Investment flows into Nordic startups from all directions

Across the Nordic region, leading Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish private equity firms are showing an increasing level of interest in startups and maturing IT enterprises developing products in areas including digital finance and artificial intelligence. The higher level of capital invested by private equity firms in IT startups mirrors a parallel development where leading banks in the region, including SEB, Danske Bank and Nordea, are forming equity-based partnerships with tech enterprises that specialise in producing digitised financial products and services. Reasons for investing vary. Banks are primarily looking for long-term tech partnerships, while private equity firms want to invest in IT startups with proprietary technology that can be commercialised and fast-tracked into sales and profits.

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