Nordeas Partnerships within Entrepreneurship across the Nordics

We support the strengthening of economic skills and entrepreneurship in all our sustainability projects. Volunteering is an integral part of our corporate social responsibility activities. Every Nordic employee across Nordea can do two working days of volunteering each year to promote economic skills and entrepreneurship. We work with several partners to co-operate and volunteer hundreds of companies each year to mentor and sparring. Our goal is to support the responsible growth of companies and inspire young people to future promises on the path of entrepreneurship. It is important that everyone has the knowledge and skills required for entrepreneurship.



Slush is the leading investor and start-up event in Europe and has quickly grown to be an international assembly of 20,000 attendees. Slush is mainly organised by volunteer workers, and Nordea employees volunteer at the event, too. Both Slush and Nordea aim to bring like-minded people together and create opportunities for success and internationality. Nordea will be one of Slush’s key partners also in 2019.


Kasvu Open


Kasvu Open might just be the best innovation in the world for supporting growth companies. Kasvu Open started in Jyväskylä and has since grown to cover the whole of Finland. Its outstanding work was rewarded in 2018 with the Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic of Finland.

We partnered with Kasvu Open in sparring growth companies because we share their mission – we want to make Finland the best growth company nation in the world. In 2018, dozens of Nordea’s volunteer experts and growth professionals sparred over 250 companies to support growth companies.



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Kasvuryhmä (Growth Collective Finland) is a movement of Finnish scale-up companies that are helping one another become world-changing success stories. We are leading Finland towards a thriving, entrepreneur-minded society through accelerating scale-up transformation and growth. Each member of Kasvuryhmä sets themselves an “Outrageous Promise” for five years and its realisation is followed on and sparred together.

Nordea employees are willing to support the members of Kasvuryhmä to resolve growth challenges and we contribute with our knowledge of financing and business management.


Boardman Grow


We participate in the joint venture of Boardman Grow network that aims to ambitiously remove any obstacles to growth and provide the best practices for supporting the growth of growth companies.

We spar entrepreneurs especially in growth funding through roundtable discussions in national events called Kaaoksesta Kasvuun.


TAT Business Courses


TAT Business Courses are a great way for young people to deepen their commercial knowledge as well as their financial and working life skills with the help of digital learning materials. Our volunteers lead workshops in the Takeoff event of TAT Business Courses – the biggest business event for youth in Europe. They also lecture on economics in the partner schools of Business Courses.



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The start-up accelerator Kiuas supports start-ups in their early stages by providing them with high-quality coaching, networks, tools and premises. Nordea’s mentors are involved in both the Kiuas Start and the Kiuas Accelerator programmes.


4H’s Nordea Business Lab


What if everyone had the skills to transform one’s own idea into a business? 4H Nordea Business Lab supports aspiring entrepreneurs aged 13–28 in starting their own 4H business. Nordea employees coach them in this journey.













Norrsken is a foundation that’s supporting social impact tech entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as the ecosystem around them. In an old big railway station in the centre of Stockholm, the Norrsken house is located – Europe’s biggest hub for impact and technology. Norrsken offers memberships to companies and organisations with a focus to optimise the world for both people and planet. For Nordea, it is important to support and collaborate with companies that operate for a better society, as it is anchored in our vision to operate For a Greater Good.


Junior Achievement (JA) 










JA is political independent and non-profitable organisation and has since 1980 educated young people in entrepreneurship. For one year the students get the opportunity to start, run and liquidate their own business. The experience of running their own business in an early age is not only to learn more about entrepreneurship, it also empowers their creativity and courage to start their own business. For Nordea it is important to support and initiate an as early contact  as possible with entrepreneurs. By encouraging entrepreneurship, we can also help promote future economic growth in our society. Nordea is from September 2018 offering students in the young entrepreneur program a free package with the most needed services when you run your own business.


Prins Daniel Fellowship 


Prince Daniel Fellowship is an initiative run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in collaboration with Prince Daniel with the aim of inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs. Prince Daniel Fellowship’s vision is to create a better culture for entrepreneurs since a lot of young people today refrain from starting a business because of the fear of failure. Nordea offers experts from the bank as part of the collaboration. The experts visit universities and high schools 6 times a year to share knowledge.


Serendipity Challenge/Almedalen

The Serendipity Challenge is an annual tech-arena and competition for entrepreneur-led companies in startup & growth across the Nordics. The three final days are held during the Almedalsveckan where 50 companies compete over the titles of “the startup of the year” and “the growth of the year”. The finalists are also competing for the public, Nordea’s and the industry’s prizes. The days are filled with seminars, exhibitions, corporate meetings and mingling. Nordea’s engagement in the Serendipity Challenge contains handing out Nordeas partnerprize and offering experts from Nordea to contribute to knowledge and experience sharing with growing companies












Sweden needs more vital companies! Nyföretagarcentrum is an organization for people who are thinking about or have just started their own business. They offer free, confidential and objective consulting and support the cause for Sweden needing more stable businesses. Nordeas engagement in Nyföretagarcentrum consists of advisers across Sweden who help with the consulting. Nyföretagarcentrum works as a sounding board for people who have just started their business. Nordea is annually participating in the fair and exhibition, Starta-Eget and participates during several events arranged the country during week 17.


The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship











The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship is focusing on developing the ability of being innovative while integrating entrepreneurship in educational institutions all over the country.

Nordea is one of the main sponsors in their Company Programme, which applies for students in young educational programmes.  As part of our collaboration we offer the schools, who are competing in the Company Programme, guest teachings regarding starting up a business, business planning and budgets. After the guest teachings the students have the possibility to seek feedback with our advisors, which takes place at the Danish Entrepreneurship Awards in Fredericia, or at one of the 10 regional entrepreneur fairs around the country.

We are also participating in the Danish Championship of entrepreneurship, which is held in Industriens Hus in Copenhagen. The Danish Championship of entrepreneurship is the grand finale of the Company Programme where selected young entrepreneurs compete for the title and DKK 10,000 as well as the possibility to represent Denmark at the European championship of entrepreneurship.

Moreover, our employees have an extra possibility to contribute. We offer all our employees the possibility to dedicate up to two full work days (16 hours) yearly to voluntary work – and we have already had several employees volunteering at the events.

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