proactive in reaching out to introduce us to different companies and invite us to events.”

Tomosaku Sohara, Managing Partner, NordicNinja

“It is rare that one’s expectations are not only met but exceeded. Helsinki Partners has offered a first-class ticket to doing business in Finland and appreciating the Finnish lifestyle and culture.”

Catherine Lückhoff, CEO, 20fifty

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Contact info

If you are looking for high-quality deal flow, our dedicated team is ready to help you deep dive into the Helsinki business ecosystem. Contact us to help you get started.

About Helsinki Partners

Helsinki Partners is a city marketing, investment and talent attraction company owned by the City of Helsinki.

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Contact Helsinki Partners

If you are interested in learning more about Helsinki and its possibilities – please contact us via the form here. We’ll make sure to get back to you within a few working days.

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