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Nestholma’s Virtual Startup Mentoring Meet-up, which was organized on Thursday 5th November 2020 as an online meetup, connected many of the new startups with Nestholma mentor network to discuss getting investments and crowdfunding and the keys to Digital Leadership.

The purpose of this virtual get-together was to increase the connections of the new startups with the Nestholma mentor network, hear insights and tips, share experiences together with other great mentors and build relationships and networks for the future.

Virtual group photo from few of the participants!

From pitches to interactive connections

The meeting started with pitches from the startups Kippie, Resident Tax, BlocRecs, Ethical Capital, Portunus and Yanda. Then José Jimenez from Seedrs and Rudi Vogl from Smartbird shared their insights and answered to startups’ questions related to getting investments and crowdfunding and digital age leadership. Through interactive excersice the startups and mentors got to share their thoughts about applying the digital age leadership principles into their business. The meeting also included a fireside chat and questions and answers between the participants. After that the discussions and virtual networking continued using the Discord platform, which created like a backstage environment for the participants.

The meeting was inspiring, and the participants and attendees were the basis of its success due to their interaction and their desire to develop their business with a network of mentors with experience and competence in various fields. Here you can see some of the most interesting tips from the mentors.

José “Joma” Jimenez’s top 3 tips about getting investments:

  1. Take the fears of the investors out: “One way to take fears from investors is to make them relate and understand the problems that you are trying to solve”.
  2. Show how painful it is going to be without your solution, and let them understand how magically you are going to solve it!
  3. Start meeting investors as early as possible to build the network

“Network is an important key to get investors to come to you instead of chasing funds. As soon as you start your company, start meeting investors, let the people know that you are doing great work, and build your relationship with them.”

José Jimenez

Rudolf “Rudi” Vogl’s top 3 tips about leading in the digital age:

  1. Startups are born with the digital mindset – but think also how it shows in your leadership principles: are you leading your business with focus on the audience and future, openly and data-drivenly?
  2. Leading yourself in turbulence times is important too. Find your source of energy that gives you motivation and ensure to arrange time for it.
  3. Remember to recharge yourself too: “Humans are not functioning like computers, we have to take time for our mental and physical health” says Rudi Vogl.

With the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on many sectors, whether service or financial, it is necessary to adapt to this new situation by finding modern or different ways to continue the process of creativity and leadership and that’s why Nestholma also transformed the physical mentoring events into a virtual meetup.

As the organizer of this meeting, I found interaction and interest from startups to participate in this meet-up and meet with our distinguished mentors. I also found enthusiasm and desire from our mentors to participate and give advice and directions to participants.

I would like to thank everyone for accepting the invitation to participate and interact during the meeting. Nestholma continues to boost startups build relationships with experienced mentors that in turn facilitate the process of creativity and innovation.

Interested in mentoring?

Are you interested in mentoring or supporting our startups in other ways? There are various ways that you can contribute – from active regular mentoring sessions into participation in our events or workshops. For more information, you can contact virpi @ nestholma.com.

About the writer

Abdullah Althobaiti from Saudi Arabia, a recent graduate from Purdue University and Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana US. I’m working at Nestholma as an HR intern (through Virtual Internships) and working at The Bridge to Success LLC in order to gain work experience and gain requirements for a qualification. I have interests in several aspects on both personal and professional sides. On the personal side, I work on developing communication skills and time management. As for the field of human resources, I am interested in managing organizations, developing the role of human resources, developing skills for business leadership and talent management.

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We at Nestholma have always valued changes and for that exact reason, we are happy to announce our new direction. In the new online-embracing-world we live in, we are shifting our direction towards HR and will be focusing even stronger into:

  1. Providing virtual entrepreneurship accelerators for laid-off employees to create new businesses, as we’ve done in the past with Nokia and Microsoft
  2. Helping HR departments turn the cultural transformation into reality by giving an entrepreneurial boost into the organization
  3. Bringing new innovation into your company by finding high potential startups around the world

For driving this new direction, Virpi Jalonen has been nominated as the new CEO, bringing over 10 years of international HR, talent acquisition and entrepreneurship experience aboard. At the same time Daniel Collado Ruiz, the previous CEO, moves into a new role focusing on building sustainable and green technology companies at Fairforce, remaining as part of the Nestholma community. In addition, Raquel Ortega Gómez will continue as the Ecosystem Orchestrator leading Nestholma’s business development and projects further, supporting Nestholma’s wide variety of startups.

