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Nordea is organizing a startup accelerator program in autumn 2015 together with Nestholma. The program will include 10–15 startup companies that will innovate new digital services for customers.

Nordea Startup Accelerator

Nordea startup accelerator program is a free, intensive three-month program in Helsinki, Finland run in collaboration with Nestholma. The program focuses on new, outside the box, innovations for customer experience and touchpoints in digital, value opportunities around payments and as well as ways for achieving your dreams by savings and other means. During the program startups startups get a unique opportunity to work with and learn from Nordea’s experts and executives. We are looking for startups that have an innovative service or technology solution with international growth potential.

Read more in the press release.

 

 

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Nestholma joins EIT ICT Labs Trusted Cloud High Impact Initiative to help the SME’s to make a bigger business impact and to support the ecosystem collaboration.

Trusted Cloud HII Acceleration Days in Munich

British Telecom, Telecom Italia, 3D Repo and U-Hopper working together.

EIT ICT Labs Trusted Cloud High Impact Initiative (HII) Acceleration Days gathered six SME’s and three large corporations together in Munich to strengthen the collaboration in building secure European cloud solutions. The event was arranged by Nestholma Venture Accelerator from Finland and Digital Catapult from UK. The aim was to get the small and large companies (British Telecom, Telecom Italia, F-Secure) across Europe to learn from each other and accelerate building the partnerships and customer-driven businesses.

The foundation of the Trusted Cloud Acceleration Days was based on Nestholma’s accelerator model which is based on the idea of helping startups or SME’s and large corporation to efficiently work and build businesses together.

“Privacy and trust are fundamental issues for every business and affect the lives of every consumer daily. We are excited to be able work with the EIT ICT Labs and the companies across Europe to speed-up the development of European Trusted Cloud services with Nestholma’s unique accelerator model” say Nestholma’s CEO Topi Järvinen.

The program included tens of structured one-on-one meetings, Trusted Cloud technology sessions as well as insights and help on building customer-driven secure cloud solutions. Both the SME’s and large corporations felt the Acceleration Days gave them a good foundation for collaboration in the Trusted Cloud High Impact Initiative. Geoff Andersson from one of the SME’s, PixelPin says that

“As a company committed to users privacy and protecting personal data it was great to get so much support from the Acceleration Days in Munich. Operating in the cloud brings many business benefits and getting it right is a must, so we see working with EIT ICT Labs as a vital step forward for us.”

The activity leader, Markku Kutvonen from F-Secure was also pleased with the results.

“The event was short and intensive engagement journey for the SMEs joining the activity, with a lot of business focus delivered by Nestholma and Digital Catapult. I especially liked the matchmaking, where all the partners in our activity shared their contribution and results with the other partners in short one to one sessions. This both created a great atmosphere and awareness of each other’s role and induced innovation inside the group. Very co-operative and successful event, overall.”

Tursted Cloud Munich Acceleration Days

 

More information about the EIT ICT Labs Trusted Cloud High Impact Initiative (HII)

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Yrityskiihdyttämö Nestholmasta liikkeelle lähteneen Neonto Oy:n joukkorahoituskierros ylimerkittiin vikkelästi. Neonton joukkorahoituskierros on yrityskiihdyttämö Nestholman ja Invesdorin yhteistyön ensimmäisiä hedelmiä.

Mobiilisovellusten suunnittelutyökaluja tekevä Neonto Oy lähti hakemaan osakeannilla 25 000–50 000 euroa, mutta keräsikin noin kolmessa viikossa lähes 60 000 euroa. Anti jouduttiin sulkemaan etuajassa odotukset ylittäneen kysynnän vuoksi.

