New Nordic Leads Batch 2 kick off!

31 March, 2021

The second startup batch of New Nordic Leads has kicked off with 34 innovative startups chosen from over 110 competitive applicants! The selected startups will go through a tailored 8-week investment readiness program facilitated by EstBAN and FiBAN. More diverse than ever, this batch is ready to reach new heights with mentors of the program

In the second batch of New Nordic Leads, we are proud to have a record-breaking number of countries represented. Altogether 34 teams come from eight countries: Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Romania. We are especially proud that female or mixed-gender founder teams make up 30% of the teams accepted to the program, which exceeds the recent European average of 15,4% (of teams that raised funding in 2020, source: Atomico).

8 weeks, 34 startups, 4 training sessions

During the next two months, these 34 rising startups will attend 4 investment readiness training sessions designed to give them the best know-how and tools to attract investors and boost growth. Throughout the program, EstBAN and FIBAN angel investors will be supporting these innovative startups with 1-on-1 mentoring tailor-made for each startups’ needs. At the end of the 8-week investment readiness program, the top startups will pitch to potential investors with the aim of successfully closing a cross-border deal!

Together with experienced angel investors and industry experts, we help startups acquire more knowledge on the areas they need help in, such as different funding instruments and performance management. You can find the list of our New Nordic Leads trainers and topics here. 

Are you a startup interested in joining the next batch? You can apply to the third batch, which will start in Autumn 2021. Apply HERE. 

Investor, are you interested in enhancing your lead angel skills through hands-on case studies? Join our upcoming lead angel training sessions: 

April 21st – NNL Masterclass no. 1 – Step-by-step syndication process. Read more and sign up here!

June 9th – NNL Masterclass no. 2 – Due Diligence: Digging in Case Studies with investors. Read more and sign up here! 

About New Nordic Leads: 

New Nordic Leads creates cross-border opportunities by sharing best practices, educating lead angels and improving startups’ investment readiness. This project is put together by FiBAN and EstBAN and is fueled by Central Baltic Interreg.

More information: 

Johanna Ahtiainen,

Anu Oks,