December 4, 2023

Exploring Nordic Innovation: A Recap of our Study Trip to Helsinki with 4NGELS

Our recent study trip to Helsinki, organized by the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), proved to be an enriching experience that delved into the vibrant world of business angels and startup ecosystems. The trip took us to the heart of innovation at the Maria 01 Campus, where we had the privilege of meeting representatives from business angel clubs across Estonia, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Austria, and Georgia. The event was a melting pot of ideas and collaboration, offering a unique opportunity to understand the entrepreneurial landscape in these diverse regions.

The highlight of our Helsinki visit was undoubtedly the interaction with the Finnish Business Angels Network and the insights gained from the 4NGELS program. This initiative, introduced at the Maria 01 Campus, showcased the dynamism of the Finnish startup ecosystem. The presentation not only shed light on the 4NGELS program but also provided a glimpse into the broader scope of opportunities and support available for startups in Finland.Three promising startups, Auttamisesta Arkea -lahjoituspalvelu, Make a BIM, and Stygvir – Laser Systems, took center stage with compelling pitches. These innovative ventures spanned diverse sectors, from donation services to construction technology and advanced laser systems. Each presentation highlighted the creativity and ambition that define the entrepreneurial spirit in the Nordic region.
The snowy backdrop of Helsinki added to the overall excitement, setting the stage for discussions and networking against the picturesque winter landscape. The mention of Slush, a prominent startup and tech event, further underscored the city's reputation as a hub for innovation and collaboration.

As we bid farewell to Helsinki, our journey with 4NGELS is far from over. The post-trip momentum promises more investor meetings, trainings, and cross-border investment opportunities, all facilitated by the Business Angels of Slovenia. The anticipation is high as we await the valuable insights and connections that will continue to shape our journey in the world of startups and angel investing.

For those eager to delve deeper into the 4NGELS program and the world of angel investing, there's good news – you can join the program for free! Business Angels of Slovenia will soon be rolling out more details and opportunities, so keep an eye out for updates. The journey is just beginning, and the possibilities are limitless.
Our study trip to Helsinki was more than just a visit; it was an immersion into the thriving ecosystem of business angels and startups. The collaborative spirit, innovative ideas, and the promise of future opportunities make this experience a milestone in our entrepreneurial journey. As we eagerly await the unfolding chapters with 4NGELS, we invite fellow enthusiasts to join us on this exciting adventure. Stay tuned for more updates and let's embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and growth together.

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4NGELS programme is funded by European Commission.