”Joukkorahoituskierroksella halusimme antaa tuotteen varhaisille käyttäjille mahdollisuuden tulla omistajiksi ja hyötyä tulevasta menestyksestä. Tämä onnistui nimenomaan Invesdorin osakepohjaisen rahoitusmallin ansiosta”, Neonto Oy:n toimitusjohtaja Pauli Ojala kiittelee. “Lisäksi nyt saavutettu tulos luo hyvän pohjan sille, että Neonto on haluttu sijoituskohde myös tulevissa rahoituskierroksissa. Olemme iloisesti yllättyneitä ja erittäin kiitollisia sijoittajilta saamastamme vastaanotosta.”

Yhtiön tuote, Neonto Studio, on suunnittelijoille tarkoitettu visuaalinen työkalu mobiilisovellusten luomiseen. Se mahdollistaa aidosti natiivien mobiilisovellusten luomisen ilman ohjelmointitaitoja.

Idea Neonto Oy:n joukkorahoituskierrokselle kumpusi Nestholman kiihdyttämöohjelmasta, jossa yritys on mukana. Invesdor on ohjelman virallinen joukkorahoituskumppani.

”Invesdorin palvelu rokkaa ja Nestholma tukee startupeja monipuolisesti. Tämä on kova yhdistelmä”, Nestholman perustajajäsen Antti Kosunen toteaa. ”Yhteistyö Invesdorin, Nestholman ja Neonton välillä toimi saumattomasti, mikä näkyy annin vakuuttavassa ylimerkinnässä. Nestholmalla on kykyä tarjota startupeille erinomaista tukea, ja näemme yhteistyön jatkuvan menestyksekkäänä”, Mäkelä komppaa.

Lisätietoja

Pauli Ojala
Toimitusjohtaja,
CTO Neonto Oy
[email protected]

Antti Kosunen
Perustajajäsen
Nestholma Oy
Puh.+358 400 850 200
[email protected]

Lasse Mäkelä
Toimitusjohtaja
Invesdor Oy
Puh. +358 40 753 3844
[email protected]

Nestholma lyhyesti
Nestholma on startup-kiihdyttämö, joka tarjoaa isoille yrityksille ja startupeille uudenlaisen tavan tehdä yhteistyötä. Tavoitteena on tarjota kiinnostaville startupeille mahdollisuus työskennellä, oppia ja partneroitua samalla alalla toimivan ison yrityksen kanssa. Isolle yritykselle Nestholman kolmen kuukauden kiihdyttämöohjelma tarjoaa uudenlaisen ja nopean tavan tehdä kehitys- ja innovaatiotoimintaa sekä löytää ja ohjata uusia partnereita. www.nestholma.com

Neonto lyhyesti
Neonton perustajina on joukko digitaalisten sisältöjen, mobiiliteknologian ja käyttökokemuksen suunnittelun ammattilaisia, joiden missiona on muuttaa tapaa jolla mobiilisovelluksia kehitetään. Neonton ideana on tarjota suunnittelijoille työkalu, jonka avulla he voivat itsenäisesti toteuttaa ideoitaan mobiililaitteille. Neonton tuote, Neonto Studio, julkaistaan alkuvuoden 2015 aikana.

Invesdor lyhyesti
Invesdor on Pohjois-Euroopan johtavia osakepohjaisen joukkorahoituksen palveluja. Invesdor pyrkii vauhdittamaan Suomen talouskasvua parantamalla startup- ja kasvuyritysten mahdollisuuksia saada rahoitusta. Autamme pääomaa etsiviä yrityksiä ja kasvuyrityksistä kiinnostuneita yksityisiä sijoittajia löytämään toisensa verkossa. Pääoma tulee sijoittajilta eri puolilta maailmaa. Lisää tietoa yrityksestämme ja palveluistamme osoitteessa invesdor.com.

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Press release December 19, 2014
For immediate release

Copyright Seppo SamuliThe eight startups that participated in the media startup accelerator run by Nestholma and Yle, graduated from the program with high praise.

Startups pitched their service to potential investors in the Demo Day that was the final event in the program. Every startup has already received their first round of funding, and investors have already shown a great deal of interest to participate in the next funding rounds.

