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In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors.

Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies.

The Founder Institute is about practical, actionable training and feedback - not theory. To achieve this, we bring in experienced Founders and CEOs to give our companies the most relevant and valuable advice. In a confidential setting, they share horror stories, best practices, and realistic feedback to help our Founders avoid "rookie mistakes" and be successful. 

In the upcoming Finland Virtual Fall 2020 Semester, we have secured a truly exceptional roster of Founder Institute Mentors, including many from out of town.

See the full list below:

  • Aape Pohjavirta: Founder, Leader, Funzi
  • Adeo Ressi: Founder/CEO, Founder institute
  • Alessio D'antino
  • Aline De Santa Izabel
  • Amel Gaily: CEO, FiBAN
  • Amir Zaidman
  • Anna Martinsen: Chief Happiness Officer, Kisko Labs
  • Antti Akonniemi: Founder, CEO, Kisko Labs Oy
  • Antti Salminen: Senior Specialist, Business Finland
  • Arto Tolonen: Co-founder, CTO
  • Ayşegül Özkavukcu: Business Development Manager, Migros Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Björn Sjolund: Co-founder & CTO, Walkbase Oy
  • Bram Pareyt
  • Charlotte Aschim: CEO and Co-Founder, TotalCtrl
  • Christelle Theis: Senior Director Innovation Excellence , GEA Group
  • Christer Schoultz: Investor & Board Professional, Vöner | Kantamo
  • Christos Granqvist: CEO, ProLocalis
  • Claudia Parms: Head of Marketing & Communications, Alberts
  • Damien Mongrand: Operation & Scale-up Lead, BlinkIn.io
  • Donna Kivirauma: CEO, VIrtualtraveller
  • Eeppi Nieminen: Business Development Manager, Taiste
  • Eero Kukko
  • Eeva Tiainen: Senior Manager, New Business and Open Innovation, Fazer
  • Eeva Hellsten
  • Eino Antti Kuuskoski: Founder, CEO, Kotia Finland Inc.
  • Erkki Aaltonen: DIrectore of Venture Investments, Yara International
  • Fabian Geyrhalter: Founder and Principal, Finien
  • Fernanda Vanoni Matta: Co-founder, ABACC
  • Fernando Goldman: Head of Supply & Growth, deBetti
  • Gagan Biyani: Gagan Biyani - CoFounder, Fresh (San Francisco FI) , Fresh
  • Glen Hellman: Glen Hellman - Business Strategist, Driven Forward, LLC (Baltimore FI) , Driven Forward, LLC
  • Hanno Nevanlinna: Founder, Director of Culture, Futurice
  • Hannu Kossila: Founder, Senior Marketing Researcher, Mware
  • Hans Joerg Ill: Chief Procurement Officer, Bühler Group
  • Harri Hursti
  • Harsh Shah
  • Helene Auramo: CEO, Okimo Clinic
  • Ifat Peled Dinstag: CPA, IPD - Finance Strategy
  • Ilkka O.Lavas: CEO, EatAndTheCity
  • Ilkka Alarotu: SVP, S-Group
  • Inka Mero: Co-Founder & Chairman, KoppiCatch
  • Itziar Tueros
  • Jan Erik Nyrövaara: Jan Erik Nyrövaara (Saint Petersburg FI)
  • Janne Saarikko: CMO Mentor / Creator of Firsts / Ecosystem Evangelist, www.jannesaarikko.com
  • Jari Jaanto: Co-Founder, IRC-Galleria, Ninchat & Heimo
  • Jesper Ryynänen: Mr, GraphoGame
  • Jiri Koivuniemi: Founder, Visionist
  • Joaquim Macedo De Sousa: Executive Director, Smart Rural HIESE
  • Jon Hautamäki: Partner, Nordic Law
  • Juha Ruohonen: CEO
  • Juha Huttunen: CEO, Grafetee
  • Juhani Polkko: Founder & CMO, San Francisco Oy
  • Juliet Bray
  • Julius Miikkulainen: Board Member, Investor, Vöner Oy
  • Jussi Markula: Entrepreneur, Prominda
  • Justine Reichman: Founder, Next Gen Chef
