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Pekka Sivonen

Business Finland

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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Has raised second to most private equity funding in Finland, 38 million Euros.

RECOGNITION: Entrepreneur Of The Year in Services in Finland by Ernst &Young for three consequtive years 2004, 2005 and 2006

RESPONSIBLE VISIONARY: Chair of Finland 2030 Future Committee for Corporate renewal. Chair of national strategy and roadmap on Digital Platform Economy. Member of national AI-workgroup. Member of High Level Advisory Group on Artificial Intelligence to the European Commission.

FROM ZERO TO HERO: Founder of Digia, a publicly NASDAQ OMX -listed mobile sw-company. Took the company from 1 person to 1.600 persons. Has  20 years experience  in mobile software and 35 years as entrepreneur.

CREATOR: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. Co-Founder of HealthSPA –ecosystem and IndustryHack, a open innovation accelerator of Industrial Internet.

After joining Finnish Innovation Funding Agency Tekes in Feb 2016 responsible for the digitalization strategy and related programs, 5G, Industrial Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Platform Economy and Smart Mobility programs . Starting from June 2018, Executive Director of BUSINESS FINLAND, responsible for the Digital Transformation of Finnish Industries.

PASSION FOR LIFE: Pekka´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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