Arctic15 speakers

Zoe Adamovicz

Founder Neufund

Zoe Adamovicz is the CEO and co-founder at Neufund. A serial founder and investor. Co-founder and CEO at Xyologic Mobile Analysis GmbH (exited to Nasdaq-listed venture Digital Turbine Inc.), Head of EMEA and Executive VP of Group Technology Development at Digital Turbine. Strong background in electronics and informatics and 20 years of experience as a founder. Mentor at the Gaza Sky Geeks, supporting technology entrepreneurship in the challenging area of the Gaza Strip and helps to introduce Blockchain.

Eric Lagier

Partner at ByFounders

Eric Lagier is Managing Partner at byFounders, the New Nordic seed stage venture fund. Backed by some of the most accomplished founders from the Baltics and Nordics, byFounders invest in the next generation of founders with global ambitions.

Eric Is a successful tech entrepreneur, with more than 20 years of experience from leading tech companies Skype (Acquired by eBay), Tradeshift and Memolane (acquired by HP).

Based in San Francisco, Eric has since long advised and supported other entrepreneurs on early stage ventures. Leveraging his many years of experience to help bring scale and growth to early-stage companies.

Hekla Arnardóttir

Partner at Crowberry Capital

Hekla is a General Partner at Crowberry Capital, a Nordic venture fund at the forefront of technology growth. As a seed and early stage investor, Hekla has backed many tech startups and worked closely with the founders on funding strategies, product and team development.

Hekla joined a health tech startup right after graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Emphasis on innovation was a key to the company’s success and during Hekla‘s time at Ossur ( the company grew into an international leader in its field, developing breakthrough products helping amputees gain better mobility. Roles at Ossur included leading product testing in R&D and product management. She moved to Hong Kong and then Shanghai to set up Ossur offices for the Asia region, hiring a local team and passing along the company culture to new employees in the region.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar

President of Axon Partners Group

Francisco has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture capital, investment banking and strategic consulting, having worked in more than 30 countries, with reputable private clients, governments and investors
across the globe.

Francisco Velázquez de Cuéllar founded Axon Partners Group in 2006, and he is currently the President. Axon has become one of the largest Spanish advisory companies, with more than sixty employees, international offices,
and a very extensive list of clients and international investors. Within the venture capital division, Axon manages more than two hundred million euros. In additional to his role at Axon, Francisco is a Board Member of
numerous companies such as nxtGen and Captronic in India; O4IT and Mercadoni in Latin America; and Finizens and NicePeopleAtWork in Spain. Previously, he was an investor and Board Member of numerous successful
companies, including Akamon, and JustEat.

Francisco began his career as a systems engineer, first at Airbus and then in Hispasat, where he had the opportunity to lead the satellite Hispasat 1C and 1D and its satellite mission team. Subsequently, before founding Axon, he was partner in Analysys Mason, a British Consulting firm, where he advised international transactions valued at +20 bn dollars, in addition to his work as a consultant in the launch of important companies like ONO or Jazztel in Spain.

Francisco is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) since 2012 and holds degrees in aerospace engineering and an MBA from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Joe Schorge

Founder and Manager Partner at Isomer Capital

Joe has over 20 years’ experience working as an LP, GP and technology operations executive. He founded Isomer to access early stage technology opportunities through commitments in funds, company co-investments, and providing liquidity to firms and founders via secondary purchases. Prior to Isomer Joe was MD for Business Development at Pomona Capital, a leading global secondaries firm, and earlier at Cambridge Associates responsible for advising institutional investors on $2bn of private equity investments. Joe began his career in information technology operating roles, most notably at Invensys plc (now Schneider Electric) in the US and Europe. He received a BS Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and an MBA from London Business School.

Kirsi Larkiala

Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd

CEO & Founding Partner Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd ( ), Fintech influencer, Fintech Entrepreneur, Long-term Corporate& Investment Banker.

Kirsi Larkiala is a dynamic and highly respected wholesale & transaction banking and Fintech senior executive with market-leading results in increasingly more complex leadership and client advisory positions. Kirsi has over 30 years of experience in Corporate, Institutions & Retail & Transaction, Liquidity & Risk Management banking. Kirsi is known as a thought leader in digitalization, disruption, innovation & change management as well as client advisory in the financial industry. Long-term professional relationships with leading corporate and institutional clients in the Nordics are important part of Kirsi´s network. Last 5 years Kirsi has been focusing also on Fintech companies and today as a founder of Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd for creating collaboration, tangible business results and innovation between traditional players and Fintech companies.

Scott Sandell

Managing General Partner, NEA


Scott Sandell is Managing General Partner at NEA. A General Partner since 2000, and Co-Managing General Partner from 2015 - 2017, Scott served as head of the firm’s technology investing practice for 10 years and has led NEA’s China investing activities for over a decade. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io,, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott is one of only four investors named to the Forbes Midas List every year since 2007, with 24 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers.

