CEO, inXile entertainment
Brian has been involved in the game business since its infancy. He founded Interplay Entertainment in 1983 which became a top 5 PC game publisher in the mid 90’s, having produced some of the biggest franchises of all time.
While at Interplay, Mr. Fargo brought Universal/MCA in as an equity partner and later took Interplay public in 1998.
Moreover, Mr. Fargo has served on the board of the IDSA, presenting key speeches at the industry’s leading shows
Fargo formed inXile entertainment and has recently raised just under 3 million dollars with crowd sourced funding via Kickstarter for it’s newest project Wasteland® 2.
Partner & MD @ TechStars
Nicole spent over a decade mentoring and funding early-stage web software companies. She is the Managing Director at Techstars, a startup accelerator. She has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. Moreover she’s on the Board of Directors for the Application Developer’s Alliance and the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado. She’s on the advisory board for the University of Colorado’s Venture Fund, The Global Accelerator Network, and Kangu.org. Entrepreneur Magazine named her one of the seven most powerful women to watch Additionally she was called an extraordinary woman in New York Tech by Bussiness Insider
Aubrey de Grey
Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research FoundationAubrey is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging and co-author of Ending Aging .When he graduated in 1985, de Grey joined Sinclair Research Ltd as an artificial intelligence and software engineer. In 1986, he co-founded Man-Made Minions Ltd to pursue the development of an automated formal program verifier. Later he was in charge of software development at the university’s Genetics Department for the Flybase genetic database.
Senior Investment Manager
Skandia Mutual Life Insurance Company
Skandia has one the largest private equity programs in the Nordic countries. As Senior Investment
Manager, Natalia is responsible for sourcing new venture capital General Partner relationships, as well as underwriting and negotiating terms of select venture capital and growth equity investments in Europe and North America. She joined in 2008 and serves on the advisory boards of a number of venture capital relationships. Prior to her current role, Natalia was part of the Fund Manager Selection team for open ended funds at Skandia, where she focused on European Equity funds and global Fixed Income funds.
Co-founder and Principal artist at PreziAdam spent the last decade creating innovative technologies and artistic projects which facilitate the creativity of others – ranging from mixed reality interfaces and DIY smarthomes to institutions and workshop methods for innovation. He is also the Co-founder of Prezi. He is the principal artist of the company. In 2007 Somlai-Fischer co-founded “Kitchen Budapest medialab” where he worked as the program director until 2009.Moreover Adam has been awarded multiple times over the course of the years. His collaborative works have been exhibited at Venice Biennale and dozens of festivals globally and published in leading magazines and blogs.
Partner & Founder @ AtomicoMattias is a partner at Atomico, which he launched in 2006 alongside Niklas Zennström. Mattias sources investments and works closely with portfolio companies on their expansion. He also leads the work of Atomico’s experienced global team on the ground in China, Japan, Brazil and Turkey, helping portfolio companies to scale into these major international markets.Before launching Atomico, Mattias was the head of investments at CLS Holdings where he was responsible for the sale of Sit Up TV for $360 million in 2005, and held previous roles working in M&A consultancy at LEK and in fund management at Valu-Trac.
UK Startups Lead @ Microsoft UKDiane is a highly passionate marketer, ideas generator and entrepreneur, who has been driving Microsoft Ventures’ start-up initiatives in the UK for the past 2 years, including building the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London and graduating 27 startups through the programme to date. Diane’s passion for startups stems from her 20+ year marketing career, during which she spent 4 years inside a US startup during the dot.com bubble (in the US and UK), 7 years running her own naming/branding consultancy, many years agency-side working for big digital and ad agencies and 4 years leading marketing communications for Windows Phone in the UK.
Co-Founder and Deputy CEO of KlarnaNiklas Adalberth is a co-founder and deputy CEO of Klarna, the fast growing European payments company with investors such as Sequoia, Atomico, DST and General Atlantic. Niklas has a master’s degree in international business from the Stockholm School of Economics, where he founded Klarna together with his two co-founders, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, CEO, and Victor Jacobsson. Klarna, which is already used by 50,000 retailers and 35 million people across Europe, is shortly launching in the US
Founder & CEO @ Girls In TechAdriana is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization, devoted to educate women in the tech industry across over 47 chapters internationally. No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has served in executive roles in multiple companies over the course of the years. She worked in the technology start up space for numerous companies and at the same time served as a strategic advisor. She has launched philanthropic programs providing fair trade uniforms and educational resources to children in developing countries. Additioanlly she founded HelpLearn.Asia, an eLearning platform for small and medium-sized businesses in Singapore.
