Helsinki, 29.3.2017 @ TECHCODE



 Are you a startup or early stage growth company looking for financing? Better come prepared because it is a jungle out there!

Venture Day is your personal guide to help you reach your goal. With keynotes from financing experts and experienced fundraisers Venture Day will help you navigate to find your investment opportunity. You can get exclusive one-on-one sessions with some of the experts as well as free legal advise.

Venture Day is designed to lead you through the process of finding growth financing and will let you look beyond the obvious options available. Learn that there is more to growth financing than just banks, vc’s and angels.

Reserve the date and pre-order your tickets now!

Venture Day will:
1. Help you to nail your company’s financing.
2. Consolidate hundreds of hours of information into a single day.
3. Let you avoid the most common mistakes made when raising financing.
4. Save you from hours of fruitless activity.
5. Reduce the risk of failing.

Venture Day Program 29.03.2017

Morning “Scratching the surface”

08:45 Welcome and Coffee

09:00 Introduction Venue Partner Techcode

09:15 Important information before starting your journey

Expert Host, Tage Johansson, Director Investments and Administration at Elite Rahoitus Oy

09:30 Navigating through the financing jungle

– Financial market possibilities for growth companies
– Financial market regulation
– The role of government and EU in growth company funding solutions
Financing Expert, Eeva Grannenfelt, Managing partner at Grannenfelt Finance

09:50 The relation between different functions in B2B startups

– How different functions in B2B start-up company’s relate to each other
– How do market, product and driver relate to financing the company
– Market, what are players on the market
– Product, from value chain point of view
– Driver, to move forward on the market place
Experienced Fundraiser, Mika Skarp, Founder & CTO at Cloudstreet Oy

10:10 Crowdfunding Chaos

– Development of crowdfunding: the impact of rules and regulation
– How does the crowdfunding market benefit from different types of service providers
– The Crowdfunding Act: implications for the marketplace
Financing Expert, Sebastian Wikström, Head of Alternative Finance Solutions at Nordea

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Technology and know-how combined

– What makes crowdfunding a good option for startups
– How crowdfunding generates visibility & marketing
– The benefits of digital cross border fundraising
Financing Expert, Mikko Savolainen, Marketing and Communication Manager Finland at Invesdor Ltd.

11:30 Funding for startups 101

– How does Tekes evaluate startup companies
– Tekes funding for startups
Financing Expert, Tuomas Henttonen, Senior Adviser at Tekes

12:00 Lunch time

– Lunch is provided by HUB13

Afternoon “Digging Deeper”

13:00 Working capital and liquidity problems

– Technology and cloud solutions driving working capital efficiencies
– FinTech and working capital – match made in heaven?
– Working capital management best practices
Financing Experts: Jaakko Ollila, Head of AREX Finland &
Thomas Lundström, Country manager, Finland at Capacent

13:30 How does the European Investment Bank fit in all of this?

– EIB requirements for financing operations
– EIB’s finance tools for innovative and high-growth companies
– Current portfolio and case studies
Financing Expert, Jussi Hätönen, Head of Growth Capital at European Investment Bank

14:00 The European hunting grounds, where to find the biggest game

– EU Funding
– Horizon 2020
Financing Expert, Elina Holmberg, Deputy Head of Horizon 2020 activities at Tekes

14:30 Coffee Break

15:00 Venture lending and revenue based investing: What’s in it for me?

– Venture lending / revenue based investing
– Sell equity only for investors who create value
– Sell equity when the timing is right
– Get to the next level without equity dilution, board control or personal guarantees
Financing Expert, Pekka Viilto, Rundit founder, experienced serial entrepreneur and financier

15:30 The new kid on the block

– Top 3 Most Nasty Traps of Funding Round
– Why the most of startups should NOT try to raise any money?
– The new kids perspective on the “Financing Jungle”
– Why Wave Ventures decided to join the market
Financing Expert, Andreas Saari, Co-Founder & CEO of Wave Ventures

16:00 The ugly truth of organic gazelle growth

– How to make millionaires with 1k€
– How to create and manage organic gazelle growth
– What it takes to become a true gazelle owner
Experienced Fundraiser, Mika Helenius, Chief executive of TIVIA Finland

16:30 Final Conclusions 

Expert Host, Tage Johansson, Director Investments and Administration at Elite Rahoitus Oy

17:00 End of the program

*During the whole day there will be opportunities for private one-on-one sessions with some of the experts and the possibility to get free legal advise from Bird & Bird regarding any questions you have about growth financing. After registering you will receive an email with the available time slots. The sooner you register the bigger the chance there is still room for you!

