Community

With our community we want to bring together the brightest minds building unique software-driven companies. As a member you'll find co-founders, recruits, advisors, customers and maybe even make new friends. We organize lots of events, roundtables and workshops, and you have access to our online tools to find new people and chat with them. Below is a long list of all the benefits of joining our community.

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What you get from Icebreaker as our community member – free of charge

There are three things that accelerate the development of your startup: building a great team, knowing the what, when, how and capital. We help you with this through our network, events, knowledge sharing, investments and resources.

Network

Member groups

Our community consists of pre-founders, founders, executives, investors, angels and advisors. From this group you'll find your future co-founders, recruits, customers, advisors and investors. Read more about the groups.

Find co-founders

It’s hard to find complementary co-founders if your personal network consists only of people with similar backgrounds as yours. Diversity plays an important role in our community and you can expect to meet people who have different skills and industry experience. Some have background in software development or tech research whereas others are great in business development, marketing, design and other disciplines.

Online tools

We keep an online directory of all of our members. Use the directory to find other community members and to learn about their skills and industry-expertise, and connect with the right people. For discussions we have closed Facebook groups for each member category.

Potential customers

You can expect to get product feedback and your first customers through the community. Just find the ones you want to talk to from our directory and start chatting.

Recruits

If you want, we'll post your company open positions on our website and Facebook groups. Or you can contact the community members directly. Maybe there is a community member who is a perfect match or the members can give you high quality referrals. We can help you connect with the right people.

Events

We organise over 50 bigger or smaller events per year. See the event calendar here.

Lottery lunches

Get matched with 1-2 random members each month and meet up for breakfast, lunch, coffee or beers.

Pre-founder project

A 12-week program aimed specifically at individuals and teams that are either thinking about starting a company or have just taken the leap. Learn more here.

Knowledge sharing

Online roundtables

We'll have a theme-based roundtable discussion every second week on all things #winning. See the upcoming online roundtables from the event calendar.

Presentations and workshops

Besides the networking our events contain insightful presentations and workshops.

Later-stage mentorship

Our portfolio companies get matched to founders that have gone through a similar path before. As said, usually a founder’s problem can be solved best with another founder’s advice.

Community advisors

We can match you with advisors from our community. Want to meet with later-stage investors? An adtech entrepreneur? Done.

Your next big move

Thinking about a career change? Joining in to our community as a pre-founder is the best first step to take, if you want to get inspired and learn about software-driven startups, but are not ready to quit your day job yet ;) We'll help you to develop your idea and find co-founders. Or if you want to join in a more mature setup, there might be plenty of startups that would love to have you in their team.

Investments

Angel and Seed funding

  • We have a €14 million fund

  • We invest in software-driven companies across all industries, mainly in Finnish companies

  • Our initial investments are €40 000 - €350 000, we also do follow-on investments.

Leading the rounds & syndication

  • We often take the lead investor role in angel and seed-stage deals.

  • We can also gather together other value-adding investors (i.e. syndicate) to join with us in the angel and seed-stage deals

Pre-founder Project funding

In our Pre-founder Project our target is to fund couple of teams right after the project.

Funding advice

Our bread and butter is Venture Capital. VC is a relationship business. By helping you we help other VC’s who in turn help us. This is why we openly help founders in understanding how to fundraise and from whom.

Later-stage investors

We have community members from over 20 international Series A VC firms. We’ll help you connect with the correct ones to get advice early. 

Resources

There’s a lot of boring stuff you have to have in place

  • Legal, financial, government or your ESOP. Not something you necessarily want to learn on your own.

  • Design, HR, cloud hosting. Things you have to have but might not know how to do best right out of the gate. We have mighty good connections to people who can give you stuff for free or cheap.

  • Even other tools such as analytics, marketing are things many have setup before and you might not want to re-invent.

Member groups

Pre-founders The pre-founders in our community are a diverse group of people who have a few things in common. First, they all have 5+ years of work experience and successful careers. Second, they have shown that they are great at what they do – whether it’s in business, tech, design or research. 

To join, click here.

Founders We have hundreds of hand-picked startup founders and startup leaders (CMO/CEO/CFO... etc) from all stages. 

If you're a founder interested in joining this group, click here.

Investors We invest in angel and early seed stage but usually more capital is needed in the later stages. We are well connected to most European and US VCs. VCs can give you advice no one else can and it makes sense to start fostering your relationship with VCs early.

If you're an investor and interested in joining this group, click here.

Executives Our community has VP and C-level executives from large corporations, who want to find new business opportunities and insights. The same people might also be your ideal customers or acquirers.

If you're an executive as defined above and interested in joining this group, click here.

Advisors and angels  These are former entrepreneurs who have exited their companies and they want to find new ventures to invest their time and capital.

If you're an advisor or angel as defined above and interested in joining this group, click here.

For whom?

The Icebreaker community is only for the brightest and nicest minds that fit to at least one of the profile descriptions below.

PRE-FOUNDERS

PRE-FOUNDERS

Who are great at something (e.g. business, tech or design) with 5+ years work experience



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FOUNDERS

FOUNDERS

Who are talented founders or key executives of software-driven startups at any stage



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ADVISORS

ADVISORS

Who are entrepreneurs, board professionals or industry experts with a solid track record



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CORPORATE EXECUTIVES

CORPORATE EXECUTIVES

Who are on VP level or higher in large corporations



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INVESTORS

INVESTORS

Who are VCs, accelerators or angels focusing on software-driven startups



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