Case: Fascia Clothing

fascia-clothing-logo-18.4.2016Muscular balance is an important factor effecting the health. Imbalance can cause numerous problems, including joint injuries, back pain etc. Imbalance can be caused by numerous factors and it’s not just a problem of people who train too little. For instance, professional athletes frequently suffer this problem due to too little training of supportive muscles. Fascia Clothing’s patent pending garments prevent this problem. In effect they’re compression clothing for musculoskeltal system. The body balance is achieved by stimulating the body’s fascia-line network, i.e. utilizing the bio-tensegrity phenomena. It increases the effectiveness of any physical exercise and makes sure that it becomes balanced. In other words, also other than target muscles, including the deep inner muscles, which are maintaining the posture of the joints and the spine, will get the effect. It improves body awareness, control and coordination. Fascia Clothing is the next generation of billion-dollar compression clothing industry.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Fascia Clothing had produced the first prototypes, secured an industrial partner and filed their first patent application.

“Our garments are suitable for all. While improving physical performance they help also to prevent injuries and for example back problems. Therefore, the market potential is not limited only to athletes. We’ve been discussing with Butterfly well before we were founded. They’re curious, very open for new ideas and their input has been instrumental while taking us where we are. Without Butterfly’s involvement we simply would not exist.” (Marika Heiskanen, Founder of Fascia Clothing)

Butterfly invested into Fascia Clothing because they have a unique elegant approach to making training safer and more effective. Their value proposition is much stronger compared to traditional compression clothing, which is already billion-dollar industry. Furthermore, their team has a great mix of deep physiological expertise combined with top-notch management and marketing talent. Butterfly’s investment will be used to manufacture the first product versions, secure further IP, validate the business model and securing the first few paying reference customers.

Case: StealthCase

stealthcase-logo-12.4.2016Modern society is increasingly dependent on wireless communications. At the same time requirements for energy efficiency in construction have been constantly increasing. Unfortunately, energy efficient construction obstructs also the radio waves causing multitude of low signal ratio related problems. While these problems can be addressed, existing methods are expensive and most of the time they do not fit into existing processes within construction industry. StealthCase tackles the problem where it is born: in the walls. The problem is solved by applying and integrating antenna technologies into construction materials making materials reradiate signals efficiently through them. Unlike traditional solutions, the cost of market adaption of these integrated structures are minimal compared to the customer dissatisfaction or competing solutions.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment StealthCase had filed several patent applications, created proof of concepts that validate the technology as well as started the pilot negotiations with several construction industry players.

“We’ve been discussing of the problem for several years. When Juha, one of the founders, presented the initial solution we instantly understood that we had something special at our hands. As our IPR portfolio expanded, it was clear that an investor was needed. Butterfly has proven to be an excellent partner with low bureaucracy, direct and open interaction and excellent advices in marketing, business model and strategy. We look forward on expanding our business with Butterfly.” (Janne Mansikkamäki, CEO of StealthCase)

Butterfly invested into StealthCase because of their elegant, cost efficient solution to clearly identified need driven by market trend, i.e. energy efficient construction. Every new and renovated building needs their technology. Furthermore, they have secured the core IP and have an agile, well executing team with plenty of experience required for this type of products. Butterfly’s investment will be used to expand the IPRs, finalizing the first product and getting the first few pilot customers.

Case: Sonic Force

SonicForce_logoSonic Force has developed LoudBy Sound Cases, that are smart protective cover for smart phones and tablets that improves the sound quality of the device significantly. It does this by employing patent pending passive very precisely crafted horn design that redirects the sound towards the users, as well as improves the frequency band and loudness.

Sonic Force's LoudBy covers deliver excellent sound quality with elegant packaging. The improvement in sound quality is truly impressive.

Sonic Force’s LoudBy covers deliver excellent sound quality with elegant packaging. The improvement in sound quality is truly impressive.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Sonic Force had developed the first product version for Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as working prototypes for several other devices, filed patents for core IP and conducted market research in Canada with very promising results. Furthermore they have sold the LoudBy Sound Cases to four countries, including US, UK, Canada and Finland.

