What we do

We bring you experienced business builders to help your company succeed.

Phase 01

ambition → plan

It all starts with the ambition to grow - but how to make it happen?

how we can help

entrepreneurs experienced in phase 1

Ville Riikkala

Ville is an accomplished business development specialist and sales leader, having worked with various large enterprises to establish and validate new businesses. Ville has also collaborated with accelerators, contributing to the selection process and assessing startups. As a passionate advocate for startup success, he offers practical sales coaching and guidance on how to pitch ideas to corporations. Ville also has experience in software product development, allowing him to understand common challenges and requirements that corporations face in this area. On a personal level, Ville is a sociable person and enjoys nature sports like randonnée skiing with friends. With his expertise and dedication to bringing people together, Ville can provide significant support to companies looking to expand and diversify their revenue streams.

  • Co-Founder of Industryhack, helping transform traditional industries with collaboration and experimentation. This company was acquired by Spinverse in December 2021.
  • More than 10 years of experience in B2B sales, building sales processes & running sales teams. 
  • Evaluated +4500 startups, from over 100 different countries, and helped fund 450. 
  • More than 10 years of experience in software development in various companies.
  • Coached 100+ innovation teams, helping them package solutions into commercially viable products. 
Sebastian Aniszewski

Sebastian is a highly experienced strategy, innovation, and growth leader. His career began in management consulting, honing his skills in operating model development and change implementation across various industries. Sebastian spent nine years leading growth as a Head of Business Development and PMO. As New Business Director, he helped drive important change and systematically co-developed scalable circular economy solutions with customers. Sebastian is a genuine, bright, and driven team leader. He empowers his team members and fosters a culture of innovation and ambition. With his deep expertise in strategy, innovation, and implementation, Sebastian is a valuable partner to any organization looking to achieve sustainable growth.

  • Interim strategy and development director
  • Customer discovery for new concepts
  • New business development model
  • Interim PMO
  • Business and growth strategies
  • Innovation models and management
  • Agile business development
  • Customer and product discovery
  • Design and commercialisation
  • Scaling new businesses
  • Project and program management
  • Change management
Sampo Lehtiniemi

Sampo is a highly experienced senior strategy advisor with over 15 years of experience in leading companies to grow. He supports companies in corporate leadership, digital transformation, product development, and management advisory. Sampo's expertise has helped numerous companies build new revenue streams and achieve cultural turns, particularly in the energy, service, and technology sectors. In addition to his ample experience and knowledge, Sampo is known for his roll-up-your-sleeves approach. He is dedicated to delivering results and goes above and beyond to ensure that his clients achieve sustainable growth. Sampo is a strategic thinker who can see the big picture, and align teams for change. He is also highly regarded for his ability to develop strong partnerships with business leaders and supporting them in achieving their business goals.

  • Spin-Off from a renewable material corporation.
  • Strategy Director at large energy company.
  • Corporate Venture Capital model development.
  • Management Consulting unit creation to a large environmental services company.
  • Director positions in Western Europe and Nordics at global  tech companies.
  • Annual mentoring programs for university talents moving to worklife.
Aki Soudunsaari

Aki is a dynamic leader and one of Finland's most accomplished venture builders. He is passionate about improving people's health and wellness through nature and sustainability. Aki has been successful in strategic narrative development and brand building, and regularly writes about these topics in Forbes US. He also has a decade of experience in raising funds, venture architecture, and driving international growth for companies. In addition to his business-building experience, Aki has a strong academic background with two MSc and a Ph.D. candidature in behavioral and business sciences. He has conducted extensive research on scalable business models in the health sector. Most of all, Aki is kind, affable, and a true visionary with great drive.

  • Co-founder of Naava, global leader in green walls,  CEO, Strategy & marketing roles. Listed in the Financial Times' Fastest Growing Companies in Europe 2020. Won +20 awards. 
  • Raised +20M€ in VC funding as the co-founder and CEO.
  • 8x ELY & Business Finland R&D projects, EU & Nopef Grants.
  • From 0 to 1000 B2B customers incl. Google, Microsoft, Palantir, Four Seasons, Lamborghini, Coca Cola, Finnair, SEB, Nespresso, Samsung etc. On the road to an IPO. 
  • Worked operationally for three venture funds and +10 growth companies as an advisor/partner and a growth architect.
  • Startup Pitching Champion in Finland. Nominated as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Finland by PWC and EY.