Scott is currently a director of Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and a number of private companies including Automation Anywhere, Branch, Cloudflare, Coursera, Enigma, Expanse (fka Qadium), Hello Alfred, One Concern, Robinhood, Sentons, Transfix, and WaterBit. Other previous investments include Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (acquired by Attachmate Corporation), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Spreadtrum Communications (acquired by Tsinghua Unigroup).

Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. Before joining Microsoft, Scott was the first salesperson at C-ATS Software and later co-founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Scott also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is a former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) (2014-2015).

Christian Guttmann

Chief AI & Data Scientist, Tieto

#AI & Data

Christian Guttmann is a German-Australian scientist and entrepreneur in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science. He is currently the vice president, global head of Artificial Intelligence and Chief Artificial Intelligence and Data Scientist at Tieto (a top 100 leading IT company according to Thomson Reuters). vAt Tieto, he is responsible for strategy and execution of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia and Adjunct researcher at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.Guttmann is an entrepreneur, and co-founded startups where he led the business and product development using Artificial Intelligence technology. He has edited and written 7 books, over 50 publications and 4 patents in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He is a keynote speaker at international events, including the International Council for Information Technology (ICA) in Government Administration and CeBIT and is frequently cited by Nordic and international media, such as the MIT Sloan Management review and Bloomberg.

Falk Müller-Veerse

Partner & Head of Germany/Nordics Bryan, Garnier & Co. GmbH

Falk is an experienced M&A and fundraising professional with over twenty years of experience in the software, technology and internet industries. He has a global network in the investor and acquirer community and closed successful deals with companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Blackberry, Balderton, Swisscom and Telefonica.

Falk was the founder and managing partner of Cartagena Capital which merged with Bryan, Garnier & Co. in January 2016. Before that Falk worked for Durlacher (acquired by Lazard), Gartner Group, Logica, McGraw-Hill and Nokia in various management, consulting and investment roles.

He is also a founder and private start-up investor as well as board member of private and public companies in the technology sector.

Jeff Pulver

Vice Chairman Alchemist

Throughout his highly successful international career, Jeff Pulver contributed to helping to launch the VoIP industry in 1995 and helped grow it to what has now become a two trillion dollar global industry in 2019. As an Internet Pioneer known for his work in VoIP, Jeff literally helped change the way the world communicates. Jeff launched the first phone network on the Internet known as Free World Dialup in 1995; launched the VoIP Industry Trade Show VON in 1997; founded the company which is now known as Vonage in 1998 and worked with policy makers in Washington, D.C. which resulted in the landmark order issued by the FCC in 2004 known as “The Pulver Order.”

His work in Washington on getting “The Pulver Order” passed is the reason services like: FaceTime, Telegram and WhatsApp are free both in the US and in over 100 countries around the world. Jeff has influenced the creation of numerous startups and has invested in over 400 startups. Currently exploring the intersection of: Blockchain and Finance. As Co-Founder of The Local Group, Jeff is a passionate advocate of Programmable Securities and Digital Assets. Strategic adviser to Blockchain projects.

Details. Jeff Pulver can be described as: Internet Pioneer, VoIP; Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor, Strategist, Astrophotographer, Futurist, Life / Business Coach. Helped shape the worldwide market acceptance of VoIP; Founder / co-founder of numerous startups including: Free World Dialup,, VON, Vivox and Vonage. Veteran of the Tradeshow industry; producer, host, curator of events. Jeff is also involved in public policy advocacy and is the founder of both the VON Coalition and the Blockchain Token Association

Known as a globally renowned Internet thought leader. In 1995 defined ``VON`` to stand for Voice/Video on the Net. From 1997 to 2008 he hosted/produced the VON Conferences and drove the growth of the global VoIP Industry.

Mr. Pulver is committed to the future of the Internet and is featured in the media as an expert in his field.

— The Pulver Order —

On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver's petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision was the first decision it made on IP communications. Now referred to as ``the Pulver Order``, the ruling provides important clarification that computer-to-computer VoIP service is not a telecommunications service. By doing this, the FCC delivered a strong signal to consumers and capital markets that the FCC is not interested in subjecting end-to-end IP Communications services to traditional voice telecommunications regulation under the Communications Act.

Rolf Assev

Partner at StartupLab

Rolf Assev is co-founder and partner in leading Nordic incubator/accelerator/investor StartupLab and is based out of Oslo Norway. StartupLab has today 80+ startups and invests early phase capital through Founders Fund being the first investor in early phase startups such as Remarkable, NoIsolation, Huddly and 35 other startups.

Rolf worked for 12 years in Opera Software as Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy on an exciting journey building the company from 12 to 750 people with more than 200 million active users.