“I’m extremely proud of this batch of startups. They’ve shown excellent progress over the past months. By validating their ideas with customers, every one of them has found viable model to go forward” says Topi Järvinen, managing director of Nestholma. Järvinen adds “I’m also very happy with the cooperation with Yle and Elisa. This has been a very good example on how the cooperation between large corporations and startups is beneficial for both”.

Check out the pitch videos at https://www.nestholma.com/yle-media-startup-accelerator/demo-day.html

Startups

ClipMe offers new ways to create and share moments together with people you love through 15-second collaborative videos. Made with smartphones, ClipMe videos can be shared and viewed on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere on the web. Over 2500 video stories have been shared on ClipMe from 98 countries and 220 cities of the world. ClipMe is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. http://clipme.in/

Nau App is a location-based spontaneous meet-up platform. Stop planning and start doing it nau. Reach out to your networks close by and spontaneously meet up. Nau app adds location and time to your social networks and helps to find the right company for your activities close by. Nau app is tested with business school in the Nordics and will be launched in early 2015. www.nauapp.com

Remarket changes the way we consume fashion. It’s an online marketplace for quality second hand clothing, where users can turn items they no longer wear, into money and more space. Selection is curated, so shoppers can enjoy second hand pieces that never compromise quality or style. Remarket launches in early 2015.

SoundShade is a simple audio application that helps to focus on the task at hand. All of the natural, listen-for-hours sounds from our library can be arranged in the surround sound space as you wish. SoundShade is available for iPhone and iPad worldwide in December 2014.www.soundshade.me

Speeky is the number fun voice messaging service. We help you to send voice messages to your friends that make them smile! Speeky for iPhone will launch in January 2014. www.speeky.co/get

SuprView is an innovative Startup commercializing technology of Augmented Reality (AR), we are designing an easy to use architectural visualizer that utilizes latest augmented reality and mobile technology to display realistic 3D models of buildings outdoors. Our product helps building manufacturers or architects show buildings to their customers in any location making it possible to see how they fit into the surrounding environment. We have a beta version of our application on Android.http://suprview.fi/n/

Viima makes feedback collection social, visual and fun! By using our software, companies get an instant overview on the most important customer needs. During its first year Viima reached 20k€ in revenue while developing and validating the product with pilot customers. https://www.viima.com/

Wooffer is an online dog competition service which allows users to compete against each other with dog videos and pictures. With Wooffer dog fans can also create their own competitions. www.wooffer.com

See more at www.nestholma.com/portfolio.html

Further information

Nestholma, managing director Topi Järvinen, topi (at) nestholma.com, +358 40 754 3131

Nestholma is a startup accelerator that helps large companies and startups to work together. The objective is to provide large companies a clear model and tools that help them to innovate and build new businesses faster together with startups. For startups Nestholma offers funding and the opportunity to work with and learn from a larger company that is a potential partner. Nestholma has received support for the project from the European Social Fund.

www.nestholma.com.

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Press release December 5, 2014

For immediate release

Tiedote suomeksi (In Finnish)

 

Jari Pasanen joins Nestholma as a partner

Jari Pasanen has been invited to join Nestholma Oy as a partner starting January 1, 2015. Nestholma is a startup accelerator that offers large companies and startups a new way to do cooperation.

Nestholma’s three month accelerator program offers established companies a clear, fast and efficient model for venture and innovation activities. The program enables them to work with startup companies and guide them towards mutually beneficial strategic goals. For startups the cooperation offers a unique opportunity to learn and partner with an established company in the same field.

Nestholma offers startups seed funding, connections to customers and investors in addition to daily support and tools for building customer-driven businesses.

“We are excited to welcome Jari Pasanen to Nestholma’s operative team, because he brings us such strong international business and technology understanding and expertise. Based on his background, Jari has also unique insights into the innovation processes within large corporations as well as the daily challenges at growth companies” says Nestholma’s managing director Topi Järvinen.

