NEXUS Mentors
NEXUS is grateful for the time and commitment of its Senior Mentors, and is eternally thankful for the help they'll provide our participant teams. Get to know them below!

Want to partner with NEXUS or become a mentor? Please contact Senior Global Corporate Partnerships Manager Alfonso Gutierrez - contact details at the bottom of this page.
Sam Laakkonen - Head Mentor and Senior Advisor for UoH Incubator Operations & Contingent Managing Director + Sustainability at Techstars

Sam Laakkonen has been nominated Head Mentor and Senior Advisor for Incubator Operations at the University of Helsinki. Sam started his career as a management consultant in the City of London from where he was headhunted to join his first startup, FirstMark Communications, which raised the largest telecommunications Series A round in European history, $1.5 billion. At FirstMark, Sam was responsible for building and running the company's Spanish office, which would eventually grow to a 5,000km network, 65 employees, and €300 million in booked revenue before a trade sale exit to Colt Technologies.

He has subsequently been an early employee at Spotify, privately invested in over 25 startups, had 3 further successful exits from companies, helped well over 100 startups to accelerate growth, and worked for the European Commission to distribute over €1 billion in equity and grant funding. He is currently a Contingent Managing Director at Techstars, responsible for building a Sustainability Accelerator in Helsinki, Finland. He has also been the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Techstars Amsterdam and a Lead Mentor on a number of programmes including Techstars Lisbon, Techstars Korea, Techstars Oslo, and Techstars Boulder.

Andrés-Leonardo Martínez-Ortiz, PhD - Machine Learning Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google

Andrés-Leonardo Martínez-Ortiz, better known as almo, holds a PhD on Software, Systems, and Computing and is a member of the Google Machine Learning Site Reliability Engineering team where he leads several programmes aiming for reliability & convergence. He is also a member of IEEE, ACM, the Linux Foundation and Computer Society.

Almo joins the Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Monika Rozalska-Lilo - Senior Startup and VC Business Developer, EMEA, at Amazon Web Services

Monika Rozalska-Lilo is a Senior Startup and VC Business Developer, EMEA, at Amazon Web Services. She is responsible for working with early-stage startups and ecosystem partners across Israel, DACH, Nordics and Benelux. Prior to joining AWS, Monika served as CEO of Creators, an innovation lab based in Tel Aviv that supports organisations in developing and improving innovation practices through a range of global innovation programmes with technological startups, tailored to specific needs of global corporations and public sector entities. Some of Creators’ partners included Barclays, Bosch, Visa, Israeli ministries and the United Nations.

Monika joins Helsinki Incubators as a highly regarded Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Tamir Huberman - Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Marketing at Yeda Technology Transfer of Weizmann Institute

Tamir Huberman holds an MSc in Structural Biology and MBA studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a diploma in Electronics and Computers. Tamir was appointed as Yeda’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Marketing in December 2019. He is also the director of IT at ITTN (Israel Technology Transfer Organisation) and brings over 20 years’ experience in core IT system implementation, deal negotiation and public speaking to Yeda.

Prior to joining Yeda, Tamir was the Founder of THI, CIO at Yissum, (Technology Transfer company of Hebrew University), served on the Board of Directors at InnerEye and was an Observer on the Board at BriefCam.

Tamir joins the Helsinki Incubators as a distinguished Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Kim Väisanen - Serial Entrepreneur and Investor; Chairman and Board Member for half a dozen companies in several industries

Kim Väisänen started his career by founding Blancco Ltd in 1997. He led the company for 15 years and grew it into international success, until it was sold to London Stock Exchange listed company on 2014. After that, Kim has been focusing on private investments.

Kim is a well-recognised columnist and blogger for several newspapers and online publications, as well as a popular public speaker in Finland. He is also the author of two best-selling books in Finland.

Kim joins the Helsinki Incubators as a respected Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Merja Leppänen - Head of Sales Excellence, Global Sales Competence Manager at ABB

Merja Leppänen works currently as a Head of Sales Excellence and Global Sales Competence Manager at ABB. She has 15 years of experience in global sales and in addition several years of experience in sales competence development, sales process development, customer experience and people development. She is also Certified Business Coach® with sales coaching and business coaching experience.

Merja holds BSc. Engineering Degree in Industrial Economics and MSc. in Environmental Management. She has true passion to develop business and customer experience through continuous people development.

