The best meeting place for Cleantech Companies and Investors | June 12-13th 2018 | Finland

SPEAKERS 2016

NINA HARJULA

NORDIC INNOVATION ACCELERATOR

Nina is the CEO of Nordic Innovation Accelerator. She is one the pioneers in the cleantech business development in Finland and a co-founder and board member of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA). Through her international network and long list of activities, she is quick to identify trends and adapt them to boost the industry.

JUHA-MATTI SAKSA

LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Juha-Matti Saksa is the Rector of Lappeenranta University of Technology. He is a sales-minded organiser with researcher training and the belief that important things can only be achieved through cooperation. Juha-Matti holds a Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Lappeenranta University of Technology.

PER LANGER

FORTUM CORPORATION

Mr. Per Langer is Senior Vice President Technology & New Ventures at Fortum Corporation. Per Langer’s responsibilities includes R&D and university co-operation as well as running internal start-up businesses and investments in technology funds and external start-ups. Mr. Langer holds degree Master of Science in Economics from the University of Karlstad.

INES BERGMANN

E.ON

Ines serves as a Principal of E.ON Strategic Co-Investments and has joined the Strategic Co-Investment team in late spring 2013. Her investment focus is on residential energy products, customer engagement platforms, and consumer facing solutions.

RENE SAVELSBERG

SET VENTURES

Rene is co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of SET Ventures since 2007. He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. His focus is on companies in the areas of smart grid, energy efficiency, transportation and infrastructure.

KAI RINTALA

TAALERI ENERGIA

Kai Rintala is the Managing Director of Taaleri Energia, an energy infrastructure developer managing infrastructure assets over their entire lifecycle.  He has over 15 years of experience in the infrastructure industry. Before joining Taaleri Energia, he worked more than 10 years at KPMG, both in Helsinki and in London. Kai holds a PhD in Construction Economics from UCL and MSc in Engineering and Industrial Management from Tampere University of Technology.

PATRICK SHEEHAN

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES FUNDS

Patrick is a founder and Partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund. Patrick has worked in venture capital since 1985, when he joined 3i. He was instrumental in founding 3i’s venture capital practice, and later became the founding Managing Director of its Silicon Valley operation. Patrick has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from UCL, London.

PETER ADRIAENS

KEYSTONE COMPACT GROUP LTD

Dr. Peter Adriaens (PhD, PE, BCEEM) is the Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business. Dr. Adriaens is CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the KeyStone Compact Group Ltd. He is also the Director and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA).

SAMPSA LAINE

NORDEA BANK FINLAND PLC

Sampsa Laine – “Entrepreneur by heart leader by training”. Responsible for Business Banking operation in Finland. Dedicated to push Nordea into #1 position in SME banking in Finland as well as in Nordics.

ERJA RETZÉN

NASDAQ NORDIC

Erja Retzén is Senior Managing Director at Nasdaq Nordic, Global Listing Services. She works closely with existing and future issuers listed on Nasdaq Nordic, and furthermore specializes in mining and gaming sectors, as well as in startup and growth company scene. Erja holds a M.Sc. (Eng.) in industrial engineering and management.

AKI KALLIO

MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF FINLAND

Ministerial Adviser Mr. Aki Kallio works as a lawyer in the Financial Markets Department of the Ministry of Finance of Finland. His main responsibility area consists of various assignments relating to divergent legislative and other actions of Financial Markets Department. Mr. Kallio holds an LL.B. and LL.M. degrees with distinction from the University of Helsinki.

VILLE-VEIKKO LAUKKANEN

VARMA

Ville-Veikko has broad experience in the finance sector. As an executive vice president in Varma he is connected to the cleantech businesses and following the industry development. Prior to Varma he worked in Nordea Bank and Tryg general insurance in Finland. He is vice chairman of the board in Kaleva Mutual Insurance company.

YVETTE GO

EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND

Yvette joined the EIF’s Equity Investments team in May 2015. Heading up the social & environmental impact team and investing in European VC funds, she builds on 7 years VC experience: as (Venture) Partner at SET Ventures, focusing on clean energy technology companies and as founding Partner of a social impact fund.

PERTTI MIETTUNEN

GREEN CAMPUS INNOVATIONS

Pertti Miettunen is President & CEO of Green Campus Innovations Ltd., a new business development and start-up venture capital arm of cleantech-focused Lappeenranta University of Technology. He is also Chairman of the Board of Nordic Innovation Accelerator Ltd. Pertti has over 30 years of industrial, private equity and venture capital experience.

ESA LAURINSILTA

UPM

Esa works as Director, Strategic Partnerships at UPM Technology function. Esa has a strong international business-to-business, innovation development and technology commercialization experience within a wide range of life sciences industries including industrial enzymes, fine chemicals, functional dairy technology and biobased nanomaterials.

MARK SCHUBERT

ELECTROLUX GROUP

Mark is the Open Innovation Director for Global Industrial Operations in Electrolux.  He is focused on bringing innovative solutions and mind-set to a well-established industrial organisation. He has a broad experience in general management & functional positions.

ELIE TAMBOU

VEOLIA

Elie Tambou is the open innovation development manager for Veolia with a focus on startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in the field of Oil & gas and city resilience. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and managing the integration of external innovative solutions in close connection with Strategy, Marketing, Business development and Business unit teams.

PEKKA SIVONEN

TEKES

He is the founder of Digia and previously held Executive in Residence position at Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship, then heading health-tech startup accelerator VERTICAL in collaboration with Samsung and Sonera. Now he is responsible for 5G, IoT and Smart City programs and digitalizations strategy at Finnish Innovation Funding Agency TEKES.