Virpi & Raquel (Photo: Distrito Digital)

Daniel has been successfully leading Nestholma and expanding the business globally, ramping up Nestholma’s Spain office in Alicante and together with the team has been creating great new business opportunities for both Nestholma, its partners as well as for Nestholma’s startups. 

“It has been a pleasure to guide this ship during the past years, and I’m excited to see what this new focus will bring to our customers and startup companies.” says Daniel.

Virpi has been part of Nestholma’s office since the beginning in Alicante as Renewal Strategist and earlier this year has taken the role as COO of Nestholma. She is experienced in leading strategic HR projects, driving cultural transformation and as the founder of The Career Atelier is also expert in building new online business and coaching people towards new beginnings in their careers. From the background, she is an HR and talent acquisition expert and has worked in gaming and tech companies such as Wisar, Hatch, Rovio and Nokia.

“Nestholma’s core is renewal, innovation and collaboration – we are experts of turning challenging situations into new business opportunities and have the expertise to bring new innovations inside the organization. 
I’m excited to have the chance to develop Nestholma further and continue building on the great foundation that Daniel, Antti Kosunen and the whole Nestholma team have created.” says Virpi.


Does your company take social responsibility seriously, taking good care of your employees also in challenging layoff situations? We are happy to work either directly with you or partner with your existing outplacement partners providing entrepreneurship accelerator support as additional service for those employees who are interested to start new business.

We are also experts in bringing innovation inside your organization – whether it would be training programs for your people or finding the best startups to collaborate with.

Contact for more information

Virpi Jalonen, CEO

Spain +34 69 445 1550

Finland +358 50 487 2578

[email protected] www.nestholma.com

Posted by & filed under Guest blog, Human Resources, Organizational learning.

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 learn lots from corporations, they also can teach corporations how to think in new ways and embrace new possibilities.

Company culture is one of these areas where startups can offer some real insight to corporations. Most business leaders agree that a strong and appropriate company culture is a real competitive edge, but organizational change is a daunting task that sometimes seems too great to undertake.

If you’re skeptical that startups can teach business leaders about company culture, then consider the following.

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Is your startup going to be the next big thing in fintech? Do you have the AI, blockchain or cryptocurrency solution of the future? Or other innovation that is going to change how we do banking? And most importantly, do you want to collaborate with top banks from all over the world?

We are looking for the top fintech startups to work with top banks with over 100 million customers.

Make us love you and will make the banks love you more

Convince us you are what banks need, and you will be part of the selected top startups we Read more »

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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. Petri’s current role is the founder and owner of Elevon Consulting Oy. There he focuses on advising companies in carrying out change programmes and setting up financing solutions. 

In part one, I discussed the external factors forcing change upon the insurance industry. There is an obvious question that arises after. What is holding back insurance companies from changing their ways? Especially taking into account all of these looming threats on their horizon?

Again, I see a number of factors, many of which are universal, not insurance industry specific. Here is my list:

1. Non-life insurance is profitable

The non-life business is profitable today. That is because companies in a difficult investment environment have systematically cut their operating costs. And thus made their primary insurance business much Read more »

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Startups: when you apply to any of our accelerators or BankAccess programs, you’ll be exposed to all of our bank partners operating in 20+ countries in addition to TEB. 

Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB) is a reputable institution in the Turkish banking sector operating with its more than 500 branches and about 10,000 employees throughout the country. Since its establishment in 1927, with its expanded network of branches and a diversified range of products and services, TEB has pursued operating in various fields of the banking sector.

In 2005, BNP Paribas, one of the strongest banks in the world Read more »