Tallinn 2019
30 Jan 2019

Network and learn from the Nordic and Baltic key players in Venture Capital & Private Equity

 

One day event dedicated to the Venture Capital Industry, mainly focused on investors – LP & GP. Our goal is to bring together investors from Baltics and Nordics to give talks on a wide range of subjects, to share insights, and to build a valuable regional network. 
It is a unique chance to ultimately maximize your opportunity in VC & PE industry!

 

35+Speakers
150+Attendees
PE & VC in Nordics and Baltics

Conference agenda

Learn the latest trends & insights in the Nordics and Baltics Private Equity industry through discussion panels and keynotes. We have prepared an exciting line-up of speakers who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from deal sourcing, buyouts, LP perspective or exits.

Stream 1
Stream 2
8:30 - 9:30
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:30 - 9:35
Welcome Note
Kristjan Kalda
Chairman @ EstVCA
9:35 - 10:30
Opening Panel: LP/GP Dynamics
Nadim El Gabbani
Senior Managing Director @ Blackstone
Martin Kõdar
Managing Partner @ BaltCap
Kaido Veske
Founding Partner @ Livonia Partners
Janis Rozenfelds
CEO @ SEB Investment Management
Moderator
Katalin Gallyas
Managing Director @ c*funds
10:30 - 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:40
Deal Sourcing in Nordics/Baltics
Jari Mieskonen
Managing Partner @ Conor Venture Partners
Margus Uudam
Founding Partner @ Karma Ventures
Helis Lipping
Head of Operations & Investor Relations @ Tera Ventures
Peter Carlsson
Partner @ Spintop Ventures
Walter Stockinger
Managing Partner @ Hadean Ventures
Moderator
Ivo Remmelg
Venture Partner @ Superhero Capital
11:40 - 12:00
Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:45
Buyouts
Vytautas Plunksnis
Head of Private Equity @ INVL
Kerim Türkmen
Partner @ Mid Europa Partners
Sebastian Król
Partner @ Enterprise Investors
Moderator
Radoslav Tausinger
Managing Director @ CVI
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
LP Perspective
Kriss Spulis
Senior Investment Manager @ EIF
Kristjan Tamla
CEO @ Swedbank Investment Funds
Annemarie Dalka
Investment Manager @ Polish Development Fund group
Mirva Anttila
Head of Alternative Investments @ FIM
Moderator
Silvestras Tamutis
Founding Partner @ Practica Capital
14:30 - 14:50
Coffee Break
14:50 - 15:30
Keynote + Fireside Chat with
Martin Villig
Co-Founder @ Taxify
Moderator
Indrek Kasela
Founding Partner @ United Angels VC
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45
Closing Panel: Exits
Staffan Mörndal
Partner @ Verdane Capital
Andris K. Berzins
Managing Partner @ Change Ventures
Kai Backman
Partner @ Lifeline Ventures
Elbruz Yilmaz
Investment Director @ 3TS Capital Partners
Moderator
Artturi Tarjanne
General Partner @ Nexit Ventures
16:45 - 18:00
Cocktail Reception
8:30 - 9:30
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:30 - 9:35
Welcome Note
Kristjan Kalda
Chairman @ EstVCA
9:35 - 10:30
Opening Panel: LP/GP Dynamics
Nadim El Gabbani
Senior Managing Director @ Blackstone
Martin Kõdar
Managing Partner @ BaltCap
Kaido Veske
Founding Partner @ Livonia Partners
Janis Rozenfelds
CEO @ SEB Investment Management
Moderator
Katalin Gallyas
Managing Director @ c*funds
10:30 - 10:50
Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:40
CEO Perspective
Sille Pettai
Fund Manager @ SmartCap
Katrin Liivat
Co-Founder @ FoodDocs
Konrad Hanschmidt
Co-Founder & CEO @ GridIO
Alari Aho
Founder @ Toggl
Moderator
Gerri Kodres
Founding Partner @ United Angels VC
11:40 - 12:00
Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:45
Responsible Investments/ESG
Robert Sroka
ESG Director @ Abris Capital
Tamas Szalai
Investment Director @ CEE Equity Partners
Rannveig Fadum
Investment Director - Pre Seed Funds @ Innovation Norway
Ari Jauho
