Case: Realsource

Realsource logoRealsource is a commercial real estate marketplace. It is an online service for investors to find commercial real estate and a very efficient way of selling commercial real estates for sellers. For the investor Realsource gives all the information the investor needs to decide to commit to a bidding process. On the other hand it helps the seller find as many potential investors as possible thus helping to get better selling price. The total annual transaction volume in commercial real estate sector was between 30-35 billion USD in the Nordics and appr. 200 billion USD in 2013 in the EMEA, the trend being rising. Based on current agreements Realsource will get 0.2% of transaction volume. This results 70M revenue potential in Nordics alone and 400M in Europe.

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For buyer Realsource provides advanced tools for comparing the commercial properties and making smart purchase decisions.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Realsource had developed fully functional beta site and secured a major Finish property owner as a customer for the first year.

“Internet has transformed almost every line of business, including most of real estate sector. For some reason, however, commercial real estate sector is still mostly relying on traditional ways of doing business. We’re going to disrupt that. One of Butterfly’s strengths is their knowledge of online businesses, that’s exactly what we need. We also liked their agile approach to business development as well as international networks.” (Markku Aho, Founder of Realsource)

Butterfly invested into Realsource because of balanced team with both excellent technological skills and experience as well as extraordinarily deep understanding of commercial property market. The product has very mature feel with unique set of features not seen yet in online commercial property trade. Furthermore Realsource had first significant customer signed in and there’s market opportunity worth at least hundreds of millions. Butterfly’s investment will be used to further develop the product, attract property inventory as well as validate the business model and value proposition.

Butterfly Ventures invites a new partner into the team

Butterfly Ventures continues to grow and invites Mr. Ville Heikkinen to join as a Partner to develop its early stage focused venture funds and portfolio companies. Mr. Heikkinen was previously a commercial lawyer in Finland and USA specializing on technology transactions and venture capital. In addition, Mr. Heikkinen has had a strong role in the development of Finnish startup ecosystem.

”Butterfly has within a short period of time developed a successful model to invest into the most dynamic market segment, early stage companies. I am very excited in the opportunity of creating new Finnish success stories as a member of this team and bringing effectiveness into early stage investments.” says Heikkinen.

”From the investor’s point of view, the number and quality of Finnish startups is very good at the moment. Having Ville in our team enables us to respond better to the market opportunity. We are well prepared to manage the vast deal flow, increase our investment volume, and speed up the development of our portfolio companies even better than earlier.” added Mr. Matti Kanninen, the CEO of Butterfly Ventures.

Mr. Heikkinen strengthens the already versatile team of Butterfly and focuses especially on increasing the investment activity and commercializing products and services of the portfolio companies.

Enquiries and additional information

Matti Kanninen, managing partner
Phone: +358 (40) 5455877
Email: matti@butterfly.vc

Butterfly Ventures

Butterfly Ventures is an early stage focused startup development and venture fund management company located in Oulu, Finland. Behind the company are Matti Kanninen, Antti Kosunen and Juho Risku as well as Board members Jukka Mäkinen and Jari Pasanen. Butterfly Ventures has offices in Oulu and Helsinki.

Web: http://butterfly.vc

Northern Startup Funds – Leverage from the EU

Northern Startup Fund is a venture capital fund managed by Butterfly Ventures that invests into early stage startups. It is the first asymmetric fund in Finland. In the case of Northern Startup Funds the asymmetry means that the public investor, which benefits also in a form of tax income, lowers the risk of a private investor by offering a possibility for returning the invested capital and profit share before the public investor. From the private investors’ point of view this improves the risk – return expectation ratio significantly. The public investors in the Northern Startup Funds are the City of Oulu and the European Regional Development Fund (the Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, the European Union). The investment capital of Northern Startup Fund is at the moment 10 million euro.

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Ten new investments in year 2013, equity under management grows into ten million euro

Butterfly Ventures continues investment activities at high pace. During its first year of operations 2013 it has completed its own target of ten new first time investments. The newest investments are: CreateTrips, Laturi Corporation and Conexbird. Furthermore, with the agreement signed today Butterfly Ventures has increased the amount of equity under management by five million euro, totaling now ten million euro.

“Butterfly has started really well also from the City of Oulu’s point of view. The investments have been made in particular into early stage startups, and the positive effects of Northern Startup Fund are already evident.” told Juha Ala-Mursula from Business Oulu. “At the time of investment two of the startups had revenue, now eight of them have. Also the fact that the number of employees after the investment in these companies has already increased nearly 30% is great news for Oulu.” he added.

Based on the actual realized figures, the fund size of ten million euro adds up to some twenty million euro worth of equity financing in total.