Merja joins Helsinki Incubators as a respected Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Juan Manuel Cortés Galindo - Entrepreneur and Investor

Juan Manuel Cortés Galindo, also known as Juanma, is an entrepreneur and investor with plenty of experience in growing tech companies across Latin America and Europe. His expertise has helped companies scale up to between 3 to 5 times their size YOY.  

As a versatile leader with a strong computer science background, Juanma has had the opportunity to work in a number of roles ranging from operations to sales, having helped and led technical teams and executives rethink models, created new revenue streams, and brought cohesiveness to teams and clients. He also helps organisations develop partner network ecosystems regionally, develop world class products, and deliver great software to millions of users.

Juanma joins the Helsinki Incubators as an esteemed Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Michael Vormittag - Digital Enablement and CTO Office Lead at Daimler Truck

Michael Vormittag is currently leading the Digital Enablement & CTO Office at Daimler Truck. In his role he is both a technology evangelist and a catalyst driving Daimler's digital transformation, while also providing foundational technology products to the whole organisation. Michael has a passion for technology and collaboration, and strongly believes that the combination of both leads to sustainable progress and innovation.

Prior to this function, Michael was the head of Digital Innovation & Partnerships at Mercedes-Benz's Marketing and Sales, working on all aspects of the innovation value chain. Defining strategy for their digital business, leading IT in the Mercedes-Benz Investment team, running a corporate startup programme (“The Builders”) out of Tel Aviv, and building the largest Innovation Network in Mercedes-Benz.

Throughout his career, he has held various positions in the field of bringing innovation to reality, from product ownerships and app development to agile coaching and design thinking – always keeping in mind the holistic picture of how to build digital products.

Michael Vormittag studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, and the Singapore Management University.

Michael joins the Helsinki Incubators as a trusted Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Anja Leissner - Founder of and Board member at Stockeld Dreamery

Anja Leissner has an extensive background in the food industry with engagement in innovative projects at Lund’s University and big corporations in dairy, vegetable oils, and flavouring solutions (Tetra Pak, Skånemejerier, AAK, Bush Boake Allen).

Her expertise in biotechnology, microbiology, food science and systems, and dairy technology and processes has been dedicated to deep molecular research, as well as product development, food production, and distribution.

An invention in functionalising plant proteins resulted in a patent and the founding of Stockeld Dreamery early 2019 (then Noquo Foods) a plant based company set out to create the world’s most ambitious cheese. Stockeld has launched two products based on Anja’s proven technology, raised significant funds, and has about 40 employees.

Anja has been engaged in mentoring other startups since 2020 (Rockstart, Norrsken Foundation) and is now exploring new adventures and opportunities where her unique skill-set can have an impact. She is excited to support other companies in the space after building Stockeld's company, team and products for 3 years.

Anja joins Helsinki Incubators as a prestigious Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Marko Berg - Deputy Chief Investment Officer at University of Helsinki

Marko Berg has a finance related background through studies at Aalto University, and before joining the University of Helsinki he worked for over seven years in investment banking in boutique offices in Helsinki. His experience in analysing all kinds of different businesses gives him the overall business perspective. As a “numbers guy” without scientific substance knowledge he takes an outsiders’ commercial view in different cases.

He joined the University in late 2019 and has been building the University's role in spinouts, investments, reporting, and other processes. In 2020, Marko launched the University’s HELSEED programme to invest in student founded startups.

Marko joins the Helsinki Incubators as an illustrious Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Tuomas Oksanen - Investor Director and Partner at

Tuomas Oksanen is a Partner and Investor Director at He has a “Been there, done that” approach to things, thanks to years of hands-on startup experience from various positions, including as the first employee at a successful startup, and as co-founder at another. He is also a former Aalto Startup Center advisor for funding and financing, and has assisted 100+ startups to develop their businesses. He is an eternal optimist with honest realism.

Tuomas joins the Helsinki Incubators as an acclaimed Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Svetlana Marmutova - Strategy Analyst at Accenture

Svetlana Marmutova, PhD, is energised by working on sustainability and technology solutions enabling it. She has worked at a cleantech startup in Finland as a product development engineer and has gained hands-on experience in the wind power industry in Benelux working in a multicultural team. She has recently joined Accenture's strategy practice, intending to leverage her impact in sustainable development of the society.

Svetlana aims to assist teams to identify or crystallise the sustainability aspects of their solution as well as to master data presentation.

