What makes a winning startup team? 8 tips to focus on when hiring a team
Building a winning team is one of the most important tasks for startup founders. While the star of your company is your offering, without a strong team to support it, success is nigh on impossible.
Helen Ventures makes an investment in EcoG, the world’s first open hardware-agnostic IoT OS for EV charging, together with Ananda Impact Ventures
Helen Ventures and Ananda Impact Ventures, a leading European impact investor closed an investment round with EcoG.
Helen Ventures – your rock-solid guide into the complex energy sector
Northern Europe is a natural meeting place of thousands of startups, visionary investors and a scientific community investing in new technologies. Helen Ventures supports the startups and companies who positively disrupt the energy sector and bring new solutions and technologies in the game.
AI-powered Gradyent secures €1.9 million investment to make heating networks more efficient and reliable
Helen Ventures, Capricorn Partners and energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ are jointly investing €1.9 million in Gradyent, a Dutch energy analytics solution company. Gradyent has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) cloud platform that helps improve the management and efficiency of district heating networks, making them more sustainable and cost-effective. The investment will allow Gradyent to commercialise its services and further develop its innovative software.
5 things you should know about product/market fit in the energy sector
In the energy sector, you need both a good product and a good team. As an energy sector CVC we can, first, open doors to accelerate customer validation in order to achieve the product/market fit. We can also help the team to learn to speak the same language as the energy professionals. This brings credibility and is highly valued.
SMR technologies helping to achieve climate neutrality in the future
Small Modular Reactors (SMR) can be one of the means of producing emission-free energy, electricity or heat or both, irrespective of location and almost without limits. Therefore, they have been a frequent topic of discussion as a potential solution for mitigating climate change and reducing emissions on a large scale.
When does it make sense to work with CVCs?
While it may be tempting to generalize CVCs, each CVC has its own unique approach and strengths. The added value of a CVC, beyond funding, depends a lot on the industry sector, but ultimately, success comes from the people involved.
Data is reshaping the energy sector
The impact of digitalisation and data on various sectors has been over-praised for years. The energy sector is no exception, although the industry has not progressed quite at the forefront. We have advanced from painting of visions to the pioneer stage where development is accelerating and becoming a reality.
Startups and corona part 2: Who is your go-to investor right now?
We are reading a lot about different views from investors how the ongoing global crisis is impacting to startup companies’ ability to keep their wheels spinning. Most common tips seem to be making a reality check on your sales pipeline, taking extra care of your customers, embracing cost-consciousness, facing the hard decisions sooner than later and increasing investor transparency. All this has one simple goal: securing your runway over the crisis and a recovery period after that.
Startups and corona: How to raise funding remotely
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on all of our lives and the startup ecosystem alike. According to Sequoia, the coronavirus is the black swan of 2020. None of us know how long this situation will last, so we’d better adapt to it.