Welcome to International Venture Academy 2022


INternational Venture Academy is AN INVESTOR PROGRAM for startup and scaleup companies, who

1. want to improve their investment readiness

2. are looking for investment of 200,000€–1,000,000€

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) and Estonia. 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 10-12 seats available at this year’s the programme.

The program is free for participants, but it requires a strong commitment from May to June.

Program 2022

MARCH 2022

Application period opens March 18.

Launch webinar in March 31. at 4pm (EET)
Register here!


APRIL 2022

You can submit your application here.


MAY 2022

Kick-off event for start ups entering the program

JUNE 2022

June 7 to 10 @Jyväskylä. Innovative Blue ocean, VSEM, finance and GoToMarket workshops.

June 10 Bootcamp ends with an IVA pitching contest.



Apply to the program via Dealum.

Launch webinar

What is International Venture Academy and what it can offer to your business? Watch the webinar recording to learn more and hear the success story from IVA alumni 2021 Nursie Health!

  • 1:52 Welcoming words & IVA 2022 | Ecosystem lead Nina Rautiainen, Business Jyväskylä
  • 7:42 How to build your investment readiness? | IVA mentor and business angel Jean-Louis Brelet
  • 13:54 Nursie’s success story & IVA learnings | CEO & Founder Suvi Venäläinen, Nursie Health
  • 20:37 Get ready for your lead investor | IVA lead coach and business angel Marcel Dridje

Meet the previous International Venture Academy companies Nursie and Secapp!

“The program helped us especially in clarifying the business model. We understood the value of good references better and gained new confidence for investor discussions: the significance of a good story, what themes are important to investors, and how credible business figures are produced.”

Timo Airaksinen, Development Director, Nursie Health, IVA Alumni 2021

“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.”

Kari Aho, CEO,
Secapp, IVA Alumni 2020

Meet the Mentors 2022

Lead Coach Jean-Louis Brelet

Jean-Louis is a member of France Angels Board, lead of EuropIA Capital and emeritus president of Sophia Business Angels. He is an 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.

Audra Shallal

Audra is an expert in Women Entrepreneurship and Angel Investment in the EMEA region. She promotes Entrepreneurship and Angel Investing through programs, mentoring, business plan competitions, Business Angel Networks and Women Economic Empowerment within the EU and MENA region.

Alain Pujol

Alain is a seasoned Business Angel and he has invested in 15 startups. He is a Board Member of Angels Santé in Paris, which is the largest Business Angels Network in Europe investing in healthcare companies. His expertise is in many therapeutic fields including Anti-infectives, CV, Diabetes, and Oncology Before APHC Consulting. He also spent more than 20 years in different international business management positions in the health sector.

Lev Dolgatsov

Lev has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years, in IT retail, Visual Media Production and Investing areas. He has more than 20 startups in his portfolio and he is one of the go-to mentors for the investor readiness topics. Lev is also working as the President of the Estonian Business Angels Network.

Annukka Mickelsson

Annukka got excited about startup investing during the financial crisis when there was a lack of financing for potential ideas and competent teams. She saw a need for an ecosystem where brainpower meets capital/funding to build new growth. She became a FiBAN member in 2015 to learn in practice about startups’ growth paths. Annukka’s background is in the real-estate and financial sector as well as politics. She has long experience in team leading and board work.

Further questions? Contact Nina! Nina Rautiainen, Ecosystem Lead, nina.rautiainen@jyvaskyla.fi, 050 413 7028

International Venture Academy is part of the Hhub ecosystem work of promoting physical activity, wellbeing, and health in cooperation with universities. The is funded by ERDF funding in accordance with the ecosystem agreement signed between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the City of Jyväskylä a year ago, with the aim of developing the operating environment for companies. The project involves the ecosystems of renewable industry and exercise, health, and wellbeing (Hhub).

International Venture Academy is organized by

Business Jyväskylä







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