Phase 02

plan → idea

for an innovation plan to work, you need clear business ideas. we help you discover, test and validate these ideas the entrepreneurial way.

how we can help

entrepreneurs experienced in phase 2

Tom Weckström

Tom is one of Finland’s most experienced innovation experts, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is a truly unique talent, bringing together an engineering background with a humanist perspective, and a passion for driving positive change in the world. With his broad experience leading product development in several leading-edge startups and serving as CTO of a publicly listed company, Tom has honed his skills in leadership and building successful products. Tom is solution-oriented and a true team player. Moreover, you would be hard-pressed to find a more kind and open-minded person. Tom's genuineness, combined with his product leadership expertise and deep understanding of engineering principles, enables him to help customers develop new products that create long-term value for his customers.

  • Strategy facilitation for a corporate startup in the Electric Vehicle charging industry.
  • Sales enablement and go-to-market strategy for a corporate industrial security startup.
  • Commercialisation of a property energy optimization service for a listed company.
  • Strategy facilitation for a listed software services company.
  • Product-Led-Growth enablement for a budding B2B SaaS business of a listed company.
Ville Hulkko

Ville is a highly experienced serial entrepreneur and technology expert. With a background in building deep-tech companies, developing service-driven product development strategies, and dealing with venture capital, both as an investor and investee in Silicon Valley, Ville has a wealth of experience and expertise to offer. Ville's particular focus has been on AI technology productization, building effective go-to-market strategies, and commercialization, both locally in Finland and internationally. What sets Ville apart are his great facilitation skills and down-to-earth approach. Whether he's working with a small startup or a large corporation, Ville can quickly and easily establish rapport, build trust, and work collaboratively towards shared goals. He is a true and passionate entrepreneur at heart, and in his free time also enjoys making some music.

  • CEO of Carbon Negative company, specialising in industry leading biochar technologies, processes and scaling services.
  • Co-founder of Silo AI, the largest private AI lab from the Nordics (250+ top experts / 120+ PhD:s).
  • Co-founder of Valossa Labs, multimodal video AI company (listed top 6 most promising AI startups globally by Goldman Sachs).
  • CEO of Twelve Textiles - an industrial production technology & brand portfolio company.
  • Investor both individually (focus in prop-tech), as well as through family office.
  • Winner of multiple pitching competitions on three continents (including Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the Start pitch).
Riku Kokkonen

Riku is an ambitious serial entrepreneur with over ten years of experience building ventures. His deep knowledge and experience building product-led businesses from the ground up make him an invaluable asset to any startup or growth company. Riku has also made a name for himself as an expert in discovering and validating opportunities for growth and identifying market gaps while helping other companies build new revenue. Most of all, Riku’s energy and drive are infectious, inspiring those around him. He is always looking for new challenges and opportunities to make a positive impact on the world, and his passion for innovation and entrepreneurship is contagious. Whether you are a scale-up or a large enterprise seeking to explore growth potential, Riku is the best aid for any organization looking to discover opportunities and build lasting value.

  • Co-founder of company building tools for financiers to find winning Entrepreneurs/Teams
  • Founder of a financial adviser company, specialising in European Investment Bank (EIB) -loans and leveraging equity based capital for growth.
  • Co-Founder in a biotechnology firm, offering the most comprehensive and reliable genetic tests for nutrition, sleep, exercise and personalised medicine (pharmacogenomic testing).
  • Customer discovery and sales for company building carbon negative constructions materials from industry side streams.
  • Innovation/Venture Model architecture.
  • PMFD - product market fit discovery.
  • Startup & Growth Financing.
  • Headhunting.
  • Venture building.
  • Financial modeling.
Eemeli Metsäntähti

For over a decade, Eemeli has partnered with companies in leading innovation and growth. He has gained extensive experience in helping them go from the strategic planning phase into a profitable new business. Eemeli is exceptionally skilled at connecting dots, conceiving ideas, and drawing out winning strategies. His amicable approach and natural talent for bringing people together help him get buy-in from all levels. Eemeli can get to a first answer quickly, and he’s great at keeping things clear, simple, and effective. He has worked with diverse companies, ranging from Fortune 500s to scale-ups and startups, and in various industries and markets. Along with his ample international experience that spans the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Nordics, and beyond, Eemeli has a unique and broad perspective to help guide businesses toward growth.