Svetlana joins the Helsinki Incubators as a masterful Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Saku Suuriniemi - Data Scientist at Reaktor

Saku Suuriniemi holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics. After a nearly two decade career in academic research and education at the Tampere University of Technology, he co-founded Jalonne Oy, a startup to monitor the condition of highways with smartphones as the data acquisition platform. His role at Jalonne was Head of R&D, with plenty of hands-on work in a small startup. After an intensive four-year stint in developing mathematical analysis methods to make the data work for well planned and coordinated road maintenance, he shifted to a consulting Data Scientist role at Reaktor.

Saku joins Helsinki Incubators as an invaluable Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Lasse Koskela - Senior Mentor & Director of Technology Strategy at Reaktor

Lasse Koskela is a technologist at heart, having worked with a multitude of technologies designing, implementing, and auditing software systems and architectures for over 20 years. His dark past includes things like making people pay for ringtones, designing a two-sided marketplace platform and ecosystem for edutech, several live streaming and video on-demand services, and mobile application development on various mobile platforms as well as with cross-platform technologies.

For several years, he also consulted and taught agile software development methods and served as a Certified Scrum Trainer. His perhaps most out-of-place engagement to date, however, has been with the European Commission.

Having worked on three continents and consulted for major brands such as LG, Nikon, Dow Jones, Equinox, Marriott, and HBO, Lasse has more recently focused on advising clients on technology strategy with clients predominantly in the healthcare and retail domains.

Lasse joins Helsinki Incubators as an eminent Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Luisa Rubio Arribas - Head of Wayra X

Luisa Rubio Arribas is the Head of Wayra X, Telefonica's investment vehicle to globally execute seed and early-stage investments in pure digital startups oriented to consumer markets. She has been working in Spain and the USA focusing most of her career in Open Innovation initiatives, where she has led investment, divestment, and business development opportunities with more than 100 startups around the world. Luisa holds a double Degree in Law, Labour Relations and Human Resources by Complutense University of Madrid and a Master in Lawyering from the Open University of Catalonia.

Luisa joins Helsinki Incubators as an honourable Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Lasse Huotari - Technical Solution Architect at IBM

Lasse Huotari is Technical Solution Architect in IBM Finland. He has work in several technical specialist roles on field of AI and Cloud Computing combining sales and technical experience. His passion is to solve real world problems with next-generation technologies. In his roles Lasse has worked with startups and enterprise clients in various industries across Northern Europe.

Lasse has also role as IBM Academic Ambassador, where he has acted as a guest lecturer in several universities. As part of the ambassador role Lasse has also acted as a mentor for early technology professionals.

Lasse joins Helsinki Incubators as a wisened Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Fernando Trolia - Director Strategy and Business Development, Weather & Environment at Vaisala

Fernando Trolia (MSc Eng, MBA, Tech) is originally from Argentina, and has lived and worked in different countries before settling in Finland in 2011. With 20+ years of international corporate experience, he has developed and managed international businesses in diverse B2B industries; from energy and food, to the technology and service domains.

In recent years, he's focused on building new businesses and ventures, engaging with emerging players to craft together a position in a better future. His areas of expertise are strategy development, business road-mapping, product-market fitting, and solution-selling growth — with and to global industrial customers.

He is passionate about innovation and business transformations aided with lean startup and service design methodologies, to help revitalise team cultures, and create delightful and scalable solutions with real-world impact.

Fernando joins Helsinki Incubators as an illustrious Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Minna Väkevä, PhD - Certified Board Member, Former Science Startup CEO, and Innovation & Customer Value Whisperer

Minna Väkevä, PhD has a doctorate in physics, and in addition to years as a researcher, has also worked for several companies of different sizes ranging from startup to listed company. She has been involved in in international and Finnish projects and businesses in a variety of fields, working with several different internal and external stakeholders.

Working together with brilliant scientists, she amassed hands-on experience building and leading a University of Helsinki spin-off, Airmodus Oy, as its CEO for 7 years. She coached the team in systemised ways of working in all functions of the company and generating value to the customers by having them as the company's the leading star.

Minna is an entrepreneur, board member, and an Interim Director. She is also a partner of Hallituspartnerit Helsinki – Board Professionals Finland, and an enthusiastic developer of the collaboration of owners, the board, and the executives of a company. She believes in networking and co-innovation, and it's impossible not to get introduced to a few new people while working with her.

Minna joins Helsinki Incubators as a respected Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Ramón Crespí Rosselló - Entrepreneur

Ramón Crespí is an entrepreneur from Mallorca who lives between Helsinki and Palma with over 17 years' experience in several positions across different business verticals, mostly as a founder. Ramon has founded several companies, and is currently building a new project in the crypto space. 