Jari Pasanen has a long and extensive experience in top level management and leadership positions at, for example, Nokia and Sitra. He has also been a board member in a number of publicly listed corporations and growth companies. Jari has served as an advisor to different kinds of companies from early stage startups to large private equity funds. Jari Pasanen is also an investor.

 

More information

Topi Järvinen
Managing director
Nestholma Accelerator
tel. +358 40 754 3131
topi (at) nestholma.com

Antti Kosunen
Co-founder
Nestholma Accelerator
tel. +358 400 850 200
antti (at) nestholma.com

Jari Pasanen
Partner, investor
tel. +35850 5500 895
jari (at) nestholma.com
fi.linkedin.com/pub/jari-pasanen/2/b20/982/

 

Nestholma Oy
www.nestholma.com

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Press release In English

 

Jari Pasanen partneriksi Nestholma Oy:hyn

Jari Pasanen on kutsuttu partneriksi Nestholma Oy:hyn alkaen 1.1.2015.  Nestholma on startup-kiihdyttämö, joka tarjoaa isoille yrityksille ja startupeille uudenlaisen tavan tehdä yhteistyötä.

Vakiintuneille yrityksille Nestholman kolmen kuukauden kiihdytysohjelma tarjoaa selkeän ja nopean mallin venture-tyyppiseen kehitys- ja innovaatiotoimintaan. Ohjelmassa vakiintuneet yritykset voivat löytää uusia partnereita startup-yrityksistä, joita ne pääsevät neuvomaan oman liiketoimintansa kannalta olennaisissa kysymyksissä.

Alkuvaiheen yrityksille ohjelma puolestaan tarjoaa mahdollisuuden työskennellä, oppia ja partneroitua samalla alalla toimivan ison yrityksen kanssa.

Nestholma järjestää vuosittain 2–3 kiihdytysohjelmaa ja jokainen kiihdytysohjelma rakennetaan vastaamaan kumppaniyrityksen tarpeita. Tällä hetkellä Nestholmalla on käynnissä kiihdytysohjelma Ylen ja Elisan kanssa. Sijoittajille ja medialle suunnattu Demo Day -tapahtuma järjestetään Helsingissä torstaina 11.12.

Nestholma tarjoaa startupeille siemenvaiheen rahoitusta, asiakas- ja sijoittajakontakteja sekä ennen kaikkea apua ja tarvittavat työkalut asiakaslähtöisen liiketoiminnan rakentamiseksi.

“Olemme erittäin tyytyväisiä, että Jari Pasanen liittyi operatiiviseen tiimiin, koska hän tuo vahvan kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan osaamisen ja teknologian ymmärryksen. Taustansa vuoksi Jarilla on erittäin vahva näkemys suurten yritysten innovaatioprosesseista ja kasvuyritysten arkipäivän haasteista”, sanoo Nesthoman toimitusjohtaja Topi Järvinen.

Jari Pasasella on pitkä ja laaja kokemus korkean tason johtotehtävistä mm. Nokiassa ja Sitrassa sekä hallitusrooleissa pörssiyrityksissä ja kasvuyrityksissä. Hän on toiminut myös neuvonantajana aivan alkuvaiheen startupeista suuriin pääomarahastoihin. Jari Pasanen on myös sijoittaja.

 

Lisätietoja:

Topi Järvinen
Toimitusjohtaja
Nestholma Accelerator
puh. 040 754 3131
topi (at) nestholma.com

Antti Kosunen
Co-founder
Nestholma Accelerator
puh. 0400 850 200
antti (at) nestholma.com

Jari Pasanen
Partneri, sijoittaja
puh. 050 5500 895
jari (at) nestholma.com
fi.linkedin.com/pub/jari-pasanen/2/b20/982/

 

Nestholma Oy
www.nestholma.com

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We crowdsource innovations, product development, R&D and customer interactions. We are not replacing anything, we just provide the wisdom of thousands of people at the cost of fraction of a internal development team.