Partner & Chairman @ Certior Capital
Moderator
Petri Laine
Managing Partner @ Innovestor Ventures
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
FinTech
Lauri Lehtmaa
Investment Manager @ Creandum
Lauri Kokkila
Investment Manager @ Inventure
Peter Larsson
General Partner @ Vidici Ventures
Johan Lundberg
Founding Partner @ NFT Ventures
Olga Shikhantsova
Associate @ Target Global
Moderator
Jonas Bjarke Jensen
Economist @ Copenhagen Economics
14:30 - 14:50
Coffee Break
14:50 - 15:30
Keynote + Fireside Chat with
Martin Villig
Co-Founder @ Taxify
Moderator
Indrek Kasela
Founding Partner @ United Angels VC
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45
Closing Panel: Exits in Nordics/Baltics
Staffan Mörndal
Partner @ Verdane Capital
Andris K. Berzins
Managing Partner @ Change Ventures
Kai Backman
Partner @ Lifeline Ventures
Elbruz Yilmaz
Investment Director @ 3TS Capital Partners
Moderator
Artturi Tarjanne
General Partner @ Nexit Ventures
16:45 - 18:00
Cocktail Reception

35 Speakers

All speakers
General Partner
Limited Partner
Moderator
Keynote
CEO
Jari Mieskonen
Managing Partner @ Conor Venture Partners
Mr Mieskonen has served Finnish and Nordic venture capital community for last 25 years. Before joining Conor Venture Partners he act as founder for Eqvitec Partners and investment director for Sitra. He has been engaged with some 80 direct investments over the years. He is currently the chairman of the board of Nordic Venture Network and member of Invest Europe venture council.
Nadim El Gabbani
Senior Managing Director @ Blackstone
Nadim El Gabbani is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. El Gabbani has been involved in Blackstone’s investments in BankUnited, Bayview, Exeter, First Eagle, Lendmark, Michaels Stores, Service King, Sithe Global Power, Stearns, and TeamHealth. He serves as director of Stearns Lending. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. El Gabbani worked at Qalaa Holdings, where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of private equity transactions in North America and the Middle East. Mr. El Gabbani received a B.A. in Physics from Columbia College and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Baker Scholar.
Martin Kõdar
Managing Partner @ BaltCap
Martin Kõdar (born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1976) joined BaltCap in the beginning of 2000 where he is serving as a co-Managing Partner. Martin is a member of the investment committee of BaltCap funds and his responsibilities include operational management of BaltCap group, investor relations, supervision of the administration of advised funds and serving as a supervisory council member of investee companies. Martin’s involvement in current portfolio includes dental healthcare provider Unimed Clinics and occupational healthcare provider Qvalitas. Martin is also a member of the Mid-Market Council and Professional Standards Committee in Invest Europe (the association representing Europe’s private equity, venture capital and infrastructure sectors, as well as their investors) and a board member of Responsible Business Forum in Estonia (promoting corporate social responsibility among businesses and raising public awareness). He has graduated from Tallinn Technical University and has an EVCA (Invest Europe) Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing (CIPEI) from Oxford Saïd Business School.
Sebastian Król
Partner @ Enterprise Investors
Sebastian Król is responsible for investments in the Baltic States. He concentrates on the financial services, food retail, construction services sectors. His most important investments at EI include those in Danwood, Magellan, Skarbiec Holding, Profi and X-Trade Brokers. Before joining EI, Sebastian worked for Arthur Andersen and Hachette Distribution Services.