Partner @ Y CombinatorKevin Hale is a partner at Y Combinator, which provides seed funding to startups. He works with their portfolio of companies on user experience design, product development and customer support. In 2006, he co-founded Wufoo, which was one of the earliest Y Combinator funded companies. The online form builder was ranked by Jakob Nielson as one of the best application UIs of 2008 and later acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011.
Before Wufoo he wrote about design for Particletree and was editor in chief of the web development magazine Treehouse. He has a BA from Stetson University in Digital Arts and English.
In April 2010 Pekka was a professional freeskier and last year graduate at Kuusamo Alpine College. He was ranked 11th in the AFP ranking (Association of Freesking Professionals, Big Air), when one jump changed his life. A blast of wind made Pekka to overshoot the landing, and all of a sudden, he was fighting for his life. Pekka spent several weeks in medically induced coma. He lost his ability to move, speak, eat, take care of himself and memory problems. Since the summer 2010 Pekka has been fighting back.
Co-founder & Partner at Mosaic VenturesMike Chalfen is a partner and cofounder at Mosaic Ventures, a European VC focused on early stage investing. He’s been immersed in tech since joining Apax Partners in 1996, leading their internet team from 1999. As well as leading the investment in King.com that became of the biggest winners in European venture history, his is notable investments during this time include eDreams (later Odigeo), QXL, and Suse Linux. After Apax, Mike joined Advent Venture Partners, where he continued investing both through the firm and independently in strong entrepreneurs. This included participating in the first rounds at Illumio, Houzz, Fizzback, Moogsoft, Seal Software, and The Foundry, and also investing in Ubiquisys and Worldstores.
Co-Founder of KoppiCatch & holds multiple Board Member positionsInka is a new business executive, entrepreneur and seed investor. Throughout her career she has focused on building new online and mobile services and businesses both in startups as well as in global technology companies in Scandinavia, USA and Israel. She is passionate about service, technology and business innovation.Inka is currently the Executive Chairwoman of IndoorAtlas, KoppiCatch company providing ubiquitous indoor positioning technology, as well as hands-on Board Member at Klevu , e-commerce search company. Additionally she is the Head Coach of Startup Sauna, and Board Member of the non-profit organization Startup Sauna Foundation.
Founder and Director at Albion DriveBryce is an international communications professional with experience managing a wide variety of global campaigns throughout EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. Esquire Magazine has called him “winningly conscientious” and in 2013 Bryce was listed as the 30 under 30 to watch by *PR Week. *In 2014, Bryce received the Connector Award at the *Tech City News *International Hall of Fame Awards.
Bryce has a deep fascination with London’s booming start-up culture and is known within the scene as one of the of 3beards, a start-up events company that runs a number of regular and iconic start-up events in East London including the weekly Silicon Drinkabout, monthly Don’t Pitch Me, Bro! and quarterly Digital Sizzle
Managing Partner & Founder – Mobility VenturesRoman is the managing partner and founder of Mobility Ventures. He has over 25 year of experience in creating, building, and accelerating every organization he touches. Roman has contributed in the launch and growth of new companies, corporate divisions and business units. He is well known as an effective “change-agent” who combines his entrepreneurial spirit with extensive product and market development experience commercializing leading edge technologies, products and services. Roman has played instrumental roles in building multi-billion dollar business units and divisions from startups to global corporations.
General Partner at SV AngelRobert is a general partner at SV Angel. He joined in 2011 and is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. At SV Angel, Robert has originated investments in and works particularly closely with Fundbox, iCracked and Dronebase. He has spoken at international conferences including Techcrunch Europe and OpenAir Berlin. Prior to SV Angel, Robert worked for a multi-family office within Morgan Stanley,that focused on VCs, late-stage technology companies, and entrepreneurs. He also worked at Arnold & Porter LLP on large-scale M&A transactions in their anti-trust group.
Associate at New Enterprise AssociatesAndrew joined NEA in 2014 as an Associate and focuses on enterprise and consumer technology investments. Prior to joining NEA, Andrew was a member of The Blackstone Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions team in New York. Andrew’s previous experience includes co-founding Flicstart, an on-demand movie screening startup, serving as a special projects consultant to wine e-commerce startup Lot18, and serving as a member of the deal flow team at Israeli venture capital firm OurCrowd.
