Helsinki-based Innovestor is an early-stage venture capital investor, also offering direct co-investment syndication opportunities and building growth programs. In the latest development, the Finnish VC has announced the first close of its new B2B Industrial Technology Fund at €30 million.
The fund, which will be capped at €100M, is the first in the Nordics and Baltics to focus exclusively on early-stage B2B industrial technology companies.
Notably, the fund is backed by institutional investors such as Mandatum Life, family offices, and high net worth individuals. The fund will make its first investments as early as Q2 of 2020.
The company will offer pre-series A to series A investments to companies in the Nordics and Baltics that focus on Industry 4.0 and sectors benefiting from the fourth industrial revolution such as smart cities, cyber and physical security, and digital energy.
Within the Innovestor ecosystem, the company has witnessed disruption become an unavoidable challenge for industrial corporations.
Innovestor CEO Tommi Äijälä, says:
Our focus is particular because we are aware that adjacent megatrends close to Industry 4.0, such as sustainability, connectivity, and data security, will grow in the long-term future and require more support, and we will be at the forefront of that. The companies that best fit this fund will already have product-market fit and traction and are ready to scale internationally to introduce new technologies that combine physical, digital, and biological elements that will impact multiple disciplines, economies, and industries.
Myron Seto, Partner at Innovestor, said:
There’s a current trend in the market today where VCs and other investors are either betting on early-stage startups with many seed round investments or maturer companies where also buyouts and mergers are taking place. A massive funding gap has developed for good Series-A companies who are being overlooked or underfunded due to the lack of investors in the market. This crunch creates opportunities to invest in comparatively de-risked but moderately valued companies.
To date, the firm has a total of €123M across 3 funds and currently manages one of the largest private venture-backed portfolios in the Nordics, consisting of over 100 high-tech companies in multiple fields of technology such as cleantech, consumer, enterprise software, health, industrial technologies, and life science.
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