Tuolinkantajat ry is an alumni association, founded in 2016, for people who were significantly involved in the startup activities of Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, Startup Sauna, Startuplifers, Slush, Junction, and other startup community initiatives in Helsinki. It was created as a place for entrepreneurially minded people to come together to share ideas, build things and support each other.

As of now, the association has about 150 members, who include founders of Wolt, Smartly, Meru Health, Carbo Culture, Swarmia, Hello Ruby, Stray Robots, Fondion, Ice Breaker, Fiksari, Blok and Linear, among many others.

TK Ventures is an initiative set up in 2021 by members of Tuolinkantajat ry to help build, start and finance very early stage startup companies in the Helsinki startup ecosystem.

Startup funding

We offer a standard 25k euro convertible note deal, which you can learn more about here.

Additionally, we connect startups to investment funds and angel investors in our network and community that can bring relevant experience, connections, hard work, knowledge and support to the table, in addition to cold hard cash. If you are currently looking for investors for your company, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We also co-invest alongside other investors in rounds of funding. If you are raising money for your company, and would like us to join the round, you can get in touch through this form.

Useful resources

Here is a set of links that our community has curated, specifically for young companies. We hope you find them useful.

Upcoming Events

We have some bite-sized webinars coming up. We invite you to come and join the discussion!

The format will be a 25 min presentation followed by an open Q&A.


26th of October at 18.00 Helsinki time

Legal 101: Sebastian Vuoritsalo, Dottir law

Zoom link


23rd of November at 18.00 Helsinki time

Through customer discovery and a pivot to product-market fit

Riku Lindholm, founder, Meru Health (YC)

Zoom link