Welcome to International Venture Academy 2021


International Venture Academy is for startup and scaleup companies, who

1. want to improve their investment readiness

2. are looking for investment of 0,5M€–1M€

3. are planning on market-entry to Nordic & Mediterranean area


International Venture Academy connects first-class entrepreneurs and investors from Finland, Catalonia (Spain) and Sophia Antipolis (France). It helps growth ventures improve their investor pitches, bring their businesses to a state of “investment ready” and plan their market-entry to Europe.

For whom?

Program is targeted for European growth ventures that have desire to improve their investment readiness, are looking for investments or/and are planning on market-entry to Nordic or Mediterranean area. Participating growth ventures must have ready product or service, clear vision and proof of concepts. We have 12 seats available at this year’s the programme.


February 2021

Launch webinar

March-April 2021

APPLICATION perios extended untill 25th APRIL

Start Up Includer is open for applications!

Click in you application and company profile in the link

May 2021

WORKSHOP DAY – open house
3rd May
How to use AI for cutting edge solutions for health & wellbeing?

May 2021

10th-12th May
Online one-on-one sessions

20th May
Online group session

June 2021

June 16th-18th 2021
Top 3 companies pitching
at online event

Mentors 2021

Lead Coach Marcel Dridje

Marcel Dridje is member of EBAN Board and the emeritus president of Sophia Business Angels. He is the Lead Angel and mentor of International Venture Academy 2021.

Audra Shallal

Audra Shallal is an expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region. She promotes Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing through Pro- grams, Mentoring, Business Plan Competitions, Business Angel Networks and Women Economic Empowerment within the EU and MENA region.

Jean-Louis Brelet

Jean-Louis BRELET is member of France Angels Board, lead of EuropIA Capital and emeritus president of Sophia Business Angels. He is mentor of International Venture Academy 2021, executive coach of innovative entrepreneurs, investors in 15 companies, and trainer at Business Schools, incubators and Business Angels Networks within France, EU and North Africa regions

Meet International Venture Academy 2020 start-up attendees Kari Aho and Sini Havukainen


CEO Kari Aho, Secapp

“The organizers of Venture Academy have tremendous personal business skills and, above all else, plenty of networks directly with potential partners. We have had tangible introductions to the wider world through them.”

CEO, Sini Havukainen, Layette

“Venture Academy has really changed our future. We have gotten to know investors from all over Europe. We are now going through the right round of financing and the contacts we have are more worth their weight in gold for us. It’s definitely of the greatest value, since we are looking for international investors who are serious in their intentions.”

Kick-off webinar 2021

In the kick-off webinar 15th of February, the programme structure and some experiences from last year’s participant Secapp were reviewed. Also the Lead Coach Marcel Dridje sent greetings from Nice, France.

International Venture Academy is organized by

Business Jyväskylä





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