He started his post-secondary education at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, before receiving his Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Business Administration in 1988. Rolf’s work experience includes the Norwegian Trade Council in Stockholm, the marketing department of the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee, senior consultant for the Nordic PR agency Geelmuyden. Kiese and chairman/co-founder of WeWantToKnow which is the startup behind the math game DragonBox.

Kamran Elahian

Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC

As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B. For

15 yrs., he was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through effective education and empowerment of the youth (with special emphasis on young women)
using the leverage of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).

Paavo Beckman

CEO, Startup Catapult

Paavo Beckman is a well-known player in the startup field. Beckman has established and managed several technology companies over the past 15 years. Two of his companies have also been sold forward. He has led the Team both in San Francisco, New York, London and Helsinki. Beckman has been involved in developing consumer-friendly marketing tools for the world's largest entertainment brands in the US and the UK and has worked as a corporate coach in more than 10 countries. Beckman is an expert startup corporation in piloting co-operation and is a well-known advocate of lean startup methods!

While living in the Silicon Valley of California, Beckman's doctrine is inspiring and engaging in a great deal of difference between American and Finnish entrepreneurship. She has been a speaker at many major business events in more than 10 countries and has reaped the reputation of being an inspirational idea lover and professional advisor.

At present, Paavo is the CEO of Startup Catapult International, where his work image includes the search for growth companies and various innovative solutions for the development needs of large listed companies. Agreeing with the job, his passion and greatest interest are the changes and solutions brought by digitalization and new technologies to the processes of different industries.

The challenges facing businesses and their responses are the backbone of Beckman's inspiring speeches.

In Paavo, the passion for learning, development and change becomes concrete. As a founder of six companies, she has a lot of experience with success, but she particularly emphasizes the importance of failures on the road to success. His performances include practical examples of success stories, failures, methods of developing knowledge and business, and examples of factors that slow down success.

Ola Ahlvarsson

Entrepreneur. Change Maker. International Speaker. Moderator.

Ola Ahlvarsson is a Swedish entrepreneur and athlete based out of Stockholm. Ola has since the mid 90’s been at the cutting edge of digital entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur, investor, thought leader and advisor. He has a deep understanding of how businesses can embrace digital opportunities and technology earning him several international awards and recognitions, such as Wired Magazines top technology thinkers 2015 and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum.

Speaker and Moderator

Ola is one of Sweden’s most popular international speakers and moderator. Ola has been chosen to host and lead discussions in some of the world’s most prestigious events, amongst them at the World Economic Forum in Davos, DLD in Munich, World Knowledge Forum in Seoul and Le Web in Paris. Ola is also the co-creator, host and moderator of SIME, a thought leader summit held in Stockholm every year hosting 2000 leaders from the Swedish and the International Economy. As a moderator, he has interviewed heads of states, global top executives, pop stars, super-entrepreneurs, hackers, opinionated kids and brilliant academics. As a speaker, Ola has an amazing ability to engage and combine personal experience with the latest trends and learnings and a unique way of combining in-depth domain expertise with excellent stage performance sprinkled with passionate curiosity.

James Digby

Managing Partner 3B Ventures

James is a Managing Partner at 3B Ventures, focusing on investing in innovation that can impact the lives of the next 3 billion. Also the founder the Global Startup Awards, a pan-regional startup competition that recognizes entrepreneurs and their respective supporting ecosystems around the world, and co-founded the award-winning startup incubator Rockstart Accelerator in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

As a seasoned board member, most recently with Louisiana State University (LSU), James has also served on the management team and a personal mentor for a number of startups that have gone on to raise significant funding and global traction, recently with the award-winning AIRTAME wireless HDMI streaming device that became the most publicly backed crowdfunded project in Europe on Indiegogo of all time.

James has more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience working with startups and alongside corporations like Samsung, and public organizations such as the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and the Kauffman Foundation to develop innovation & strategy workshops as well as lecture and keynote on entrepreneurial techniques with a focus on ‘lean’ methodologies and social innovation.

Anna-Maija Sunnanmark

Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation

Anna-Maija is a finance and business development professional with +20 years’ of experience in identifying innovations and scalable business models in various industries in an international context with execution capability, a can-do-attitude, holistic perspective and passion to build on Nordic strongholds. Currently she works at Nordic Innovation which is part of official Nordic cooperation contributing to making the Nordic region a leading region for sustainable growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness. At Nordic Innovation she is responsible for Nordic Scalers program. The vision of the program is to make the Nordics the leading region in the world not only for starting up but also for scaling up businesses. Nordic Scalers program provides 10-weeks hands-on and customized support for up to 10 Nordic scale-ups at a time who want to grow their business even faster. Before joining Nordic Innovation, Anna-Maija worked with the Finnish start-up ecosystem at Tekes (current Business Finland), evaluating the business performance and execution capability of start-ups and coaching them in their business and innovation development. She has also hold has had various international assignments related to innovation policy development and in the field of innovative service businesses

Colette Ballou

Founder & President at Ballou PR

I am the founder of Ballou PR, 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. Along the way, they have redefined PR to include social media at its core.

