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  • Vigo - Cleantech Invest Into Industrial Water Filtration Business
    Cleantech Invest s portfolio We are an active owner In addition to capital we bring our portfolio companies international cleantech business know how and networks that have been built over a decade Our objective is to develop our portfolio companies to become leading international players in their fields of businesses When investing we make long term commitments and according to our strategy we develop our investments actively explains Tarja Teppo Partner at Cleantech Investment Cleantech Invest s capital investment in Sofi Filtration is a strong signal that our innovation is significant and it has a role in the field of cleantech With the accumulated capital we can now meet the growing demand of our products in the market says Ville Hakala Marketing and Sales Director of Sofi Filtration Sofi Filtration s innovation is a revolutionary solution to treat large streams of process and wastewaters New type of automatic cleaning technology enables economical treatment of process waters where microfiltration was not a viable option before Sofi Filtration s technology has patents pending and it is based on an innovative feed mechanism that enables high cross flow velocities at the surface of the filter element Further information Tarja Teppo Partner Cleantech Invest Oy tel 358 50 599 6828 email email protected Cleantech Invest in brief Cleantech Invest Oy is an investment and development company focusing on clean technology or more precisely energy and material efficiency The operating model of the company is to raise capital from private investors and invest in the sector s most promising high growth companies in Finland and the Nordic countries Cleantech Invest is also a Vigo accelerator appointed by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy 2013 03 21 09 40 Marit Tuominen CLEANTECH INVEST FILTRATION INDUSTRIAL WATER 0 Recent Articles Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=81&title=cleantech-invest-into-industrial-water-filtration-business (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - Physical Activity Tracker Moves Application Goes Global
    users physical activity by automatically recognizing movement such as walking cycling running and transportation It tells users how much they move shows routes on a map and provides a simple daily storyline of their life The application differs from Fitbit and Nike Fuelband because there is no need to charge carry and buy another device Unlike traditional sports tracker apps there is no need to start and stop the app which continually works in the background Moves is an example of how smartphones are becoming increasingly context aware Today the mobile phone can constantly learn from its owner s real time situations and habits said Sampo Karjalainen Designer CEO of ProtoGeo ProtoGeo is a small company consisting of team of eight people distributed between Helsinki London UK and Pittsburgh US Its led designer Karjalainen is also a founder of kids virtual world Habbo Hotel Source Good News from Finland 2013 02 01 11 46 Marit Tuominen APPLICATION LIFELINE VENTURES PROTOGEO 0 Recent Articles Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent board of directors as Matti Vuoria Peter Carlsson and James Penney candidates to the new board 2016 03 30 08 53 Finnish Startup Investments Jumped 23 In 2015 2016 03 21

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=76&title=physical-activity-tracker-moves-application-goes-global (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - Supercell's Success Speeds Vigo Program
    really knows the hit game recipe which is actually no wonder as Supercell s management has long term experience in the gaming business The founder and CEO of the company Ilkka Paananen has years of experience in managing Digital Chocolate game studios in Finland Spain and Silicon Valley and leading game companies from startups to successful companies Paananen is also one of the partners at Lifeline Ventures a Vigo accelerator The creative director Mikko Kodisoja again is one of the founders of Sumia with a portfolio of more than 50 commercial games and over 10 prizes and acknowledgements from the gaming industry Among many prizes won Supercell has now officially been awarded the best and most liked startup both in Finland and the whole Nordic region According to Ilkka Paananen the key to their success is that their games are truly social and better played with friends Word of mouth is for them the best way to attract new players and also to keep the costs low They consider iPad as primary platform for their games but they are also a bit hit when played with iPhone The games are free to download but the games purchase inside game currency to boost their gaming experience And as we can see they are really willing to spend that money There are also several other rising stars among Vigo portfolio Startups such as Applifier Zen Robotics and Mobile Backstage have raised major funding during 2012 and mobile startup Blaast is succeeding in the Asian market just to mention a few So we can really say Vigo and its dynamic accelerators are really geared to take companies to international markets and accelerate their success We are waiting for more exciting news and working to make the program s unique concept even better In

