Pekka Sivonen

Business Finland

Sivonen has raised the second to most private equity funding in Finland, 38 million euros in two rounds. 3+35 million. He has been selected as the Entrepreneur of The Year in Services in Finland by Ernst &Young in years 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is Chair of Finland 2030 Future Committee for Corporate renewal, Chair of Finland Platform Economy Roadmap, and Member of national AI strategy workgroup.

Founder of Digia, a publicly NASDAQ OMX listed mobile software company, he took the company from 1 person to 1.600 persons. He now has 20 years of experience in mobile software and 35 years as entrepreneur.

He was previously Executive in Residence position at Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship as the Head of AppCampus, a three-year global acceleration program funded by Microsoft and Nokia, then heading health-tech startup accelerator VERTICAL in collaboration with Samsung and Sonera. He is the Co-Founder of HealthSPA ecosystem and IndustryHack IoT-accelerator, and is now responsible for digital transformation of Finnish Industries at Business Finland, the Finnish Innovation Funding Agency.

Sivonen’s passion is mentoring and coaching new and established start-ups on business-plans, clients, financing and go-to-market. He also loves cooking, fly-fishing and downhill skiing.

 

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