About Us

Nest is a combination soft landing and launch pad for proven North European and other foreign startups to enter the US market. We create success stories by accelerating and investing to future stars.

Join us in our co-working space, take advantage of our partner network, or hop
into our accelerator program – start today by completing the application.


North Europe as well as other countries have world-class technology and services that are not reaching full potential in home markets. For many there are much greater market opportunities in the US. Venture capital is a local business, which makes raising capital tough for great foreign companies that lack presence in the U.S. New York is not only the center for media, finance, fashion and brands, but it has also grown to be one of the most vibrant tech startup hubs.


Nest is a concept that encourages proven foreign startups to reincorporate in US. Startup can start business by hiring Nest to represent your company or relocating senior management and reincorporating in the US, startups allow investors to unlock value and take advantage of the arbitrage opportunities. We offer full service from market assessment and business development to pilot cases, sales and seed funding. For more information see Nest Introduction or contact us anytime.

We help

North European companies to access U.S. markets

We create

processes with hands-on mentality to bring foreign startups into an overseas ecosystem and kick things into the next gear

We enable

Companies and ecosystems to build success faster and more cost efficiently


What we offer

Co-working Spaces
in New York
and New Orleans

E.g. Well-located offices on 394 Broadway and Bryant Park (NYC) with great public
transportation to other parts of the city.
Office Manager services, Mail services, Meeting room facilities, Video conference call set up, Events, Kitchen & fresh coffee

Accelerate business development and sales

Find right business model and partners, Find the way to contact customers, and Build your U.S. presence. Use our local sales agent services, Hire Biz dev and sales people, reincorporate the company to the U.S. to find investors.

Take advantage of our Pre-qualified business service network and inhouse services:
Business Law and Immigration services,
Startup Financing, VCs
Administration, Bookkeeping,
Marketing, Branding,
Sales, PR & Media…

..and an inspiring collective of driven entrepreneurs!

Partner Up

We are always looking to add new pieces on our partnership network. Let’s build something together. Now, we have also broadened our presence from New York to New Orleans. We are also looking to further build our venture capital services helping EU-VCs to exits and bringing top European companies into the reach of U.S. investors.


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    Nordic High Tech & Design

    Interested in mingling with high tech startups from Europe? Join our meetup and meet with exciting companies working on mobile apps, fashion tech, graphic design, social media and more. This monthly meetup is hosted in Union Square by Nest New York, a tech accelerator and co-working space for European startups.

    here to receive details about our monthly events.
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    Advertising Week

    Nest and the Finish team from EzyInsight’s attended Advertising Week in New York City.

    The week was incredibly productive and Nest looks forward to next year!

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    Internet Week New York

    They call themselves the New York’s response to SXSW experience – and we’re excited to find out what they have in store for us next year!

    IWNY: We believe that New York City is where technology and business and culture meet. This year will begin to explore how technology has disrupted and revolutionized every section of business from food to fashion to healthcare to education.
    IWNY was launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. It is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture and will attract more than 45,000 Internet professionals, working across all sectors, attending 250+ events produced by IWNY and 150+ citywide event partners.

    Visit IWNY homepage.

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    Northside Next

    If the IWNY is the NY equivalent of SXSW then this is the response one gets from Brooklyn – check it out, because to us this sounds like a lot of must-do stuff in June!

    Next is bringing two days of panel discussions, presentations and tech demonstrations from established business leaders and upstart innovators to North Brooklyn. For the first time, NExT will host a free-to-the-public trade show in Williamsburg featuring some of the most exciting companies and start-ups around.
    Visit Northside Next homepage.

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    SXSW in Austin, TX

    It’s on again! The craziest and must-do event of the year – Nest New York is partnering with the creme de la creme of Finnish startup scene.

    Main Stage Fourchords GuitarKaraoke by Musopia, FourChords, along with supporters Playmysong Social Julebox, Zee.do Discovery-to-Deal Brand Games, Good vs. Bad Experience Sharing and Delicode NI mate. All supported by CGI Finland program, promoting Finnish Computer Generated Imaging.

    Visit SXSW homepage.