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=8&title=supercell%27s-success-speeds-vigo-program (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - New Vigo Venture Accelerators Extend Growth Funding and Expertise into a Wider Array of Finland-based Startup Companies
    teams with strong expertise in their fields a major goal was to increase the diversity of focus areas The new accelerators aim to boost a variety of fields such as fashion and design health technology energy and cleantech Vigo is unique in both purpose and methodology The primary driver is to encourage private investments of both capital and expertise in young companies and we explicitly decided not to limit ourselves to ICT explains Seppo Ruotsalainen Partner at Profict Partners who coordinate the Vigo Program When setting up Vigo we benchmarked accelerator programs in several countries None of them is as determined as we are on matching expertise in addition to funding The results so far are encouraging to say the least This next step aims to make Helsinki the accelerator hub of Europe In the first two and a half years into the Vigo Program the accelerators Cleantech Invest KoppiCatch Lifeline Ventures and Veturi have signed a portfolio of over 40 promising startups raised a total of 70 million of capital for the companies and created hundreds of new jobs in the process Out of the capital raised 60 is private Half of the private funds originate from outside of Finland from business angels including Steve Blank and Esther Dyson as well as venture capital firms including Index Ventures and Accel Partners We ve seen a significant change in Finland s early stage venture capital market The previous lack of money and investors has turned around into a coordinated supply of smart capital says Petri Niemi Chairman of the Vigo Steering Committee The first exit the acquisition of KoppiCatch portfolio company Zokem by US based Arbitron for 11 7 million and the recent announcement by Lifeline Ventures of their new 20 million fund are testimonies that the Vigo model is delivering on its promise The founding partners and focus areas of the new Vigo accelerators are Bio Asset Invest is focused on health technology and is run by an experienced team including Ari Pekka Laitsaari William Brooks Kai Lindevall and Steven Myint Gorilla Ventures is focused on ICT enabled disruptions and run by a highly networked team with strong investment capabilities and a proven track record including Petri Lehmuskoski Risto Rautakorpi Reijo Syrjäläinen and Timo Tiihonen Newentures is focused on applied ICT energy and clean tech and specifically looks at industrial ICT enabled innovations Run by Timo Teimonen and Niklas Törnkvist Royal Majestics Helsinki is focused on innovations in fashion and design and is run by an experienced team with an extensive track record including Johannes Savolainen Henri Kulvik and Per Aldestam Vendep is focused on mobile solutions and network based services Operating on an accelerator model and having already demonstrated their capabilities the company is run by Hannu Kytölä Sakari Pihlava Juha Pekka Arala and Mikko Bergman For further information please contact Seppo Ruotsalainen Vigo Coordinator email protected tel 358 400 502 569 Petri Niemi Vigo Steering Committee email protected tel 358 400 511 493 About the Vigo Program

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=3&title=new-vigo-venture-accelerators-extend-growth-funding-and--expertise-into-a-wider-array-of-finland-based-startup-companies (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - East Wings chosen as Vigo Accelerator
    Vigo Accelerator East Wings an accelerator with focus on Asia has been chosen as Vigo Accelerator Newly found East Wings Ltd offers both finance and experienced co entrepreneurs to promising Finnish technology startups East Wings investment portfolio will consist of companies with innovative ICT technology productized for mobile and internet Their Venture Fund will consist of investments placed by serial entrepreneurs and angel investors in Japan Hong Kong Singapore and India The operation as the accelerator and the early stage investor will start in February 2013 2013 01 25 18 22 Marit Tuominen ASIA EAST WINGS 0 Recent Articles Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent board of directors as Matti Vuoria Peter Carlsson and James Penney candidates to the new board 2016 03 30 08 53 Finnish Startup Investments Jumped 23 In 2015 2016 03 21 09 10 Vendep s portfolio company AlphaSense raises USD 33 million 2016 03 07 08 35 ZenRobotics News Waste sorting robots to the USA 2016 03 03 09 03 Vigo on kiihdyttämöohjelma innovatiivisille nuorille yrityksille joilla on kansainvälistä potentiaalia ja halu kasvaa Vigo ohjelma yhdistää innovatiiviset liikeideat kansainvälisesti kokeneet yrittäjyyden ammattilaiset sekä julkisen että yksityisen Our Latest News Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=22&title=east-wings-chosen-as-vigo-accelerator (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - Digital Foodie and S Group Partner on Collect and Go Grocery Shopping
    service Collect and Go is being piloted in Finland with HOK Elanto a regional co operative of S Group The new self service is an extension to the Collect and Go service that was launched in November 2012 Foodie fm users can now decide if they want their groceries to be delivered home picked up from a Collect and Go store or a self service parcel point Our goal is to help consumers eat well and shop smart Foodie fm is already tailored to user s individual needs and now we can offer more flexibility for the order fulfillment too We believe that self service Collect and Go could work internationally It would be ideal for busy commuter sites where there isn t too much space to park near the collection point said Kalle Koutajoki CEO of Digital Foodie The new self service Collect and Go can be selected as one of the delivery options for ordering groceries online from Foodie fm After placing an order the user will receive a SMS with collection time and a code to open the locker Lockers only open after the shopping has been paid with a chip and pin card The lockers are insulated and temperatures are monitored to guarantee the chill chain Finnish postal service Itella provides the self service lockers and related payment system for the pilot The new service costs Euro 6 90 and groceries are stored in the locker maximum of two hours Source TMCnet 2013 02 01 11 10 Marit Tuominen FOODIE FM GROCERY S GROUP 0 Recent Articles Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent board of directors as Matti Vuoria Peter Carlsson and James Penney candidates to the new board 2016 03 30 08 53 Finnish Startup Investments Jumped 23 In 2015 2016 03 21 09 10