  • Interim strategy manager at eCommerce SaaS company.
  • Interim strategy manager at corporate venture builder.
  • Interim growth-building roles at leading technology companies.
  • Business unit growth strategy, digital strategy, venture unit strategy, omnichannel strategy, and customer experience strategy.
  • Multiple business concepting and validation projects, which included e.g. trend analysis, benchmarking, customer interviews, business casing, and technical feasibility analysis.

Phase 03

idea → business

we use an entrepreneurial approach to turn ideas into sustainable business models.

how we can help

entrepreneurs experienced in phase 3

Samu Seppänen

Samu is a deeply experienced product leadership expert, having built digital products from scratch and scaled multiple foundational fintech products, which now serve millions of customers globally. He is always up for a challenge and enjoys delivering complex projects with ambitious goals. Samu has also worked in corporate venture building and VC investment in Berlin. His role helped build and finance new digital ventures in energy, mobility, and health verticals. Whether he's leading a team of developers or brainstorming new ideas with colleagues, Samu brings his A-game to every project he is a part of. He has an eye for detail and enjoys creating products that people will love. Samu is the ideal partner for any sized company looking to establish a product-driven organization or simply build a killer product.

  • 5+ years of experience in validating, building and scaling new products and businesses.
  • Strong experience with startups and leading technology companies as a product manager and early employee in Berlin & London.
  • Built and scaled multiple foundational fintech products at a German online food delivery company.
  • Built and scaled a new product at a Finnish retail company.
  • Managed building and financing of new digital ventures in energy, mobility, and health verticals at a corporate venture builder and VC investment firm in Berlin.
Riia Ranta

Riia is a sales and commercialization expert with a deep interest in sustainable and science-backed innovations and companies. Riia has co-founded and led startups in the fields of AI & deep tech, as well as supported companies in climate tech and bio-products. She has helped several companies commercialize their research, develop effective organizational strategies, and expand their sales operations. Riia has particular experience in growing businesses from various R2B projects in the fields of AI, sustainability, and health tech. Her unique blend of expertise and experience makes her the perfect partner for companies seeking to develop innovative strategies and commercialize sustainable businesses.

  • CEO at Cleandet Oy.
  • Founding member & Advisor at Woamy Oy.
  • Successfully commercialized Research-to-Business projects at Aalto University Department of Applied Physics.
  • 6+ years in leadership positions, leading teams of 6 to 30 people.
  • 10+ yrs experience in Sales.
  • 4+ yrs in Sales Consulting.
  • Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer at Y4 Works Oy.
Eljas Pajamies

Eljas is an experienced innovator, specializing in product management, design methods, and digital service/product development. He has worked with various companies, helping them to drive innovation; from idea discovery to implementation. Eljas is naturally curious and has an open-minded approach to problem-solving. His strong background in design systems has helped him introduce continuous improvement methodologies and knowledge management practices for customers. Eljas’ experience in business design and product management, combined with a diverse industry background, makes him a valuable partner with a broad perspective and understanding of future solutions and trends.

  • Led offering development and sales operations of finance and banking-focused advisory Uhma Solutions. 
  • Co-founder of sustainability-driven design studio Jouten, which creates consumer products from upcycled industrial textiles.
  • +4 years of experience in business consulting.
  • +7 years in agile business environments focusing on business design, value proposition design, productization, and digital strategy.
Asmo Halinen

Asmo has a unique digital business career combining entrepreneurship, director positions in major corporations, and lots of startup experience. As a true digital generalist with over 20 years of experience, he can be an extremely versatile help in many areas: sparring the digital strategies, working around business design, making product development more focused and faster, and guiding teams with a strong intrapreneurship mindset. To put it short: Asmo is a warm-hearted team player with a superb “let’s get things done” attitude. You might have spotted Asmo also on television as he’s a regular commentator on Yle morning’s “Jälkidigi” program, focusing on the latest news and phenomena around the tech and digital world.

