About

Scroll below the cool iceberg to find out why we started our VC firm and community, who we are, and what we invest in.

Our Story


We realized that there are at least 10,000 high potential future founders with 5 - 10 years of successful work experience in Finland. However, there was no community for them that would help them  develop ideas, find complementary co-founders and start software-driven companies from scratch. We also identified a lack of investors that would back these very early-stage ventures. That’s why we started Icebreaker – a venture capital fund and community – to help these "pre-founders" build the success stories of tomorrow.

As entrepreneurs and investors ourselves, we have learned that a small amount of funding and having the right people around the table can make the difference between failure and success. We want to support founders in getting more out of their own potential and to gain more satisfaction in their careers. We believe that investing in the best teams early and having a strong community supporting them from the start will create the best returns for our own investors.

In Dec 19, 2016 we went to a store to get a new printer. Today we manage a €15 million venture capital fund and we invest €40k - €350k in Finnish software-driven companies in angel and early seed stages. Our community of pre-founders and founders grows steadily, and you can read more about it here

OUR PREVIOUS INVESTMENTS BEFORE ICEBREAKER

Here are the companies our team members have invested in as angels or fund managers before launching Icebreaker.


10monkeys
Analyse2
Appgyver
Carbonite
NASDAQ IPO
Collibra
Conversocial
Createtrips
Dealdash
Flashnode
Fundedbyme
Gusto
Iobox
Acquired by Telefonica
Izettle
Kommeet
Leaddesk
Meedoc
Mfiles
Nervogrid
Acquired by Also Group
Nordtouch
Nosto
Oppex
Paytrail
Acquired by Nets
Showpad
Tribe
Acquired by Palringo
Unacast

Our investment focus

We invest in talented and complementary teams building unique software-driven companies. We invest at angel or early seed stage. Our initial investments are €40k - €350k and we make follow-on investments in the subsequent rounds.



OUR FUND AND ITS INVESTORS

Name of the fund: Icebreaker Fund I Ky
Current fund size: €15 million

Investor shares:

  40% TEKES VC

  26% Family offices and seasoned tech entrepreneurs

  10% OP Financial Group

  7% Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

  7% The Seafarer's Pension Fund

  5% Tradeka-Invest

  3% Ålands Ömsesidiga Försäkrningsbolag

  2% Icebreaker team members