Martin Villig
Co-Founder @ Taxify
Martin Villig is the co-founder of Taxify, one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in the world with investors including Daimler and Didi Chuxing. Taxify helps millions of people around the world to get around cities in an easier, quicker and more reliable way. Martin has been an entrepreneur for 20 years, has founded 6 companies and worked at Skype, Fortumo and NASDAQ Tallinn Stock Exchange. In 2013, he teamed up with his brother Markus to build the first version of Taxify. Today, Taxify has more than 15 million customers and 500,000 drivers on its platform in more than 25 countries worldwide.
Kim Schneider
Member of the Investment Committee @ NORD Holding
Mr. Schneider is a member of the Executive Board at NORD Holding and responsible for the European fund and co-investment activities. Mr. Schneider has been with NORD Holding since 2011. Prior to NORD Holding, he worked for Credit Suisse in London, where he was focusing on European fund and co-investments. Prior to that, he worked at William Blair's London office advising on Mergers and Acquisitions. Mr. Schneider studied Economics (MSc.) and Law (LL.M). He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He speaks Dutch, English, German and conversational Spanish. About NORD Holding: Founded in 1969, NORD Holding is one of the oldest institutional investors in Germany with approximately $2.0 billion AUM. NORD Holding aims to anchor emerging private equity funds in Europe. Target funds have a size between €20mio and €500mio and must have an operational value creation strategy including turnaround and special situations strategies. NORD Holding is consistently ranked as a top-quartile fund investor in Europe.
Lauri Lehtmaa
Investment Manager @ Creandum
Lauri is an investment manager at Creandum, a leading European venture capital firm, focusing on innovative and fast-growing technology companies across Europe, with offices in Stockholm, Berlin and San Francisco. The fund has over $500m in assets under management and has invested in over 70 companies, including being the first institutional investor in companies such as Spotify (NYSE:SPOT), iZettle, KRY, and Vivino. Based in Stockholm, Lauri focuses on early stage opportunities across all sectors in Sweden, Finland, and the Baltics. Combining his past experiences at a fintech startup Monese, as well as his background as a developer, Lauri has a particular eye for Fintech, Developer Tools & Cyber Security.
Annemarie Dalka
Investment Manager @ Polish Development Fund group
Annemarie is an Investment Manager with the Polish Development Fund group, where she is responsible for investments in the Private Equity funds and international relations. Prior to her current role, Annemarie spent six years working at the BNP Paribas group in London - in its Asset Management arm and at the Investment Bank. Annemarie holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management from Kozminski University in Warsaw.
Vytautas Plunksnis
Head of Private Equity @ INVL
Vytautas Plunksnis has more than 15 years experience in the Baltic private equity and capital markets - investing in Central and Eastern European equities, managing pension and investment funds, and handling M&A transactions. Other areas of expertise include the control of business operations and the development of strategy for business expansion. Vytautas has successfully implemented over 10 deals with a total value of EUR 250 million and was appointed to management/supervisory bodies of 20+ portfolio companies. Vytautas Plunksnis holds bachelor degree in Business Administration, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. Vytautas has started its career path as a business journalist in 2002 and since 2004 for a year was Editor in Chief, Business Desk, Lithuanian News Agency Elta, UAB. His career in asset management started in 2006 as a strategic analyst and fund manager in Finasta Asset Management, UAB (INVL portfolio company). Since 2009 until 2016 he was an Investment Manager at INVL and since 2016 – Head of Private Equity and Member of the Management Board at INVL Asset Management.
Staffan Mörndal
Partner @ Verdane Capital
Staffan joined Verdane Capital Advisors' Stockholm office in 2006, after leaving Enkatsu Solutions, of which he was co-founder and CEO. At Enkatsu Solutions, he acquired venture capital in three rounds and set up a sales organisation with exports to 15 countries. At Verdane, Staffan focuses on the software and internet retail industries. He has been active in the acquisition of a number of portfolios and currently holds positions on the boards of serveral e-commerce holdings. Education: Staffan holds an MBA from the University of Linköping (Sweden). He has studied computer programming at the Linköping Institute of Technology, business at the University PMF (France) and has completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
Lauri Kokkila
Investment Manager @ Inventure
Lauri is an Invesment Manager at Inventure, venture capital fund focusing on seed and early-stage investments in Nordics & Baltics. Lauri joined Inventure 2015 after spending two years in a large construction company, developing their digital services and real estate platform. At Inventure, Lauri focuses on new investments in AI, machine learning and 3D technologies, and especially excited about in the proptech and human-machine interface (HMI) technologies. With this background, Lauri works in the board of the portfolio companies Umbra and Nordigen.
