Lahti, Finland

August 30, 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 fall 2017 acceleration program held Oct 16th – Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.

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Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    August 25, 2017
  • Contact person:
    monna.salmi@ladec.fi
  • Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

  • Schedule:

    Coaching

    16:30–21:30

Coaches

Jarmo Kuusivuori
M&A

Jarmo has been top-performing and experienced Board Member / CEO / General Manager / VP of Sales / Business Coach in many global IT companies during the last 25 years. He is also experienced with startups. Fast growth and internationalization are something he is very skilled at. He has worked in IT business, gaming industry as well as in car industry. He has executed several acquisitions and turn arounds. He has held over 25 board memberships globally. He has interest in helping people to grow as leaders and companies to succeed internationally.

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. 

Kasper Suomalainen
Entrepreneur

Kasper is an entrepreneur and a radio show producer as well as the previous Captain of Startup Sauna. Currently, he’s the CEO of Machines Inc, a company that makes chatbots for industries with high fan engagement such as music, media, and sports. He’s also the producer of Startup Radio at Radio Helsinki and has been heavily involved in the startup scene in Finland for the past 4 years.

His expertise is heavily geared towards business development with knowledge in sales, marketing, digital services and team building. While coaching a variety of startups in Northern Europe and Asia for the past few years, he’s also found a true love for the art of pitching. During his spare, he’s the Director of Community at Startup Sauna.

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