Partners

We’re made of 66% of serial entrepreneurs and 33% of seasoned professional start-up and growth company executives. We have listed companies, we have gathered over hundred million of financing and done quite a few other things.


Matti Kanninen

Matti Kanninen
Co-founder, Managing Partner
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Seasoned executive of startup and growth company financing, fund raising and management, ex-CEO of a stock listed software company, successful international negotiator and deal-maker

More than 15 years of experience in senior management positions of IPR intensive technology companies, successfully developing and growing the businesses operating in the worldwide markets. Most recently since 2008, he has been the managing partner of Lexford Enterprises focusing on IPR intensive M&A, and raising capital for patent-related businesses and IPR intensive technology companies. In 2003-2008, he held the position of the CEO of a stock-listed technology company QPR Software Plc. and grew the business into more than 50 countries worldwide, and before that he was the SVP Sales and Marketing at QPR. Prior to that, in 1996-2000 he was Vice President at Computer Associates responsible for ERP and Supply Chain Management application business in the Northern European region. Earlier in his career, he worked as Plant and Production Manager at Pechiney S.A., and as Project Manager responsible for post-acquisition integration projects in the UK and Sweden. Kanninen is 46 years of age, and he holds a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.


Juho Risku

Juho Risku
Co-founder, Partner
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Serial entrepreneur, inside knowledge of digital businesses, web, mobile, cloud services, social media, marketing, crowd sourcing, with his deep roots in the startup community and innovation systems in the Oulu

More than 15 years of experience in founding companies and growing businesses. Gathered millions of venture financing, having deep understanding of founder–venture financier co-operation from practical as well as academic perspectives. Most recently since 2008, Founder and CEO of Tribevine Inc., in 2004-2007, Founder, CEO and CTO of Helmi Technologies Inc., in 1996-2010, Founder, CEO and Chairman at Visualway Design Ltd. In addition, Risku has been the Board member of Mainostoimisto VwD Ltd. (2010-2011), and Board member of Oulu Innovation (2006-2010), as well as, Steering committee member of Global Clusters program (2006-2008), and the Creative Business Management program/University of Oulu (2005-2007), Board member of Media Forum Oulu (2003-2006), and the Chairman of Young Entrepreneurs of Oulu network (2002). Risku is 36 years of age, and he holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Oulu.


Ville Heikkinen

Ville Heikkinen
Partner
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Hands-on transaction and fund management specialist, with more than 10 years of experience as legal counsel, advisor and entrepreneur in the areas of VC financing, M&A, and tech management in Europe and USA

Earlier, attorney-at-law with the leading Nordic commercial law firm and NYC based law firm, partner and manager with the disruptive commercial law firm and corporate governance and technology transactions in the Finnish listed companies. Most recently, board member of the venture capital fund and several startups and investment committee member of the venture capital fund. In addition to the legal and transaction work Heikkinen have made investments to early stage companies as an angel investor and has deep understanding of public-private-partnerships on European Union level. Heikkinen holds Master of Laws (L.LM) degree from the University of Lapland and Master of Science in Economics degree from the University of Oulu.