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International Venture Academy culminated in the pitching finals last Friday 9th of June. The top 2 most investment-ready start-ups were selected by the programme jury including investors from EBAN and FiBAN. Congratulations Neuwo and ImpactOS by AskKauko!

This year’s venture academy involved eight (8) innovative health tech and AI companies from Finland and France. The programme included an intensive four-day Bootcamp live in Jyväskylä, where all the companies got valuable sparring from seasoned European angel investors on their pitching, market strategies, and investment readiness. On the final day of the Bootcamp, start-ups pitched their business cases for the investor jury.


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Neuwo and ImpactOS by AskKauko will be pitching their business ideas to tens of international and Finnish investors at the Business Rally Investor Day 3rd of August

SMALL_IVA_2Neuwo was selected as the most investable company in the International Venture Academy. In the picture: Johannes Harju, CEO of Neuwo

“Learned more in 30 hours than in the past three months”

For start-ups the IVA bootcamp facilitated a steep learning curve, enhancing their business presentations and making them more appealing to investors. The companies focused on developing their blue ocean and go-to-market strategies, refining their VSEM (vision, strategy, execution, and metrics) strategy framework, and crafting compelling pitches to captivate potential investors.

The eight outstanding start-ups that participated in IVA 2023 were ONIT Sport, CareUs / Lou-hi, MicroBrain, ImpactOS by ASK Kauko, Voice Intuitive, HealthyDays. / SaraWell, StuDisco, and Neuwo.

The HHub Ecosystem/Business Jyväskylä, in collaboration with European Angel Investors from Entrepreneur Avenue, organized the programme. Throughout the investor programme, the companies received personalized guidance to refine their growth plans, products, and services. Additionally, they had the opportunity to expand their networks across Europe.

Programme jury consisted of

•    Jean-Louis Brelet, EuropIA Capital, Sophia Business Angles
•    Marcel Dridje, EBAN Board Member, Sophia Business Angels
•    Audra Shallal, EBAN Board Member, BOSS Consulting & Corenvest
•    Annukka Mickelsson, Chair of the Board, FiBAN
•    Nina Rautiainen, FiBAN & Innovation Ecosystem Lead, Business Jyväskylä
•    Jussi Muurikainen, Founder of Liquido VC

Read more about the programme here.