Today exactly five years ago, Accelerando partners joined forces to support ambitious and innovative new businesses to grow and prosper. Together with our customers, we want to create success for new ideas, products and services targeting international markets.
During the years the Accelerando team has been strengthened and currently we are nine and we do work as a team. Expanding new businesses, conquering markets and achieving sustainable competitiveness for novel and innovative products and services call for diverse set of know-how and experience. With our varying experience in Finland, elsewhere in Europe and across the globe and complementing backgrounds we can offer the broad skillset needed to support entrepreneurial teams in their endeavors.
The Accelerando team covers the greatest part of what an innovative growth business may need: strong technical expertise and understanding in software, hardware and telecommunications technology and business; the opportunities that technology can offer; international corporate and contract law; know-how of IPR issues; diverse and deep GoToMarket experience from different parts of the world; traditional and social media marketing skills; and mastery of sales and distribution channel management. We have over the years, developed exceptionally wide international cooperation network that is based on good personal relationships that seem to be happy to help our customers on request. The network is invaluable.
In addition to the nine growth and internationalization professionals we have a two-consultant team responsible of hands on international market research and lead generation.
As we construct visions and plans together with the entrepreneurial teams the need for financing comes up more often than not. Product, service or business development cost money and need capital in one form or another. Accelerando supports start-ups to find funding through several sources. We are well connected within the venture-funding sphere and we are well acquainted with Finnish and EU public innovation schemes.
Accelerando have has contributed to more than 200 Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) funded business or product/service development projects. More than 20 of our customer companies have participated in the Tekes Young Innovative Companies (YIC) Programme.
A wide variety of interesting indicators from our journey over the years support our case. Our team collects around 500 entrepreneurs’ pitches every year in different events and venues. 300 of these lead to discussions. Approximately 100 of these ends up coming to our office for further in-depth dialogue and with 50 entrepreneurial teams we roll up our sleeves. These annual figures have led us to join forces with more than 200 customers to reach out for stronger growth in the competitive, international markets. The Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-keskus) has supported our customers financially in more than 100 cases.
Accelerando has supported its customers close to 30 times in private equity funding rounds with proceedings typically been between 200 000 – 500 000 euros, sometimes more. Despite difficult times, we have, together with our customers, succeeded and managed well in a majority of the offerings.
The above-mentioned results have been made possible by the exceptional knowledge and experience represented within the Accelerando team. But most importantly, our customers have shown incredible innovativeness and introduced novel initiatives and ideas which we have intrigued the financiers and fascinated the markets.
We will continue to be at your service – we will be looking forward to new disruptive business models and the world of the Internet of Things, in particular from SME point of view. The very first projects in this area have already been accomplished and the feedback has been encouraging. In addition, we continuously look into opportunities to create new funding methods to support the entire start-up genre and new business creation in Finland.
Thank you all, our customers, our dear friends and all the stakeholders that have contributed into innovation!
Sam Weintraub Jussi Heinilä
Chairman, Co-founder Senior Advisor, Co-founder
PS. Please, take a look at what our customers say.
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