ALEX TAPSCOTT

NORTHWEST PASSAGE VENTURES

Alex Tapscott is an expert in early-stage, high growth companies and path-breaking business ventures. Alex is the CEO and Founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, a consulting rm focused on early-stage, high growth companies in the Canadian and U.S. Capital markets. His is also co-author, with Don Tapscott, of the new book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World. 

EWALD HESSE

GRID SINGULARITY

Ewald Hesse leads the Grid Singularity venture, rooted in his extensive experience in the energy sector and acute interest in distributed business models. Hesse has served as Regional director for business development and strategy at Andritz Hydro. Ewald holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management from the University in Konstanz, Germany.

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INVESTOR JURY

JARI MIESKONEN

CONOR VENTURE PARTNERS

Jari Mieskonen is the managing director of Conor Venture Partners Oy, need breed early stage technology venture fund. Mr. Mieskonen has been in the venture industry for good 22 years. He is chairman of the board of Nordic Venture Network and Invest Europe venture council.

JOOST WAETERLOOS

DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

Joost is member of the Scouting & Exploration Network in Dow’s Ventures and Business Development group. Joost is leading the European scouting efforts involving the researching and evaluation of technologies and opportunities that complement Dow’s robust Research & Development pipeline and contribute to the Company’s long-term success.

JUHA SAARINEN

AVANTO VENTURES

Juha is a Cleantech focused Angel Investor, member of FiBAN and co-founder of Avanto Ventures, a Growth Accelerator specialising in Digital disruption. His advisory and investment targets include Biotehdas, Watrec, Kierrätysverkko, Pelago Bicycles, EkoRent, Masar, Joukon Voima and others.

MICHAEL NETTERSHEIM

BASF VENTURE CAPITAL

Michael Nettersheim joined BASF Venture Capital in August 2011. In his previous position he was a member of the invest management at High-Tech Gruenderfonds in Bonn. Michael studied Chemistry at the University of Bonn and was awarded a doctorate in the field of Biochemistry. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program.

PETRI NIEMI

G2 INVEST

Petri Niemi gained experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital in the Nordic Countries during his career at CapMan between 1999-2011. Mr. Niemi holds board positions in eight companies and acts as an advisor in the fields of strategy, value creation and M&A. He runs his own investment company G2 Invest Oy.

ANNE JALKALA

FORTUM STARTUP AND FUND INVESTMENTS

Anne Jalkala is Vice President of Fortum startup and fund investments. Before that Anne was dean of LUT School of Business and Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Anne holds a PhD in Industrial Management.

PER ERICSSON

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES FUND

Per has been a Venture Partner at ETF since inception. Based in Stockholm, he sources new investments in the Nordic region as well as helping our existing portfolio companies grow. Before ETF, Per ran GE’s business across the Nordic region and the Baltic States.

TARJA TEPPO

CLEANTECH INVEST

Tarja has been involved with renewable energy and other cleantech research and advisory projects for Nordic institutional and industrial investors as a co-founder of Cleantech Invest (CTI). She has also been involved in the development of the CTI cleantech seed fund from the beginning.

VESA RIIHIMÄKI

NORDEA

Vesa works as Corporate Branch manager in Helsinki. He has been working several years tightly with startup & growth company ecosystem. Vesa has worked in the team developing and running Nordeas own Venture Funding program, Crowd Funding platrorm and coming AltFin services.

RENE SAVELSBERG

SET VENTURES

Rene is co-founder, CEO and Managing Director of SET Ventures since 2007. He is responsible for the strategy and overall operations of the SET Funds. His focus is on companies in the areas of smart grid, energy efficiency, transportation and infrastructure.

ANDREAS STUBELIUS

SWEDISH ENERGY AGENCY

Andreas Stubelius is the Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He has more than 15 years’ experience within the Energy field and holds a degree in Energy engineering and corporate finance. Andreas is a member of the Cleantech 100 expert panel and also a member of the Nordic Cleantech Open jury. His portfolio of consists of more than 70 Cleantech start-ups.

HARRI OLLILA

VNT MANAGEMENT

Harri Ollila has been a partner at VNT Management Oy, Finnish venture capital team since 2007. Harri is a Chairman of the board in two of the target companies of VNT’s investment portfolio and a member of the board in three of the portfolio companies. He has a M.Sc. degree from Helsinki University of Technology and MBA from HUT Executive School of Business.

MODERATORS FOR THE PITCHING SESSIONS

DEBORAH SACKS

UK DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Deborah Sacks is the Waste and Resources Specialist for the UK’s Department of International Trade. She has over fifteen years’ experience in waste management and in the processes of developing new waste facilities. She has deep understanding of the types of facilities that are environmentally and economically sustainable in different market conditions.

JUSSI VANHANEN

CLEANTECH FINLAND

Jussi has almost 20 years of industrial and renewable energy experience in international markets. He has solid understanding of industrial processes, energy, electrical transmission and distribution. Jussi is program director for Cleantech Finland growth program where he helps Finnish companies to do international business.

JYRI ARPONEN

TEKES

Jyri has twenty years of experience in business development, marketing and financing. As a Business Director in Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra he is also responsible of Green Growth program in Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes. He has held various positions in the Ministry of Trade and Industry and in the European Information Centre Network.

MARKO KOSKI

VAASA ENERGYWEEK

Marko is an entrepreneur and regional business angel. He runs EnergySpin investor event at EnergyWeek in Vaasa. He is developing innovation networks in Vaasa Energy Cluster. He is also a board member in several companies.

PERTTI MIETTUNEN

GREEN CAMPUS INNOVATIONS

Pertti Miettunen is President & CEO of Green Campus Innovations Ltd., a new business development and start-up venture capital arm of cleantech-focused Lappeenranta University of Technology. He is also Chairman of the Board of Nordic Innovation Accelerator Ltd. Pertti has over 30 years of industrial, private equity and venture capital experience.