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29.06.2017 Finnish startups attract the most venture capital in Europe

Finland heads the charts in European venture capital investments in startup and early stage growth companies as percentage of GDP between 2012 and 2016. Moreover, Nordic venture capital funds have been performing exceedingly well.

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05.05.2017 European Investment Fund and Tekes Venture Capital to launch EUR 30m Business Angels Fund in Finland

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Tekes Venture Capital Ltd have launched the Finnish compartment of European Angels Fund (EAF Finland), which will support business angels’ financing activities to early stage companies through co-investments. The Fund will be advised by EIF and is part of the pan-European initiative European Angels Fund (EAF).

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13.03.2017 Finnish startup investments break new record €383M in 2016 - growth 42%

The Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) have released their statistics on private investments and venture capital investments in Finnish companies in 2016. The total amount invested in Finnish early stage companies in 2016 was 383 million euros. The statistics include Finnish venture capital investments (80 M€), direct foreign investments (216 M€), business angel investments (53 M€) and other sources of finance including crowdfunding (34 M€). In total over 400 startup received investments.

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12.01.2017 Butterfly Venture Fund III starts investing, two new American partners join in

Butterfly Ventures starts investing today from the new Butterfly Venture Fund III. The target size of the fund is 24 million euro. The fund focuses on hardware and deep tech companies whose business is built around unique, often protected and hard to reproduce technology. Butterfly Ventures is joining forces with US and Sweden based Capital A Partners (CAP A) for the new fund.

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27.12.2016 Intera Fund III closes at €250 million

Intera Partners, a leading private equity group in Finland, has successfully closed their latest fund, Intera Fund III (“the Fund”) with capital commitments of €250 million.

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19.12.2016 Visedo is ready to take a global lead in providing smart and high performance electric drivetrain systems

Visedo received early Christmas present and raises 20 MEUR financing round with Emerald Technology Ventures as the lead investor

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16.12.2016 Significant arrangement in the Finnish venture capital market: Innovestor acquires majority stake in seed fund Vera

Today on 16 December 2016, Innovestor Kasvurahasto I Ky, which is managed by Innovestor Ventures Ltd, has purchased an approximately 80% share of Seed Fund Vera Ltd from Finnvera Plc. The acquisition is the biggest arrangement in the history of the Finnish early-stage venture capital market.

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27.10.2016 KNL Networks closes major series A-round of $10M+

October 27, 2016 – Oulu, Finland – KNL Networks, a pioneer in “Internet Anywhere” technology that can even be used anywhere in the world, today announced it has closed a combined total of $10M+ in a major Series A round of funding. Representing one of the largest Nordic Series A rounds, KNL has been in stealth mode for the past four years developing a new wireless communications system able to provide IP communication even to the most extreme and isolated locations on Earth.

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20.06.2016 eQ raised 160 million euros for the new PE Vlll North fund

eQ Asset Management held a record final closing of 160 million euros for the Northern Europe focused eQ PE VIII North Fund. In a very fast fund raising cycle, the fund held first closing in February 2016.

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20.06.2016 Technology foundations and associations choose eQ to build close to 80 million euro private equity program

The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and nine other technical and technology sector foundations and associations (a.ka. TSR Cooperation) have chosen eQ to manage a joint Special Investment Fund investing in Northern European and US private equity funds. The estimated size of the Fund is close to 80 million euros.

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20.06.2016 Johan Pålsson to join CapMan Buyout as Partner in Stockholm

CapMan Buyout strengthens its Nordic team by recruiting Johan Pålsson as Partner starting from November 2016. Johan joins CapMan from the listed private equity company Ratos and has extensive experience from both transactions and transforming businesses in the Nordic countries and internationally. The recruitment will further strengthen CapMan Buyout's portfolio and value creation capabilities in the Nordics.

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02.06.2016 Verto Analytics Expands Globally With €14.5m Growth Investment

Verto Analytics, the world’s first single-source audience measurement company, has raised a €14.5m growth investment. The investment consortium was headed by EQT Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment and the VisionPlus Fund. The round also included Conor Venture Partners and Open Ocean Capital, who were both investors in the company’s earlier seed rounds, too. Verto operates in the fast-growing market for cross-device audience measurement, having launched its first services in 2014 in the US.

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01.06.2016 CapMan exits Samsa to Attendo

Funds managed by CapMan have agreed to sell their holdings in Sweden-based Samsa AB to the leading Nordic care company Attendo. The transaction is expected to close on 1 July 2016.

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16.05.2016 CapMan holds 100 million first close of Nordic private debt fund

CapMan Credit becomes Nest Capital and announces the €100 million first close of its new fund. Nest Capital is an independent investment partnership within the CapMan Group.

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26.04.2016 Kamux selected as the Growth Builder of the Year

Kamux Group was selected as the winner of the annual Growth Builder of the Year Award organized by the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA). Growth Builder of the Year is a competition searching for the most interesting and inspiring growth story built together with a private equity investor. Kamux was chosen as the winner among 700 companies.

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12.04.2016 CapMan Buyout’s latest fund exits its first portfolio company

The CapMan Buyout X fund has agreed to sell the majority holding in Värmelux Oy – the parent company of Suomen Lämpöikkuna Oy – to Inwido AB (publ). This is the first exit of the CapMan Buyout X fund.

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07.03.2016 Pia Kåll to become CapMan Buyout’s latest Partner

Pia Kåll has been appointed Partner of CapMan Buyout starting from 1 June 2016. She joins CapMan Buyout from Outotec, where she has gained extensive management and operational experience, and from McKinsey&Company. The appointment strengthens CapMan Buyout’s Nordic team and supports the execution of the value creation agenda of the current portfolio.

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18.01.2016 CapMan Fund Advisory becomes Scala Fund Advisory

Scala Fund Advisory offers private equity advisory services globally to best-in-class private equity fund managers and institutional investors in the asset class. Scala is an independent partnership of private equity fund manager CapMan.

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04.01.2016 Sentica acquires three companies to create a significant new infrastructure construction player

A fund managed by the private equity company Sentica Partners has acquired majority stakes in three specialized infrastructure construction companies: Kanta-Kaivu Oy, Cendigo Oy and Kallionporaus Arto Soininen Oy. The transaction brings the companies under one parent entity. Key individuals from each company will remain with the new Group as significant minority owners.

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