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    Going Global Bootcamp

    The historic, first ever Going Global Bootcamp organized by Nest took place in Skolkovo, Russia in November 2012. Eight exciting and excited startups spent four intensive days with the Nest mentor team.
    With an overall feedback score of 9.36 of 10 we feel we must have done a few things right: from pitch coaching to personal market assessment, from go-to-market strategies to one-minute-video pitches. It truly was intensive and we want to express our gratitude to all the participants – Lition, Stream Labs, VisionLabs, APM, NF-Venture, LinPrim, Primerlife, and Photonica Tuning – for the marvelous attention and input! We say only sky is the limit.
    Bolshoje Vam spasibo, our new Russian friends!
    Visit Skolkovo homepage.
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    Advertising Week

    Nest and a top notch startup gang from Finland participated in the Advertising Week in New York in October 2012. Check out the Huffington Post footage about Nest by clicking: Clip I & Clip II!
    Nest thanks the extremely professional yet always so fun startups from Finland: Good vs. Bad, Mobile Brain Bank, Fluid, Transfluent, Innopinion (former Innozed), Zee.do, Capricode, Oikian, and Business Oulu. Let’s do it again in 2013, even bigger & better!
    Visit Advertising Week homepage.

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    Nest Grand Opening

    Nest officially opened its doors – and a few bottles of sparkling – in the beginning of October, 2012. An amazing evening, wonderful friends, partners and clients. We must be the most fortunate people to have you all around.
    Thank you for all the wishes and especially for showing up! It was a blast and it won’t be the last.

    For pics see Facebook album I and album II.

The team

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    Ismo Rantala

    Founder and CEO

    Founder of Finnish Mobile Association (FinnMob), a matchmaking, networking and services organization promoting Finnish mobile excellence.
    Co-founder of Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) and MobileMonday (MoMo), where opened 73 international MoMo chapters. Ismo has over 15 years of experience from Telcom industry and multinational environments. Before founding FinnMob, he worked in managerial roles at TeliaSonera, Brand Worxx, Open Mobile and .Mobi. Ismo is also a partner in OneMinStories and has ran Mobile-Zoom, a process consultation company, since 2001. Ismo has degrees from University of Industrial Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki Business Polytechnic. In his spare time, Ismo is an avid wood boat sailor and marathon runner.
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    Roope Marttila

    Partner & CLO

    Roope brings his legal perspective in business development strategies. Aside from focus on business law and tech startups, he has diplomatic and court training.

    Roope provides our clients information on regulatory and policy matters and corporate compliance (LGRC in general). He also incorporates and registers businesses as well as drafts stock purchase and option agreements, and various other contracts. Roope is a corporate generalist but specializes in employment law and venture capital. Learn more about Roope on LinkedIn.


  • Alex Sozonoff

    Alex Sozonoff


    Retired as Corporate Vice President and Director at Hewlett Packard Corporation after 35 years of employment and multiple assignments in both Europe and the US.
    In 1997 he was named Executive of the Year by the National Account management Association (NAMA) for his leadership and vision in guiding HP’s global sales operations through the rapidly changing information-technology industry. After retirement he served on many boards including Vimpelcom, the no.2 Russian operator and is now active on a number of Advisory Boards including the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Geneva based Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation. He was most recently appointed as Chairman of the Aalto Center of Entrepreneurship and Stanford Technology Venture Partnership Steering Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a degree from the Nijenrode University in Breukelen (The Netherlands). He also attended the Wharton Advanced Management Program in 1995.
    He is a Dutch national, married to a Finnish wife, has a son and daughter plus 3 grand children.
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    Peter Nordberg

    Founder and CFO

    Founder and head of financial services, capital introduction and business development for Nest and its client companies. Co-founder of Access Propeller Holdings Inc.
    A digital media and international technology in-licensing, acquisition and venture development company. President of Nordberg Capital Partners Inc, a US registered broker/dealer and investment bank focus on US, Russia and Nordic equities. Formed Greater Russia Fund and has been actively involved in equity only portfolio management. MBA (Finance)- NYU-Stern School of Business and BA from St. Lawrence University. Has served as a board member for multiple start-ups in US, Finland and Russia. Former director of Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and long serving board member of Tribeca North Condo Assn.  Downtown Soccer & Downtown Little League coach.  Married with two children.


