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Mentors in the VC and PE industry

Ari Tolppanen

Tolppanen has worked as an PE investor for 30 years and he is the founder of CapMan. Before that he was the CEO of Huurre Ltd. and Nordfilm Ltd. Tolppanen is MSc in industrial engineering, and he has a deep knowledge of various fields in private equity investing and fundraising, including corporate acquisitions and working on boards.

Markus Sjöholm

Markus Sjöholm has over 20 years of experience as a PE investor. Sjöholm has been at the head of CapMan Buyout for nearly seven years, including a three-year period as Managing Partner. In addition, Sjöholm has been on the boards of over 20 medium-sized Nordic companies. In 2018 Sjöholm established Actone Ltd, which offers Active Ownership Services for private businesses owned by families, entrepreneurs, private equity and other institutional owners by utilizing the proven value creation toolbox common for private equity.

Artturi Tarjanne

Artturi Tarjanne is an Activist VC with a business angel and serial entrepreneur background. He has over 30 years of experience in the international IT industry. As an entrepreneur, Artturi has raised VC funding for several startups and also made a handful of business angel investments. As a co-founder and General Partner, Artturi has 20 years of experience in transatlantic VC, and has learned about +10,000 deals, made 25 positions and a dozen exits on the US market.

Pertti Nurmio

Nurmio has nearly two decades of experience in investing in venture capital and private equity funds. Through MBO, he is one of the founders of Armada Mezzanine Capital and managing €260 million investment assets. He is responsible for raising three mezzanine funds. Nurmio has made investments mainly with debt instruments to buy-out arrangements in all Nordic countries. Nurmio left Armada at the end of 2017 during the change of generation.

Areas of expertise: entrepreneurship, fund raising and management, team leadership in a multicultural environment, corporate governance, capital structure in terms of both venture and buy-out and investment in general.

Tom Henriksson

Tom is a General Partner at OpenOcean, where he leads the company's investments in marketing technology, adtech and consumer data companies. Tom is currently on the boards of LoopMe, Passfort, Personalyze, TapDaq, Unicast and Verto Analytics and closely follows TrueCaller. Prior to joining OpenOcean, Tom launched and led the Nokia Interactive Advertising Unit, scaling this first-generation premium mobile advertising from zero to about $50 million in less than three years. Previously, Tom has served as the Managing Director of Holtron Ventures, where he led the A-round of MySQL Ab.

Timo Argillander

Timo Argillander is the Managing Partner of IPR.VC Management Ltd. IPR.VC is a venture capital fund specialized in media content. Launched in autumn 2015, the fund invests in early stage television, film, animation, gaming and internet content production that is targeting the international market.

Timo has a long experience of media and technology business as an entrepreneur, salary manager and consultant. Timo founded Finland's first e-learning company Brainware during his studies in 1984. After selling the company, he served as Sales Manager at Apple and as a member of the Executive Management Team of Digital Services at Edita. Timo founded a consultancy company Digital Media Finland in the early 2000s and together with its partners, developed the company into a leading company of providing services specialized in media.

Ville Heikkinen

Heikkinen is a technology, transaction and investment professional. He has over 15 years of experience as an investor, lawyer, advisor, board member and entrepreneur in venture capital finance, corporate acquisitions and technology management in Europe and the United States.

For the past 5 years, he has been a Partner in Butterfly Ventures and previously a member of the investment council in an early stage fund and as the Chairman of the Board at a slightly later stage fund. Prior to his career as a venture capitalist, he worked as a lawyer in a leading Nordic and New York law firm. He also has background as being a partner and leader in the first listed corporate law firm in the Nordic countries and in the technology business and administration positions of a Finnish listed company. He holds a L.LM and M.Sc. in Economics and a postgraduate degree from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Ekaterina Gianelli

Ekaterina is a Partner at Inventure, a Nordic venture capital firm backing early-stage entrepreneurs. Based out of Helsinki, she works with digital health, consumer, and enterprise software companies. Previously, Ekaterina has been part of the team scaling Fjord, the design & innovation consultancy. Ekaterina's passion is helping entrepreneurs succeed. As an active community builder, she has been contributing to multiple initiatives strengthening the Nordic tech ecosystem. Drawing on her experiences, Ekaterina actively bridges the gap between design, business, and technology.

Fabian Sepulveda

American Venture Capitalist and Angel Investor deeply embedded in Finland's Startup Ecosystem.

Inka Mero

I am the founder and managing partner of Voima Ventures - the first true deeptech VC fund in the Nordics, and we invest into growth startups aiming to solve global problems by combining science and entrepreneurship. I consider both diversity and the next generation talent as key enablers for any company with a global ambition level. During my 20+y career, I have gained experience from various C-level positions, as entrepreneur, worked as a VC and angel investor across Scandinavia, USA and Tel Aviv.

Petra Hakamo

Petra Hakamo specializes in responsible investing and holds a dual role as the sustainability lead and investment manager at Evli Growth Partners, investing into Europe’s most promising, later stage growth companies. At EGP Petra is responsible for active portfolio work, supporting all founders with developing their ESG strategy, scalability and overall business development. For the past 5 years Petra has been working within the field of finance (Evli, SEB, OP) and led various ESG consultancy projects across Europe for startups and multinational organizations alike. In regards to growth companies Petra is especially drawn to their innovativeness, high ambition-level and the lust for scaling internationally. This she understands well given her background abroad, living in seven countries across Europe, Asia and North-America. Next to her day-to-day job, Petra works actively within the Nordic startup communities and accelerators in mentorship and advisory roles - especially with an impact focus. Petra holds a Double Master’s from Aalto and LSE.

Minna Heimonen

Minna works as a responsibility and communications manager at MB Funds. MB Funds is a buyout investor that invests in medium-sized growth companies in Finland. Her responsibility includes e.g. the development of responsible investment practices and the diverse tasks of investor communications. Her passion is to promote responsibility and sustainable business in the private equity industry. Minna joined the MB team in the fall of 2018 and before that she worked at Deloitte as a sustainable business and risk management consultant.

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