Nestholma

Effective collaboration between startups and financial institutions

Nestholma helps you innovate and renew your organization

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For financial institutions

We work with banks and insurance companies who want to go beyond startup hype and get tangible results: innovations, faster deals, organization-wide learnings by working with startups.

Read more about how we can help your organization here.

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For startups

For startups, we offer a fast track to working with banks & insurance companies. That on top off support for growing their business and becoming ready to work with big financial institutions.

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26

collaboration programs

9

countries

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faster way of getting deals

Some of our customers include Nordea, OTP Bank, TEB, Nokia, Microsoft, EIT Digital, F-Secure, British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Elisa, Yle, etc.

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The Nestholma whitepaper

Nestholma whitepaper about collaborating with startups

This white paper explores the benefits of collaborating with startups on branding, innovation and learning.

It also reviews alternatives and best practices on collaboration.

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Nestholma blog

What startup entrepreneurs can teach business leaders about company culture

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We tend to think of corporations and startups as being on opposite ends of the same continuum. That corporations are the more evolved form of startups, and they are what every startup hopes to eventually become. And while this is true to some extent, it doesn’t mean the relationship is one-way. Just like startups can... read more.

Navigating collaboration: the startup collaboration canvas

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The best innovations come from collaboration. Yet most attempts at collaboration fail. Most corporates blame the lack of strategic alignment or maturity. Most startups blame bureaucracy and internal politics. And they’re both right: most of the time, there’s some building block missing. When you buy furniture, you wouldn’t leave half of the pieces “for later”.... read more.

OTP Bank accelerator from start to finish: collaboration, innovation & results

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We have done 26 programs so far, but still, each new program makes us as excited as if it was the first one. And the same thing happened again with our latest program: startup accelerator with OTP Bank. Now it has already been a month since the Demo Day and the end of the program... read more.

How working with startups makes your employees better?

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The rapidly changing world requires corporations to re-think all aspects of their organizations. They need to renew their strategies, operations and the way they organize their resources. Some of the most successful companies have realized startups are a good tool for fostering organizational renewal. They understand that in today’s world, they cannot only rely on their... read more.

The business case for organizing an accelerator

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Corporations benefit in many ways from having an accelerator. In our whitepaper, we already analyzed those benefits in depth. But one question that is sometimes tricky for people is: how much? This is especially relevant when preparing a business case. Should you or should you not do an accelerator? What are the benefits, the costs,... read more.

The future of corporate venture capital? Here’s what the pros think

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The startup event of the year, Slush, was last week and that meant it was also time for our official Slush side event: Corporate Venture Capital. Together with Helsinki Business Hub, Mawsonia and Global Corporate Venturing we got together the brightest of the CVCs from all over the world. And thanks to the great speakers and... read more.

Will CEE surpass China and India as the fintech leader? Here’s why.

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China has been the number one market in fintech for a while now, and India is right behind it. But will 3rd king of the market be the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)? At first, saying so might feel a bit surprising, random even. Sure, there are some great success stories like Prezi, Ustream, LogMeIn... read more.

Insurance is about to be disrupted. Here’s why.

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This is a guest post from one of our mentors, Petri Ekman. Petri is an experienced executive with a broad and in-depth experience in financing, financial and insurance products and risk management strategies for corporate clients.  Change Started Later than in Many Other Industries During my 12 years in insurance, I used to hear numerous... read more.

Why OTP Bank works with Nestholma

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Collaboration between startups and corporations is not easy. Most attempts to cooperate actually fail. There is a cultural divide between their two worlds. This why you need a mediator who understands both of those worlds: to make the collaboration a win-win for both the corporation and the startups. Luckily, our area of expertise at Nestholma... read more.