  • Ezy Insights


    Nester since August 2013

    Ezyinsights is a cloud based analytics service that helps companies improve their marketing on social media by showing the important metrics that are relevant to their business.

    Visit Homepage.


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    Shortcut Media

    Nester since May 2013

    Shortcut is the shortest way from the real world to the online universe. It seamlessly combines image recognition and QR Code scanning in one app. 
    We offer complete solutions from the creation of a Shortcut and the actual online experience to real-time analytics. By using various technologies we make existing processes easier, cheaper, more time-efficient, and more fun. Visit our cases section to see the Shortcuts that are best suited for you and get inspired.
    Visit homepage

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    Data Forest

    Nester since March 2013

    Data Forest Sdn. Bhd. is a Malaysian company with government support and long term concessions and assets for hydroelectricity, fiber optic networks, land and water targeted for the Technology Industry.
    Data Forest, Inc. is our North American marketing and service arm dedicated to US companies who wish to arbitrage their businesses in the Asian region. Our company’s mission is to advance the ICT sector in Malaysia and the Asian region by supporting sustainable technologies and solutions while offering North American technology companies an alternative for their SE Asia expansion strategies.

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    Nester since March 2013

    Curiator is a community for art enthusiasts and professionals where you can build your digital art collection with the art you love, and follow the collections of your friends, as well as artists, galleries and museums.

    Visit homepage.

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    New Cut!

    Nester since February 2013

    New Cut! aims to build new bridges between Helsinki & New York by facilitating open creative collaboration across the fields of film, fashion, music and design.
    In Helsinki the cultural heritage of openness merges with a creative flair and a wave of collaboration is sweeping over the creative industries. New Cut! will explore this open culture in open exchange between the two cities throughout the year 2013.
    Visit homepage.

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    Nester since August 2012

    ConnectCubed makes psychometric testing games designed to help companies find great employees while helping young people discover their ideal career.
    ConnectCubed gives companies actionable hiring and talent development data while boosting candidate and employee engagement through fun gaming tools.
    Visit homepage.

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    Mobile Brain Bank

    Nester since June 2012

    Mobile Brain Bank is a global developer service where companies in any industry, from anywhere in the world, can post their mobile application development needs online as “Projects”.
    Mobile developers are then able to bid on those Projects online, for the opportunity to be selected as the most qualified developer to implement the Project.

    Our service helps businesses, small, medium or large, to tap into an unparalleled global pool of software developers, who are ready to take your business mobile.

    For developers, finding customers has never been this easy. Just find them posted online and start bidding for your services.
    Read the latest coverage on Mobile Brain Bank by the Finnish Consulate in NYC.
    Visit homepage.

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    Finland Center Foundation

    Nester since June 2012

    Finland Center Foundation (FCF) is the meeting point of Finnish and American culture, commerce and community.
    FCF supports the activities of Finnish-American organizations in the greater New York area, and Finnish values globally, in the present and for generations to come. You can become a member of our organization and help support our ongoing cultural work in the New York area.
    Visit homepage.

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    Kokoro & Moi

    Nester since December 2012

    Kokoro & Moi is a creative agency delivering progressive concepts and ideas for the future. Our focus is on brand identity, art direction and design.
    We create authentic and innovative strategies and craft unique and intelligent design solutions for print, digital, products and environments. We have a penchant for the curious and the extraordinary. We love asking questions, challenging accepted explanations and inferring possible new worlds.
    Visit homepage.

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    Nester since January 2013

    For sharing the things you’ve done, and the things you haven’t. Yet. Our life consists of three things; the things we dream of, the things we do, and the things we have done.

    In Dreamdo we believe that secret to a good life is finding a right balance between these three. Dream. Do. Did. In addition to our digital service, we’re creating a series of products and events that help people dream and do during any time of the day.To help make this possible, we also work with companies that want to help their customers do things they’ve dreamed of doing.

