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.
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.
– 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
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.