Recap of Helen Ventures' 2020: Backgrounds of investments, impact of pandemic, and future plans

The extraordinary year 2020 has come to an end and it’s a perfect time to stop and retrospectively look in the transom. In this interview, Terhi Vapola, VP and founder of Helen Ventures talks about VC work, gives insights of Helen Ventures’ investments, and reveals how she thinks Covid-19 changed the investment sector permanently. So, keep reading!

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Energy meets PropTech ‒ with a message of collaboration

Helen Ventures and Helen had the honour of entering the Nordic PropTech scene at RecoTech 2020. Read below our recap of the event.

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A profound review of what startups should know about the energy CVCs and their investment policies

Helen Ventures' Vice President Terhi Vapola and Inventure's Managing Director Sami Lampinen were discussing about the investment opportunities in the energy sector together with Helen's CEO Juha-Pekka Weckström in Helen's "Uutta Voimaa" -podcast. Read below the recap of the discussion or listen the episode.

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Innovations around district heating system offer solutions in the fight against climate crisis

Here’s a fact about Finland: it’s cold in here.

For about 6 months of the year, the thermometer is below zero degrees. And the further north you go, the chillier the weather.

What I’m trying to say is: we need heating. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Finland is known for extremely reliable district heating system.

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We are hiring: Corporate Venture Capital / M&A Analyst

Note! The application deadline has passed.

Helen Ventures is currently building a portfolio of e-mobility and digital energy related startups. As a part of our investment decisions, sound research and analysis are to be made for each investment opportunity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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