”We’re very happy for the increase of funds under our management at this particular moment, as the prospects for new first time investments are great. This is good news also for our portfolio companies. Several of them are approaching a stage where their business model has been validated and therefore follow-on investments are becoming current. Butterfly is now better equipped to support its portfolio companies through this rapid growth phase, which brings stability for the companies and further accelerates their growth.” said Matti Kanninen, CEO of Butterfly Ventures.

So far, Butterfly has invested together with other investors in total of 1.4M euro into ten portfolio companies. Of this amount Butterfly has invested 600 000 euro. In addition to local investors, also US angel investors have participated in the financing rounds. The portfolio companies were selected from the deal flow of 300 companies. Butterfly aims to do ten new first time investments also during 2014. In addition, the annual volume of investments is planned to grow into 1-3 million euro.

Enquiries and additional information

Matti Kanninen, managing partner
Phone: +358 (40) 5455877
Email: matti@butterfly.vc

Butterfly Ventures

Butterfly Ventures is an early stage focused startup development and venture fund management company located in Oulu, Finland. Behind the company are Matti Kanninen, Antti Kosunen and Juho Risku as well as Board members Jukka Mäkinen and Jari Pasanen. Butterfly Ventures has offices in Oulu and Helsinki.

Web: http://butterfly.vc

Northern Startup Funds – Leverage from the EU

Northern Startup Fund is a venture capital fund managed by Butterfly Ventures that invests into early stage startups. It is the first asymmetric fund in Finland. In the case of Northern Startup Funds the asymmetry means that the public investor, which benefits also in a form of tax income, lowers the risk of a private investor by offering a possibility for returning the invested capital and profit share before the public investor. From the private investors’ point of view this improves the risk – return expectation ratio significantly. The public investors in the Northern Startup Funds are the City of Oulu and the European Regional Development Fund (the Northern Ostrobothnia Centre for Economic Development, the European Union). The investment capital of Northern Startup Fund is at the moment 10 million euro.

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Case: Conexbird

Conexbird logo Conexbird logo[/caption]Containers do over 135 million overseas trips per year. During every fifth of those trips something goes wrong, for instance due to container condition, accumulating over 7 billion in damages annually. Conexbird has invented a method to inspect the changes in container condition and its contents within a few seconds while lifting the container simply by touching it. There is no heavy investment required for checking equipment and no interruption nor changes required to handling and logistic chain. Furthermore the cost per check is just a fraction compared to any other method currently available. This represents true quantum leap within container transportation business, not just cost of container maintenance point of view, but also what comes to costs related to smuggling and container security.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Conexbird has filed the key patent and signed the first pilot customer agreement.

“Our container inspection methodology fits into logistics chain like glove, it will integrate there seamlessly. Furthermore, the investment and inspection costs are only fraction of other methods. Therefore we see Conexbird as an integral part of all container logistics, a market opportunity of several billion dollars. Butterfly will bring us international contact networks that we need and such a unique level of agile business development expertise that’s very hard to find elsewhere.” (Teuvo Heikkilä, Founder of Conexbird).

Butterfly invested into Conexbird because of their clear cost saving value proposition, advanced business model, customer traction and technologically unique solution with strong intellectual property that fits extremely well into existing container logistic processes. Furthermore there’s market opportunity worth of hundreds of millions as well as excellent team with great international contact network. Butterfly’s investment will be used to validate the technology, business model and value proposition with first pilot customers.

Just another day as a VC

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Vesa and Juho after swim

We were swimming in ice together with the team of one of our portfolio companies, Laturi. Here’s Vesa and Juho after the swim.

One of the most interesting aspects of working in a VC company is the variety of things one get to see, learn and experience. During the first operational year we’ve looked through about 300 companies, including their business plans, flew around the world, prepared patent papers, crafted viral metrics, simulated business models, recruited and negotiated deals for our portfolio companies and met literally thousands of people. Yes, it’s about doing, it’s about learning, it’s about learning fast. Pretty much the same stuff our portfolio companies do – though from a different perspective.

Anyways, here’s an example of a day (today) with some stranger end of things we had a chance to experience; first some email, meetings, the normal stuff. Then an interview with Kauppalehti + swimming in the ice with the team of one of our portfolio companies, Laturi. They’re preparing for Polar Bear Pitching you see… and this sort of strange things happen pretty often.

