Nestholma speeds up startup and corporate collaboration

Hands-on approach to making startups and corporations succeed

We have a very practical approach to helping startups to succeed. We have developed a whole series of interlinked workshops and other sessions where you will learn and get lots of practical coaching on, for example, sales, marketing, how to talk with customers and build products together with them or how to collaborate with with investors.

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Corporations need to renew themselves, and one of the best ways to do that is by working with startups. This white paper explores the benefits on branding, innovation and learning. It also reviews alternatives and best practices on collaboration.

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With startups we concentrate on making sure that you are solving a real problem and that customers are willing to pay for your solution - or the value you provide to them. When you understand this, you can do great marketing, sales and pitch to investors. This way startup can also develop great products that provide great value also for the corporation. And that makes the collaboration possible.

We always say that we are not a pitching school: we believe that you can do a great pitch if you have a great product that you've validated with your real customers. So far, our startups have done well with this approach - just check out some examples from our Demo Day with Nordea.

Helping startups to become businesses and trustworthy partners

In our coaching we help the startup to connect the dots between the different areas important for startups, and how you can, for example, use the better customer understanding and need validation to make better marketing. Anything that's needed to become real businesses and to be able to build long term relationships with the corporations.

Nordea mentors meeting startups at Nestholma Startup Accelerator Program

Naturally, we always customize our approach to fit the needs of the startup in a way that it also supports the collaboration between the startup and the corporation. We're not into molding startups into one shape. Startup need to drive the business with an entrepreneurial mindset. We support that the tools, support, connections etc. This way also the corporation can benefit from the entrepreneurial drive in the collaboration. This enables the corporation and its employees to learn new ways of working and thinking that can be applied also to their work elsewhere.

Nestholma funding for the startups

Nestholma invests 10.000€ to 150.000€ into the startups that are selected into the Nestholma programs. Typically the investments are done in two or three stages based on agreed milestones. Nestholma also invites other investors (angels or VC's) to invest or co-invest into the startups. Investors are invited to visit and meet the startups through-out the program (for ex. investor panels and the Demo Day pitches). Nestholma also works closely with public funding providers (for ex. Tekes).

An example of a Nestholma program for the startups

Arranged together with a corporation that wants to work and partner with startups
Three month intensive Nestholma Startup Program
Opportunity to work and learn with the corporate partner in weekly mentoring and collaboration sessions
Seed funding up to 150.000€ during and after the program
Great mentors from Nestholma with lots of experience on building new businesses
Daily support and help during the program from Nestholma's staff
Tens of events and workshops on important topics, such as marketing, sales, funding, building the team etc.

Read more in the Nestholma blog