Peter Carlsson
Partner @ Spintop Ventures
Peter joined Spintop Ventures as partner for their 3rd fund in 2018. After 10+ years as CEO of PriceRunner, one of Europe leading price comparison sites, Peter gained a lot of experience in the internet sector while expanding the company at high margins. During his tenure with PriceRunner the company was sold twice to American acquirers and once to a Swedish consortium. Prior to joining the Spintop Ventures team Peter did angel investments, actively supporting those companies, together with external board assignments. Peter is based in Stockholm.
Margus Uudam
Founding Partner @ Karma Ventures
Margus Uudam is a founder and partner at Karma Ventures - A round focused VC fund for Europe. Backed by Skype engineering co-founders, EIF and other institutional investors, Karma Ventures is focusing on technology creators across many verticals. Margus has 10 years of experience as a head of VC investments at Ambient Sound Investments (Skype engineering co-founders multi-family office) where he managed a global venture portfolio of 30 companies. Formerly Margus has been CEO or senior manager in public and private sector. He has gained experience in public sector as Deputy Secretary General in Ministry of Finance, being responsible for state budget, tax policy and economic policy in Estonia. Also he has been responsible as CEO for turnaround of Estonian Energy Distribution Network and contributed to the growth of Baltics leading HR company Fontes.
Radoslav Tausinger
Managing Director @ CVI
Radoslav Tausinger is Managing Director with CVI (Credit Value Investments), a manager of private debt and private equity funds with EUR 1.3 billion of assets under management, and more than 500 private capital investments realized to date. Within CVI, Radoslav is focusing primarily on opportunities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Baltics. His previous experience includes private equity at Gimv, investment banking at UBS Investment Bank and management consulting at McKinsey & Company, working in New York, London, and Central Europe. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Comenius University in Bratislava.
Kristjan Tamla
CEO @ Swedbank Investment Funds
Kristjan Tamla joined Swedbank (Hansabank) in 2005 as a senior economist and portfolio manager for Hansa Investment Funds. As a CEO of Swedbank Investment Funds he is responsible for managing the largest fund management company in Estonia with assets under management exceeding 2bio EUR. Of that ca 5% is invested to different private equity funds mainly in the CEE region. Before taking his position in Swedbank Investment Funds he worked as a head of Baltic Investment Centre in Swedbank and as a portfolio manager for asset allocation products in Swedbank Robur, Sweden. Kristjan has more than 20 years of professional experience in economics and financial markets. He has worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Estonia and as an intern at the European Commission Directorate for Economics and Finance. Kristjan has an MSc degree in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Exeter (UK).
Sille Pettai
Fund Manager @ SmartCap
Sille is a fund manager at SmartCap - Estonian state VC company managing an early stage fund of funds. She has more than 10 years of experience in asset management as an investment executive at Swedbank Investment Funds, where she was responsible for the management of alternative investments portfolio with private equity and real estate focus in pension funds.
