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Join the ultimate water challenge

Up to 3M€ investment for top startups with solutions to water problems. A great bet to create the largest global hub of water technologies from Helsinki to the world.

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Shaping the future of digital water

Four global partners to enable entrepreneurship with a vision to create an ecosystem of innovation and technology sharing between startups, vendors, and piloting sites.

Nordea
Nordea

Leading Nordic Universal Bank. One of the top ten financial services companies in Europe based on market capitalization.

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GoHub
GoHub

One of Europe’s largest Water Innovation Hubs born out of Global Omnium / GoAigua

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IBM
IBM

The leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Using technologies to transform business, industries and the world.

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University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki

40,000 students and researchers and 11 faculties conducting groundbreaking multidisciplinary research. In the top 50–100 in most university rankings.

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Addressing the greatest global challenges

Technology helps us to contribute to more efficient use of water resources
Snow melt runoff
Snow melt runoff
IoT for snow/ice
IoT for snow/ice
Raising sea levels
Raising sea levels
Flood Prevention
Flood Prevention
Digitization (IoT, Leakage)
Digitization (IoT, Leakage)
Smart Water
Smart Water

Which startups may apply

The startups will be selected by an expert committee composed of members of GoHub, IBM, Nordea and University of Helsinki.

Incorporated companies
Incorporated companies
Strong business model
Strong business model
Focused on B2B
Focused on B2B
Have revenue
Have revenue
Generalists Leaders with Specialized Teams
Generalists Leaders with Specialized Teams
Technology consolidated in a vertical
Technology consolidated in a vertical
Product-market fit in their country
Product-market fit in their country
Looking to raise capital 2021/2022
Looking to raise capital 2021/2022

What are the benefits

  • Mentoring sessions with the IBM team
  • Technological support
  • 120.000 free IBM Cloud credits per year
  • Business sessions at the IBM Garage in Madrid
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  • Leading startup & growth loan provider – means less dilution and faster growth
  • Superb global venture capital network – we can help you find relevant investors
  • Slush invitations
  • One-to-one meetings with corporates
  • Invitation to join Nordea Investor Speed Dating to meet Nordic and global VC funds
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  • Opening doors to corporates in the Finish Hightech Ecosystem
  • Access to Events and activities at the university
  • Access to monthly Meet-ups arranged by Urban Tech Helsinki
  • Technology testing
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Winners will receive

A man in a suit
Up to €3M investment
A paid Proof of Concept (PoC) up to $50,000
Propietary water utility data to test and validate solutions
IBM benefits
Nordea Benefits
Universiy of Helsinki Benefits

Key dates

November 3rd
Roundtable

Future of Water in Nordics and problem identification

November 15th
Deadline to submit applications
December 2nd
5 finalist pitches + Winner announcement

Event @ SLUSH Nordea Booth

Mentors and speakers

Jaime Barba
Jaime Barba

CEO Idrica & GoHub

Patricia Pastor
Patricia Pastor

Managing Director GoHub

Vesa Riihimäki
Vesa Riihimäki

Head of Startup & Growth Finland Unit at Nordea

Irina Blomqvist
Irina Blomqvist

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Head at the University of Helsinki

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