The Finnish technology commercialisation body Technopolis has launched a new service to increase the visibility of Finnish high-tech companies and help investors to find potential investment targets.
Technopolis Online is a tool for international investors to find, contact and invest in Finnish high-tech companies. The database lists over 1,500 companies, 155 investors and over 2,300 key people involved in the country’s high-tech ecosystem, which – as Technopolis points out – ranks at the top of innovation economies around the world.
The key feature is the Investment Tracker, listing investments, both public and private, in Finnish high tech companies from 1999 to today.
Will Cardwell, Director of Technopolis Development Services, said, “We started working on Technopolis Online more than a year ago with the goal of creating the best information source about the Finnish high tech environment for international and local investors and entrepreneurs [...] we believe that [this] transparency itself will lead to more international success for Finnish companies.”
A beta version of Technopolis Online was launched in April 2009, “During the closed beta, we’ve had more than 30 international investors testing Technopolis Online from over ten different countries. The feedback has been tremendous and has already resulted in a few investments,” said Cardwell.
One such beta tester, Nic Brisbourne of DFJEsprit in London said, “Technopolis Online is one of the best tools we have seen for building visibility for local tech markets. We use it for our initial screens on potential investment opportunities in Finland.”
Technopolis Online can be found at: http://www.technopolisonline.com/