Companies I’ve worked with include 83North, Accel Partners, AOL Networks, Criteo, Eventbrite, Evernote, Facebook, Flipboard, GoEuro, GP Bullhound, HotelTonight, Lakestar, , Pinterest, Seatwave, SendGrid, Stripe, TechCrunch Disrupt, TransferWise, Twilio, Waze, WhatsApp, White Star Capital, Wildfire Interactive and Zendesk.

I’m also an angel investor, and invest in companies with teams I’ve known previously who have a straightforward business model where I can bring more than money to the table.

Svein Berg

Managing Director/CEO at Nordic Innovation

Svein Berg has a wide and long experience from working with innovation and business development both nationally and internationally. He started as Managing Director at Nordic Innovation in April 2017. He came from the position as Director Region Americas at Innovation Norway where he has worked in various positions since 2006.

Berg also has experience from the private sector and has previously served as Director at Norway Seafoods ASA and Managing Director of the Norwegian Seafood Council AS. Berg has also served as Senior Vice President in the Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund. He holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo.

Marija Rucevska

Co-founder at & TechChill

Marija is an entrepreneur who has over 5 years of experience in building tech startup ecosystems across the Baltics. During the time she has also co-founded and served as a CEO at TechChill organization, a startup community non-profit that hosts the leading Baltic Tech event every February and brings together hottest startups and innovators from across the region. Apart from the event, TechChill Foundation's main focus is to serve as an international voice for Latvian startups globally and place the Baltic region on the European tech map.

Marija is an active advisory member for the Latvian government when it comes to crafting the overall nation's strategy towards IT and tech. She is a passionate ambassador for Baltic tech and works to help the region gain visibility in order to attract foreign talent, smart investment and media attention that it deserves.

Currently, Marija has co-founded another venture - - a company aiming to fight climate change by offering global scale solution - a creation of a new type of economy (sustainable one) based on a digital asset-backed currency trusted and accepted by all parties. She's in charge of operations and business development. Marija believes in social entrepreneurship and is proud of everyone who works towards building a more sustainable environment for everyone.

Mikko Huumo

Manager, Startup Investments and Acquisitions at Fortum Corporation


Joerg Rheinboldt

Managing Director at APX Axel Springer and Porsche

Joerg is one of APX Axel Springer and Porsche's Managing Directors, Europe's most ambitious early-stage VC and tailormade program. Back in 2013, Joerg joined the Axel Springer Plug & Play team as its new CEO.
He started his first company denkwerk while studying Business Administration in Cologne in 1994. In 1999 he co-founded AG which he and his co-founders sold to eBay Inc. after 6 months. Until 2004 Joerg worked as managing director at eBay and helped to grow the company from 6 person startup to one of Germany's most successful e-commerce companies with more than €500 Mio of revenue.
After his time at eBay Joerg took a parental leave to be with his wife and his twin sons for several months. In 2005 he started M10 Partners together with his business partner. They have invested in numerous Startups and have worked with several companies over the last 9 years.
In 2008 Joerg co-founded the transparent online donation platform and non-profit organization. More than 6,000 projects already use their free technology and advice and more than 470.000 donors have contributed.
Joerg has worked with more than a hundred startups as shareholder and mentor at Axel Springer Plug and Play, M10 GmbH, hub:raum, Startupbootcamp, Startup Institute and as a member of the faculty at the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance. Together with two friends, he published in 2012 - a book about internet business models. In 2014 Joerg is a co-founder of Unternehmerschule at ESCP.
Creating opportunities for success and bringing out the best in people is what Joerg is doing for the companies at APX. Friendly and direct is how he likes to work with our companies.
In his off the grid moments Joerg spends time with his family, likes travelling, loves being outdoors, plays the drums and collects knowledge and gadgets.

Alistair Mitchell

Managing Partner at Generation Ventures

I'm an operator-oriented investor with over two decades of on the job training - as both tech entrepreneur and corporate executive. At BlackBerry, I led product management and engineering for messaging and multimedia .And during the Napster years, I built one of the world's first licensed music download companies.

Pontus Stråhlman

CEO at Spinnaker Ventures


James Mawson

Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Mawsonia

#CVC Track

James was editor of Private Equity News, part of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in London, for nearly four years until May, 2010 when he launched Global Corporate Venturing as an independent title from his own publishing company. This was followed by the launch of Global University Venturing and Global Government Venturing by the publishing company, Mawsonia.

