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We are pleased to announce Trind Ventures has concluded the first closing of its new fund at €21 million. The three largest investors in the fund are European Investment Fund (EIF) under the Juncker Plan, LHV pension funds (LHV) and Trind Ventures’ team itself. The fund shall invest into early stage ICT companies in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and the rest of Central and Northern Europe. It will help to address the

increasing demand for seed capital by early stage teams and improve the capacity of regional syndication for early stage funding.

The fund will provide seed capital starting from €100,000 and do follow-on investments of up to €3 million per company. The fund can invest alone, but is keen to co-invest alongside local business angels and/or other early stage funds. The fund plans to invest in up to 10 new portfolio companies per year.

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, added: "Improving access to finance for Europe's vibrant digital startup sector is at the top of the EU's agenda. The European tech industry creates jobs faster than any other industries, so it's vital we do what we can to give early-stage companies a helping hand. I am very proud that the EU is supporting Trind Ventures in its quest to provide seed capital to digital businesses across central and Northern Europe".

Ivar Siimar, Partner with Trind Ventures said: “We are happy to have our new fund closed. It can now start investing and our team is already talking to many aspiring entrepreneurs in the region. The quality of investment targets is getting better every year thanks to the positive feedback loop created by the regional success stories. It is also great to have a bit more capital available in the early stage – a development which will increase the success rate of the local companies and provide longer runways for entrepreneurs. We will now be able to syndicate larger financing rounds locally.”

Taavi Lepmets, Partner of Trind Ventures noted: “While our fund will no doubt increase the economic activity and innovation in the target markets, we also aim to provide a great long-term return to our committed investors like EIF and LHV. Our team has previously achieved a net return of 8 times money invested. So, the bar is set high, but we hope that our investment horizon of over 10 years will help us reach it.”

Trind Ventures is supported by InnovFin Equity, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) set up under the Investment Plan for Europe. The purpose of EFSI is to help companies across Europe gain access to financing and attract private investors to support innovative and strategic projects by providing a guarantee to the EIB Group.

EIF Chief Executive, Pier Luigi Gilibert said: “EIF is pleased to be contributing to the establishment of a new team in the Baltics' venture capital ecosystem, to reduce the financing gap that limits the growth potential of start-up companies in the region. Trind Ventures will help to establish a direct funding link between the business angel and institutional investor community creating a more targeting funding approach for companies in the Baltics.”

According to LHV Fund Manager Kristo Oidermaa, with the given investments, LHV’s pension funds will continue to develop the local investment market. ‘We are investing in a fund that supports the emergence of new information technology companies. The ICT sector has been one of the most stable and strongest contributors to the growth of the Estonian economy, which is why we believe that our clients will also value the benefit and potential of the investment. We wish to continue being good partners to specialised funds when it comes to realising bigger investments and projects,’ said Kristo Oidermaa.


This is a seminal step for early-stage investing in Europe and we are delighted to have supported Trind Ventures from the beginning within the framework of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) set up under the Investment Plan for Europe,” said Candace Johnson, President of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players. “Trind Ventures represents the symbiotic relationship between Business Angels and Venture Capital at its best.  Several our network members across Europe and the world look forward to doing co-investments with Trind Ventures in their target markets,” concluded Johnson.