Nicoya partners with WeWork and Danske Bank in the Nordics
Nicoya joins the +impact accelerator program to support Nordic startups from the food-tech industry; also becomes a mentor for the global WeWork Labs platform to advise entrepreneurs around the world with industry know-how and market strategies
WeWork Labs and Danske Bank have further strengthened their +impact accelerator program in the Nordics by partnering up with the food-tech investor Nicoya. Nicoya will act as both investor partner and mentor for the participating startups, complementing the program with food-tech expertise, investor capabilities and entrepreneurial mentoring.
The +impact accelerator is a startup initiative designed by Danske Bank Growth and Impact, WeWork Labs and RISE. It targets impact startups located in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden whose core business contributes to circular economy solutions. The action driven program aims to help impact startups accelerate their business model by pairing them with stakeholders such as investors, corporates and mentors that help them take the next steps in the growth value chain. The program is free of charge and the initiators of the program do not take stakes in the participating startups.
Nicoya’s focus for the +impact accelerator is to leverage its thought leadership when it comes to investing in food-tech businesses and financing for growth as well as consumer and food-tech insights and experience in building effective go-to-market methodologies. “Over the years, we gained lots of experiences of “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to successful investments and launching food brands in heavily competitive markets. Given solid backgrounds in FMCG and finance, we have done lots of mistakes and gained learnings we think will be of great value for the entrepreneurs in the program. We will bring expertise within finance, brand and business development, consumer and market insights and go-to-market," says Christopher Slim, CEO & Co-founder of Nicoya.
Thijs Sprangers, Head of WeWork Labs Northern and Central Europe: “We’re thrilled to have Nicoya joining our WeWork Labs ecosystem and the +impact accelerator. Supporting collaborations and innovations in the agriculture and food tech industry can make an invaluable contribution to tackling global resource and production challenges, so we look forward to working together and helping entrepreneurs both in the Nordics and around the world.”
Recent studies by Danske Bank has shown that very few startups are focusing on innovations within Agritech. “Many urban startups are focusing on business ideas within their geographical area, therefore missing out on great, game changing business opportunities. We’re very pleased to work with Nicoya, bringing their expertise to the +impact accelerator participants”, says Stefan Granlund, Head of Growth and Impact, Danske Bank Sweden.