Founder & Managing partner @ i/o VenturesCo-founded Lefora, Meetro and Paragon.
2010 he launched i/o Ventures. A seed fund and accelerator based in San Francisco. 2012 he launched technology focused seed funds: Savannah Fund (Sub-saharan Africa) and Golden Gate Ventures (Southeast Asia) and Gamefounders, which focuses on companies building products related to gaming.
Collectively he’s invested and/or advised 100+ companies that have raised $1.5b+ in follow-on financing which includes companies like Uber.
Business AngelJari Ovaskainen is a Finnish business angel who made his first business deal in 2000 when he sold Iobox, a web portal he’d founded, to the Spanish operator Telefónica’s subsidiary company Terra Mobile for €230 million. After this Mr. Ovaskainen has worked closely with start-ups companies. His investment portfolio includes Supercell, Next Games, PlayRaven, Booomlagoon and many others. Jari Ovaskainen lives in Switzerland and actively works and invests in start-ups, mainly in Finland. He is a member in Finnish Business Angels Network and was also elected “the Finnish Business Angel of the Year 2013”.
Director, Fund Investments
Finnish Industry Investment Ltd
Anne Riekki joined Finnish Industry Investment (FII) in 2007. She has worked there in various positions within direct and fund investments as well as in the position of CFO. Since autumn 2011 she has been responsible for the fund investments team (AUM €700m). FII invests in Finnish and, to limited extent, foreign venture capital and buyout funds. In addition FII manages two fund-of-funds focusing on venture capital and growth funds operating in Finland. Prior to Finnish Industry Investment Anne Riekki worked as an Investment Manager at European Investment Fund in Luxembourg and as an Investment Director at Eqvitec Partner’s mezzanine finance team (now
Armada Mezzanine Capital). She has worked within the private equity industry since 2000. She holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from Helsinki School of Economics and a Master of Science in Law from University of Helsinki.
General Partner at Balderton CapitalDaniel was a former Partner at Wellington Partners, where he led investments in 11 companies. He was at Yahoo! for six years from 1999, covering strategic development and M&A across the European region. Additioanly he is a strategic investor and a former partner at 3i.
Senior Director at Qualcomm Ventures EuropeJason is based in London, and he currently serves as a board member or observer for Bitbar, Blippar, Cambridge Temperature Concepts, Grand Cru, Peak, Wonder PL and Wrapp. Jason has also led Qualcomm Ventures investments in Arteris (acquired by Qualcomm), Videoplaza (acquired by Ooyala), We7 (acquired by Tesco) and YPlan.
Jason has 10 years experience working with internet and mobile software start-ups. Prior to joining Qualcomm, he was the Investment Director at London Seed Capital, a seed and early stage venture capital fund, where he focused on material science and internet technology investments.
Managing Director of the Digital Strategy Division at ICM PartnersKeyvan is the managing director of the digital strategy division at ICM Partners. As head of the digital strategy, he’s focus is the expansion of the agency’s efforts across all aspects of the technology and digital sectors, bringing innovative opportunities to the agency and its clients, including the creation of new business and investments with long-term benefits. Prior to joining ICM Partners, he served as Vice President of Direct-to-Consumer Business Planning and Operations at Warner Bros.On top of that he led the wholesales efforts at Netflix and led alternative business development for Disney’s music group.
SVP of the Global Corporate Client Group and head of European Listings for NasdaqAdam is the Senior Vice President of the Global Corporate Client Group and head of European Listings for Nasdaq. Nasdaq has recently launched the Nasdaq Private Market which will be an offering for private issuers world-wide. Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 12 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups. Most recently, Adam was VP of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg.
Founder of Ballou PRColette Ballou is an angel investor and the founder of BallouPR, a European communications and strategy agency that focuses on high-growth technology and internet companies. The Ballou PR team has had a string of well-documented client success stories including the exit of Musiwave for $100M+, the entry of Facebook and Pinterest in France, and the entry of Eventbrite into Europe.
Priot to BallouPR she worked with numerous companies where she gained a lot of experience that enabled her to be listed as one of the top 100’s influential figures in Britain’s digital economy in 2011 Wired UK.
