Four new investments by Butterfly Ventures – Strong portfolio presence in Slush

Four of Butterfly’s portfolio companies have been selected to appear among the best companies at Slush. Connexbird, Fourdeg and NaturVention were selected into TOP100 early stage companies list and Kyynel into TOP50 growth companies list. Meanwhile, Butterfly has been active also on the investment front. The new investments are Ceruus, Augumenta, Alpakka Media and Asmo Charger.

”It was nice to notice that four of our portfolio companies were selected among the best of Slush. Selection is a real achievement as selections were made from a group of over thousand international startups and only 10% of them are among this elite group.” tells Juho Risku, who leads the startup development at Butterfly, ”Our portfolio seems to be performing a lot better than average also from this respect, as half of our portfolio companies who were available for selection were also picked.”

Butterfly has invested so far 2.7 million euro in investment rounds totaling up to 7.2 million euro. In less than two years Butterfly has found 21 companies into its portfolio and completed over 41 investment rounds into those companies. Companies have been selected from the analyzed 500 companies, out of which 25% have been looked at more closely as investment targets. During the first half of 2014 every seventh early stage venture capital investment in Finland were Butterfly’s.

”Our portfolio has been growing even a bit faster than expected. In a short period of time we have been able to achieve a significant position within the early stage venture capital in Finland.” says CEO of Butterfly Ventures, Matti Kanninen, ”I am most delighted that more and more often the founder team has consciously wanted us in particular as their investor and coaching partner. It is thus likely that by the end of the year the number of our portfolio companies will grow further by at least two or three 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, Ville Heikkinen and Juho Risku as well as Board members Antti Kosunen, 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: 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.

Butterfly Ventures Starts Investing

Butterfly Ventures has completed the first closing of Northern Startup Fund and starts investing. Northern Startup Fund is the first asymmetric venture capital fund in Finland. It will focus on early stage startup companies that have at least some operations in the Oulu region.

“In addition to the obvious challenges, the structural changes of ICT industry in the Oulu region have also resulted in new opportunities. Especially from the startup companies’ point of view the times are good.” said Juha Ala-Mursula, director of Business Oulu “The structural changes have significantly improved the startups’ abilities to recruit talent. These changes have also forced us to find new solutions. Oulu has been the forerunner in creating structures that accelerate startup companies’ business growth, and Northern Startup Fund is central in these new structures. The growth and success of the Fund’s portfolio companies will have a significant impact on the employment and economy of Oulu.”, he added.

During the past few weeks, Butterfly Ventures has already prepared the deal flow and gone through over 100 companies, out of which roughly 20% have met the criteria for closer examination. The goal has been to analyze about 100 companies a year, but at the moment it seems that the quantity will be significantly larger, even well over 200 companies a year. In addition to companies originating from Oulu, there are also such that plan to have operations in the Oulu region.

“There are plenty of early stage startups and growth companies in Oulu region, but proportionally little venture capital activity, resulting in reasonable valuations, for the most part.” said Matti Kanninen, CEO of Butterfly Ventures “In addition, as founding of a startup company is less expensive these days, and there is plenty of talent available, a well-diversified portfolio of smaller investments can result in more simultaneous successes faster.”, he added.

A few investment proposals are already underway and the first investments are planned to be carried out already during October. The goal is to make ten investments in a year. This means that Northern Startup Fund will invest in 50 companies in the Oulu region during its first time investment period of five years.

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 Fund

Northern Startup Fund is a venture capital fund managed by Butterfly Ventures that invest into early stage startups. It is the first asymmetric fund in Finland. In the case of Northern Startup Fund 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 investment capital of Northern Startup Fund will be 10 million €, half of which comes from the City of Oulu and the other half from private investors.

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