Janis Rozenfelds
CEO @ SEB Investment Management
Jānis Rozenfelds, CEO of SEB Investment Management, Latvia since 2014. 15 years total at SEB Investment Management. 24 years of experience in the financial industry in the USA, Canada and Latvia. MBA degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
Robert Sroka
ESG Director @ Abris Capital
Robert Sroka PhD is the ESG Director for Central and Eastern Europe at Abris Capital Partners. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive responsible investment policy and all ESG areas. Previously, Manager at EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services and EY Business Integrity and Corporate Compliance practice in Warsaw. He has 12 years of experience working on business ethics, ESG and sustainable development projects. Between 2009-2014, he headed the Working Group on Responsible Investing in the Prime Minister’s CSR Advisory Team. Initiator, author and co-author of several research reports, among others: ESG Analysis of Companies in Poland (a six-year project finished in 2018). Earlier, Robert, as the CSR Manager at Grupa Zywiec (Heineken Group), has successfully lead Grupa Zywiec to the Respect Index - an index of socially responsible companies on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Kerim Türkmen
Partner @ Mid Europa Partners
Kerim is a Partner at Mid Europa Partners. He is responsible for deal sourcing, executing and monitoring of investments. He is a member of the Investment Committee and the Management Committee of the firm. Prior to joining the team, he worked at GMT Communications Partners, a private equity fund specialising in telecommunications and media, as well as the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch in London. Kerim has a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, and an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. Mid Europa Partners is a leading buyout investor focused on the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe with over €4.6 billion of funds raised and managed since inception, and having completed 36 investments across 18 countries, including landmark transactions and notable financings in the region.
Olga Shikhantsova
Associate @ Target Global
Prior to venture capital investments, Olga conducted scientific research at the Higher School of Economics, managed finance component of brands promotional activities at Procter & Gamble, and did project management at seed startups. In 2016-2017 Olga worked as an analyst and associate at venture funds FinSight Ventures and Binomial Ventures. Her key investments include FoodFox (food delivery service, later acquired by Yandex), Yieldify (online marketing platform for conversion increase), Raisin (German deposit marketplace). In 2017 Olga joined Target Global team as associate dedicated to fintech, taking lead on all fintech investments. Her key investments include Rapyd (which unites over 2 million ATMs around the world into a single payment system that can be accessed without credit cards), Osome (online business assistant for SMEs in Singapore), and NWTN (stock investments platform in Russia).
Peter Larsson
General Partner @ Vidici Ventures
Peter joined the brand new VC- fund Vidici Ventures as General Partner in 2012 with responsibility for developing and executing the long-term fundraising for the fund. Before joining Vidici Ventures he co-founded Provident in 1996, a financial services consultancy with focus on wealth structuring, where he’s still active as a Parter responsible for business development. Prior to this, Peter was at Skandia as a financial advisor and before that he started his carrier in the financial industry at SEB. Peter also invest in start-ups and was an early investor in Lendify, today the leading platform for loans in Sweden.
Johan Lundberg
Founding Partner @ NFT Ventures
Johan Lundberg is a Swedish entrepreneur-turned-investor with great experiences from the FinTech industry in the Northern Europe. He is a founding partner to NFT Ventures, a venture capital firm, who primarily invest in FinTech companies or in companies where FinTech is part of the solution, such as PropTech, InsurTech, and e-commerce in northern Europe.
Andris K. Berzins
Managing Partner @ Change Ventures
Andris is Managing Partner of Change Ventures, the first truly pan-Baltic pre-seed/seed venture capital fund. The fund backs ambitious Baltic founders to build global businesses and has invested in leading recruiting startup MeetFrank (Estonia) and FinTech startup Nordigen (Latvia). Andris has been a leader in the growth of the Baltic startup ecosystem for the best part of the last decade, as co-founder of TechHub Riga and the TechChill conference, as well as helping start the Startup Wise Guys accelerator program. Prior to that he has held C-level roles at several startups from the USA, Israel and Europe that have raised tens of millions of Euros in funding, scaled businesses and exited for well over $100M. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tamas Szalai
Investment Director @ CEE Equity Partners
CEE Equity is exclusive advisor to two regional funds with USD 413 million and USD 800 million commitments, with 12 companies in its portfolio across Central Eastern Europe. Tamas joined CEE Equity in 2014. During past two decades has invested over 600 million euros in various Central Eastern European targets, among others, in auto parts, food service, media, education and telecommunications companies. Has been acting as board member and chairman of board at various companies. Before CEE he was managing partner of the Eastern European focused Virgin Green Fund, before that partner of the Eastern European focused Bancroft Private Equity. Tamas is graduate of the Budapest University of Economy (1991), Master of Science in Finance, University of Illinois, USA (1996). Started his carrier as a journalist at the business daily, Napi Gazdasag and the weekly HVG. Later joined the leading local securities and asset management company, Concorde Securities Ltd as the head of the equity research team.
