Helen Venture’s portfolio company Think Outside acquired by Mitta Group

Mitta Group has acquired Helen Ventures’s portfolio company Think Outside on 8 November 2022. Think Outside is a technology startup developing innovative products for hydropower markets with the mission to provide a detailed, digital understanding of mountain snowpack. Based in Bergen, Norway, Think Outside provides accurate snow data – making forecasting faster, cheaper and more accurate, optimising the production of hydropower.

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European market pulse – strong momentum for VC-backed energy innovators

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Solar Monkey raises €4 million to accelerate the solar energy transition in Europe

Solar Monkey raises €4M in growth capital to expand its organisation and increase worldwide impact. The Investment was co-lead by Finnish Helen Ventures and Eneco, who joined the journey to empower their sustainability mission together with the current investors, including 4impact capital and InnovationQuarter.

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€10 million for Dutch climate scale-up Gradyent to make district heating systems more efficient and sustainable

Gradyent has raised €10 million in a Series A funding round from existing investors Helen Ventures, Capricorn Partners, ENERGIIQ and new investor Eneco. Dutch climate scale-up Gradyent raises €10 million to make district heating systems more efficient and sustainable. These grids still lose a quarter of their heat yearly. This problem is becoming even more urgent with the rising fuel prices and the strong need for CO2 reduction. Gradyent has developed software that helps heating companies to optimize their heat systems and to reduce CO2, so that they can continue to supply affordable and reliable heat.

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LiveEO secures €19 M from Helen Ventures and other investors to bring Space Data Insights to Industry 4.0

LiveEO, the leading provider of satellite analytics, announced it has secured €19M in funding in what is one of the largest investments to date in Earth Observation in Europe. The round included €17M of venture capital funding led by MMC Ventures, and further funds from the European Commission and Investitionsbank Berlin. Also, Helen Ventures participated in the round together with other investors. LiveEO is looking to accelerate market expansion for its infrastructure monitoring products, as well as enter new markets.

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Helen Ventures invests in energy transition startup node.energy

Energy transition startup node.energy raises 7 million euros in Series A financing. A total of four new investors are joining the company, including Helen Ventures. Existing investors such as High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and renowned business angels are once again contributing fresh capital.

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Unlimited energy in World Economic Forum

One of the most significant global business forums, World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland, in the end of May bringing together over 2,000 leaders and experts from around the world. I had the pleasure to participate as part of the Finnish delegation, organized by Finnish Flow, together with my team member Kristiina Siilin. She was one of the eight changemakers aged under 35 in her own field of expertise, the Finnish Flow Program selected to represent Finland in Davos.

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Helen Ventures & Curiosity invest in indoor climate optimisation front runner Freesi (IISI Oy)

The leading indoor climate monitoring and optimisation solution provider, Freesi, has secured an investment from two venture capitalists, Helen Ventures and Curiosity, who invest in the most innovative and transformative European startups. This investment reflects the confidence in Freesi’s attested global growth potential. Over the past years, Freesi has achieved remarkable growth in the domestic markets, becoming a market leader in the industry, and now Freesi is on the way to rapid international scale up, accelerated by the funding and support from these two prominent venture capitalists.

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In green energy transition batteries are needed more than ever

How to maintain the balance between the energy needs in our everyday life and the energy production that is being shaken by variable renewable energy sources and electrification? The energy network must sustain equal amount of energy as is currently needed for living and running businesses. On the other hand, energy being produced to the network must be consumed in total or otherwise the balance is being violated. The transition from centralized energy production to distributed energy system involves all of us and requires new technologies and services as well as new models to run and optimize the system. In the midst of all this, the crucial question then is: how do we store all the electricity we need?

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Hello year 2022, let’s lead the change we wish to see in the world

As we have entered the new year 2022, it’s a perfect time to look back and forward. In this blog I’d like to share with you my thoughts, give insights of Helen Ventures’ recent investments, and reveal some ideas towards the new year. So, please keep reading!

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Helen Ventures invests in enspired GmbH, an energy trading company that boosts grid flexibility across Europe

Helen Ventures has closed an investment into Vienna-based startup enspired GmbH. Energy trading-as-a-service company enspired has closed a new landmark fundraising round that will accelerate the start-up's expansion across Europe just 18 months after its inception. The USD 8.7M round, co-led by Emerald Technology Ventures and 360 Capital – two leading venture capital firms investing in technology that supports the energy transition – will help enspired solve a key challenge in the energy transition by making power grids more flexible. Corporate venture capital investors EnBW New Ventures and Helen Ventures are joining the syndicate together with co-investor i5invest.

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E-Mobility startup &Charge secures investment from Helen Ventures and Porsche Ventures to accelerate European expansion

&Charge GmbH, a German e-Mobility and impact startup, has closed an investment round led by Helen Ventures and Porsche Ventures. This Seed+ investment round allows the Frankfurt-based startup to further accelerate the development of its digital platform in Europe.

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Our purpose, our impact – sustainability drives Helen Ventures

Terhi Vapola, Vice President and the head of Helen Ventures, discusses sustainability in the energy sector and the role it plays in investment strategy.

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