  • Jyri Partanen: Managing Director, Co-Founder
  • Kalle Ek
  • Kristoffer Lawson: Head of Product, Attractive.ai
  • Laura Camurri
  • Lauri Kokkila: Investment Manager, Inventure
  • Lj Suzuki: Fractional CFO, CFOshare
  • Luca Morandi
  • Mar Serra
  • Mar Eroles Navarro: Founder, Mandarina Capital
  • Marc Dillon: COO, VIrtualtraveller
  • Marisol Giacomelli
  • Marko Jappinen: Marketing Lead, Suppilog
  • Marko Suksi: CEO, Founder , Poppamies
  • Marko Kaasila: CEO, Bitbar Oy
  • Martin Sohr: Strategy Director, Nestle
  • Matti Copeland: Executive Director
  • Matti Santala: CEO, A21
  • Max Atallah: Senior Associate Lawyer, Nordic Law Ltd.
  • Max Pecherskyi: CEO, PromoRepublic
  • Max Leveau
  • Memi Genosar
  • Michael Hiles: CEO
  • Micke Paqvalén: International business builder, Investor & Speaker, Trä Group
  • Mike Bradshaw: Head Coach, Sampo Accelerator
  • Mikko Honkakorpi: Partner, Digital Nature Oy
  • Mikko Ikola: Co-founder, Ambronite
  • Mikko Pohjola: CEO, Monttu Ventures
  • Mikko Koskinen: Co-founder, Kyrö Distillery
  • Mikko Honkanen: Co-founder, Vainu
  • Mikko Nikkilä
  • Olaf Gruess
  • Olavi Mertanen: Commercialization expert, Aalto University
  • Oswaldo Da Costa E Silva
  • Pantea Lotfian
  • Paolo Mazzatorta: R&D, Nestle
  • Paulina Janiak
  • Pekka Viilto: Co-Founder, Rundit
  • Perttu Jalkanen: Partner & Founder
  • Peter Sazonov: CEO, Treamer
  • Petri Lehmuskoski: Co-Founder, Gorilla Ventures Oy
  • Petri Aukia: CEO, Codento Oy
  • Pia Erkinheimo: Partner, Director, Fingertip Ltd
  • Pouria Kay: CEO, Founder, Grib
  • Ramkumar Nair: Founder & CEO, Mycorena AB
  • Reetta Noukka: COO, Finnish Design Shop
  • Reidar Wasenius: Managing Director, Finnish Business Angels Network - FiBAN
  • Risto Rautakorpi: Co-dounder, Gorilla Ventures Oy
  • Saga Forss: Board Member, Co-owner, Soppakeittiö (Soup&More Oy)
  • Sami Inkinen: Co-Founder, Board Member, Trulia
  • Sami Häkkinen
  • Sampsa Fabritius: CEO & Founder, Kieku Labs
  • Scott Landers: Co-Founder, Systems Engineer, Figure 8 Logistics
  • Seamus Holohan: CEO, The Helsinki Distilling Company
  • Shira Rosen: owner, Shira rosen
  • Stefan Lindberg: Investor, Entrepreneur
  • Suzanne Fanning
  • Tania Villares Balsa: Investment Director, Cambridge Enterprise
  • Tasha Tolmacheva: Co-Founder, Haze Shift
  • Tiina Zilliacus: Founder and CEO, Gajatri Studios
  • Tomi Kaukinen: Founder, Licence to Fail
  • Toni Perämäki: Action-oriented Enabler & Experienced Business Developer, Microsoft Finland
  • Torsti Tenhunen: Spinnaker Ventures, Angel Investor, Member Board Of Directors at Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN), FiBAN
  • Trevor Smith
  • Tugce Ergun: Partner & Chief of Innovation, SAF Nutrition
  • Tuomas Wuoti: CEO, Walkbase
  • Tuomas Wuoti: CEO, Walkbase
  • Udi Klier
  • Ulla Engeström: Founder & CEO, Thinglink
  • Vahid Mortezaei: Food Designer, Vahid Mortezaei Studio
  • Vesa Perälä: Entrepreneur | Disrupting Education | Top 100 Global Education Influencer, Claned
  • Virpi Jonson: Innovation Manager, R&D, Valio
  • William Laratta
  • Windi Muziasari
  • Yogi Yoganathan: CEO/Co-Founder, RemitBee

And many more to be announced.

                                         
                                     We hope you will join us in Helsinki and launch a company in 2015.

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