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=74&title=digital-foodie-and-s-group-partner-on-collect-and-go-grocery-shopping (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - S Group and Foodie.fm win gold at the Channel Innovation Awards
    leading retailers such as Marks Spencer and Target The Channel Innovation Awards highlights the benefits of cross channel marketing and services to consumers We are extremely pleased with this international recognition Online commerce for groceries is evolving fast and the level of competition for the awards was high However we know that the work we do for personalised social groceries is something that no one else in the world has yet done rejoices Kalle Koutajoki CEO of Digital Foodie In less than two years Foodie fm has grown from a digital cooking assistant to interactive and personalised eCommerce platform for groceries Foodie fm already has over 220 000 users in Finland which is impressive for a country of 5 3 million inhabitants In addition to the integrated online community Foodie fm operates a full scale online grocery store for S Group This enables S Group s customers to buy groceries online as well as from their iPads and smartphones Foodie fm is at the heart for all S Group s digital grocery services S Group continues developing new services to ease the everyday life of their customers Our goal is to develop new interactive and personalised services that make shopping groceries easier and fun Foodie fm is continuously evolving to become more transparent and customised for individual needs Currently we have real time price and assortment information available online for 630 stores and by the summer we will have information online of all our stores This level of pricing transparency is unique even on a global scale explains Ilkka Alarotu Director from the S Group Grocery Chain Management Source The Seattle Times 2012 05 24 08 56 Marit Tuominen FOODIE FM S GROUP 0 Recent Articles Cleantech Invest shifts to an independent board of directors as Matti Vuoria Peter Carlsson

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=61&title=s-group-and-foodie.fm-win-gold-at-the-channel-innovation-awards (2016-05-01)
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  • Vigo - Foodie.fm’s Social Groceries Benefit Consumers And Supermarkets
    is a patent pending recommendation server generated by mathematical modeling based on the usage patterns of the user and the neighboring community and family Foodie fm learns from users eating and purchasing habits and suggests recipes and groceries that match their taste profile The application s smart tailoring takes also into account users personalized preferences food allergies intolerances predilections and budget restrictions Users can express themselves by liking products and recipes which Foodie fm remembers and uses to create a personal taste profile But rather than just being some shopping list and a recipe app the whole service is linked to retailers real time assortment giving users an easy option to buy all the products seamlessly through the retailer In some areas Foodie fm even supports grocery delivery to your door This integration into the retailer s database also provides a high level of transparency by allowing grocery retailers to provide details on what substances are in their food and where it comes from Consumers are more environmentally and health conscious than ever and this app allows direct and instantaneous access to the information consumers require What may not be clear from focusing on the consumer aspects of Foodie fm are the benefits they provide to grocery retailers According to a recent survey 19 of the participants said Foodie fm has increased the amount of visits to the participating retailer Foodie fm is also a great channel for direct customer feedback recommendations and discussions with these retailers The best part about Foodie fm is that it is quickly accessible and that consumers are never too far away from the service Foodie fm comes as a multiparty application and is reachable from the web and as Facebook iPhone Android and Nokia applications From here Foodie fm plans on expanding globally to

    Original URL path: https://vigo.fi/news-view.php?article=56&title=foodie.fm%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s-social-groceries-benefit-consumers-and-supermarkets (2016-05-01)
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