Partner @500startupsMarvin serves on the advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe. In addition, he is a mentor for several startup accelerator programs in Europe, Israel and the US.He invests in digital media, adtech, marketing cloud, e-commerce and mobile startups across the globe. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. Marvin has worked in various departments – sales, business development, ad operations and marketing. Most of his positions have been regional or global management roles, giving him extensive experience across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Head of Unit in EIF’s Venture Capital team
EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than EUR 3bn under management and a portfolio of over 220 venture capital funds. Patric leads a team that invests in early stage funds and manages a portfolio of venture capital funds representing total commitments of more than EUR1bn in all major technology sectors. With EIF’s Venture Capital team, he is further developing EIF’s activity by designing and implementing new innovative equity products, notably in the impact investing and corporate venturing spaces. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector. He holds an MSc in Business Engineering from HEC Management School – University of Liège.
VP of Design and Marketing at PowermatMaija Itkonen is a Finnish industrial designer , entrepreneur and musician who founded Powerkiss Oy. She is currently working as a VP of Design and Marketing at Powermatt.
Itkonen has been involved in the founding of Aalto University Design Factory . She was elected the innovation leader in Business Summit 2010 event in Helsinki.
Itkonen studied industrial design at the University of Art, and design business management at Helsinki School of Economics.
Head of Industrial Internet at Tieto CorporationTaneli is currently serving as the Head of Industrial Internet at Tieto Corporation. A serial entrepreneur who has worked in several start-up firms and listed companies and has been widely recognised for his expertise.
Taneli has in-depth personal experience from venture capital and risk financing: having closed 14 venture rounds as an entrepreneur and having financed a couple of selected companies himself as a business angel. As a board director and advisor he has worked with more than 30 companies.
Additionally, Taneli has been selected Finland’s 6th most important ICT influencer in social media.
Investment Manager, 3M New VenturesEwa Grzechnik works in Munich at corporate venture unit of 3M’s USD 32B conglomerate based in St Paul, MN. In this role, Ewa works on securing deal flow, due diligence, negotiating and executing investments as well as representing 3M in the Board of Directors of portfolio companies. She is a Kauffman Fellow.
Ewa works closely with 3M’s Energy & Electronics as well as Industrial Business Group on finding innovative technologies and business models that have the potential to expand 3Ms product portfolio. Her focus is on materials for buildings, transportation and infrastructure, asset management solutions, and software and hardware products for wearables and next-generation electronics.
Ewa is a graduate of Uppsala University in Sweden (MSc) and Jacobs University in Germany (BA), where she studied environmental sciences and economics. Ewa is a native Polish speaker and is fluent in English, Swedish, and German.
Founder of Broad Tech Global Law Firm
Dale is an expert advisor who advises on all complex commercial agreements, venture capital funding, private equity investments and exit transactions.His practice focuses on corporate finance and media transactions. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at startup and VC conferences.
Co-founder of Idealist Group, Serial EntrepreneurSaku founded Broadcasters, one of the most successful Finnish independent tv production companies. Tuominen was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment. During his 20 years in television he has produced thousands of hours of programmes and created almost 100 tv formats. Additioanlly he founded Idealist Group, a production company of ideas that has various activities. He was one of the founders of SATU – the association of Finnish Indepent producers. At the moment he is a board member of ELO Foundation that promotes Finnish Food Culture and supports Finnish gastronomy.
Marika af Enehjelm
Managing Director at FVCAMarika af Enehjelm is currently a member of the advisory board at MINIMAX VIKING GROUP. Simultaneously she works as a Managing Director at Finnish Venture Capital Association.
She has gained extensive experience from The Boston Consulting Group strategy in consulting, growth strategy and cost cutting.
Visual identity and social media strategy are co-dependent, essential pieces of a brand. Phil Pallen’s work merges both of these worlds. Based in Los Angeles, Phil builds brands for TV personalities, experts, and entrepreneurs. His clients are sharks and entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, and personalities on shows like Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, The X Factor, Project Runway, The Doctors, and many more. He’s a celebrity brand expert on Access Hollywood and the author of Shut Up and Tweet, a book with game-changing strategies that will turn you into a Twitter rockstar.
Cofounder and MD of Startupbootcamp
Alex is a partner at Rainmaking and Co-founder and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp – a European startup accelerator with international programs. Hme co-founded the Rainmaking Loft Berlin, an elite tech and investor co-working space. Additionally he drives angel investor growth with Angelsbootcamp, whose objective is to motivate and educate 1000 new angel investors in Europe. He is a partner at Venture Scout, and startup & innovation sourcing consultancy for corporates. Finally, Alex is an active Startup Weekend organiser in the Nordics and Africa and sits on the board of the Global Accelerator Network.
