We have the privilege of receiving requests from investors frequently, which allows us to choose to only work with the investors we believe would add value to the startups and the network.
Therefore, the Investor Network is a highly curated list and exclusive network for the approved investors. To become a part of the list, you can apply through the survey below.
Preferred Investor Partners
As a Preferred Investor Partner, you get to meet the startups on a continuous basis in more qualitative contexts and are invited to all closed events where we facilitate relationship-building. You are thereby a preferred partner in the Investor Network, and we prioritize you as a member of the network.
To be eligible as a Preferred Investor Partner, you 1) are a large firm with a high investment rate and 2) have at least one female partner or member of the investment committee at the firm (2020).
The first criterion is to increase the likelihood of the startups meeting investors that are both willing and able to invest if there is a good match.
The second criterion is in line with the overall work of SSE Business Lab to encourage equality in the startup industry, by pushing its partners to improve their work. It has been shown that funds without female partners invest much less in female-founded startups, and we want to give equal opportunity to all our startups.
In 2019, SSE Business Lab admitted 18 startups to its programs. 11 of these (61%) were founded by at least one woman and one man. We are committed to coming as close to 100% as we can in the next 5 years, and encourage you to strive to do the same.
Investors who are not eligible as a Preferred Investor Partner have the possibility to further engage with startups by supporting the Business Lab financially.
Get in touch with Julia Delin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to hear more.