    Inspire and be inspired.
    Visit homepage.

  • fordcastle


    Nester Until October 2013

    Fordcastle is an innovation and growth consulting firm that helps companies understand global trends and develop new growth strategies.
    Recent projects have included creating a innovation-based global equities fund, developing a personalized medical research consortium to find a cure for a rare dementia, as well as mobile strategy projects for Vodafone, Intercontinental Hotels and Roche Diagnostics.

    Visit homepage.

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    Aging 2.0

    Nester Until October 2013

    A global innovation network with a mission to accelerate innovation for the 50+ market to improve the lives of older adults around the world.
    We identify and support innovators working in large and small companies, and help them connect with markets around the world. Our network is a cross-disciplinary, inter-generational group of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, technologists, designers, and others who share our common values of innovation, collaboration and respect for all ages. Together with key partners, we are building a platform for innovation, based on events, content and community.

    Visit homepage.

  • beintoo


    Nester until Mar 2013

    Beintoo gives value to users’ engagement by distributing currency – Bedollars, which can be used for premium offers and real world benefits.
    Bedollars are meritocratic, global and can be redeemed in the Bestore or in the online stores of Beintoo’s retail partners for thousands of appealing offers. In addition to this, Beintoo rewards its users for their engagement and achievements by letting them convert their Bedollars into real cash once they shop on our partner retailers’ websites.

    Visit homepage.

  • vividworks


    Nester until December 2012

    VividWorks Ltd. offers innovative online 3D design-to-purchase SaaS platform solutions to the global market.
    We provide instantly accessible tools, which enable visual customization of products as a part of the purchase experience. Our customer base includes multiple major furniture manufacturers and retail chains.
    Visit homepage.

  • thinglink


    Nester until November 2012

    ThingLink helps you create and discover rich images. Be creative! Make your images come alive with music, video, text, images, shops and more!
    Every image contains a story and ThingLink helps you tell your stories. Follow image channels from your favorite bands, bloggers and friends. Your ThingLink interactive images form a channel that other users can follow.

    Visit homepage.

  • transfluent


    Nester until November 2012

    Transfluent is the ultimate high-tech solution for language translations in social media, web and apps. We do what traditional translation companies cannot – fast, dynamic and yet high quality.
    Imagine typing a Tweet in English and having it appear in fluent Chinese a few minutes later in Weibo, the leading Chinese social media site. This is no longer just a dream. Transfluent makes it possible to post in English and have the contents professionally translated into practically any language in nearly realtime.
    Visit homepage.

  • wantlet uus


    Nester until October 2012

    Wantlet has been created lovingly for the purpose of helping people survive the information overload related to shopping.
    Our dream is to connect you to those who can help you get what you really want whether that is new skis, an MP3 player, or tickets to the game downtown next Friday. Fact is, we all need advice and help finding great deals every now and then when we want to buy something.
    Visit homepage.

  • Take Charge of your energy!


    Nester until October 2013

    Tespack is a technology company developing solar panels, nano material solar cells for wearable and industry use. Tespack has an outdoor line for professional quality outdoor packs. Company develop and sell also the most light-weight and effective solar charged battery banks.

Join Us


Already about 30+
carefully selected companies
have flown into the Nest.
Are you the next to join
the team of “Nesters”?




We only take 3-4 clients at once and we are currently booked, but please contact us and check our availability.

We also do occasional week-long startup bootcamps in New York and in New Orleans for bigger groups.


We are happy to help you. Let’s at least go through what U.S. market and the local investors require from you. Contact us if you already have seed investment from home and have serious plans to come to the U.S., especially East Coast.


Nest New York

394 Broadway c/o Impact Hub
New York, NY 10013, USA
Phone +1 212 810 0401


Ismo Rantala / New Orleans

Tel (US): +1 212 810 0401
Tel (EU): +358 40 556 7770
Email: ismo@nestnewyork.com
Skype: ismorantala

Roope Marttila / New York

Tel (US): +1 646 210 2299
Tel (EU): +358 40 718 6688
Email: roope@nestnewyork.com
Skype: roope.marttila