NAP is once again looking for the most promising early stage startups to invest in. Apply for the opportunity to receive an investment worth up to €500k from a syndicate of Nordic, Baltic and Russian angels. The deadline to apply is Sep 22 2019.Apply now
This is not a pitching competition
Nordic Angel Program is an international training and investment program connecting the most experienced business angels from the Nordics, Baltics and Russia with the most promising startups the region has to offer. The program is run in cooperation with the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN).
Think you have got what it takes?
Who can apply?
The application criteria for the Nordic Angel Program are the following:
- Funding round should be open.
- Based in or strong links to the Nordics and/or Baltics.
- Less than €4m in pre-money valuation.
- Less than €500k in previous funding.
What to expect.
NAP is no beauty competition – startups are evaluated in more detail than in a pitching competition. It is no picnic either – screening, evaluation and due diligence is done in only three months, culminating in the announcement of the final investment on stage at Slush.
Read about last year’s winner
After months of evaluation, coaching and negotiation, there was a clear number one in the batch: FeelingStream, a speech-to-text tool that is helping contact centers automate their processes with intelligence. Read their story here.
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PREVIOUS NAP ANGELS.
Kim Väisänen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Väisänen currently serves as Growth Partner at the Finnish venture capital firm Evli Growth Partners. Väisänen successfully built and led the software company Blancco as a co-founder and CEO for more than 15 years until the company was acquired by the London Stock Exchange listed Regenersis in 2015.
Väisänen has received over a dozen recognitions, awards and prizes from public and private organizations. Honours include such recognitions as Entrepreneur of the Year by EY, ICT Company of the Year by Computerworld Finland and Internationalization Awards of the President of the Republic of Finland. Mr. Väisänen is also well-recognized columnist and blogger for several newspapers, IT magazines and online publications in Finland. Currently he contributes to half a dozen publications and does public speaking on a regular basis.
Saga Forss is an entrepreneur and an investor with an extensive background in Corporate Finance (M&A) both domestically and internationally. Forss co-founded and chaired Leipomo Keisari, the bakery chain which was later sold to Fazer Bakery in 2016.
As an investor, Forss focuses on the food-, wellness-, fitness and health industries. She is the co-founder and board member of Soppakeittiö (Soup & More Oy), the very popular Soup restaurant chain. She is also a board member of The English Tearoom – ETR – an independent investment company, owned by the Paulig family.
Riku Asikainen is a seasoned entrepreneur with a strong emphasis on growth investments in small and medium-sized companies. Asikainen started his first company while in high school, and sold it as Finland’s leading internet bookstore fifteen years later. He is also the founder and managing partner of he Finnish venture capital firm Evli Growth Partners.
Asikainen is the co-founder of the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and Startup-foundation, the organization behind both Slush and Startup sauna, a leading incubator program for the region in which he currently serves as Head Coach. He also serves as the Vice President of the board of EBAN – The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players.
Annukka Mickelsson has dedicated her professional career to working in a triangle of business, politics and academics. Mickelsson’s experience covers risk management, finance and government ownership and steering.
Mickelsson has served as Political Adviser for Ownership Steering for the Prime Minister’s Office. She has also served on the board of Helen, The Finnish Medical Foundation, FIBS – Finland’s leading corporate responsibility network and Tieke – the Finnish Information Society Development Centre. In 2017 Mickelsson became a member of the distinguished Directors’ Institute of Finland. Mickelsson is the Chair of last year’s Nordic Angel Programme winner Feelingstream.
Ali Omar is an entrepreneur, medical doctor, MBA, angel investor and technology-enthusiast. Ali is the co-founder of MedGroup – one of the largest healthcare services companies in Finland, the company was acquired by Tradeka and Colosseum Dental Group in 2018.
Ali is an investor in several startups within healthcare and tech, including the winner of last year’s Nordic Business Angel Program winner Feelingstream. Omar is also a Board Member of the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN)