Arctic15, June 5-6, Helsinki

Nordic countries are top-notch when it comes to implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is their secret?

During the track, we are going to break down myths encircling social entrepreneurship and impact investing. We will also compare strategies related to UN’s SDGs, and discuss the value of partnerships between various actors in relation to them. The track covers industries such as healthcare, agriculture, water, energy and education, and brings in perspectives from Europe and Southeast Asia. Our goal is to find new ways to develop and commercialize technology for impact.


Impact track speakers

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.

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).

Adeo Ressi

CEO, Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is CEO of the Founder Institute (, a pre-seed startup accelerator that operates in nearly 200 cities worldwide. Adeo has founded or run ten technology businesses, and he has developed a number of innovations that help startup companies. He is passionate about mentoring Founders, space exploration and inspiring people to achieve their greatness.

Sami Nupponen

CEO, Goodio

Sami is the CEO and partner at Goodio - a chocolate company whose mission is to accelerate positive change in food value chain.

Sami has over 20 years of experience in international food business. He’s been leading multidisciplinary organisations in sales, business & marketing, R&D, production and logistics. He has a Masters degree in Food Science from the University of Helsinki.

At the moment, Sami’s main interest is to build a trustworthy transparency tool for Goodio. This tool might, in the future, help other purpose-driven companies to reach sustainability-focused consumers.

He is an outdoor sports lover and a food enthusiast who thinks that a balanced diet is having a chocolate bar in both hands.

Anix Lynch

Managing Partner, Expara VC Fund

Anix is Managing Partner at Expara, a leading Seed Venture Capital Firm in South East Asia backed by Stock Exchange of Thailand and Government. She invests in Fintech, Real Estate Marketplace, Enterprise SAAS, Digital Health, Internet of Things and Mobile startups. She has over 20 years of experience with track record over $2B in Private Equity (BlackRock), Family Office (CP Group Family) and Venture Capital across Asia. She leads the firm’s efforts in launching and managing Thailand’s first governmental early stage VC Fund.

As a brainchild of True Digital Park, South East Asia’s largest science park, she is recognized as one of Thailand’s top ecosystem builders and now a board member, advisor, mentor to numerous startups. She is a frequent panelist, judge and speaker on entrepreneurship and VC-related topics. Anix serves as a guest lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at UNC, Sasin and Chicago Booth MBA and was named one of Thailand’s Top Female VCs in 2018. She is fluent in Japanese and Thai.

Jonathan Nelson

Managing Director, HackFund

Jonathan Nelson, Managing Director at Hack Fund V / Founder & CEO at Hackers/Founders spent the first three years of his life in a mud brick house in rural Honduras. He grew the world's largest network of entrepreNerds and has advised the SEC as well as development banks on improving how we fund entrepreneurship. For instance 10% of the world's economy speaks Spanish, but only receives $500M in investment via angel, venture capital and private equity each year. Together we can improve that by rethinking how we fund technology startups and using block chain technologies. And when we do that, we will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, create economic growth and we stand a good chance of eliminating poverty in our generation.

Katja Bergman

Co-Founder, Partner, Brightly Ventures | LinkedIn

Akash Bhavsar

Co-founder & Director, WaterQuest HydroResources Management (I) Pvt. Ltd.


Akash Bhavsar has over 14+ years of experience in Technology Management and Problem Solving across diverse industries. He enjoys mentoring budding entrepreneurs or startups achieve their dreams through by extending his expertise to the companies by advising on strategy, marketing, business development, fundraising, IP Management etc.
Akash has conceptualized and led several flagship programs for S&T agencies, Development agencies, Private sector, R&D Platforms, Start-up clusters, Fortune 500 companies, etc. for both developing and developed ecosystems. He has been part of 40+ licensing deals & involved in fundraising of ~108+ Mn USD.

Akash has been working with following organizations in various capacities, as below:
● Co-founder & Director - WaterQuest Hydroresources Management India Pvt. Ltd. (AI Based water company)
● Co-founder and Managing Director - SkyQuest Technology Group; (Global Innovation Management and Research Organization)
● Chair - The Innovation & Competitiveness Task Force & Executive Council Member of the UN ESCAP, Sustainable Business Network-SBN (Thailand);
● The Chief Architect - Sustainable Development Goals Accelerator (SDGA).
● Founding Partner of Indo Swiss BlockChain Alliance

Curator of the Track

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.

Arctic15 Impact track speakers

Track Program

Thursday, June 6th 2019

Track moderator: James Digby ― Managing Partner, 3B Ventures


Opening Words
James Digby ― Managing Partner, 3B Ventures


iTechpreneurship: Creating Chaos to Avoid Chaos
Kamran Elahian ― Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst


Panel: Impact Investing
James Digby ― Managing Partner, 3B Ventures
Adeo Ressi ― CEO, founder, Founder Institute
Anix Lynch ― Managing Partner, Expara VC Fund
Mikko Kumpulainen ― Partner, Voima Ventures


Fireside Chat: Founder View
Sami Nupponen ― CEO, Goodio
Akash Bhavsar ― Founder, WaterQuest Technologies


Fireside Chat: Debugging early-stage capital for unknown superheroes outside of Silicon Valley
Jonathan Nelson ― Hackfund

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.