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Startup Foundation was founded to support and enable entrepreneurship and the creation, growth, and internationalization of startups in the Nordics. The foundation was established in 2012 and has since grown to be one of the most fundamental supporters of the local ecosystem.

The foundation has ownership in the growth entrepreneurship event Slush, the hackathon community Junction, the private equity fund Wave Ventures, talent accelerator The Shortcut and the startup campus Maria01.




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Breaking the silence – mental health of startup founders

The societal stigma surrounding mental health is preventing people from seeking support; startup founders are particularly at high risk of suffering mental challenges. When we fail to take action early, the result can be devastating for the individual, the company and all stakeholders.


A deep dive into the state of impact investing – interviewing investors from, NGP Capital and Taaleri

Impact investing is a growing trend globally, and for good reason. Annika Sjöberg of NGP Capital, Pauliina Martikainen of, and Pekka Samuelsson of Taaleri Group provide insights from an investor's perspective on investing into impact.


What is this thing called impact? – A look into impact entrepreneurship

Is impact at risk of becoming another buzzword? Alisa Mick, the co-founder of the North Mix and head of GITA Finland thinks so. In this blogpost, Alisa discusses what impact is and, more importantly, what it isn't. She also showcases an exceptional Finnish impact company, Origin by Ocean, tackling one of the biggest climate issues: the eutrophication problem of the Baltic Sea.


Six questions with Inklusiiv’s Yesmith Sánchez on D&I, belonging and talent – “Solving the talent shortage starts with inclusion”

This month's six questions have everything to do with creating inclusion and supporting diversity – a core issue when it comes to attracting new talent to Finland, according to Inklusiiv's Yesmith Sánchez, a D&I specialist, and Business Strategy professional.