Kriss Spulis
Senior Investment Manager @ EIF
Kriss is a senior investment manager in EIF’s earlystage VC and BA fund-of-funds practice, former business angel, entrepreneur and management consultant. Kriss has a "hands-on" experience in co-founding and developing businesses in product and service sectors, advisory work, as well as investing himself as a business angel. Kriss holds an MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore, France).
Dr Walter Stockinger
Managing Partner @ Hadean Ventures
Walter is a co-founder and managing partner of Hadean Ventures. He started his career as post-doctoral scientist at the Department for Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Subsequently, he joined the Boston Consulting Group as a member of the Healthcare Practice Team, where he advised pharmaceutical companies and PE firms in the context of commercial projects as well as during buy and sell side M&A transactions. In 2009 Walter joined the London office of one of the largest specialist healthcare VC firms. Being responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence and exit management, Walter gained significant experience by successfully investing into and exiting portfolio companies. Walter received a Masters degree and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Vienna. He has published 15 peer reviewed papers in top scientific journals including Cell and EMBO.
Kaido Veske
Founding Partner @ Livonia Partners
Kaido Veske co-founded Livonia Partners in 2012. He started his career in London and then New York working for investment bank Bear Stearns. Later he spent 3 years with Irving Place Capital, a $2.7 billion mid-market private equity fund, focusing on general industry and and consumer investments. He is currently investing Livonia first €83 million pan-Baltic fund. Kaido holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Maksim Shavrygin
Investment Manager @ iTech Capital
In iTech Capital Maksim is responsible for new investments and working with portfolio companies. He has an extensive experience investing across different industries and geographies (CIS, Europe, United States) both in public and private markets. He holds an MBA degree from Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley). iTech Capital is a group of private equity funds with more than $300M of total assets under management. The fund invests at the Series A stage in rapidly growing businesses with a focus on AdTech, MarTech, BigData, SaaS, FinTech. Portfolio companies are the leaders in their sectors: Bitfury, Aviasales, Trading View, iContext, Ticketland, and others.
Gerri Kodres
Founding Partner @ United Angels VC
Gerri Kodres is one of Estonia's most experienced tech investors and entrepreneurs. During the last 15 years, Gerri has held executive positions in tech companies such as Reach-U and Fortumo, and as angel investor and fund manager has invested to many of region's success stories such as Taxify, Monese, Veriff and others. Currently Gerri is founding partner and board member of United Angels VC.
Rannveig Fadum
Investment Director - Pre Seed Funds @ Innovation Norway
Rannveig Fadum is an investment director at the Pre Seed Funds at Innovation Norway, a Norwegian state owned company. The funds invest in early stages and co-invest with private investors. Rannveig has been in charge of developing new financial instruments for co-investments. Her team work within funds (fund in funds and co-investment funds) and lending. She works closely to the scale up eco system.
Kristjan Kalda
Chairman @ EstVCA & Partner @ BaltCap
Kristjan Kalda is a chairman of the Estonian Venture Capital Association and a founding partner in the largest Baltic private equity firm BaltCap. Kristjan specialises on buy-outs and has lead a number of companies to successful exits: Magnetic MRO, TREV-2, Energate, Tuuleenergia, Microlink, A. le Coq, to name a few.
Helis Lipping
Head of Operations & Investor Relations @ Tera Ventures
Helis Lipping heads up Operations and Investor relations at Tera Ventures. Prior to Tera, Helis was working for London based VC firm ETF Partners for 5 years, where she worked closely with the investment team, helping with different strategic projects. She has interest in Sustainability, Innovation and Marketing. Helis has a BA degree from University of Tartu.