We follow the Lean Startup methodology, but from our strategic partners perspective it looks more like design thinking. We have copied some of the best practices from Google, Stanford and the ideas of analytics-driven and customer-focused product development. We go way beyond just posting the separate ideas on yellow stickers on the wall. Together with startups, we provide our partner companies ready and validated concepts to choose from. Post-it notes are excellent combined with some research and validations, but in most cases it really takes companies nowhere today. Average successful startup has 4-7 pivots. Consumers’ behavior changes faster every day and teams should learn and adjust the product based on the learnings. Only very seldom can we nowadays have step-wise process, but several simultaneous processes affecting each other with fast changes.

We bring customer and developer insight from over 500 persons per project. Because it’s their own business, they have done a lot of research themselves. What company can afford to mobilize such a huge amount of people for innovating, product development, R&D and customer interactions? Certainly many big companies do it all the time, but the expense is 100 fold compared to an accelerator program.

One has to let loose a bit to succeed in the future. Nobody can control the consumers – predicting the future usually goes wrong. At least with faster implementation of learned behavior and needs, organizations could provide more competitive products. If you plan for years to come and focus on implementation, that’s a sure way to fail. If you react based on learnings from open collaboration with your business ecosystem, you still can fail or succeed. However, if you fail, the failure is minimal compared to old school operations.

By opening up company’s ecosystem, learning is faster, financial overhead and risks are lower, and the number of of new product ideas is far greater than before. And we are talking about validated ideas, because quantitative assessment is crucial for us. I have to say that I am a fan of  Mika Aaltonen’s work at Aalto-Strax.  One thing they point out is the idea of not defining what success will look like in the future. Every company should be prepared to keep the door open for unplanned successes. Working with fast-moving and creative startups is one of the best ways to stay on top of the change and take advantage of the new business opportunities.

I was lucky enough to get a co-founder with solid scientific background from research backed by the Finnish Academy. Topi has also developed 100+ products for the biggest companies as well as for startups. Together with him we are creating a product factory producing learning and new revenue streams to large corporations. This creates also a laboratory and a collaboration environment inside the large corporations for the startups. The end-goal is of course to create the next airbnbs, twitters and facebooks. A win-win-win factory.

Antti Kosunen (twitter.com/AnttiKosunen)

 

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Yle Media Startup Accelerator Themes, part 4: Social TV. In the coming weeks we’ll feature some of the themes at Yle Media Startup Accelerator Program and share some interesting things that have caught our attention. See also the list of the themes on the application page

Social TV has been in the making for a long time. It’s been declared the next big thing and dead many times already in the past 10 years. First, there was a lot of hope put on IP-based set-top boxes, then came the standalone apps, and now Twitter and Facebook are leading the way.

In the era of very nice smart TV’s by Samsung and others, there seems to be fairly good ways to implement social TV features on the TV itself. Also, IPTV services provided by telcos are expected to grow very fast which means that the traditional living room infrastructure is quickly being turned social tv-ready.

At the same time, the living room -centric linear TV is facing fierce competition from digital video services, but the fight is far from over. Close to half of US households subscribe to an online video service, such as Netflix. Still, the advertisers spend more than ever on TV ads while newspaper and radio ad spending have been declining for years.

Linear or not, the social media giants have made TV their priority or even the cornerstone of the business as Twitter has done. Twitter seems to be the early winner in this race, but, for ex., both Facebook and Tumblr have been very active in going after this market and also challenging Twitter’s dominance

These general social media services are certainly not the only possibilities share the TV experience with others as some standalone 2nd screen apps are still going strong. For example, the Story Sync app for Walking Dead has gathered sizable following of fans that want to share the live TV experience together.

In any case, the consumer interest, revenue opportunities, technology and market readiness has never been this good for social/2nd screen/interactive/pick-your-buzz-word TV experience. The market is still wide open for great new ideas.

Do you have a great idea for social TV or 2nd screen apps? Remember to apply for the Yle Media Startup Accelerator by August 15th.

– Topi Järvinen (twitter.com/topij)