Pratima Aiyagari

Corporate Development & Venture Investments, Cisco

#CVC Track

Pratima Aiyagari joined Cisco Investments in 2011 and is responsible for investments and acquisitions in the EMEA region with a specific focus on ML/AI, Enterprise Collaboration and Silicon. In this role, she also serves as Cisco’s board observer on several portfolio companies. Prior to her current role, she has over a decade of experience in multiple roles as a Cisco engineer in the US (in the areas of network management, access routing and advanced services), sell-side equity research in Europe covering the TMT sector (at Société Générale) and corporate development at a startup.
Pratima received her MBA from INSEAD in France and an MS in computer science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. Pratima is a co-author of a US patent in the area of network device clusters and high availability.

Marc Deschamps

Executive Chairman, Drake Star Partners


Marc Deschamps is Managing Partner & Executive Chairman of Drake Star Partners. Marc combines a highly successful internet entrepreneurial and corporate leadership track record, with an award-winning M&A career dedicated to the tech and internet sectors. Prior to Drake Star Partners, Marc co-founded LD&A Jupiter in 2004, leading over 70 M&A and private equity international transactions.
Marc’s career is all committed to the growth of tech and internet companies. Prior to co-founding Drake Star Partners, Marc served as COO of British Telecom, where he led the broadband internet multi-billion-pound launch and roll out in the UK. He also was Chello NV’s Co-Founder, the first broadband ISP and one of the first unicorns in Europe. As such, Marc led Chello NV through a $1 billion IPO on NASDAQ and AEX before its sale to Liberty Global as part of the UPC group. He began his career in technology management roles at Logitech (launching innovative products) and Philips (European marketing of new media publishing CD-I, CD-ROM). He co-founded his first IT company at the age of 17 providing race series such as Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR with revolutionary timing IT.
Marc is and was non-executive board director in multiple innovation companies including some of the leading Indian IT providers, Canadian new media pioneers and the first European wind power operator. Marc founded and invested in multiple IT and internet companies.
Marc holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Polytechnique de Montréal in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Marc published research in Artificial Intelligence and received scholarships from National Research Council of Canada as well as Power Corp.
Marc lives in London with 3 kids, is Canadian and British national, multilingual and lived in some 6 countries.

Sïmon Saneback

Founder, Wellstreet

#Funding & Founding

Briefly, I'm an award-winning geek with substantial experience in the online industry in general and the e-commerce domain in particular.
I founded my first startup at 16 years of age and have since started over dozens of different companies. Since the late nineties, being in an entrepreneurial environment and developing successful businesses have been two of my greatest passions. I focus on meaningful entrepreneurship by supporting entrepreneurs to explore and develop sustainable and impactful businesses.
In the last decade, I have held several executive positions and advisory roles in global enterprises. I'm also a frequent speaker at some of Europe's largest e-business conferences.

While living in the Silicon Valley of California, Beckman's doctrine is inspiring and engaging in a great deal of difference between American and Finnish entrepreneurship. She has been a speaker at many major business events in more than 10 countries and has reaped the reputation of being an inspirational idea lover and professional advisor.

At present, Paavo is the CEO of Startup Catapult International, where his work image includes the search for growth companies and various innovative solutions for the development needs of large listed companies. Agreeing with the job, his passion and greatest interest are the changes and solutions brought by digitalization and new technologies to the processes of different industries.

The challenges facing businesses and their responses are the backbone of Beckman's inspiring speeches.

In Paavo, the passion for learning, development and change becomes concrete. As a founder of six companies, she has a lot of experience with success, but she particularly emphasizes the importance of failures on the road to success. His performances include practical examples of success stories, failures, methods of developing knowledge and business, and examples of factors that slow down success.

Jaajo Linnonmaa

Founder and Chairman of the Board, VirtualTraveller

#Funding & Founding

Jaajo Linnonmaa is a 9-time Radio Host of the Year in Finland. A Primetime TV-host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He is also an actor in a TV-series and has played leading roles in a few box office movies. Linnonmaa is a business investor and known and awarded for his work in helping young entrepreneurs. He is co-founder of many companies like MySoda. But still Wikipedia says that he is a tech entrepreneur?

Elia Montanari

Head of Control & Management Office, European Space Agency

Elia Montanari has been Head of Management and Marketing in the ESA Business Applications since 2013.

Truly faithful to his erratic suite of interests, he holds a master degree in Chemical Engineer from the University of Bologna (IT), achieved a master in Business Administration at the Henley Business School (UK) and he is a certified Internal Auditor (IIA, US) with similarly erratic experiences across numerous roles around the globe for Procter & Gamble and the European Space Agency.

