New Nordic Lift Off

New Nordic Lift Off - raising Central Baltic startups and scaleups investment awareness and building a strong united investment ecosystem

P1 Competitive economy

1.1. New Central Baltic knowledge intensive companies

Central Baltic

01.06.2020 - 30.11.2022

€543 120

€434 769

Project Summary:

The development and growth of high-tech enterprises in Estonia, Latvia, Finland region is often hindered by the low capability of companies to raise investments. Even though there are rather good national-level support systems for creating a new company, the difficulties arise once the company starts growing and thus needs additional funding/support to scaleup. One of the most effective ways to support the development and growth of high-tech startups is to start raising capital with angel investments. However, in the New Nordics, the cross-border investment activity is still low and there are too few active lead angels, who are willing to take up cross-border deals. Therefore lead angels are the foremost necessity for high-tech startups to raise funding. 

The main idea of the project is to stimulate cross-border investments in the region into high-tech startups by increasing the startups’ investment readiness and raising the overall investment knowledge within the sector and to build a strong united investment ecosystem between Finland, Estonia, and Latvia. To achieve this goal the project will organise training boot camps for startups and investment mentoring. The startups will be provided with international high-level meetings with investors, VC, and corporate partners.

To raise the availability of angel investment in the market for startups and scaleups the project will focus also on increasing the number and activity of lead investors and BAN members. Cross-border investing is also a focus of the project to support regional startups raising capital from international angel syndicates to have better cross-region scaling opportunities. In order to build a united strong investment ecosystem, the importance of building relations and sharing experience can not be underestimated. Therefore startups and investors will be taken to regional startup conferences and flagship events where special networking and pitching events will be carried out within the project.

Lead Partner

Eesti Äriinglite Assotsiatsioon MTÜ

Country: EE

Partner budget: 232.630 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 197.735 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Latvijas Jaunuzņēmumu Asociācija Startin.LV

Country: LV

Partner budget: 208.403 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 177.142 EUR ERDF

Finnish Business Angels Network

Country: FI

Partner budget: 226.185 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 169.639 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The main results of the project will be:
135 companies that have participated in trainings with 8 new CB companies have received cross-border investments

Out of 135 companies receiving investment readiness training and mentorship, BAN networks will choose the best 38 to pitch for angel investors at the BAN pitch events and out of those, out of which 8 will be getting an international cross-border angel investment syndicate.

The link between project results and programme result indicator “Number of joint or co-operating knowledge intensive enterprises” is direct. As a result of increasing the investment readiness of startups as well as increased capacity of the investors, a number of new high-tech startups cooperating in the region will emerge. The startups will be provided with needed tools in order for them to raise investments. As a result of the project activities, the startups of the region will gain relevant knowhow and experience in raising capital, as well as participate in a wide network, enabling to achieve higher level of cooperation. Through the trainings and events of the project, the startups will be able to collaborate on a higher level, as the project lays a common ground and provides possibilities of experience sharing. All startups participating in the project as target groups and beneficiaries are expected to develop more rapidly, as the contact with investors has been provided and relevant skills taught.