His story with ThePower Business School is long, but to summarise, he was an early adopter, ambassador, and today the company's former manager for Finland. Thanks to his journey with ThePower Business School, Ramon has gotten training from the heads and founders of Google X, AirBnb, Waze, Whole Foods, Netflix, and Tesla, to name a few. During his time with BMW, Ramón changed the mind of thousands of company owners in the Balearic Islands, and introduced the electric car as a corporate mobility solution, leading the change there for almost two years before moving on to other projects.

Ramón has done business with the most powerful Finnish families, and understands how business is conducted in the Nordics. But what makes him different is his story: coming from a modest business family, Ramón had a fortunate encounter with a famous German hedge fund manager in the 90’s which inspired him. Since then, he has actively invested in real estate, the stock market, data-centres, and cryptocurrency.

Ramón joins Helsinki Incubators as an adept Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Matti Aksela - Vice President of Managed Services at WithSecure

Matti Aksela received his doctorate in machine learning with a minor in industrial management from the Helsinki University of Technology (a precursor of Aalto). After having started in the industry as a data scientist before the term was coined, Matti has worked in senior leadership roles in both startups and publicly listed companies focusing on the use of data and machine learning and building innovative solutions across a variety of industries. Currently Matti is responsible for Managed Services at WithSecure (formerly F-Secure B2B business), a role which he moved to at the beginning of 2022 after heading the company’s Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence.

Matti has experience in driving new initiatives through, leading teams ranging from just a small group to well over a hundred, designing and developing innovative solutions to real problems, technology, strategy, and business ownership, finding and convincing the right stakeholders, and working with Boards of both startups and public companies, among other things. Topics of particular interest for Matti are finding the right business and technology fit of innovative solutions utilising large amounts of data, leveraging his experience in different roles to iterate towards the right idea-to-market fit and being a big believer in the critical role of people in any success story, focusing on team and stakeholder network development and actively supporting, coaching and mentoring of the people behind the idea.

Matti joins Helsinki Incubators as a revered Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Laura Inamedinova - CEO of LKI Consulting

Laura Inamedinova is the CEO of the London based blockchain focused 7-digit valued marketing agency LKI Consulting.

With a STEM background, cybersecurity knowledge, and a Bachelor of Physics, she bought her first bitcoin in 2016 and joined the blockchain industry with the philosophy of making our financial world a more private and transparent space for all parties. By helping to empower beginner crypto projects struggling to break through heavy regulations, she grew her agency fivefold during the pandemic.

In 2020, Laura was named as one of the “10 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Shattering the Glass Ceiling” by Entrepreneur magazine. Huffington Post has titled her as “Communications Expert” in 2016.

Laura joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Neri Friedlander - Director of Partnerships and Head of Israeli Operations at Continental

Neri Friedlander is a Director of Innovation and Partnerships for Continental's Innovation and Venture Capital organisation. As part of his role, he leads Continental's activities in Israel and has a global Innovation role for Continental Tires and Contitech divisions to form partnerships and investments by leveraging access to startups and VC ecosystems.

Neri has a strong passion for developing new data business models and transforming companies from selling commoditised hardware to software and data. He believes that the right path for disruptive innovation starts from building bridges between non-traditional partners and finding the right synergies for business collaboration.

Prior to his job at Continental, Neri led the development of new mobility initiatives for Daimler Mobility Services and shaped their data monetisation strategy. Later on, he continued to the R&D division of Mercedes-Benz to support its Autonomous Mobility and Cybersecurity in its R&D hub in Tel Aviv.

Neri holds a BSc from Erasmus University, The Netherlands and an MSc in IT & Management from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Neri joins Helsinki Incubators as an appreciated Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Tomi Kankainen - Chief Business Development Officer at DIMECC Oy

Tomi Kankainen, born dynamic, agile, and innovative, for real. Fast and relentless, but at the same time very humane. Forward-looking leader, a visionary with an ability to create and sell the future instead of just looking at it. Not fond of hierarchies, instead believing equal people pursuing the same vision together will reach the stars. He likes to do things together in as diverse and multidisciplinary teams as possible. He knows what digitalisation is in practice, how business and products and services are created, and what it takes to lead transformation. He likes doing concrete stuff instead of power points. He has been working with startups and large corporations and everything in between. More than twenty years of experience on all organisational levels from a global corporate management team executive to a design team member.

Born in Finland, he holds an MA in Industrial Design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (Now Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture), and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Tampere University of Technology (now University of Tampere).

