Finnish startup ecosystem support for Ukraine
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On the 25th of February, a day after the Russian unlawful invasion of Ukraine, the Finnish startup VC and other ecosystem players announced their willingness to help Ukrainians residing in Finland by giving them an opportunity to work at the Maria 01 startup hub’s premises for free.
The initiative has taken off and already the first Ukrainian citizens have come to Maria 01 to work in a safe and calm environment.
“Together with the startup and investor community, we are welcoming all Ukrainians to use Maria 01 premises in downtown Helsinki on an ongoing basis for working, hosting events, or getting familiar with the startup ecosystem. Our community is here for you!” says Ville Simola, CEO of Maria 01.
Now, the participating VC investors, including Evli Growth Partners, Voima Ventures, NGP Capital, Maki.vc, and OpeanOcean have decided to donate money for the initiative to make sure that all willing Ukrainians can use the opportunity to work at Maria 01.
All money that is not used for the initiative, will be donated to the humanitarian aid to Ukraine through a trusted partner.
Do you know any Ukrainian citizen who would like to take up the offer? Please be in contact with Maria 01’s Head of Community, Anu Kantola via anu[at]maria.io or +358 40 198 4824 for any practical questions you might have.
Partners in the “Finnish startup ecosystem supporting Ukraine” are:
Evli Growth Partners
San Francisco Agency