Aki Koivistoinen

Ambassador of Europe & Israel StartUp Health

Aki is an entrepreneur, strategist and batteries included health transformer, leading the European arm of StartUp Health. StartUp Health is a global health innovation company and growth platform for entrepreneurs transforming health. StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies – over 200 startups spanning 18 different countries – and network of over 40 000 innovators, industry leaders and investors committed to supporting the entrepreneurs re-imagining health and wellness. Prior to StartUp Health Aki was a co-founder of Karyon Ltd, a medical biotech company, developing targeted carrier molecules for imaging and treatment of solid tumors. As a strategist he works in company, industry and government levels in different market areas to build innovation capacity and boost business creation. Aki also serves on the advisory boards of startups he has invested in.
StartUp Health is a global health innovation company. The StartUp Health Platform, including its Academy, Network and Innovation Fund, is empowering a global network of entrepreneurs and innovators to transform healthcare. With more than 200 companies, StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies from 18 countries and 5 continents. StartUp Health was founded in 2011 by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes and is chaired by former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin. StartUp Health’s notable strategic partners and investors include AARP, Accenture, Allianz, AON, Aurora Health Care, Bayer, California Healthcare Foundation, Steve Case, Cleveland Clinic, Conifer Health Solutions, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Feld, GE Ventures, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Ping An, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SAP, SeventySix Capital and Stericycle.

Juliet Bailin

Associate Partner, Mosaic Ventures


Juliet is an Associate Partner at Mosaic Ventures, a silicon valley-style series A fund in London investing across Europe. At Mosaic, she works with investments across the healthtech landscape, from adaptive oncology to digital therapeutics, in addition to machine intelligence and enterprise SaaS.

Prior to Mosaic, Juliet was an Investor at Insight Venture Partners in New York, an $18bn growth VC/PE fund focused on software. During her three years there, she invested across stages and industries, eventually doubling down on the fascinating products transforming healthcare. Juliet backed Hinge Health, Parachute Health, and Caremerge, as well as drove M&A for Virgin Pulse. She moved to London in August to join Mosaic's vision of backing ambitious, gritty founders committed to reshaping global markets.

Marvin Liao

Partner, 500 Startups


Marvin works with awesome startups across the globe and at the SF/SV accelerator programs – that is, when he's not practicing his signature song (Backstreet Boys ``I Want it That Way`` btw) & dealing with his book buying addiction, A recovering exec from Yahoo! he's very happy to be part of the Revolution!

He invests in digital media, adtech, marketing cloud, e-commerce and mobile startups across the globe. Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), 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. He presently serves on the boards and 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, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts.

I'm an experienced client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space in both large and start up growth companies, managing large multifunctional teams across multiple countries while based in the Silicon Valley.

A longtime fan, participant, and an observer of the digital technology revolution occurring for the last 14 years across the world, i am presently on the advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies across the globe.

Andy Krainak

Brand Director, Vaynermedia


Experienced digital and brand strategist with a 5 year work history in Personal Branding, Growth Marketing and Social Advertising, under Gary Vaynerchuk's personal brand team Team GaryVee. Skilled in Digital Content Strategy and Optimization, ECommerce, Paid and Organic Social Marketing on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat, Pinterest, Influencer Marketing, Channel Diversification.

Walter Ballheimer

Co-Founder & CEO, German Orbital Systems

As a little kid, I read stories about the first astronauts and cosmonauts and always wondered, why they are called different, although they do the same things in the same environment. From that day on, one idea always motivated me on my way. It is the deep belief, that space is one of the few things left, which unites people instead of dividing them. This is why I became a space entrepreneur.

German Orbital Systems is the only German company focusing on CubeSats. Our core business is building turnkey satellite missions for customers, we also build separation sequence controllers for cluster launches. Large part of our revenues is invested in research. We have ongoing research projects in space debris monitoring as well as in additive manufacturing of structures and in novel electrical power systems. German Orbital Systems is not venture backed.

Markus Ranne

New Space Economy Program Manager at Business Finland

Markus Ranne is the Program Manager of the New Space Economy program at Business Finland. Previously he has worked in various project functions at Business Finland, Finpro, European Space Agency and IVO Power Engineering. He has a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and a MBA from Aalto University.
The New Space Economy program aims to benefit from the growth potential of international space business. The program offers funding, networks and internationalization services for developing global space business, and funds industry disrupting startups, growth-seeking manufacturing companies and businesses focused on data utilization.

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki.

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Reetta Ilo

International Affairs Manager, FiBAN

#Funding & Founding

Reetta Ilo has started as FiBAN's International Affairs Manager on the 1st of January 2018. Reetta is in charge of FiBAN's new investing project Nordic Angel Program (NAP) that is cooperated with EstBAN, DanBAN and BAN Norway, and coordinated by NordicBAN.