Specialties: Vision and strategy. Product and service creation. Lean Agile leadership and transformation. Digitalisation, innovation, and creativity. Utter interest in human behaviour, technology, and business. Practicing and coaching martial arts and strength training.

Tomi joins Helsinki Incubators as an experienced Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Mia Uitto - Senior Marketing Manager at Telia

Mia Uitto works as Senior Marketing Manager at Telia. She has 15+ years experience in result driven marketing in several fields, especially in the technology sector. Her vast experience includes marketing strategies, digital marketing, lead generation and creating new concepts. Her campaigns have led to exceeding sales targets, successful product launches and won some of the most prestigious marketing awards in Finland.

Mia has a profound understanding of technology companies and their business models. Her expertise extends to new data-based business models and technologies such as IoT, AI, robotics, and cyber security.

Mia’s achievements include the Grand One Best Virtual Event prize in 2021, nominations in the “Vuoden Huiput” Services category in 2019 and the Effie Awards Business Challenge category in 2019, as well as the promotion of a service that was nominated among the 30 Hot Products of 2018 at CES.

Mia assists teams to create effective storytelling around the teams’ products and services, which generates concrete business results.

Mia joins Helsinki Incubators as an esteemed Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Pablo Campos - Co-founder at Unitatea Capital, Entrepreneur and Board Advisor

Pablo Campos has over 20 years of experience in people & business development, operations, and marketing. During his career he has held different responsibilities in companies like Google, Telefonica, and Stellantis Group in tech-related roles. Since 2016, he has co-founded 3 startups in the mobility, clean-tech, and AI & biotech industries, and he has been C-level advisor on several projects. He is also a co-founder of a Spanish Venture Capital fund focused in early-seed startups.

Pablo holds a Master's degree from I.E. Business School in digital business, a financial business degree, and an industrial engineering degree. He has been teaching during the last 10 years in several universities and business schools in topics such as strategy & operations, marketing, and startup commercial & investor pitching. He is also a startup mentor in several renowned incubators as GoHub Startups, Santander Explorer Experts, EIT Urban Mobility & EIT Climate-KIC.

Entrepreneurship and working with people around startups projects have been his passions and main focus during the past few years.

Pablo joins Helsinki Incubators as a wisened Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Antti Ritala - Head of Venturing and Acquisitions at Neste

Antti Ritala has 12 years experience in investments, strategy, and management consulting with renewables and energy-transition focus. Antti is currently heading corporate venture capital at Neste, the world's leading producer of biofuels and renewable feedstock solutions for polymers & chemicals. Prior to this, Antti was leading Neste strategy development and worked in management consulting with McKinsey & Company. Examples of areas that Antti has worked on: renewable & circular solutions for transportation & chemicals, technology investments and scale-up, strategy development, GTM, sourcing strategies, pricing, performance transformation. 

Antti joins Helsinki Incubators as an esteemed Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Satu Apukka - Chief Experience Officer at Kide Science

Satu Apukka is the Chief Experience Officer at Finnish EdTech company Kide Science, an exciting start-up delivering play-based lesson plans to teachers worldwide based on University of Helsinki academic research, and has years of experience in marketing and sales in different companies. She is also specialised in influencer marketing and has worked with top Finnish social media influencers.

Satu’s primary role is to create positive customer experiences. For a product to be effective, she knows it’s essential to understand the customer journey all the way through: from a new customer at the start of their journey to the established customers who've built up an ongoing relationship. She is heavily involved in marketing activities, supporting international customers, and coordinating large scale partnership collaborations for Kide Science.

As CXO, Satu also values building the best team culture: where people are eager to grow as professionals, work together as a team, and help each other. Satu believes that learning new things and moving out of your comfort zone are crucial for your success.

Satu joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Jukka Lahtinen - Open Innovation Manager at Fortum

Jukka Lahtinen is an Open Innovation Manager at Fortum. For the past decade, Jukka has worked in the convergence of tech and business in South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Nordics for consultancies, multinationals, as well as research institutes. During this time he has helped to accelerate and scale multiple deep tech and AI solutions to market, mostly in the industrial, infrastructure, and energy sectors.

Currently Jukka is responsible for the strategic renewal of Fortum, one of the largest energy companies in Europe, through open innovation. His expertise spans from co-innovation and design thinking to business and market modelling for digital solutions. In his collaboration with Helsinki Incubators Jukka is looking forward to helping validate the solutions of the incubatees and give concrete advice on how to build and scale in the midst of current energy crisis.