Elbruz Yilmaz
Investment Director @ 3TS Capital Partners
Elbruz is an Investment Director at 3TS Capital Partners, one of the leading European technology focused private equity and venture capital firms. He currently focuses on growth stage technology investments mostly in Central and Eastern Europe and leads investments in portfolio companies such as Solvoyo – a supply chain optimization software company, Eyerim – leading online eyewear retailer in CEE and Safesize – providers of omnichannel virtual fitting recommendation platform for footwear retailers. Previously Elbruz worked in various roles in venture backed software tech companies active across the US, Europe and Middle East. He also launched Turkey’s first seed fund at Inovent in 2008 and was one of the founders of Galata Business Angels (GBA) most active angel investor network in Turkey. Elbruz has a degree in Economics from Ege University and an MBA from Pittsburg State University in the US. He was born and raised in Turkey, lived in Germany, US and finally settled in Vienna with his family.
Jonas Bjarke Jensen
Economist @ Copenhagen Economics
Jonas Bjarke Jensen helps both policy makers and private sector clients understand what drives changes within the financial sector. He has extensive experience in banking economics and macro-finance, and has a profound understanding of the link between the real economy and the financial sector. Jonas’ breadth of experience and expertise has helped private sector companies with, for example, analysing how the Scandinavian banking markets will be impacted by digitalisation or new regulation. Prior to joining Copenhagen Economics, Jonas worked in Danske bank with capital planning and in the Danish Ministry of Finance with economic forecast and impact assessments. He has also taught macroeconomics at the University of Copenhagen.
Petri Laine
Managing Partner @ Innovestor Ventures
Petri is the Managing Partner of Innovestor Ventures and has more than 15 years of venture capital experience as well as from corporate finance and academia. Prior to joining Innovestor, Petri built Finland’s largest venture portfolio covering all fields of technology making 200+ investments over a period of 10 years. Petri is a council member of the International Venture Club. He is currently board member in M-Brain, Multitaction, Goodmill Systems, Sensire and Nanocomp. Petri is extremely well connected within the Nordic startup ecosystem and has invaluable experience in building and evaluating dealflow and syndicating investments.​
Katalin Gallyas
Managing Director @ c*funds
Katalin is an experienced fund placement agent & GP-LP deal-broker for investment funds. Started as an EU grant writer for startups and has grown through to investment deal-broker for startups and currently dedicated only for investment funds. Currently 380 M EUR mandates in placements. c*funds BV is a globally active and independent, fully digitalized fundraising agency focusing on setting up new investment funds (10-150 M EUR). c*funds represents a “fresh” approach on the traditional, rigid asset market, combining alternative assets data intelligence with high-end design and direct face to face meetings. Strong hands on mentality. Katalin has studied MA Economics and spent the last 15 years active as fundraiser for different institutions and the last 3 years for private equity. Born in Hungary and spent 20 years in Amsterdam. European Commission ICT innovation expert and evaluator since 2015. Motto: Large tickets. Fast progress. Fascination for Funds of Funds.
Mirva Anttila
Head of Alternative Investments @ FIM
Mirva is a Director and Head of Alternative Investments at FIM, a Finnish asset manager and a private bank. One of the goals in her current position is to work with venture capital firms and find ways for FIM clients to invest in VC. Before joining FIM, Mirva worked as a Partner and Investment Director at a private US-based investment fund in New York and London investing in high-growth technology firms and alternative investments, including venture capital. Mirva started her financial career over 20 years ago in New York, where she worked as an “All Star” senior technology analyst covering the whole technology value chain in two sell-side investment banks. During this time she was also involved in investment banking deals and advised several companies on strategy formulation and implementation. Mirva holds a M.Sc degree in International Economics from Finland’s leading business school.
Ivo Remmelg
Venture Partner @ Superhero Capital
Ivo is Venture partner for Superherocapital and is based in Tallinn. He is experienced serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author of a book and also serves as ESTBAN, Romivo.com and Ridango.com board member and as EBAN Space Executive board member. Before joining Superherocapital he was involved with Startupwiseguys accelerator and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol.
