Arctic15, June 5-6, Helsinki

If you observe your city from a satellite, you will behold a world in motion. Urban dwellers are constantly on the go, getting from A to B and back, changing vehicles and delivering goods. Besides being a critical economic factor of any city, mobility plays an important role in our daily lives, whether this is getting to work with ease or exploring the neighborhood in a nature-friendly way.

At the Arctic15 Mobility track, we will delve into how smart mobility will serve citizens, cities and service providers in the best possible way. The track is brought to you by @nordicninjavc backed by Japanese tech giants Honda, Panasonic, Omron and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

In collaboration with


Mobility track speakers

Marek Kiisa

Partner, NordicNinja.VC

Marek Kiisa has founded several companies and currently operates as the partner of NordicNinja VC. Marek’s background includes investment companies and Baltcap and personal investments as an active business angel. Marek was even awarded with the “angel exit of the year” from GrabCad. Marek has studied in Estonia, Sweden, and USA. A proud Kauffman Fellow!

Tobias Jahn

Principal BMW i Ventures

BMW i Ventures is the Venture Fund of the BMW Group. Tobias is part of the European BMW i Ventures team, responsible for technology investments in Europe & Israel in the areas AutoTech, Mobility Services and Smart Production / Industrial IoT. He is investing in venture-backed companies since 2008. Prior to joining BMW in 2015, Tobias worked for 7 years for the Corporate Venture of US based 3M Company. He holds a master’s in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.

Claes Mikko Nilsen

Investment Director, NordicNinja.VC

Claes Mikko Nilsen is the investment director at the Nordic & Baltic fund NordicNinja VC. He is a Finnish-Norwegian, quick-witted character, well-known of his pitch moderator skills. Claes Mikko is an angel network expert and previously co-founded and worked as the first director of Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), which is one of the largest and most active angel networks in Europe, actively inspiring private startup investing. FiBAN received the Finnish Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic in November 2017. After FiBAN, Claes Mikko moved over to manage the ``Nordic angel Dating service`` as the Managing Director of Nordic Business Angel Network (NordicBAN), which is driven by active business angels and angel networks. NordicBAN represents over 10 Nordic & Baltic business angel networks, linking over 1700 business angels, sharing angel investing best practices and supporting the matching of syndication ready startups.

In addition to angel activity, Claes Mikko has been part of developing Slush's Investor Day concept, which today is one of the most important events in the North-European startup scene. Claes Mikko has also entrepreneurial background and during his studies was part of establishing student entrepreneurship society BoostTurku. Claes Mikko has worked with startup guiding at EnterpriseHelsinki and building their startup accelerator service, currently NewCo Helsinki. Claes Mikko was a steering board member at the Rising North Fund, which funded startup ecosystem initiatives supporting internationalization of Nordic startups.

Claes Mikko is fascinated about startup energy, being able to deliver, and finding that perfect one-liner.

Ben Costantini

Cofounder & CEO,Startup Sesame

Ben runs Startup Sesame, the global network of Tech events. With more than ten years' experience in conference organisation, he has one of the most extensive and trusted network of event founders in the world. Expert in the creative industries, Ben advises entrepreneurs and investors in early and growth stages of their projects.

Thomas Sartori

VC Investor, Aster Capital

Thomas Sartori is Analyst at Aster, a Venture Capital firm with offices in 4 major innovation hubs (Paris, Cambridge, Tel Aviv and San Francisco) that help entrepreneurs transforming markets with disruptive offers and technologies. Within the investment team, he focuses on deals in Mobility and IT in France, UK and the Nordics. Prior to that, he gained experience in the Strategy Department of Allianz and co-founded an online network for health professionals. Thomas holds a MSc in Engineering from Centrale Lille and a MSc in Management from ESSEC Business School, with a specialization in data analysis. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Tomosaku Sohara

Managing Partner, NordicNinja VC

Work background
● International banker of JBIC, Japanese governmental finance institution with one of the largest finance provider in the world.
● Worked as a representative at JBIC in Mexico City for 3 years
● Founding member of RJIF, Russia-Japan Investment Fund with 1 bil USD commitment.
● Latest job as Investment Director at JBIC IG Partners, Japanese VC/PE firm.

Personal life
● Japanese, Born in Hyogo 1984, grown up in Tokyo.
● Lives currently in Helsinki, three kids
● BA in Economics from Keio University (Tokyo)

Personal activity (hobbies, interest, passion, etc)
● Has been playing and teaching baseball (not Pesäpallo) in junior high school.
● Had the experience to teach baseball for a national team in Uganda and South-Africa under their government initiative for several months
● Established and became core staff of NPO AFAB to popularize baseball in Africa continental

Previous links to Nordics (interesting)
● In charge of financing to clean energy project in Europe, visited Helsinki in Finland, Reykjavik in Iceland and Vilnius in Lithuania several times

Arctic15 Mobility track speakers

Track Program

Thursday, June 6th 2019

Track moderator: Claes Mikko Nilsen ― Investment Director, NordicNinja.VC


Opening Words
Claes Mikko Nilsen ― Investment Director, NordicNinja VC


Mobility Investments Landscape
Tomosaku Sohara ― Managing Partner, NordicNinja.VC


Keynote: Future of Mobility
Nick Sugimoto ― CEO, Honda R&D Innovations


Panel: Future of Mobility
Moderator: Ben Costantini ― Co-Founder & CEO, Startup Sesame
Nick Sugimoto ― Honda
Tobias Jahn ― Principal, BMW i Ventures
Thomas Sartori ― VC Investor, Aster Capital


Fireside Chat: Investment experiences
Marek Kiisa ― Partner, NordicNinja.VC
Andre Karpichenko ― Head of Data Science, Bolt
Kaj Pyyhtiä ― Co-Founder, MaaS Global
Closing Words
Claes Mikko Nilsen ― Investment Director, NordicNinja VC

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.