Arctic15, June 5-6, Helsinki

Running a company is like a roller coaster. The journey is full of ups and downs with moments of great stress and great relief. It’s no bed of roses, and only a few will make it to the exit – a pinnacle of many founders’ success.

At the Exits track, we are going to look into the art and science of selling the company and life after that.

In collaboration with


Exits track speakers

Risto Yli-Tainio

Partner, CFO, Nexit Ventures

Risto has over 20 years’ experience of Venture Capital and he has played instrumental role in numerous transactions both in Nordic countries and North America.
He is seasoned in fund management and is typically focused on deal structuring and due diligence in conjunction with investments & exits.
Prior to Nexit Ventures he has served in various financial management positions in Finland and Germany.

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.

Artturi Tarjanne

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.

Will Cardwell

Partner, Courage Ventures

General Partner at Courage Ventures (Finland) and Open Circle Capital (Lithuania). Adjunct Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. Member, Finnish Business Angels Network (FIBAN) and Carolina Angel Network (CAN).

Sarah Sipilä

Director, KPMG Global Strategy Group

Sarah is a Director at KPMG Global Strategy Group in Helsinki. She has 13+ years experience in strategy consulting and deal advisory. Her key areas of expertise include M&A, corporate, growth, and market entry strategy. Prior to joining KMPG, Sarah was the strategy platform leader at PwC Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in Helsinki. Sarah has worked extensively with companies in multiple industries, including real estate and construction, industrial manufacturing, telecommunications, and consumer and retail. Her work has helped clients develop and execute winning strategies and deals.

Arctic15 Exits track speakers

Track Program

Thursday, June 6th 2019

Track moderator: Pontus Stråhlman ― CEO, Spinnaker Ventures


Opening words
Jussi Paski ― KPMG


Keynote: Finland M&A Update Q1/2019
Sarah Sipilä ― Director, KPMG Global Strategy Group


Keynote: Re-Inventing Business Models: Learning from how Wall Street evaluates startup acquisitions
Will Cardwell ― Partner, Courage Ventures


Keynote & Fireside Chat: Selling to PE Funds vs. Selling to Corporates
Marc Deschamps ― Executive Chairman, Drake Star Partners
Luke Parsons ― Vice President, Summit Partners


Fresh Exit Showcase – Ekahau
Artturi Tarjanne ― Partner, Nexit Ventures, Ekahau
Risto Yli-Tainio ― CFO, Partner, Nexit Ventures, Ekahau

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


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.