Fund your business

Fund your business 

You might have boostrapped for a while, maybe had friends, family and fools invest in your startup. If you feel time has come to borrow or raise more money, a little more or much more, from external organisations and investors, then have a look at the list below. You will find the main organisations and investors you can turn to in order to raise money for your business.

A number of incubators and accelerators will also either help you source funding and pitch or even give you access to capital. You can check them out here.

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  • Alfvén & Didrikson - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in growth companies.

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  • Almi Invest - Type: small business loan // Focus: invests in 50-70 news startups every year, from seed phase to expansion phase in all types of industries. Loan size between SEK250,000 and SEK10,000,000

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  • AngelList - Type: angel syndicate. Focus: platform that lets individuals invest in early-stage companies, either deal by deal or as part of a fund

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  • Atomico - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in disruptive technology companies from Series A onwards.

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  • BackingMinds - Type: venture capital. Focus: backing great underinvested entrepreneurs outside the tight homogeneous networks.

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  • Backstage - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in Nordic entrepreneurial high-growth potential companies.

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  • Balderton - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in European technology companies with global ambitions. Investments range from USD1,000,000 to USD20,000,000.

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  • Blueyard Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in data-intensive user-centric companies.

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  • Bonnier Growth Media - Type: corporate venture capital. Focus: venture arm of media group Bonnier, making minority investments in fast-growing digital technology companies across multiple growth stages.

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  • CapA - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in B2B early-stage companies within IOT, mobility and human computer interaction in the Nordics and USA. Partner to Butterfly Ventures for seed investments in the Nordics.

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  • Ceyuan Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in IT and emerging growth companies.

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  • Cherry Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in "innovators, renegades and disruptors" at the seed stage.

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  • Connect Sverige - Type: angel syndicate and startup/scaleup advisory. Focus: Connect matches and facilitates meeting places for entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors, helping to create sustainable growth through business development and investment readiness programs.

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  • Creandum - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in software-based growth companies from seed to series A and later stage. Initial investments range from EUR200,000 to EUR8,000,000

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  • Creathor Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in technology-oriented, fast-growing companies in all stages, especially within Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Industry Tech and Enabling Platforms. Focuses on Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Nordics.

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  • Dawn Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in growth companies within fintech and B2B software.

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  • DHS Venture Partners - Type: angel syndicate Focus: early-stage fund and angel network investing exclusively in startups from within the Stockholm School of Economics community

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  • DI Digital Startup Tour - Type: pitch competition. Focus: pitch competition looking for the next big startup. Prize: workshops with chosen partners and advertisement.

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  • DN Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: seed stage, Series A and Series B round and bootstrapped companies that have already reached sustained growth, in digital media, e-commerce, enterprise software, marketplaces and mobile applications.

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  • eEquity - Type: venture capital. Focus: growth investor within online-related business models, primarily in the Nordics.

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  • Eight Roads - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests the proprietary capital of Fidelity International Limited, in growth companies in technology and healthcare.

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  • EQT Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in technology-driven companies across all industries. Investments range from EUR3,000,000 to EUR75,000,000, from series A to growth rounds.

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  • Female founders - Type: pitch competition. Focus: pitch competition looking for the next big female-founded startup. Prize: a finalist place on DI Digital Startup Tour

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  • FundedByMe - Type: crowdfunding. Focus: Equity-based crowdfunding platform that lets entrepreneurs raise funds and test their ideas against an equity share in their company.

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  • GP Bullhound - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in companies within software and services, e-commerce and marketplaces, digital media and adtech, hardware and systems. Investments range from growth equity fundraising, through debt restructuring, secondary fundraising all the way to trade sale or IPO.

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  • Gullspång Invest - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in companies with the potential to create a positive large-scale impact, especially within food, health, cleantech and education.

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  • Inbox capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in Nordic-based technology companies with proven performance in key areas, that are aiming for international growth.

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  • Index Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in companies within marketplace, open source, eCommerce, big data, gaming, security.

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  • Indiegogo - Type: crowdfunding. Focus: global rewards-based crowdfunding platform that lets entrepreneurs raise funds, and test their ideas with real customers.

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  • Industrifonden - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests within technology and life science.

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  • Innovacom - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in breakthrough digital projects in all sectors.

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  • Internetfonden - Type: Grant. Focus: Projects by organizations or individuals that contribute to the development of internet. Grant: up to SEK399,000, including VAT.

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  • Inventure - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in innovative startups and high-tech companies in the Nordics. Investments range from EUR100,000 to EUR10,000,000.

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  • Keiretsu Forum Nordics - Type: angel syndicate Focus: Nordic-based investor network covering the four Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden

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  • Kichi Invest - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in unlisted Nordic growth companies.

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  • Kickstarter - Type: crowdfunding. Focus: global rewards-based crowdfunding platform that lets entrepreneurs raise funds, and test their ideas with real customers.