“During the last few years smart phone manufacturers have turned their attention to bigger and better displays. However sound quality is left behind. We elegantly combine two basic needs of the smart device users, protection of the device and sound quality. Our market research indicated that 37% of users feel that they would benefit from improved sound that LoudBy delivers resulting a market opportunity of over billion dollars. Butterfly brings us the resources and expertise to pursue into new markets as well as develop Sonic Force offering to meet increased number of customers.” (Petri Soronen, CEO of Sonicforce)

Butterfly invested into Sonic Force because of the product with clearly articulated benefits with promising initial traction. Furthermore their team is a great combination of business, mobile industry and truly exceptional sound design expertise. Butterfly’s investment will be used to identify, test and validate the traction as well as scale of the market opportunity with couple of mobile platforms in international markets.

Case: Asmo Charger

ASMO Chrome Ring 2There are hundreds of millions of mobile phone and tablet chargers sold each year. At the moment the idle chargers that are left plugged-in use several nuclear plants worth of energy even when there’s now device connected. Furthermore they present fire hazard, there are numerous fires started by faulty idle chargers each year. Patented Asmo Charger solves these problems. It’s a charger that consumes zero energy when there’s no device connected. Yet at the same time it offers the same convenience than traditional chargers, by turning itself on automatically whenever a device is connected to it.

Asmo Charger comes in a stylish package, consumes zero energy when idle and prevents the fire hazard related faulty idle chargers.

Asmo Charger comes in a stylish package, consumes zero energy when idle and prevents the fire hazard related faulty idle chargers.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Asmo had completed the fully functional prototype of the charger as well as filed in several patent application related to IP around the technology and confirmed the end user traction. Furthermore they had successfully attracted interest of several device vendors.

“There is over 7 Billion mobile phones with charger which consumes power all the time when plugged to wall. Those chargers consume ridiculous amount of electricity for nothing. We’re going to change that, our charger do not consume any stand-by power and is being used exactly like the old chargers. We have discussed with Butterfly from very beginning. We needed expertise especially on IP and licensing issues, where Butterfly is particularly strong. I also appreciate the fact that they’re good guys, open and helpful. They feel almost like an extension of the original founder team.” (Asmo Saloranta, CEO of Asmo Charger)

Butterfly invested into Asmo Charger because of their simple, well protected, solution to a very well defined problem that has a global scale. Butterfly’s investment will be used for manufacturing the first few patches of chargers, further protecting the IP as well as sales and marketing of the charger and negotiating the licensing deals with major device vendors.

Case: Augumenta

augumenta-logo-27.10.2014Augmented reality (AR) might sound like a science fiction, yet there are many industrial applications where AR is being deployed already today, for instance in warehousing and service operations. Typically AR brings in loads of information in meaningful way to the task at hand that speeds up the work and reduces the number of errors. However AR hasn’t been very interactive, thus limiting the power and uses of it. AR represents paradigm shift in device user interaction and requires reliable advanced means of interaction such as hand gestures. Augumenta is forerunner here, delivering fast, reliable and energy efficient gesture detection and virtual inputs for AR interaction as an easy to integrate SDK for application and device vendors.

There are wide variety of industrial applications where AR becomes handy, like identifying the right pipe and operating field automation on the spot.

There are wide variety of industrial applications where AR becomes handy, like identifying the right pipe and operating field automation on the spot.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Augumenta had finished the minimum viable product and secured two industrial system integrators, who are now evaluating the package. Furthermore they have one granted patent and two more filed, securing the related IP.

“Augumenta was founded with a clear mission: to make wearable devices convenient and easy to use. Smartglass is a powerful tool for enterprises, and when equipped with our interaction solutions, they enhance productivity at workplace, resulting in significant cost savings. We focus on bringing our technology to different industry verticals, while expanding our product offering and patent portfolio. Wearable devices are a dynamic, fast-developing market with some unique challenges. We are delighted to have Butterfly as our investor; their vast experience in business strategies and IPR management is a great asset for taking Augumenta to the next level.” (Tero Aaltonen, CEO of Augumenta)

Butterfly invested into Augumenta because of their innovative market approach that allows them to jump ahead before the consumer mass adoption of AR. Their product offers easy path of AR integration, way smoother gesture detection and AR interaction as well as substantially longer battery life than competing products. Another key driver for the investment was the highly professional PhD level founder team with years of relevant industry experience. Butterfly’s investment will be used for confirming the product market fit and securing the first few major customers.

