Helsinki, Finland

March 21, 2017

At a Startup Sauna Local Event, early stage startups will receive honest feedback and advice from coaches who are experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors. By impressing the coaches, attending startups have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Startup Sauna spring 2017 acceleration program held May 2nd – June 16th in Helsinki, Finland.

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Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    March 14, 2017
  • Contact person:
    anni@startupsauna.com
  • Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

  • Schedule:

    09:30 – Doors open

    10:00 – Introduction

    10:30 – Startups pitch (3min/team)

    12:30 – Lunch break

    13:00 – 1on1 coaching (selected startups)

    13:00 – Talks/roundtables (rest of startups)

    16:00 – Wrap-up

Coaches

Torsti Tenhunen
Entrepreneur, Angel

Torsti (Founder, Pivot5 Oy, and Vice Chairman at Finnish Business Angels), has 18 years of entrepreneur, leadership and investor experience in digital service business, marketing communication and corporate strategy. He is known as an unaffected added value seeker, service innovator and brand strategist.

Torsti’s latest accelerator and investor contributions have been with Proximi.io, Klevu, Media Content News, Musiclock, Netrauta.fi (EXIT 2015), Frank Students, Rovio, Tieto Corporation, Wärtsilä and Finnish National Gallery. His former employers have been Nokia (Corporate Strategy), Edita (CEO of a subsidiary, www.nordicmorning.fi), Satama Interactive Oyj (currently www.trainershouse.com) and hasan & partners (CEO).

Torsti holds a Vice Chairman of the Board position at Finnish Business Angels Association (FIBAN), Chairman of the Board position at Proximi.io, Board member positions at Klevu and Frank Students.

Osma Ahvenlampi
Entrepreneur

Osma has been hacking stuff since the age of 11, for the past 17 years professionally, spanning code, organizations, business, a little bit of devices and recently again more code. He started with dot-coms at Razorfish, worked on financial systems with Quartal, and spent almost 9 years on games and social entertainment as CTO of Sulake. Since 2012, he’s matched business goals with data-driven solutions as founder and CEO of Metrify.io. He believes that success is built from combining a forward-looking vision with iterative working methods and data-hungry, self-directing teams.

Kaj Hagros
Entrepreneur, Angel

20 years of experience in CEO and COO roles heading sales, marketing, and operations in Europe, Asia and Americas in mobile, media and IT businesses. Co-Founder at seed investor and accelerator Pivot5, Chairman of Prodeko Ventures, Chairman of adtech provider MCN Media Content News, Board member at Aalto University Executive Education, Board Member at equity research media Inderes. Past: Chairman at taxi-booking marketplace Cabforce (exit), Chairman at cloud-TV solution provider Booxmedia (exit), CEO of telecom IT solution provider Tecnotree Corporation (NASDAQ:TEM1V), COO & Managing Director at mobile entertainment content distributor FOX Mobile of NewsCorp (NASDAQ:NWSA), General Manager Asia-Pacific at messaging software provider First Hop (exit), Head of Strategy & Business Development and Nokia Networks (NYSE: NOK). Founded 8 companies, lived in 8 countries, served 24 boards. M.Sc. (eng) in industrial management from Aalto University & Trium MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and HEC Paris.

Inka Mero
Entrepreneur, Angel

Inka is Startup Sauna’s past head coach (2012-2014). 

She is an entrepreneur and seed investor with a track in building growth companies, online community services and mobile software businesses in Scandinavia, New York, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv.

Being the co-founder and chairwoman of Pivot5 (past KoppiCatch) seed investor and accelerator company with 20+ portfolio companies ant 5 exits, she is passionate about service and business innovation and working with startups in the fields of mobile technology, big data & analytics and platform businesses in particular.

Inka has acted as CEO, VP Sales, Chief Product Officer and in strategic business development and VC investor roles both in startups and bigger companies. She has invested in 30+ companies during her career and raised several funding rounds from 50-100k€ pre-seed and seed rounds up to 30M€ of Series A/B. In addition to active involvement in her portfolio companies, she is also a board member at Nokian Tyres Plc, Fiskars Group Plc, YIT Plc and StartupSauna Foundation. 

Juha Ruohonen
Venture Capital

The Drill Sergeant

This tough cookie’s got experience from both sides of the table, with vast expertise ranging from software to electronics and optics as well as health tech. He’s been fiercely learning the tricks of the trade as a VC, and pushed businesses into global markets as a CEO of venture-funded companies.

You might want to take the former Head Coach of Startup Sauna seriously, because this hardy chief makes business rookies go through blood, sweat and tears in order to learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Jaakko Salminen
Angel

Jaakko is an angel investor and startup advisor. He’s currently involved in 7 startups as an investor and 3 as a board member and advisor. He’s also a member of the board of the Finnish Business Angels Network FiBAN. In the past, he was a partner and VP/CEO of 2 software companies, both of which were acquired by another company. Additionally, Jaakko has been responsible for direct sales, channel sales, and customer account management at various midsize to corporate IT and SW companies both in domestic and international markets.

Jaakko believes in customer- centered business development, where close relationships with customers are made early in startups’ life cycle. His focus in coaching is on the startup’s go-to-market model, from pricing to customer segments and sales channel.

Riku Asikainen
Entrepreneur, Angel

Riku is Startup Sauna’s ex-head coach and a seasoned entrepreneur with strong emphasis on growth investments on small and medium-sized companies.

During my entrepreneurial, management and investment career, which started in year 1988, I have been founder, director and investor in more than thirty ventures. Out of those companies, ten have been exited and five gone to zero (some valuable lessons learnt from these) while the rest are still in my portfolio.

During my tenure two companies have grown from zero revenue to five million range, one company to ten million, one to twenty million and one over thirty million of annual revenue.

Specialties:

– Over 20 years of experience on B-to-C business as owner, manager and investor in several different fields of business

– Several financing and re-financing rounds in micro to medium size companies

– Areas of interest: Private equity financing, Growth, Execution, Financing and IT development as a strategic tool in managing customers and sales

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