Why do we exist?

The story behind Aikainen

Money flows in the wrong direction

A quick look at the most influential European growth companies shows that they primarily solve comfort problems of the middle class. From 30 of the most funded European startups, merely two are solving environmental issues.  Read more…

Do you have what it takes?

This is what we look for

Bold vision

Great companies have an impact. What’s yours?

Technology

Haven't hired a CTO? You’ll need one.

Traction

Haven’t closed your first deal? The second you start selling, the second you start learning.

Complementary team

Diversity matters. Think about it from the start.

Fail fast

Make a move. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn.

Data-driven decision making

Fail smart. Utilize data to refine your objectives.

Looking for your first investor?

Portfolio in numbers

1
Employees
1 %
Revenue growth 2020
1 M€
Total valuation of portfolio companies

Need guidance for raising your first funding round?

Raising a first funding round may feel like an endless stream of opportunities. Or more likely a deadly swamp that is trying to eat all your time and resources. In this article we try to demystify the process of raising external capital and walk through the different options startups have for getting funded in Finland.

What we provide

Besides an investment size of 20-100k, we offer support in the following areas:

Strategy & Megatrends

What are the megatrends driving your business? How about the bottlenecks preventing your success? We help you to define strategic goals and embed impact in your business.

Inbound Marketing

You have a product in place, but don’t know how to market it efficiently? We will guide you over the biggest pitfalls and obstacles through inbound marketing.

Sales

You have a good flow of inbound leads but they are not converting into paying customers? Let’s uncover your why and crystallise your message.

Technology

You have ideas, but implementation is lacking behind? Building a tech team gives you more opportunities for rapid experimentation.To start with, hire a CTO.

Design

Design is a way of visualizing the identity and culture of your business while enhancing usability. We help you to put your customer at the center of your development process.

Leadership

Self-directed team can be extremely successful. However, the direction, values, and supporting the team require leading. We help you in building the right atmosphere.

Advisors

We cover all the important topics in your journey
Karri Kurunmäki - Sales

Karri Kurunmäki - Sales

Co-Founder & VP Sales & Strategy @ Hoxhunt

The earlier you start selling, the faster you start learning.

Tomer Atzmon - Financial Planning

Tomer Atzmon - Financial Planning

Co-Founder & CFO @ boksi

How much do you need to grow to reach the next milestone? What are your relevant financial models?

Henrik Suikkanen - Foresight & Impact

Henrik Suikkanen - Foresight & Impact

Urban Tansformations Lead @ Demos

What is the next big thing? Your future customers, employees, investors and regulators want to see you solving the biggest challenges of our time.

Ilya Degotinsky -  Mobile Technology

Ilya Degotinsky - Mobile Technology

Senior Mobile Developer @ VALA Group

The world is already mobile. Are you?

Tomi Knuuttila -  Web Technology

Tomi Knuuttila - Web Technology

Senior Software Engineer @ VALA Group

It's not about making your product perfect at once - it's about constant increments based on customer feedback.

Varpu Laakkonen - Design

Varpu Laakkonen - Design

Founder @ Kanerva Creative

Your product looks good. Now let's make it look fantastic!

Riku Mattila - Comms & Marketing

Riku Mattila - Comms & Marketing

Communication Strategist @ Miltton

What's your purpose? Let’s create a compelling and meaningful brand story.

Teemu Siitonen - Exit Strategy

Teemu Siitonen - Exit Strategy

Vice President - Corporate Finance @ SEB

At some point startup should to start thinking of monetizing the company value for its shareholders. IPO or exit? Let’s see all the opportunities and choose the correct path for your company.

Otso Laakkonen

Otso Laakkonen

Founder @ Aikainen

I founded Aikainen because I felt that the best startups don't always get financed in the very early stage.

Get early financing

Or ask whatever!

Contact us online:

otso@aikainen.com

Give us a call:

Otso Laakkonen +358 45 3100 919

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