Reetta has been working with international circles for years, first in University of Turku, where she has finished two Master’s Degrees: one in World and European History and other in the faculty for East Asian studies. Her Master of Science degree was conducted in English and Japanese, which she is fluent in. She came to FiBAN from Finnish Export Sales House, where she worked as Sales Manager. Her other prior work experience consists of marketing of Asian trade shows at a German-based corporation and doing an internship at Finnish Foreign Ministry’s UN Development Issues unit, as well as working with a startup in her hometown of Turku. “FiBAN is by far the most interesting organization there is in the startup ecosystem – with international collaboration and networking projects we can gain even more solid footing in the ecosystem globally”, Reetta remarks.

In her spare time, you can find Reetta in karate-dojo, where she has trained both adults and children. In addition, she likes to indulge herself with reading and drawing, as well as playing with her dog, FiBAN’s official Chief Happiness Officer, Meiko.

Asher Siddiqui

Technology Investments Advisor, ADFG (Abu Dhabi Financial Group)

Asher Siddiqui is an investor, mentor and advisor to management teams, boards, family offices, private equity and venture capital firms globally.

Asher is currently an Advisor to ADFG (Abu Dhabi Financial Group) on Technology Investments.

Asher was previously a Managing Partner, and part of the global leadership team, at 500 Startups, dividing his time between Dubai and San Francisco, leading the global flagship mid-to-growth stage fund to double down on ``winners”.
Prior to 500, Asher was Head of M&A and later Head of Venture Capital at Etisalat Group (c. $43bn market cap, c. $14bn revenues) where, for 10 years, he was part of the management team that led the transformation of Etisalat. He led over 36 advanced stage deals valued at approximately $34bn and closed 20+ transactions valued at c.$7.5bn (10 M&A transactions and 12+ VC deals).

Asher started his career in the late 90's and founded several startups in the U.K. and the US.

Inga Chenova

Head of Investor Relations Arctic15, COO ArcticStartup


Valerie Vlasenko

Arctic15 Space Curator, ArcticStartup

#New Space Economy

Valerie Vlasenko is an entrepreneur tackling the dilemma of popularising space. Founder of VSpace Media and Curator of Arctic15 Space conference - Valerie has rich experience as an entrepreneur, a journalist and a space lawyer.

Today, she is running VSpace, a media consultancy firm with the goal of making space popular and accessible. Member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and with a strong background in Space Law, Valerie interviewed top names in the industry such as: Peter Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of XPRIZE; Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut; Beth Haley, MD for the European Space Agency at Concordia Station, Antarctica.

She is also often sought after as a mentor to space related startups and hackathons, such as the Tartu Garage48 Space Hackathon. Prior to starting VSpace and joining ArcticStartup - she co-founded two legal startups, and served as a legal counsel in aviation with clients such as Boeing and Amadeus.

Tim He

Venture Investor, Kinnevik

Experienced operator and venture investor. Built and led high performing teams in fast moving international environments. Worked and lived in Europe, North America and China with a deep understanding and appreciation for local customs and cultural differences. Pragmatic mindset and approach with an emphasis on culture.

Adam Kostyál

Senior Vice President, Head of European Listings Nasdaq

Adam Kostyál is the Senior Vice President of the Global Listing Services and Head of European Listings for Nasdaq. Besides the Nordic Exchanges, Nasdaq has approximately 200 companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on Nasdaq in the USA. In addition Nasdaq has launched the Nasdaq Private Market which is an offering focused on supporting private growth companies in managing liquidity events.

Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 10 years. He started his career at OMX and has been in various commercial roles within the organization. Prior to his current role he had overall responsibility for Nasdaq Market Technology for the European, Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French. He is also the father of five.

Gareth Keane

Partner, Promus Ventures

Gareth Keane is a Partner with Promus Ventures, splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. Promus Ventures invests in early-stage deep-technology software and hardware companies that are run by visionary and tenacious founding teams. Promus funds companies shaping the future in areas like robotics, AI/ML, space, and synthetic biology. Gareth’s career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Prior to joining Promus Ventures he worked at Qualcomm Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of Qualcomm Inc. Before that he worked for two years in the corporate development teams at National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments, focused on strategic investment, corporate M&A and corporate strategy. Previously he worked for PMC-Sierra and a number of other technology firms across both hardware and software.

Gareth has an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) and a BE in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Gareth is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Julia Ognieva

Strategic Product Partnerships, Platform and Augmented Reality, Facebook

Julia is part of the EMEA Platform Partnerships team at Facebook. She drives Facebook's strategy through global programs and strategic product integrations, such as Augmented Reality Camera Effects Platform and Messenger Platform, with partners. Prior to her current role, Julia looked after EMEA Gaming Partnerships at Facebook.

Before joining Facebook in 2014, Julia managed Developer Relations at Tapjoy, a mobile monetization platform.

Julia holds a first-class degree in Economics & Advertising from the University of Worcester.