Head of Investments at TeliaSonera
Investment professional with over 20 years of track record in the software and telecommunications industries. Successfully initiated, grown and exited international technology businesses leveraging corporate finance, industry and technology expertise as well as personal professional network across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Ph.D – Managing Director – HealthCare at WestPark CapitalTara joined WestPark Capital in July, 2011, with a focus on public and private financing as well as advisory services for healthcare & life sciences companies. Tara is an industry professional with 11 years of developmental & cell biology research and mentoring and 14 years experience in investment banking and executive management. As a healthcare investment banker, she participated in a number of transactions exceeding $270 million. Dr. Sharif has also served as financial and strategic consultant to a number of biotechnology corporations and with the Alliance for Science and Technology Development team of Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.
Angel investor at RephopRiku has an entrepreneurial background and has done over 30 angel investments. He is one of the founders of FiBAN and has functioned as the chairman since 2013. Riku participated the Dragon’s Den in Finland. He is also known as an active business coach for Start Sauna through supporting the capital investments in small and medium-sized companies. He specializes in private equity financing, growth, execution, financing and IT development as a strategic tool in managing customers and sales.
VP Brand Solutions at ZalandoChristoph joined as employee #3 to lead the product management organization for Zalando’s complete tech portfolio and has helped scale Europe’s largest online fashion platform throughout all phases of growth and expansion now spanning 15 countries and generating over €2.2bn revenue in 2014. He’s now responsible for our new B2B products area, helping brands and partners connect to consumers though the most delightful shopping experiences possible. Next to being an absolute product enthusiast, Christoph also loves old Kung Fu movies and holds a Diploma in Business Administration and Informatics.
Head of Western Europe Expansion at UberAlexandre currently oversees Uber’s expansion plans in Western Europe. He joined Uber in February 2013 to help the service expand in new markets and lead Uber’s entry in more than 10 countries across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
Prior to that, Alexandre spent 6 years in the financial services industry in London, first at Morgan Stanley in the Telecoms & Media M&A team, which he then left to join Permira, a UK-based Private Equity firm
Managing Partner at Fluent Digital Capital
Tatiana is Managing Partner of Fluent Digital Capital, a new generation fund of funds focusing on European early stage and micro venture capital funds investing in digital technology. Before co-founding Fluent Digital in March 2015, Tatiana was Venture Capital Investment Manager at European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest European growth and venture capital fund-of-funds. During her 4 years at EIF, Tatiana has led investments into 15 European early stage and growth venture capital funds, including latest funds of Creandum, Inventure, Sunstone, Prime Ventures, Atomico and Balderton. She also worked on the development of EIF’s new investment products and represented EIF at European Digital Forum working group. Before joining EIF in early 2011, Tatiana was contributing to the development of next generation mobile networks in various technical and business roles at Nokia. She holds an MBA from Aalto University School of Business and M.Sc. in Information Technology from Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Dr. Claus Hackmann
Investment Manager at BASF Venture CapitalClaus Hackmann, PhD, joined BASF BASF Venture Capital GmbH as an Investment Manager in 2010. Before that he was head of production of Electronic Materials in Europe within in the BASF SE and was responsible as leader of the Business Process Management team in the business unit detergents and formulators
He joint BASF SE in 1994 and worked until 2003 in several functions in research, development and production. Claus Hackmann studied chemistry at the Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität in Münster in 1985 and did his Postdoc at the UCSB in Santa Barbara in 1993
Co-Founder & CEO, Kahoot!Johan co-founded and is the CEO of Kahoot!, an educational gaming platform with millions of users worldwide. He has over a decade’s experience merging creativity, innovation and technology. He is a serial entrepreneur and his work has included high profile projects for brands including Mercedes, BBC, HP, and Unilever, as well as startups in London and abroad. He co-founded, We Are Human a lean co-creative company, that incubates and develops its own IP, including the innovative EdTech platform Kahoot!
Recently, Johan launched The Nordic Connection, with a focus on creating global opportunities and connections for Nordic startups.
Head of the Global Venture Capital and Startup Ecosystem @CognizantAjoy is a seed investor into technology start-ups. His investing and business development experience started in 2000 in Silicon Valley, spanning several early stage and growth stage start-ups.