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  • Kreos Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in European high-growth companies.

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  • Lakestar - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in "outstanding entrepreneurs" around the world.

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  • Monterro - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in in and develops software companies.

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  • Moor - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early-stage digital companies.

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  • Mosaic Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in series A.

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  • Nexit Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in disruptive and scalable companies in the Nordic region, from early growth to more mature stages of their development.

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  • NFT Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in fintech start-ups.

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  • Nordic makers - Type: venture capital. Focus: angel style venture capital firm keen on leading seed rounds above USD500,000 and below USD2,000,000.

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  • Northcap - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in ICT B2B and B2B2C start-ups in Northern Europe from seed to growth stage. Initial investments range from EUR1,000,000 to EUR5,000,000.

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  • Northzone - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early stage high-growth technology companies.

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  • Octopus Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: Invests in all sectors. Investments range from GDP1,000,000 for Seed to GDP4,000,000 for Series A.

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  • Open Ocean - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in software-driven growth companies. Investments range from EUR2,500,000 to EUR15,000,000.

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  • OXX - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in scale-up stage B2B software businesses originating in the UK, the Nordics or Israel.

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  • Paua Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early-stage tech companies. Investments range from EUR200,000 to EUR6,000,000.

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  • Pepins - Type: crowdfunding. Focus: equity-based crowdfunding platform that lets entrepreneurs raise funds against an equity share in their company.

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  • Qalora Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early-stage tech companies.

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  • Schibsted Growth - Type: corporate venture capital. Focus: invests in wold-changing digital companies

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  • SEB Venture Capital - Type: corporate venture capital. Focus: invests in innovative companies within technology and fintech in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Investments typically range from SEK10,000,000-30,000,000 initially to SEK80,000,000-100,000,000 in total over a holding period against an ownership stake of 15-40 percent.

  • Seed Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early-stage tech companies. Investments range from EUR50,000 to EUR500,000.

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  • Seven Ventures - Type: corporate venture capital. Focus: investment arm of ProSieben and the largest investor in TV media worldwide. Invests in high-growth B2C companies, within consumer goods, retail and services.

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  • Spintop Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in Nordic tech companies pursuing a major international opportunity.

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  • Standout Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: Invests in established Nordic tech companies. Investments range from SEK50,000,000 to SEK150,000,000.

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  • Stockholm Business Angels (STOAF) - Type: angel syndicate. Business angel-driven venture finance and competence group investing via fund structure, syndicates with other PE investors, including PE towards ALMI Invest venture. Focus on innovative B2B and deep technology companies in Life Science, Industrial Technology and Software.

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  • Stockholm Innovation Scholarship - Type: Scholarship. Focus: the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship aims to promote innovation in the Stockholm region and rewards innovations within Simplify everyday life; Creative industries; Life science and health; Travel and tourism; Social impact and sustainability. Former winners can apply for the Acceleration Scholarship. Scholarship: SEK100,000 per category for the innovation scholarships and SEK250,000 for the acceleration scholarship

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  • Sunstone Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early-stage companies within tech and life science.

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  • Swedia Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in growth companies.

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  • Sweet Capital - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in new technology companies in the consumer and mobile space.

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  • SynerLeap - Type: innovation growth hub Focus: located at ABB Corporate Research Center in Västerås, SynerLeap focuses on helping small technology companies within industrial automation, robotics and energy to scale up globally.

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  • Telia Company Division X - Type: corporate venture capital Focus: emerging businesses division of Telia Company, working with promoting innovation within the company and investing in high-growth companies.

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  • True Global Ventures - Type: angel syndicate. Focus: from 2018 invests exclusively in Blockchain technology. Invests from USD200,000 to USD700,000 into very early stage companies.

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  • Venture Cup - Type: pitch competition. Focus: Early stage pitch deck startup competitions (idea and startup) offering the opportunity to win SEK500,000 no strings attached and access to a network, marketing opportunities on the platform, and publicity.

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  • Verdane - Type: PE. Focus: invests in technology-enabled growth companies in Northern Europe, in particular within software, consumer internet, energy or high-technology.

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  • Vinnova - Type: grant. Focus: state-run Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency, funds research and innovation projects that have the potential to benefit society through requests for calls. Only organisations can receive funding.

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  • Walerud Ventures - Type: venture capital. Focus: high tech pre-seed and seed stage companies

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  • Walking Ventures (Lean Investments) - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in early stage and seed. Investment rounds of GDB1,000,000/EUR1,000,000.

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  • Wellington Partners - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in European early- and growth-stage technology companies.

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  • Wellstreet - Type: venture capital. Focus: provides seed funding for tech startups within consumer-oriented and data driven businesses or B2B companies supporting the B2C value chain.

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  • Whitestar - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in growth companies within sensors and algorithms, digitalization of finance and disruptive commerce.

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  • Zenith - Type: venture capital. Focus: invests in challengers with scalable business models in fast growing industries.

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