Silvestras Tamutis
Founding Partner @ Practica Capital
Silvestras is a partner at Practica Capital focusing on fundraising and VC investments. He has 11 years of VC&PE and 10 years of investment banking and capital markets experience. Previously board member of Lithuanian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (LTVCA), investment director at BaltCap, pan-Baltic PE firm, and associate director at Evli Bank (former Suprema), pan-Baltic-Nordic investment bank. Established in 2011, Practica Capital is a dedicated Baltic VC focusing on seed-, early- and select growth-stage investments in the Baltic (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) and Baltic-origin (e.g. Baltic diaspora, other Baltic connection) technology ventures in Europe. Selectively, it also invests in the neighbouring EU ventures. 3 funds in 2 fund generations with €46m (after the first close of the latest fund) under management raised from the European Investment Fund (EIF), Invega advised by the EBRD and a number of other regional LPs. 40+ investments to-date, one of the most active VCs and syndicate partners in the Baltics.
Ari Jauho
Partner & Chairman @ Certior Capital
Since 2011 Mr. Jauho is one of the Founding Partners and the Chairman of Certior Capital Ltd, focusing on lower-mid-market buyout and private credit fund investing and co-investing. Previously Mr. Jauho was Partner at Access Capital after Access Capital bought Pohjola Private Equity Funds Limited in December 2010 where he was as Chief Investment Officer and Partner. Before this he worked between January 2004 and February 2007 for Proventure Oy as a Partner and the Chairman. This followed several years with a major Finnish insurance company The Pohjola Group PLC. There he was Vice President of Private Equity and Venture Capital responsible for private equity investments. Before taking up his private equity position in Pohjola, he was a Research Manager for listed equity investments at Securities Division. Mr. Jauho has a Masters´ Degree in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics (now Aalto University School of Business) and he is also a certified auditor.
Katrin Liivat
Co-Founder @ FoodDocs
Katrin is the co-founder of FoodDocs, solution for digital food safety management, the winner of Estonia’s version of Shark Tank. FoodDocs’ solution enables food suppliers to create and manage their mandatory food safety related processes and documentation in digitalized way quickly and easily, providing transparency through the whole supply chain. Within less than 6 months the company already boasts large European retailers such as Stockmann, Coop, S-Group (the group managing Prisma) and Dussmann as customers along with hundreds of cafes, restaurants and companies that process food. FoodDocs has raised 300K in seed capital and will start fundraising in this summer after validating the product in other EU countries.
Artturi Tarjanne
General Partner @ Nexit Ventures
Artturi has over 30 years of international IT industry experience and is well known and referenced in Finland for his track record as one of the pioneering successful software entrepreneurs and organizers of industry interests at large. He is also a sought-after mentor and adviser for high growth technology enterprises and entrepreneurs and has had board and chairman positions on dozens of companies. Artturi is deeply networked in the Finnish technology start-up community. He has been an active contributor in several Finnish private and public organizations including positions such as: Chairman of the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) Board member of the Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association Chairman and board member of several technology programs of the National Technology Agency of Finland. As a serial entrepreneur, Artturi has founded or worked for several successful companies
Konrad Hanschmidt
Co-Founder & CEO @ GridIO
Konrad is the cofounder and CEO of GridIO. GridIO is a cloud-based platform which turns households into virtual power plants by tapping into their under-utilized electrical capacity. The aim of the platform is to help households earn extra revenue on the power market and help cut the costs of grid balancing, especially as more volatile renewables are installed. Konrad has been working in the clean energy transition space for more than a decade. He was part of a small energy consultancy that was purchased by Bloomberg in 2009 and spent the last 4 years in Singapore advising the world’s largest mining company BHP on their clean energy strategy. He joined GridIO in early 2018 to take the company to the next stage.
Alari Aho
Founder @ Toggl
Alari Aho is the founder of Toggl - the time tracking tool. Teams in IT, consultancy, educational, etc sectors from all over the world are using Toggl to bring transparency to how they spend time on projects.

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