Creating a Broader
Ecosystem within the
Baltic Sea Region
Ann Plough, COO
International VC Zone
Smart Money & Great Ideas
International VC Zone
connecting international investors to
deal flow in the Baltic Sea Region
s...
What we do for VCs
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Access to Key Players in each region
• Limited Partners, Local VCs, Angel investors
• Local business ...
Here’s what happens
• Access to venture capital financing for promising high tech
companies
• Access to proper late-stage ...
And now, from Finland
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How do we do it?
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Way up North
• How does the Baltic Sea Region attract more
international investors with large funds?
• How do we get their...
Together we’re stronger
• 9 countries in small geographical area
• Global-minded start-ups
• Limited regional capital
• Gr...
Contact Me:
Ann Plough, COO
International VC Zone
ann.plough@vczone.fi
Let’s make the magic happen.
Thank You!
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  1. 1. Creating a Broader Ecosystem within the Baltic Sea Region Ann Plough, COO International VC Zone
  2. 2. Smart Money & Great Ideas International VC Zone connecting international investors to deal flow in the Baltic Sea Region since 2010
  3. 3. What we do for VCs 4 Access to Key Players in each region • Limited Partners, Local VCs, Angel investors • Local business communities & public organizations • Science & Research institutions Access across the Baltic Sea Region Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Sweden Norway Denmark Poland Russia (St. Petersburg & Moscow) Ways we serve • Tailored visits per VC’s goals • Intro to start-ups fitting VC’s profile • Events, information, business intelligence Focus on high-tech companies ICT Life sciences Clean tech Physical Sciences Health tech
  4. 4. Here’s what happens • Access to venture capital financing for promising high tech companies • Access to proper late-stage financing, enabling growth on an international scale • More significant exits • Better international contacts • Access to VCs’ portfolio companies & networks • Increased quantity and quality of entrepreneurs • More angel investors
  5. 5. And now, from Finland 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 0 50 100 150 200 250 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Millions Annual Comparison 2008-2013* Angel International Domestic Number *International VC Zone founded in 2010
  6. 6. Finland: trends & developments 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Distribution by Industry 2008-2013 Software Mobile Life Sciences Industrial Nano Hardware Cleantech 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Millions Investment by industry 2012-2013 2012 (€) 2013 (€) 2012 (#) 2013 (#) Cleantech Hardware Nanotech Industrial Life Sciences Mobile Software Rounds 10 3 2 10 15 19 44 Value € 9 M € 1,5 M € 12 M € 11 M € 29,5 M € 111 M € 66 M
  7. 7. How do we do it? • Working together with regional partners • Developing open lines of communication between regional innovation hubs • Providing a steady flow of valuable information to VCs • Providing services ”on the ground” to accelerate path to investment • And then…getting out of the way
  8. 8. Way up North • How does the Baltic Sea Region attract more international investors with large funds? • How do we get their attention? • How do we make their visits efficient and valuable so they keep coming back? • How do we lower the threshold for entry into the region? • How do we get ”closer”
  9. 9. Together we’re stronger • 9 countries in small geographical area • Global-minded start-ups • Limited regional capital • Great ideas, big dreams, exceptional talent • Many regional players supporting innovation • Most need external financing to grow global
  10. 10. Contact Me: Ann Plough, COO International VC Zone ann.plough@vczone.fi Let’s make the magic happen. Thank You!

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