Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, ArcticStartup has a working relationship with PitchHelsinki, is a media partner and works closely with YritysHelsinki and YritysHelsinki NewCo Factory.
One thing about Pitching Events is trying to see the value. Some provide great practice and feedback by good investors, others have a prize pool, some help you get into accelerator programs and yet others help you spread the word about your start-up.
This year though, there is going to be an event in Helsinki which is aiming to help you raise money right there and then.
PitchHelsinki, an event organized by YritysHelsinki and the City of Helsinki is going to feature Live Crowdfunding, where everyone present will have an opportunity to invest into the pitching companies. Since it will be live-streamed, literally everyone will have a chance to invest into your company while you pitch.
During the recent ArcticStartup and AES trip to Silicon Valley, there was an interesting lesson to be learned. It was commonly talked that it is not so much the countries competing for startups, but cities that are wanting to build ecosystems enabling growth startups to be founded and prosper. This is the approach the city of Helsinki is taking towards growth companies with Enterprise Helsinki’s new Startup Acceleration program. Simply put, it's a free advisory service for all high growth oriented entrepreneurs and startups as well for networks of angel investors and experts that want to work on building these growth companies.