Expert Host

Tage Johansson

Tage Johansson

Director Investments and Administration at Elite Rahoitus Oy

Tage Johansson is a very experienced Banking, Corporate Treasury, Finance Mgmt, Business & Strategy Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Operations and Growth-Company Management professional with over 25 years of experience in several Multinational listed and unlisted companies. His experience covers several tasks from Treasury Product sales, Internal Bank mgmt in MNC -corporations, Restructurings of companies, Corporate Listings, Far-East Asian business setup’s, Acquisitions and JV’s – to also Alternative Investment Products tailorings for Institutional customers. Tage is a very broadly and globally networked person and Tage’s skills are at best utilized in Finance & Treasury Management, Corporate Change Management, New Business Development and in Growth Objective situations in New Business Ventures.


Mika Helenius

Mika Helenius

Chief executive of TIVIA Finland

Mika Helenius is the chief executive of TIVIA Finland, Infuture think tank, and Computer Science Foundation since 2016. Mr. Helenius has over 20-year experience in international software intensive services, platform and product business. He has been nominated 8 times as one of the most influential ICT executives list. He is the creator and director of business and information systems engineering master’s and executive education as part of EIT Digital and Aalto University. As founder and CEO of the leading digital and software business consulting start-up he expanded the business before exit to a 100-person award winning cash flow grown gazelle company.

Jussi Hätönen

Jussi Hätönen

Head of Growth Capital at European Investment Bank

Jussi Hätönen joined the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 2009 and currently is the head of Growth Capital unit within the Equity, New Products and Special Transaction department of the EIB. Previously he worked as a management consultant with Capgemini. He has more than 10 years of experience in advising and financing innovative growth-intensive companies. Jussi holds a DSc and adjunct professorship with Turku School of Economics.

Eeva Grannenfelt

Eeva Grannenfelt

Managing Partner at Grannenfelt Finance

Eeva has over 36 years of experience in financial markets. She has held different management positions in banks and pension funds. Before Grannenfelt Finance she worked for Pension Elo. Her responsibilities were unlisted investments, corporate lending, alternative investments and macro view. Before Pension Elo she worked 11 years as a chief investment officer for Pension Fennia.

Sebastian Wikström

Sebastian Wikström

Head of Alternative Finance Solutions at Nordea

20 years of experience from the financial industry, 15+ in managerial positions. Previously CEO at eQ Capital Markets Ltd. and Partner, Head of Capital Markets at FIM Bank Ltd. Currently Head of Alternative Finance Solutions in Nordea. Experienced startup investor and business angel.

Pekka Viilto

Pekka Viilto

Rundit founder, experienced serial entrepreneur and financier

Rundit is a revenue based financing company for growth companies. The fundamental idea in revenue based financing is that investors receive a percentage of a company’s revenue for a period of time, instead of getting equity (ownership) of a company. Funding amounts are normally 50k-1M€ but also bigger packages can be done.

Mika Skarp

Mika Skarp

Founder & CTO at CloudStreet Oy

Cloudstreet founder and CTO, Mika Skarp is an awarded telecom network technologist, entrepreneur and executive. After over a decade and a half developing groundbreaking technology-enabled business models for Nokia Siemens in Finland, Mika consolidated his learnings, experience and patents to launch Cloudstreet and the world’s first application-aware network. With the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), driverless cars, wearable tech and an insatiable demand for HD video streaming on demand, Skarp saw that the idea of an application-aware network was not a matter of if, but when. The only challenge was to find the right combination of network technologies and business layer solutions to come together to prove it was possible.

Jaakko Ollila

Jaakko Ollila

Head of AREX Finland

Jaakko Ollila is the Head of AREX Finland. Before joining AREX, Mr. Ollila served as the Vice President of Commercial Operations at Booxmedia Oy. Mr. Ollila was a Co-Founder and served as Vice President of Business Development at CRF Health and served as its General Manager of US operations. Prior to joining Booxmedia, Mr. Ollila worked for Nokia Corp, based in Espoo Finland and White Plains, New York, USA. Mr. Ollila holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Systems Analysis from Helsinki University of Technology (with honors), as well as a M. Sc. in Economics from Helsinki University. Mr. Ollila is also an active angel investor, and speaks five languages.