He was part of the founding team for Odesk, a rapid growth technology company soon to go public in the US.
Currently reporting into the Office of the CEO, Ajoy is the Global Head of the VC and Startup ecosystem for the Emerging Business Accelerator for Cognizant Technology Solutions. He also serves as vice-chairman on the board of Child Health Family International; a non-profit advancing quality healthcare in emerging economies at the grassroots level.
Director, Software Strategy
IBM Venture Capital GroupDeborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s 12-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries. She is responsible for sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. As a director of strategy in IBM Software Group, she also brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. Deborah is responsible for fueling the ecosystem pipeline in strategic areas related to building a “smarter planet” and contributes to filling out the IBM product portfolio through M&A
Partner at XLHEALTHXLHEALTH is a Berlin-based Venture Capital fund specialized on Digital Health and focuses on young companies preserving and improving human health with smart technology solutions. Besides investing capital, we provide strategic access to 400,000 clinics, general practitioners, and pharmacists in Europe. Among others, our portfolio comprises European Digital Health pioneers mySugr and NeuroNation.
Founder and CEO of AdCashThomas is the co-founder of Webinfluence Group. Today the Group’s activities and investments cover a wide range of sectors.On the strength of its success, the Group subsequently launched its own real-time advertising trading platform Adcash®, providing effective scalable advertising solutions to brand advertisers and content publishers. Through his innovative approach to digital marketing and visionary business strategy, Adcash® is today one of the fastest growing startups in the Baltics. Thomas actively invests in seed stage tech startups, especially in the e-commerce and mobile application sector.
Video Games Executive at Rovio & Startup AdvisorWilhelm Taht is an experienced business executive within online, mobile and social media. He has worked in the mobile games industry for over 10 years and is currently leading Rovio’s publishing and development of externally developed games, as well as Rovio’s 3rd party publishing program “Rovio Stars”. Wilhelm also advises several startups in the game, media and music spaces.
Partner at Bird & BirdKimmo Reina is a partner based in Bird & Bird’s Helsinki office. Kimmo specialises in providing legal services in the fields of corporate, com rnational level, particularly to clients operating in the IT, E-commerce, electronics and life sciences sectors. Kimmo is experienced in advising on, and negotiating, a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, IT and business process outsourcing transactions and commercial contracts within IPR intensive industry sectors.
Principal at Nokia Growth PartnersWalter Masalin is a Principal at Nokia Growth Partners where he spearheads NGPs investment strategy in Mobile Consumer services globally. His latest investments include game companies Omnidrone, MAG Interactive, Grand Cru and digital language learning company Babbel. Prior to working at NGP, he was involved in launching a social networking start-up and has worked at Nokia in various roles. Walter has extensive experience of Mergers & Acquisitions, growth strategy, Business Development and guiding growth startups, especially with international expansion.
Personal Brainer Reporter, EducatorReidar Wasenius is the Personal Brainer at BRIIM Inc – provider of the world’s first Brain Fitness Center in Helsinki.
Reidar is a popular speaker at conferences and company events and he is frequently featured in the media as an expert on communications and personal development. He has mainly been working in business development and marketing. He is also an experienced reporter and educator. Reidar’s past employers include Samsung, Nokia, TeliaSonera, and Tekes. Additionally he was the founder and first Director of the four-year B.A. program in Media and Communications at Arcada university of applied sciences.
Sensei at AppCampusa.k.a Sensei, does the actual day-to-day running of AppCademy. He is known for; being the dis-organiser of BarCamp Helsinki and other un-conferences, drinking coffee (and the occasional beer) at Startup Sauna and other startup venues (and on occasion has been known to help the residents at these places with their pitching and presentation skills). Mike is also a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman , has been a host at Hub Helsinki, and is a holder of a British passport.
CEO and Co-founder of KoruChristian is a serial entrepreneur, he is the Co-Founder and Head of Innovation at Vertical Health Accelerator. All supporting his passion for digital and mobile health, wellness and wearables. Until July 2012 he was service design company Fjord’s Chief Innovation Officer. Additionally he headed Yahoo’s mobile product team in the early phase of mobile Internet. About 7% of human population made their first mobile calls on his invention the Navi key user interface. He is a regular speaker on different mobile and digital conferences, he is hosting the Health track at Slush and has helped to create Upgraded Life Festival.
