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Finnish startup collects €5.1M to offer its coaching services with the methods proven in Formula 1 and Fortune 500

Helsinki-based startup Hintsa Performance has raised 5.1 million euros to spread its scientifically proved methods to all over the world. Ex-Unilever CEO Paul Polman, K5 Global, The Late Late Show host James Corden, and Charles Plowden, former joint senior partner of Baillie Gifford & Co joined the round. The Finnish startup enables businesses, individuals, athletes, sporting teams and sports organisations to outbest their performances. Previously, Hintsa worked with Formula 1 drivers, Fortune 500 CXOs, leading management consultancies, non-profit crisis workers, surgeons, and power plant workers. This funding will feed their growth on their way to help its clients sucessfully cope with their personal life and business.

Hintsa Performance raises €5.1M to expand its holistic wellbeing and performance solutions to the wider public via its new Hintsa App

After years of serving top athletes like Formula 1 drivers and senior executives, Hintsa will expand its science-based wellbeing coaching to anyone with a smartphone.

Hintsa Performance, a global leader in high-performance coaching and wellbeing services, has raised €5.1M in new funding from notable investors, including ex-Unilever CEO Paul Polman, K5 Global, The Late Late Show host James Corden, and Charles Plowden, former joint senior partner of Baillie Gifford & Co, who will be the incoming Chair of the Board at Hintsa.

In addition to fuelling its global growth, Hintsa will launch a new mobile app, giving access to Hintsa’s science-based coaching methods to entire organisations and, eventually, consumers.

Hintsa Performance, Annastiina Hintsa“We are very excited to welcome our new investors to the Hintsa mission of better life, better performance for everyone,” says Annastiina Hintsa, CEO and co-founder of Hintsa. “By harnessing the power of technology, we can make an even bigger impact on society where individuals are under constant pressures that make coping successfully in life difficult.”

Hintsa Performance, Ed Beccle“With the help of our investors, we will turn Hintsa into a high-tech coaching company the world has never seen before,” says Ed Beccle, co-founder of Hintsa. “Hintsa has already proven its services on the highest level of business and sports. Bringing these learnings to millions of people around the world is incredibly exciting.”

Hintsa’s individualised coaching programmes are based on optimising health, wellbeing, and performance. The methodology has been tested and perfected in demanding business and sports environments for over 20 years. Hintsa’s customers include CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Formula 1 World Champions, and global organisations such as Reckitt, Accenture, Deloitte, Nokia, and CGI. In fact, winners of the last 16 Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championships were Hintsa clients, and 96% of F1 race victories over the past nine seasons have been Hintsa-affiliated drivers.

Hintsa Performance, Paul Polman”Companies need to operate as positive forces and promoting a culture of wellness is fundamental. Employee and stakeholder wellness is tied to performance. Those companies who do it right stand to gain an immense advantage from talent acquisition, retention, engagement, and results,” says Paul Polman, former Unilever CEO and investor via Manatu Partners.

Wellbeing has risen to the top of the agenda for individuals and leaders alike. According to a 2021 US survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly 3 in 5 employees reported negative impacts of work-related stress, including lack of motivation, work effort, and energy. 44% reported physical fatigue – up 38% since 2019. Hintsa’s method has helped clients, from top executives to students, significantly improve their health. Hintsa clients have reported over 100% increase in ability to relax during breaks, reduced emotional stress, fatigue, social stress, and burnout risk after completing a Hintsa coaching programme.

“Covid-19 has been a roller coaster ride for our people. Reckitt’s compass guides us to put people first, and care is a key part of our leadership behaviours. With Hintsa’s coaches, our senior leaders worked on goals such as reducing stress, achieving better balance, improving sleep and recovery, and increasing daily energy. Last year, 100% of coaching participants said they achieved positive lifestyle change, which is a great testament to the method and Hintsa’s coaches and specialists,” says Sara Holton, Group Head of Talent & Leadership Development at Reckitt.

Hintsa coaching relies on proprietary methodologies built on the science of sustainable behavioural change to establish goals, support change, and maintain change long-term. Hintsa’s holistic approach covers all the areas of health and wellbeing, from physical activity to sleep and recovery, mental energy, general health, nutrition, and biomechanics. At the centre of the method is the “Core”: an individual’s sense of identity, purpose, and control.

In addition to their personalised approach, Hintsa covers organisational wellbeing topics such as culture, leadership, and ways of working, combining individual and organisational wellbeing for effective interventions. Technology will scale the reach to new user groups, ease access to a world-class coach, and create data around measurable outcomes and effective lifestyle interventions. The mobile app and wellbeing platform will first be available to companies and organisations, and later to individual consumers.

Hintsa Performance, K5 Global, Logan Solomon

“It’s a really challenging time for companies, and employee wellbeing is more important than ever. Hintsa already has a robust business and an impressive client list. What excites us is the potential to scale the existing service with a next-generation digital platform,” adds Logan Solomon from K5 Global.

Hintsa Performance, Charles Plowden“We are observing a clear tipping point with our customers and partners on a global level. Leaders increasingly recognise that when they invest in wellbeing, it also benefits the business,” adds Charles Plowden. “And we are confident that Hintsa is well-positioned as a strategic partner to help drive results, not only today but for years to come.”

Hintsa Performance is a global leader in wellbeing and performance coaching. Hintsa has served 500+ organisations with over 2,000+ intensive individual coaching programmes. Hintsa’s clients vary from organisations of a few hundred to 100,000+ strong. Hintsa has offices in London, Zurich, Abu Dhabi, Helsinki, and Zug.

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Jan Ameri
Jan Ameri
Entrepreneur-by-heart – and by actions since 1998. Being an expert in spotting new opportunities and creating new concepts, Jan has been a partner or co-founder in seven different companies in various industries. In the early 2000’s he was pioneering some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games and fantasy sports games in the Nordic countries. Jan loves to watch Shark Tank and The Profit in his free time. And he is an FC Barcelona fan.

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