Case: Laturi

Laturi logoThe first step for a Personal Trainer with a new client is always to start with a fitness assessment. Traditionally this time consuming process requiring heavy and expensive equipment limits the number of clients personal trainers can serve. Laturi has designed a way to carry out fitness assessment quickly and efficiently. With the Energy Test, one personal trainer is able to test up to 400 people in just a week, the improvement is several folds compared to traditional means. The web based Energy Service and the Energy Test equipment is easy to carry, inexpensive and highly mobile. As a result of the Energy Test person gets an Energy Index, which tells the time that peak energy output can be experienced, whether at work, performing routine chores or engaging in recreational activities. Energy Index tells the benefit of being fit in such a way that gets people excited about taking care of their well being.

Laturi's web application tells in very understandable and motivating way about your fitness. In addition to Energy Index itself, it also breaks the results into sub-categories that visually show your strengths and help pinpoint the possible problem areas.

Laturi’s web application tells in very understandable and motivating way about your fitness. In addition to Energy Index itself, it also breaks the results into sub-categories that visually show your strengths and help pinpoint the possible problem areas.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Laturi has filed methodology patent, launched the service, sold the Energy Test to over 20 businesses providing fitness assessments and as a result gathered validation for their business model.

“Realizing the benefits of improved employee’s fitness, American businesses invest over 20 Billion dollars annually in their efforts to help employees increase their level of physical activity. We have been seeking for an investor who shares our belief in the growing health and fitness market and can provide support for our plans to create a scalable international business. We are truly excited that we get to work with Butterfly and get concrete and committed support along the way.” (Vesa Tornberg, Founder of Laturi)

Butterfly invested into Laturi because of the extremely positive user experience of the service, Laturi’s strong and committed team with superlative industry expertise and balanced skill set. There is a fast growing market worth of hundreds of millions for Laturi’s product and Laturi has a solid plan for the distribution model. Furthermore the business model already has validation. Butterfly’s investment will be used for international growth, enhance the business model and establish the required metrics to leverage the valuation up for follow-on financing rounds.

Case: CreateTrips

CreateTrips logoPeople want to plan their trips together with family and friends. Furthermore they want to have the travel planning, tips and advices available offline without data roaming charges when they travel. CreateTrips is a social trip planner for the smart traveler. It allows users to draw information from sources such as Foursquare, Instagram and others into a digital map sheet and package it into downloadable travel plans that can be shared with fellow travelers. CreateTrips is not just another trip planner; in addition to already excellent product they have loads of differentiating features under development as well.

CreateTrips app allows easy travel planning together with the people they're traveling with, best of all you can package the travel plan, including the maps and directions into a offline accessible package and thus avoid the roaming charges.

CreateTrips app allows easy travel planning together with the people they’re traveling with, best of all you can package the travel plan, including the maps and directions into a offline accessible package and thus avoid the roaming charges.

Prior to investment CreateTrips had released the first version of their app in Apple’s New Zealand App Store which made it into Top 10 app there just in five days. Global launch is a matter of a few weeks.

”First of all, we can’t be any happier. Seed round – split between Butterfly Ventures and Rkapital – allows the three of us to continue working on CreateTrips full time. We’re building CreateTrips because this is what we love doing – building things that make it easier to do travel planning with friends. Butterfly Ventures offers us an opportunity to have a unique international connections and business development knowledge that is very rare to find from Finnish investors.” (Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, Founder of CreateTrips, Inc.)

Butterfly invested into CreateTrips because the team has excellent background for such venture, including app development, marketing and travel industry knowledge. The market potential is hundreds of millions and there’s clever business model with re-occurring revenue stream, as well as network effects that both ease up the distribution through virality and provide some long term protection from the competition. Butterfly investment will be used to validate the customer acquisition path and business model, as well as establish the required metrics to leverage the valuation up for follow-on financing rounds.

CreateTrips was founded by Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, Jarkka Salminen and Jesse Luoto. Juha-Petteri Kukkonen has been working as a strategist and director for Mindshare Worldwide and Grey Global before quitin’ his day job. Jarkka Salminen is a former rapper and independent game developer. Jesse Luoto was a developer at Activeark JWT before joining the CreateTrips team.

Case: CaddieON

CaddieOn LogoProfessional athletes use all available information to improve their performance. In golf, collecting the data requires a load of statisticians who follow the players and record each shot. Amateur golfers would love to have the same means to improve their performance as well. However, all the prior solutions either require too much concentration on manual data collection or one needs to pay big money for a live caddie to do the job. CaddieON allows automated golf data collection. The patent pending product enables the round events to be recorded shot by shot, shared and broadcasted in real time. Even better, player can compare his performance with other players and compete in all game details, not only with total round score. Instead of gadgets, you get to focus on game and play better. Now, that’s a strong value proposition for a golfer.

The CaddieOn wristband automatically detects the strokes and the club used for it. There's no easier way to keep track of your golf game play.

The CaddieOn wristband automatically detects the strokes and the club used for it. There’s no easier way to keep track of your golf game play.

