Investing principles

Tekes Venture Capital Ltd invests in venture capital funds which invest in Finnish startups. We estimate two to four investments annually.

The key managers of our target funds have solid industry expertise, reliable entrepreneurial or investment background and proof of successful commercial operations or investments. The fund management company and their key managers must have realistic prospects to raise enough private capital for the fund.

The share of Tekes Venture Capital Ltd in the fund:

  • The total capital of the target fund may be up to ca. 20 million euros.
  • Our commitment is considerable, usually not exceeding half, but always making up at least a quarter of the fund’s total capital. The maximum amount of our commitments is six million euros.
  • We can accept asymmetrical profit distribution in favour of private investors. Asymmetrical distribution of profit increases the expected returns of private investors, should the fund be successful.

What we expect from applicants:

  • Key managers of the fund’s management company have proof of successful commercial operations or investments and are experienced in the fields the fund’s investees are operating.
  • The fund applies a credible and plausible investment policy to increase the value of target companies and generate investors a return worthy of the risk taken. Target companies are early stage companies in their seed and start-up phases.
  • The management company is capable of raising capital from private sources such as institutional investors and companies investing in private equity.
  • The key managers of the management company are willing and able to operate with long term commitment and develop their activities as equity investors. The management company, its key managers or both should also make an investment to the fund.
  • The fund applies the principles of responsible investment in its investment activities.

How to apply for funding:

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