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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Growth 101: Part 4 – Human touch

A great product needs a great team. Investors want to know that the organization is capable of handling the challenges rapid growth brings. In this fourth and final part of our Growth 101 series, we look at human resources management and the critical role it plays in your ability to succeed.

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Growth 101: Part 3 – Brand and marketing

You brand is your calling card. It captures the essence of your mission and is the rallying point for your team. In part three of our Growth 101 series, we look at brand identity and how to drive revenue growth with marketing.

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Growth 101: Part 2 – Scaling

Once you have product development underway and recurring revenue, it’s time to start scaling up. In this second part of our Growth 101 series, we look at the key elements of successful scaling.

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Growth 101: Part 1 - Product development

This is our first post in a multi-part blog series about how to turn a startup into a successful business that attracts investors and customers. In this post, we look at product development and the Minimum Viable Product concept.

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Need funding? Get some practical tips from a seasoned investor

We talk with experienced investor, founder and head of Helen Ventures, Terhi Vapola, about startup funding and get some valuable tips.

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Why we invested in LiveEO - Satellite data-based asset management for distributed assets

In April 2021 we announced our 5th portfolio company deal, which we are super proud of. Together with btov Partners, DvH Ventures, Motu Ventures and one of the most renowned investors from the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem, we invested €5.25 million to Berlin based LiveEO, a pioneering new space startup that helps asset owners around the globe.

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Virta, a leading electric vehicle charging platform company, closes 30 M€ investment round, accelerating global transition to sustainable mobility

Virta, one of the fastest growing companies in Europe ranked by the Financial Times*, announces today that it has attracted significant funding from major technology investors in Europe and Asia, the globally leading electric vehicle markets. The Virta platform allows industries to expand their business in EV charging with a market proven solution integrating electric mobility as a flexibility element of the sustainable energy system.

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Helen Ventures invests in LiveEO, an Earth Observation Startup - Series A investment accelerates global expansion

LiveEO, an Earth Observation (EO) asset monitoring startup based in Berlin, has closed an investment round with the venture capital firms btov Partners, Helen Ventures, DvH Ventures, and Motu Ventures as well as deep tech investor Andreas Kupke and one of the most renowned investors from the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem. The Series A investment of €5.25 million (USD $6.35 million) allows LiveEO to further accelerate the development of their market leading infrastructure monitoring solution as well as their international expansion.

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Virta featured on the prestigious FT 1000 list again

Helen Ventures' portfolio company Virta made it to the FT 1000 list again. EV charging company Virta is recognised as the second fastest growing company in Finland and the 144th fastest growing company in Europe on the Financial Times FT 1000 list.

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