Phase 04

business → growth

most business growth stalls at some point; markets mature and saturate, ambitions levels might rise, and the world changes. for long-term success, entrepreneurialism needs to be built into your company's DNA.

how we can help

entrepreneurs experienced in phase 4

Tuomas Talola

Tuomas is a business-building expert with over a decade of experience in the financial and technology sectors. With a deep understanding of market dynamics and business operations, Tuomas has led multiple successful product launches and scaled new venture businesses from the ground up. His experience and insights into the complexities of the industry have made him an expert in navigating regulatory compliance, working with various types of corporate funding (including equity, debt, mezzanine, and public funding), and delivering financial solutions that align with business objectives. Tuomas enjoys sports and reading and is naturally inquisitive and witty, which makes him a great conversationalist. His in-depth knowledge of financial and technology businesses, coupled with his leadership experience, make him an exceptional partner for companies looking to expand.

  • Global MedTech development environment modernization
  • Founder of Roktor Oy, a software automation and artificial intelligence company, optimizing and automating routine office tasks
  • 8+ years experience as a founder and CEO in Finnish P2P-lending marketplace Lainaaja
  • Founder and investor at Grey Swan Investments 
  • Executive Chairman at Mestamaster, improving construction productivity by 20% with digital tools and processes.
Petri Ahti

Petri is an accomplished entrepreneur and leader with over 20 years of experience in the payments industry. Throughout his career, Petri has amassed extensive knowledge in business development, working in both corporate and startup environments, and leading teams across sales, marketing, product, operations, and finance. Working with organizations, he brings incredible energy, focus, and insight to effectively set and move toward shared objectives. With his proven track record of success and deep understanding of the payments industry, Petri is a great partner to any business looking to build or grow in the financial service sector. Also, Petri enjoys listening to jazz, playing the saxophone, and cross-country skiing for, some would say, quite long distances.

  • former CEO & partner of Poplapay, a payments fintech product company built from scratch, successfully launched to the market, and then acquired by a leading European payments company.
  • Head of Product for Nordic payment terminals, building and managing product teams in a multinational environment.
  • Strategy development and various managerial and leadership roles.
  • Consultant in the payments industry, supporting Nordic companies looking to understand the payments market and build payments products.
Ira Wichmann

Ira is a highly experienced business leader with a background in digital strategy, UX, and product management. For over 15 years, she has helped companies at different growth stages, from near-bankruptcy to acquisition, and in complete restructures. Ira's coaching experience extends to mentoring junior PMs, advising early-stage startups on product management, and lecturing at Aalto University. As a business leader, her approach ensures the team creates actual end-user value, measuring and validating the work, and fostering a fun and productive environment. Ira aims at scaling as efficiently as possible and focusing on what moves the needle to achieve desired outcomes. Ira’s expertise is best suited to companies that are looking to establish a product organization from scratch or improve their existing product management processes, and create a data-driven product culture.

  • Head of product portfolio & member of the management team at Hintsa Performance, a well-being coaching & coaching SaaS company.
  • Head of Loyalty at Wonderbly, a publishing/tech company in the UK.
  • Member of the management team, head of product, and early employee at Swoon Editions, a UK furniture retailer.
  • Product mentor, advising on product strategy, product team structure, ways of working.
  • Digital marketing consultancy to multiple early-stage startups.
  • Launch of a new furniture retailer in the UK, including hiring & mentoring the CEO, mentoring the head of marketing and up-skilling the team.
Anna Katariina Kindahl

Anna Katariina is a seasoned Product Leadership expert with over 20 years of experience in the software industry, including 10 years in leadership roles. She has worked in developing, building, and launching successful software products in large markets, such as the US and the UK. Anna Katariina understands that product development requires a holistic approach, considering market demand, internal capabilities, and business objectives. As a leader, she works her magic, which includes a good bit of humor and drive, to align team members and create effective change. She is especially skilled in working collaboratively with teams across organizations, from strategy to design, engineering, and sales. Anna Katariina has been leading change and product leadership for a long time. Her depth of knowledge of product leadership is profound, making her one of the partners to support businesses in product and growth.

  • Multi-channel product offering design and development for versatile international audiences.
  • Product function design, build and management.
  • Next Generation platform and CX transformation for a B2B and B2B4C portfolio.
  • Product management capability and process building for digital services development in a traditional industry.
  • Design, development and product management transformation for a B2B Saas company.
  • Leading product vision & strategy.
  • Design & Digital service development management.
  • Leadership position for change management.