Magnus Lundin

Director Nordics, Next47

Venture capital, business developer and ecosystem builder, working on identifying and connecting great Nordic and Baltic scaleups with Siemens’ global customer ecosystem. Four time CEO/chairman - part of 20 years hands on experience in entrepreneurship, venture capital and open innovation.

Peter Vesterbacka

Co-founder, Brand Breaker, Lightneer Inc

Mr. Peter Vesterbacka served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment Oy. Mr. Vesterbacka manages the Rovio Entertainment’s business strategy, including expanding Angry Birds into broader entertainment franchise. He serves as Senior Advisor of Transfluent Oy. Previously, he has founded Some Bazaar, he has held several communications industry related positions at Hewlett Packard and founded the Hewlett Packard Mobile E Services Bazaar and he is the co-founder and original initiator of MobileMonday. He serves as a Director of Star Wreck Studios, Start Up Sauna, BlueGiga Technologies Oy, Oy Filmkompaniet Alpha Ab and American Chamber of Commerce in Finland. He served as a Director of F-Secure Oyj since 2014 until April 7, 2015. Mr. Vesterbacka has studied marketing at Åbo Akademi.

Renata Brkić

WBAF High Senator: Croatia & Founder of Feelgood Social Fund

Renata Brkić, Degree in Economics, EMBA from Cotrugli Business School. Experience in public sector from ten years in GTZ – State Agency for Technical Co-operation – Germany, UNICEF Croatia Office as the Project Officer and UNICEF Regional Office for the Countries of Former Yugoslavia. Business experience in the private sector from ten years in Magma from Croatia as Purchasing Director and Magma International Ltd. Hong Kong as Private Lable Brands in toys, sport and fashion Production Director. Main area of expertize – supply chain management, licensing and marketing management. For the last ten years successful woman entrepreneur, owner of the company active in licensing, consulting and organization of the worldwide supply chain operations for promotional products. Strongly devoted to fostering social impact orientation in business with the following key words: science, women, education, children. Head of the NGO Professor Balthazar and responsible for Professor Balthazar’s revival and his becoming the first artistic socially responsible brand in the South East Europe. Mother of three.

Susan Standiford

CTO, Ikea

Experienced Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive and Non-Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Strong business development and professional skills in Technology & Engineering Strategy and operation, Product Management, Business Operations and Strategy.

Tarjanne Artturi

Partner, Nexit Ventures

Artturi Tarjanne – Activist VC with business angel and serial entrepreneur background
Artturi has over 30 years of international IT industry experience and is well known and referenced in Finland for his track record as one of the pioneering successful software entrepreneurs and organizers of industry interests at large. He is also a sought after mentor and adviser for high growth technology enterprises and entrepreneurs and has had board and chairman positions on dozens of companies.

Tyler Schmitt


Anna Puustell

Innovation Lead, Senior Manager, Accenture

Anna leads Accenture Finland’s innovation agenda. She has a strong passion on new technologies that enable significant change in the way business is done. Anna’s background is in technology strategy consulting, communication strategy & development, and digital transformation program delivery. She has a thorough understanding of the possibilities new emerging technologies bring and how to get people onboard to actually make the change happen.

Anna sees that strategic landscaping and business agility are two topics that are becoming more and more relevant for business renewal discussions. The amount of data enables smart organizations to transform their thinking from being reactive to changes in business environment to being proactive in shaping the market around them. Anna believes a strong strategy is key to making the right investments for transformation and that you can make your AI vision a reality by knowing where to start and how to scale.

More speakers will be announced soon


Arctic15, Helsinki 5-6 of June

In 2019 the most effective networking startup conference in the Nordics and Baltics will raise the bar again.


Network and close deals with investors and corporates

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops



Meet startups and find ways to make your company more agile

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops



Discover and meet startups and syndicate with other investors

Ticket for 2 days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops
Invitation to Investor VIP Reception


Startup Demo Stand Package

Showcase your startup to investors and clients. Find new talent

Demo Stand for 1 day (2x2m)
2 Startup Tickets for 2 Days
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops


Arctic15 & EBAN Investor Combo

Pre-network with angel investors at EBAN Congress

Ticket for 4 days – both EBAN Helsinki & Arctic15 conference days.
Pre-event matchmaking tool
Deal Room during the event
Food and beverage
Full program and workshops
Invitation to Investor VIP Reception


We believe that events are at the heart of business and entrepreneurship!

Arctic15 is the most effective matchmaking startup event in Northern Europe. The focus is on making deals and quality networking. The 2-day event brings together a focused international crowd of startups, investors, corporates, media and influencers.

15 Tracks are focused on various industries, technologies and topics ranging from Digital Health and AI to Social Impact and Scaling. Industry players can use the time efficiently and gather under one roof. The core of it all is one-on-one meetings in Deal Room.

The event is organized by ArcticStartup, a startup media covering Nordics and Baltics since 2007.