An Innovation
Company
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“Broad collaboration is essential for true innovation.”
Niklas von Weymarn
CEO/Metsä Spring

About us

Metsä Spring is the venture capital arm of Metsä Group. We invest worldwide in promising startups and early-stage companies with a visible path to the Metsä Group business ecosystem. In addition to financing, we also provide access to Metsä Group’s global network and expertise.

Most innovations are born as a result of broad collaboration. This calls for partnering and genuine co-creation between a rich variety of organisations. And in the end of the day, it’s people doing the job – the role of individuals and personal chemistry must not be undervalued.

Scope

Metsä Group business ecosystem

We use the term ‘business ecosystem’ to portray the network of organisations that have business relationships with each other. All organisations in the business ecosystem have their own strategies and goals, but together they form a symbiotic entity. For the Metsä Group, this brings about the industrial processing of renewable and certified Northern wood into added-value bioproducts and renewable energy.

The actors in Metsä Group’s business ecosystem span from forest owners, via several industrial value chains, to a variety of end-consumers. Service providers and recycling of the materials are key dimensions of the ecosystem.

Our areas of interest

We are looking for companies, globally, with solutions that make the business ecosystem around Metsä Group stronger in the future. The cases of interest range from business ideas built on the manufacturing of a physical product (with a link to wood as the original raw material), to business ideas based on novel digital tools.

We believe that broad collaboration is essential for true innovation – join us on our quest to build innovative solutions that will strengthen the ecosystem in the future.

Financing stage

Metsä Spring is looking to help startups and early-stage companies pass the “valley of death”. This means that the best fit with our ambitions are companies looking for Series A financing. However, in specific instances we also consider being involved in the Seed financing round, especially if the company in question has been set up at an earlier stage and already has some history to show.

News

09.05.2019 MetsäSpring

Two Development Managers appointed to the textile fibre demo plant

Katja Konola-Manninen and Janne Airola have been appointed as Development Managers to the textile fibre demo plant owned by Metsä

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14.03.2019 MetsäSpring

Topping-out ceremony for the textile fibre demo plant in Äänekoski

Itochu Corporation and Metsä Spring – the venture capital arm of Metsä Group – decided on 1 October 2018 to

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11.02.2019 MetsäSpring

Erik Kolehmainen appointed Investment Manager at Metsä Spring

MScM (Accounting & Finance) Erik Kolehmainen has been appointed as Investment Manager of Metsä Spring. Erik has over 7 years

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Social media

13.06.2019Twitter

Checking out #startups or future startups based on #biotechnology. E.g. bugs eating #plastics and another bug produ… https://t.co/vJJxG1kxnj Read more

13.06.2019Twitter

All set for runway day 1 of #Kasvupolku. In other words, @MetsaGroup and others assessing and sparring with highly-… https://t.co/BSK778Z6RE Read more

11.06.2019Twitter

Greetings from Osaka, Japan! Board meeting with our textile fibre JV partner Itochu Textile Company just finished.… https://t.co/ieXM0B98sj Read more