VR Next Network’s Event in Berlin

 

Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR)  and mixed reality(MR) are reshaping the user and customer experience of brands and content. Also how audiences consume digital content, from film and games to advertising, and will permanently transform education and social media. the questions are who and how the perspective ideas in VR/AR/MR will be developed and financed?

Aiming to answer this questions VRNext Network held the event in Berlin on 23rd of November which gathered together investors, content creators/providers and tech companies.

As Head Capital is also focused on the creative sector, Veikko Maripuu was invited to be the member of the investor panel.

The agenda of the event covered the media, content and market perspective topics and investors were able to try different VR technologies as well. Later, several startups pitched presentations in Q&A format.

The event was a good opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to find future cooperation partners, funding possibilities and to get to know the recent global trends in

the sector.

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Veikko Maripuu’s lecture at the University of Tartu

One of the core missions of Head Capital has been since establishing the company – finding talented, enthusiastic students and also to encourage entrepreneurial minds. Therefore, in a close cooperation with University of Tartu on 16th of November, the managing partner of Head Capital Group Veikko Maripuu and junior analyst Atte Pitkälahti conducted a lecture on “How to get your start up financed” at the university’s premises.

The first part of the lecture covered startup development stages, detailed criteria investors use to assess startups, about funding options available for every developing stage and probabilities of having a successful business.

The second part of the lecture was about the investment process which included a practical example of startup screening process. In addition, Veikko and Atte also explained to the audience Head Capital’s early stage infrastructure. The lecture was followed by a brief Q&A session, where people were able to get answers to different questions related to start up processes.

Head Capital is offering internship positions in finance and marketing fields. Veikko also shared about these existing opportunities and talked about his career path and internship experience. Head Capital’s junior analyst Atte Pitkälahti also shared his recent memories about his internship days in Head Capital.

HEAD CAPITAL RELOCATES!

We are pleased to announce the relocation of Head Capital’s corporate office to a newly-designed office since August 14th.

We have been looking for a new office home for a while together with one of our key portfolio company, Finora Capital, a modern financial group. The new headquarters provide a more spacious and modern look, which suits Finora and Head Capital’s image.

The new location of our office is Tartu mnt 10, (entrance from Pääsukese 2 section), Tallinn, Estonia 10145.

The main entrance is situated facing Rävala pst, a sign “Pääsukese 2” above the main door. After entering the main door, taking the elevator to the 4th floor should bring you right to our office!

Our phone number and contact e-mail have not changed and remain the same.

We look forward to seeing you in our new home!

HEAD CAPITAL LAUNCHED THE FIRST AHEAD ACADEMY STARTUP BOOTCAMP

On 10th and 11th of August Head Capital presented the first ever Ahead Academy Startup Bootcamp for four startup teams. The event was organised in cooperation with Finora Capital and Teder Law Firm and took place in Teder’s offices. The goal of the Bootcamp was to create an investor deck that is suitable for funding the growth of their startup. Throughout the two days, many specialists from relevant fields shared their knowledge, experience and advice to the young startup teams.

First day of the Bootcamp was mostly dedicated to funding and financial aspects which startups face in the early phases. The first roundtable with Andrus Alber (Finora Capital), Kaidi Ruusalepp (Funderbeam) and Kaspar Hanni (EstBAN) focused on funding, especially on investors – where to find them, how to approach them and how to convince them.

Second roundtable, which focused on finances, was attended by Valeria Stulova (Redgate Capital), Mairo Kaseväli (Redgate Capital), Henri Laupmaa (Fundwise) and Toomas Tamra (Nordic CF Advisory). The experts advised startup teams on financial planning – how to keep finances in order, developing the price, what are the most common problems and how to avoid them. Everybody also had a chance to ask a lot of questions.

After the finance roundtable, Head Capital’s summer interns who had previously gone through the process of creating the investor deck themselves, provided the teams with some advice on building the investor deck and what the main focus areas are.

The startups also had time to do some teamwork and the first day ended with a presentation of what they had done so far. The experts gave constructive feedback and teams went home with some good advice. The next day started with legal advice from Teder LawMarko Pikani and Rasmus Õisma gave the startups some tasks and also provided legal advice to every team personally.

The second and final day ended with the improved presentations which consisted of elevator speech, onepager and 10-minute investor presentation which all got feedback from different experts. Bootcamp ended with networking and celebrations!

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NGAL® TOOK STARTUPS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This year, an exclusive business development program – Network Globally, Act Locally (NGAL) takes place from 5th to 24th June, engaging five universities from USA and Estonia: University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, College of Charleston, The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina) and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

NGAL is all three-week learning program for early stage student start-up teams, which started with a bootcamp in Estonia (1 week in Tartu, 1 Week in Tallinn) and ends with a camp in Charleston, USA.

The Tallinn bootcamp was taking place between 12th and 16th of June and Veikko Maripuu, the managing partner of Head Capital was present, performing and acting as a jury member on the 15th of June.

As an investor and mentor, Veikko was giving a lecture to the teams about „How to make a great Investor Pitch“. He emphasized that you should be credible, keep your story short, but make it count to engage the investor.


After the lecture and the open discussion with the teams, Veikko had one-on-one meetings with some of the teams to provide them with specific information, advice and give them an investor’s point of view. Some of the startups needed funding, some just good advice.

To sum up, never go unprepared. Practice builds confidence.

On Friday, June 23th NGAL® business development program ended with an exclusive pitching event at The Citadel. Among ten student teams, the first, second and third place went to Estonian startups!

Head Capital welcomes summer interns

Each year we select talented young students from around the country and abroad to join our Careerseekers internship program and get real-life experience working alongside with us.

On Monday we welcomed them and kept them busy with an introduction to the team, a tour of the office and a presentation of the projects they will be working on.

Over the course of the summer our interns will be taking responsibility for different tasks connected with Head Capital as well as its portfolio companies, ranging from market analysis, to creating marketing content, to building new investment opportunities. We also scheduled some fun too ! Our interns will attend career developing events, start-up competitions, visit one of our partners’ center and campus (Mektory), enjoy a full immersion into the Estonian culture with a stop to local festivals and numerous other fun activities and events!

 

We will be bringing up their work and tale their journey here on our blog. Stay tuned for future news about our interns.

Welcome to Marleen, Nikolay, Andres, Atte and Genesis!