FinTech Startup? Register with Nordea’s Startup Accelerator 2016

If you’re running a startup in FinTech, can I strongly recommend that you take a look at Nordea’s Startup Accelerator? The entry date is fast approaching – the closing date is just five days away.


There are many excellent accelerator programmes out there, however I have a specific interest in this particular one – namely because I will shortly become joint Chief Digital Officer of Nordea Bank.

Here’s a quick overview of Nordea themselves:

Nordea is the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic region. Nordea holds leading positions in corporate and institutional banking as well as in retail and private banking. We are also the leading provider of life and pensions products in the Nordic countries.

Nordea is one of few European banks with an AA- rating and is also among the ten largest full-service banks in Europe, based on market capitalisation.

Now, to the Nordea Accelerator, here’s the overview:

The Nordea Startup Accelerator is an intensive, three-month on-site programme designed to grow your business idea. During the programme Nordea decision makers and Nestholma Venture Accelerator will help you with mentoring, training and funding opportunities.

It’s an intensive 12 week programme of activities designed to give your startup a significant boost. Last year, activities took place at Nordea’s Vallila campus, Helsinki. This year, the action moves to Nordea’s headquarters in both Helsinki and Stockholm.

You’ve got just 5 days before applications close – the deadline is 7th August.

Then there’s a training and selection week taking place on 22nd-26th August. I will be there on the 22nd of August and I’m seriously looking forward to that.

The Accelerator is run in conjunction with the highly experienced Nestholma team.

Here are some comments from last year’s participants:

“We completely refocused our core business, got funded and pilot customer. I´d say 5/5.”
-Jenny (Nestholma startup),

“Nordea shared industry knowledge and helped us understand what are the priorities of banks currently and how to approach complex questions”
-Nordigen (Nestholma startup),

“Nestholma helped us having the right mindset and help with focusing on the right things”
-Nurtup (Nestholma startup),

“The program has been great including how we could communicate with others teams from different countries. We truly had a winning team spirit and an amazing support while we always shared personal knowledge to help each other.”
-Feelingstream (Nestholma startup),

And you can watch videos of many of those pitching at the 2015 Demo Day.

If you’ve got any questions or if you’d like me to connect you to anyone at Nordea Accelerator, just drop me a note – I look forward to meeting you in Oslo!

Finally, here’s a video overview:

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