Thomas Lundström

Thomas Lundström

Country manager, Finland at Capacent

Thomas has a passion to create value and help others to succeed. His goal is to create sustainable value for the customer. The value created needs to be measured and he is proud to say that the track record is good. Most people are smart and hard working but the success of a company depends on how focused they are and how well they work together. He has over 25 years of Management consulting experience from most industries and in the areas of reporting and steering, financial risk management, working capital management, supply chain management. Co-author of the risk management book “rahoitusriskit yrityksissä”. IT business experience within financial risk management, cash management, real estate management, maintenance management Ownership and Board member in Real estate IT company

Andreas Saari

Andreas Saari

Co-Founder & CEO of Wave Ventures

Andreas Saari is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wave Ventures, the first student-run venture capital fund in the Nordics. Wave Ventures aims to back the boldest founders and their ideas that arise from the university communities across the Nordics. Previously, Andreas led the startup and investor operations at the technology superevent Slush, and is now developing a new program concept there. Andreas studies industrial engineering & management at Aalto University and loves downhill biking, other extreme sports and learning furiously about everything.

Elina Holmberg

Elina Holmberg

Deputy Head of Horizon 2020 activities at Tekes

Elina has a long experience in helping small and large companies find their way to EU funding. Her current focus is on SMEs, and she provides help and guidance in finding calls, preparing and submitting applications and managing projects to their successful end. She is National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 themes Innovation in SMEs and Transport, and Expert Member in both Programme Committees. Before joining Tekes in 2012, she worked in European Commission managing EU funded projects in ICT and transport sectors. Elina holds a Master of Science in Technology degree from Helsinki University of Technology.

Mikko Savolainen

Mikko Savolainen

Marketing and communications manager at Invesdor Ltd.

Mikko manages marketing and communications at Invesdor, a leading digital fundraising platform in the Nordics. Working in marketing and project management roles at Invesdor since 2013, he has played an active role in the diffusion of digital fundraising in the Nordics and the push of equity crowdfunding into the mainstream. Mikko holds an MSc (Econ) from JSBE and an MA from the University of Jyväskylä.

Tuomas Henttonen

Tuomas Henttonen

Senior Adviser at Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation

Tuomas Henttonen is a senior adviser at Tekes. He has a long experience working with the Finnish startup ecosystem. Mostly Tuomas has been working with the startups in the game industry and in digital media. Currently Tuomas is focusing on funding for fast-growth companies (Tekes NIY).

Ville Miettinen

Ville Miettinen

Serial Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO, Microtask

Ville is a true serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. The last couple of years he has been particularly interested in crowdsourcing, cloud labor, and human computation — disruptive technologies that are transforming the way people work all over the world. A hacker at heart, He has spent way too many years banging out code in assembler, C, and other languages used by real cowboys. He has got a long background in computer graphics, and was the CTO and one of the founders of Hybrid Graphics, a pioneer in real-time 3D graphics technologies. These days he is the CEO & founder at Microtask ( He is an angel investor, board member and advisor in several graphics technology, crowdsourcing & games companies in Europe and Silicon Valley.

Bird & Bird is an international leading law firm in business sectors where technology plays a key role.

Kimmo Reina

Kimmo Reina

Corporate partner Bird & Bird

Kimmo Reina is a corporate partner based in Bird & Bird’s Helsinki office. Kimmo specialises in providing legal services in the fields of corporate and commercial law, both on a national and international level, particularly to clients operating in the technology sectors. Kimmo has over 13 years of experience in advising startups and growth companies on all forms of venture financing, M&A and general corporate and commercial matters. In addition to his Finnish law degree, Kimmo holds also an LL.M. degree from Columbia University (New York) and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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GROWSMART is a series of workshops & events focused on growth organized by the professionals of HUB13. The workshops & events are free for members of HUB13 and are also accessible for paying customers.
The HUB13 GROWSMART program guides startup teams and established companies to accelerate the growth of their own business. The program deals with various themes of growth, financing, leadership & marketing with experts that are the top in those fields. The experts know how to grow a business but never forget about the startup mentality. The program provides an active and hands-on approach to where and how growth can lead to opportunities for the future, and what are the practical tools and methods to further accelerate the growth that is needed when the company already has gained some experience.

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