Director of M&A and Partnerships at FonectaMikko Pirinen is the current director of M&A and Partnerships at Fonecta.He is in charge of Fonecta’s M&A transactions in Finland and abroad. His main responsibilities are M&A deal sourcing, negotiation and execution, Strategic Partnerships and Equity investments. He has previously worked at Mergertum as Partner Advisor where he ran the ICT business unit, an independent specialized M&A advisor, responsible for finding new clients, finding buyers and overseeing activities in his business area. Additionally he has worked as a CFO at Rightware, as Board Member at Steam Republic and as a Foundraising Manager at Technopolis Ventures.
Investment Manager at Sanoma VenturesJussi Kallasvuo is the Investment Manager at Sanoma Ventures. He is an Energetic business professional with thorough experience from capital markets and the investment management industry. He has a strong network in the Finnish telecom, media and technology sector. He has worked and studied in Europe, Asia and the US. He has previously worked as a Finance Director for AlphaSence, Inc. Additionally he worked as a Portfolio Manager at Evli Bank and at Head Asset Management firm. He is excellent with people, compassionate and well-liked, both as team leader and as team member. Confident speaker and presenter, who is energized by a passion for everything new.
Partner at KoppiCatch & Managing Partner at Hagros&HagrosKaj has a mind of a strategist, exposed to challenging and successful business creation, transformation and turnaround cases within mobile, media and IT sectors. Kaj has 20 years of experience in CEO and COO roles as well as heading sales, marketing, and operations in Europe, Asia and Americas. He is the founder of six companies including Vicipass, Sunrise Bridge and Poppiboksi, two startup accelerators, Star-Tap, Quja, a rock festival RäyhäRock and two charitable projects. Kaj coaches at Startup Sauna and Aalto Ventures Program.
Vice President & Head of New Business Development at StoraEnsoTimo is a business management executive with extensive international multi-industry experience. Spent his early career in manufacturing operations management, factory construction projects management and global capital investments management, moving to corporate strategic business development and strategy process management, and most recently in continental business management and global business development. Timo’s leadership style encourages intrapreneurship, initiative and openness for new ideas; management style highly systematic goal-oriented, focusing on coaching and sponsoring.
Founder of HoodieDude
Sami Kuusela also known as Hoodie Dude from the Radio Helsinki radio show “Hoodie Dude’s Money Show”. He founded his first company in -97. Among other things, Sami has been working as a love columnist since 2002. Sami’s mission is to connect corporations to startups in his Hoodie Dude business.
Director, Business Development Europe at InMobi
Stephan heads up business development on the game publisher side for InMobi in Europe. As the head of business development, Stephan is responsible for delivering the best monetization strategies to game developers across Europe. His career spans more than 13 years across games and digital entertainment with companies like Glu Mobile, OGPlanet and Yazino.
In 2002, Stephan was one of the formative employees at Glu Mobile, and later Director of Business Development for EMEA, where he built partnerships and distribution deals with brand holders and virtually every major mobile operator in the region and beyond.
More recently he served as VP Business Development for social casino game publisher, Yazino.
Founder & CEO @ Meetin.gs, Author @ Biohacker’s Hanbook
Teemu is also the Partner & CEO of meetin.gs, a young technology entrepreneur and biohacker. Former management advisor to the government. A passionate frontline speaker, author and also Co-Founder at Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland.
Executive Director, Startup Companies at Tekes
Mr. Jukka Häyrynen, M.Sc.(Tech) MBA served as the Chief Executive Officer of Picodeon Ltd Oy. Mr. Häyrynen was a Partner at Eqvitec Partners Oy. He is specialized in industrial technology and is a thoroughbred technologist. His abilities are to analyze applications within physics, materials, optics, instrumentation, and automation. Previously, Mr. Häyrynen was employed at Sitra. He also served at Sitra, Investment Arm. His background is from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), where Mr. Häyrynen was responsible for various functions involving marketing, technology, and expertise-based business development, as well as R&D.
Associate Professor at Tallinn University of Technology & eHealth expert at Estonian eHealth Foundation
Peeter also holds a radiologists position in East Tallinn Central Hospital, Estonia. Dr. Ross has previously worked as a Director of R&D and a Head of Diagnostic Clinic in East Tallinn Central Hospital. He has been a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian eHealth Foundation and Estonian Health Insurance Fund.