CaddieON has launched the product and starting the sales in Finland during summer 2013. Prior to investment it has already announced cooperation with half a dozen golf courses in Finland and collected crowd funding from Finnish golfers worth 13 thousand euro.

”There are 60 million golfers in the world. CaddieON will lead the way in giving the golfers most value for their golf and making golf more rewarding, enjoyable and interesting than ever. The international market potential is worth several hundred millions. We wanted to have an investor who can help us with business models as well as finding the right partners. Butterfly was our best choice and shares our passion for lean customer driven development.” (Tuomo Lalli, CEO of CaddieON, Inc.)

In addition to automatically created golf game play record the CaddieOn mobile app has all the features you would expect from a golf app and there's many more coming up.

In addition to automatically created golf game play record the CaddieOn mobile app has all the features you would expect from a golf app and there’s many more coming up.

Butterfly invested into CaddieON because the patent pending product concept allows superior ease of use and thus stronger value proposition for golfers in a market worth of several hundred millions. Furthermore the business model offers several avenues for monetization. The CaddieON team has shown both the ability and commitment. Finally their ongoing crowd funding campaign has already gained significant traction among their future customers. Butterfly investment will be used to validate value proposition and establish the required metrics to leverage the valuation up for follow-on financing rounds.

Case: Fourdeg

Fourdeg_logo_RGB_1280x1549pxEvery property owner knows that heating costs are rising year by year. Most means to save the costs are either too expensive or do not save enough to make sense economically. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? But not for long; Fourdeg is developing a product for water radiators heated buildings that will ensure both the energy savings as well as improved comfort temperature control with a superfast investment payback. Even better, the product can be installed within minutes and installation doesn’t require professional training. If something, that’s better with less.

Fourdeg system allows energy savings in heating up to 30% through intelligent self-learning cloud driven heating optimization algorithms. In addition customers benefit from full control of the system through web and mobile as well as better living comfort through significantly improved temperature accuracy.

Fourdeg system allows energy savings in heating up to 30% through intelligent self-learning cloud driven heating optimization algorithms. In addition customers benefit from full control of the system through web and mobile as well as better living comfort through significantly improved temperature accuracy.

Before the investment Fourdeg had built first prototypes and secured first pilot customer.

”We saw from the beginning that our smart heating control system and evident demand combines as an inspiring market opportunity. But that’s not enough for a successful start-up. To thrive through the growth phase startup needs to have right kind of expertise and sufficient resources. Butterfly makes us a perfect partner by providing the both; financial resources as well as the competence.” (Markku Makkonen, CEO of Fourdeg, Inc.)

Intelligent cloud controlled thermostat that is easy to install, even by end customers, is at the core of the Fourdeg offering.

Intelligent cloud controlled thermostat that is easy to install, even by end customers, is at the core of the Fourdeg offering.

Butterfly invested into Fourdeg because of their clear value proposition, huge market potential and because the product allows use of truly revolutionary distribution channel. The Fourdeg team is leanly operating well balanced mixture of talent and it has shown commitment and ability to learn fast. Butterfly investment will be used to develop the first product version for the pilot and to validate value proposition, especially the cost savings related to the product.

Case: WhileOnTheMove

While On The Move logoThe first product of WhileOnTheMove is Daisy – a complete day care solution. Daisy includes mobile applications to day care employees and child-minders, mobile/web service to day care management and mobile/web service to parents. Real life tests have shown that in a city of 100 000 habitants Daisy can relocate over 65 000 hours of manual paperwork into more important tasks; taking care of the children. Furthermore a single 24/7 daycare unit can save up to 180 000€ a year by deploying Daisy to allow parents easily inform their weekend day care needs. This value proposition together with the fact that Europe alone represents over 100 million euro market potential for such product clearly makes the case.

Before the investment WhileOnTheMove has launched their product, secured several major customers, such as cities of Oulu and Jyväskylä as well as partnered with market leading distributor in France, who has already made the first sale there.

”From the very beginning WhileOnTheMove has targeted to international markets. Today we have closed our first international partner agreements and deals. The next step is to boost even more on international sales. To achieve the goal we need both funding and guidance. We see Butterfly as a perfect partner helping us in both.” (Kari Kivistö, CEO of WhileOnTheMove)

Butterfly invested into WhileOnTheMove because their product offers good fit to market requirements that are changing and clear cost saving value proposition. The product is launched; gaining traction; and already agreed sales provide significant and relatively long term revenue. Furthermore, the WhileOnTheMove team has shown significant personal commitment and demonstrated their ability to deliver. Butterfly investment will be used to speed up the sales, especially internationally.