Jukka joins Helsinki Incubators as a respected Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Konsta Rönkkö - Infrastructure Technical Leader at IBM

Konsta Rönkkö is an Infrastructure Technical Leader at IBM Finland, leading a Technical Sales team of Cloud, Storage, Power, and Quantum experts working with end clients as well as business partners. In his previous roles he has worked with business partners across Northern Europe to help them increase business by utilising business development, service design, and MVP approaches to create new products and services, with with technologies such as AI/ML, Cloud, and Blockchain solutions. He has also worked as a lecturer and has consulted university-led business development projects at the University of Jyväskylä.

Konsta joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Mauro Sacchi - Director of Digital Product Development at Wärtsilä

Mauro Sacchi is a curious and energetic person with experience in leading international organisations. His passion is simple: to inspire people to embrace a purpose and make it happen. Industrial sectors transforming through digitalisation are his domain of expertise, developed over 20 years of career.

The higher the degrees of uncertainty and innovation needed, the higher his interest. A strong direct drive from ownership or investors to innovate and execute a decarbonisation agenda get him going. 

Mauro joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Perttu Tuomaala - Vice President at Neste Engineering Solutions

Perttu Tuomaala's passion is to help manufacturing industries become sustainable by leveraging automation and digitalisation. Perttu is Vice President at Neste Engineering Solutions, where he leads NAPCON - a business unit offering a series of unique software that reveal the untapped potential of production, processes, and professionals in process industries.

Prior to leading NAPCON, Perttu's 22 year career has included working for companies such as ABB, Metso Automation (nowadays part of Valmet), and Ensto managing sales, industrial services and products. In addition to Finland, he has studied or worked in France, the United States and Belgium

Perttu joins Helsinki Incubators as a respected Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Sascha Fritz - Investment Principal at RBVC and Board Member for various companies

Sascha Fritz is Investment Principal at Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC) and operates out of its Stuttgart office. At RBVC, Sascha focusses on technologies and companies related to AI, enterprise SaaS, mobility tech, semiconductors, and healthcare to name a few.

Prior to Bosch, as Head of Venture Capital at a local investment company, he was responsible for managing the Seed and VC funds with broad investment foci as well as heading the company's Venture Capital Team. By leading numerous transactions, he backed his strong transaction and financial experiences. Before his role as head of Venture Capital Team, Sascha gained experience as an Investment Manager in the sector, and prior to his focusing on VC investments, he started his career as Consultant in Corporate banking.

Sascha holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University and the CPEA certificate from the Technical University Munich.

Sascha joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Lisa Gerkens - Lead Product Strategy at Forward 31 by Porsche Digital

Lisa Gerkens is Lead Product Strategy at Forward 31 by Porsche Digital, a small specialised team building new ventures together with founders for Porsche AG. After identifying a business opportunity she focuses on enabling the founders to establish ongoing validation loops within a venture to validate both business and product decisions as they go. She supports ventures from validation through spinoff and development. She does not enjoy little intro blurbs. 

Lisa joins Helsinki Incubators as a valued Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Samuli Salmela - Head of Digital Transformation, Region Europe at DB Schenker

Samuli Salmela is constantly looking for new ways to make things better. He has been working in various business and IT leadership roles in global logistics since 2003 and currently works as Head of Digital Transformation, Region Europe at DB Schenker.

Being passionate about new technology and human centric leadership, Samuli focuses on helping organisations and the society to become better every day. He focuses on exploring emerging concepts and technologies such as the Metaverse and on making sustainable impact with those that are already mature for use at scale, such as AI.

He currently chairs the digitalisation Group of Service Sector Employers Palta and the Innovation and Digitalisation Group of the Finnish Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association.

Samuli holds a BSc from Helsinki School of Economics and an eMBA from Aalto EE.

Samuli joins Helsinki Incubators as an esteemed Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

Thorsten Lambertus — Managing Director at DEEP

Dr. Thorsten Lambertus is the Managing Director of DEEP, the Institute for Deep Tech Innovation, at ESMT Berlin. Prior to his role at ESMT, he built the NeuroTechlab by Biogen in Germany, initiated and led Fraunhofer’s central tech transfer and startup incubation programmes, and co-founded two startups himself.

For the past 15 years, Thorsten has also been an entrepreneurship educator at various universities and research organisations, such as Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, TU Munich, or WU Vienna. He is also following his passion in science-backed innovations by hosting the Hightech Ventures podcast.

Thorsten joins Helsinki Incubators as an highly regarded Senior Mentor for NEXUS.

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