The Talsinki incubation program is celebrating its first birthday after one years work developing regional startup relations between Tallinn and Helsinki. The participants have made beneficial contacts and received valuable information about business development, sales, pitching and fundraising.
The participating companies have had a busy year building their
businesses and going cross borders. Talsinki has organized a
number of trainings, workshops, matchmaking events and pitching
sessions to speed up the incubation process. The participants
have definitely enjoyed a number of matchmaking events that
have helped them find new team members and cooperation
partners. These events have taken the startups to all major
startup conferences in both Tallinn and Helsinki, including
NewCo, Latitude 59, Arctic 15 and the ever popular Slush.
One of the highlights for participants has been the attending a
constructive pitch training and the opportunity to put the
skills to test in two actual pitching sessions that gathered
startups and investors from both countries. Estonian startups
had the chance to introduce their projects to Finnish Business
Angels Network FIBAN, establishing good grounds for future
Talsinki Project Manager Triin Mahlakõiv states that this kind
of cross-border incubation enriches the identity and mindset of
participating startups. “It is a great way to receive valuable
feedback from experienced mentors and as a result the company’s
entry to international market is more conscious and definitely
faster,” Mahlakõiv added.
“Talking about our first year of Tallinn - Helsinki
matchmaking, we can say that the parties tend to look for
specific skills. For example, the Finns value Estonians as hard
workers who speed up the whole process. Estonians have found
new competence and are interested in raising funds,” Mahlakõiv
commented. Today, a couple of Estonian startups have already
started to negotiate on possible future funding.
Taavid Mikomägi, founder of Weps innovative website solution
appreciated the new contacts from the projects. “It is a great
chance to get to know the active angel investors of Estonia and
Finland. Businesses are usually valued on monetary basis but
contacts and relationships go beyond that,” he commented.
The startups engaged in the project operate in the field of IT,
health, environmental technology and creative industries. The
key players include fintech, healthtec and B2B startups.
Talsinki is now open for new applicants for the forthcoming
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