Case: Kyynel

Gold_ball_hiresKyynel will change the way data is being transferred in remote areas. They are able to provide global coverage and offer similar or better quality of service than satellite communication does, without the cost of operating satellites. Kyynel’s solution requires only a low-cost radio system to provide global connectivity. This bestows huge value for e.g. shipping industry, which is currently heavily dependent on satellites. The satellite data communications is an industry worth of billions. Kyynel’s market opportunity lies in taking over the vast majority of it.

Kyynel provides state of the art high frequency terrestrial data communications system to replace the satellite data.

Kyynel provides state of the art high frequency terrestrial data communications system to replace the satellite data.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment Kyynel has developed and protected a huge technology base around the field necessary for the service. They also have developed the initial product versions required and secured a couple of significant pilot customers.

“Early days of radio relied mainly on longer wavelengths which allow to cover longer distances. However, there have been several data density and reliability issues when transferring data using traditional radio systems, making most commercial users change to satcom and other systems. In Kyynel we have been able to solve the usability problems of traditional radio systems, making it possible to offer a global connectivity that is reliable, secure and always online. We have been discussing with Butterfly for over a year and have strong confidence in their ability to help while going international. Now that it’s time to launch we felt it was also the right time to take them on board to help to do it successfully”, (Toni Lindén, CEO of Kyynel)

Butterfly invested into Kyynel because of the unique market opportunity and Kyynel’s extraordinarily deep knowledge of the field. In addition there is a strong IPR portfolio, existing industry with ongoing budgets, business model with a steep monetization curve and technology that allows to go around most critical mass challenges faced by other similar exercises. Butterfly’s investment will be used for further development of the commercial product, launching the service and securing the first few international customers.

Case: NaturVention

NaturVention logoNaturVention has developed a fully automated living green wall that cleans the indoor air from multitude of harmful substances exactly the way nature does, by using living plants. Even more so, they’ve come up a way to make the process 100 fold more efficient. Furthermore the system naturalizes indoor air breaking harmful chemicals, increasing the amount of natural chemicals and oxygen in the air and ensuring healthier humidity levels. By doing this they have been able to eliminate many of the indoor air quality related problems, for instance reducing sick leaves in many occasions, not to mention the improved quality of life for people involved. The market opportunity is simply put huge, there are billions of people suffering of bad quality indoor air on daily bases, especially in Asia.

Greenwall in a lobby

Greenwall naturalizes the indoor air using living plants. It does it by breaking harmful chemicals, increasing the amount of natural chemicals and oxygen in the air and ensuring healthier humidity levels.

Prior to Butterfly’s investment NaturVention had developed the first product with over 98 % test to purchase conversion and >500k€ worth of revenue. Their customer base is very satisfied. They had also filed international patent application for the key parts of the technology involved.

“According to WHO unhealthy indoor air is one of the biggest health challenges of the world today. While the original idea of plants purifying air in enclosed ecosystems is based on NASAs research from 1970s, we took the initial ideas to the next level, and were able to solve a bunch of technological challenges that made the actual active green wall possible. We wanted Butterfly along, as they have great international networks, action-oriented way of operating as well as plenty of needed knowledge of scale-up and marketing. Furthermore they had an excellent reputation among their portfolio companies.” (Aki Soudunsaari, Co-Founder & COO of Naturvention)

Butterfly invested into NaturVention because of their ability to solve a problem with huge, tens of billions, market opportunity. The team has done excellent job while addressing many of the challenges related into such complex product combining living plants, mechanics, hardware and software as well securing the first satisfied customers. Furthermore Butterfly saw a clear opportunity to bring in added value to the case in the areas of marketing, market requirements, business models and international networks. Butterfly’s investment will be used for releasing a more scalable product version, as well as preparing for international scale-up.

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.

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.