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 Helsinki Fall 2019 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
  • Aki Järvilehto: Executive Vice President, Remedy Entertainment
  • Ali Omar: Co-Founder & Board Member, Med Group Oy | Growth-Entrepreneur, Med Group Oy
  • Amel Gaily: CEO, FiBAN
  • Amir Morris: Enterprise Architect, Caroom Oy
  • Anna Martinsen: Chief Happiness Officer, Kisko Labs
  • Anssi Uimonen: CEO, Cloudbounce
  • Antti Akonniemi: Founder, CEO, Kisko Labs Oy
  • Antti Salminen: Senior Specialist, Business Finland
  • Anu Kaukovirta Norja: Senior Vice President, Research and Technology, Valio
  • Arto Tolonen: Co-founder, CTO
  • Björn Sjolund: Co-founder & CTO, Walkbase Oy
  • Charlotte Aschim: CEO and Co-Founder, TotalCtrl
  • Christos Granqvist: CEO, ProLocalis
  • Dmitri Sarle: CEO, Arctic15
  • Donna Kivirauma: CEO, VIrtualtraveller
  • Eeppi Nieminen: CEO & Founder, Coachilla
  • 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
  • Hanno Nevanlinna: Founder, Director of Culture, Futurice
  • Hannu Kossila: Founder, Senior Marketing Researcher, Mware
  • Harri Hursti
  • Helene Auramo: CEO, Okimo Clinic
  • Ilkka O.Lavas: CEO, EatAndTheCity
  • Ilkka Alarotu: SVP, S-Group
  • Inka Mero: Co-Founder & Chairman, KoppiCatch
  • Jan Erik Nyrövaara: Jan Erik Nyrövaara (Saint Petersburg FI)
  • Jan Erik Nyrövaara: President, Homerun Venture Partner
  • Janne Saarikko: CMO Mentor / Creator of Firsts / Ecosystem Evangelist,
  • Janne Aaltonen: CEO, Moosedog
  • Janne Järvenoja: Director, Regional Legal Lead - Nordics, ASG & NL, IP Lead - EALA, Avanade
  • Jari Jaanto: Co-Founder, IRC-Galleria, Ninchat & Heimo
  • Jesper Ryynänen: Mr, GraphoGame
  • Jiri Koivuniemi: Founder, Visionist
  • Jon Hautamäki: Partner, Nordic Law
  • Juha Ruohonen: CEO
  • Juha Huttunen: CEO, Grafetee
  • Juha Mattsson: Managing Director
  • Juhani Polkko: Founder & CMO, San Francisco Oy
  • Jussi Markula: Entrepreneur, Prominda
  • Jyri Partanen: Managing Director, Co-Founder
  • Kalle Ek
  • Kristoffer Lawson: Head of Product,
  • Lauri Reuter: Senior Specialist, Disruptive Technologies, VTT
  • Lauri Kokkila: Investment Manager, Inventure
  • Marc Dillon: COO, VIrtualtraveller
  • Marko Jappinen: Marketing Lead, Suppilog
  • Marko Suksi: CEO, Founder , Poppamies
  • Marko Kaasila: CEO, Bitbar Oy
  • Matti Copeland: Executive Director
  • Matti Santala: CEO, A21
  • Max Atallah: Senior Associate Lawyer, Nordic Law Ltd.
  • Max Pecherskyi: CEO, PromoRepublic
  • Michael Hiles: CEO
  • Micke Paqvalén: International business builder, Investor & Speaker, Trä Group
  • Mika Marjalaakso: CEO, Oak Ventures Ltd.
  • 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
  • Ola Sundell: Entrepreneur, Royalty, Inc.
  • Olavi Mertanen: Commercialization expert, Aalto University
  • Päivi Juolahti: Head of Fazer Lab, VP at Fazer Group, Fazer Group
  • Pekka Viilto: Co-Founder, Rundit
  • Perttu Jalkanen: Partner & Founder
  • Peter Vesterbacka: Mighty Eagle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seamus Holohan: CEO, The Helsinki Distilling Company
  • Stefan Lindberg: Investor, Entrepreneur
  • Suvi Haimi: CEO, Sulapac
  • Tasha Tolmacheva: Co-Founder, PropTech Finland
  • Tiina Zilliacus: Founder and CEO, Gajatri Studios
  • Tino Singh: CEO, TwoDads Oy
  • 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
  • Tuomas Wuoti: CEO, Walkbase
  • Tuomas Wuoti: CEO, Walkbase
  • Ulla Engeström: Founder & CEO, Thinglink
  • Vesa Perälä: Entrepreneur | Disrupting Education | Top 100 Global Education Influencer, Claned
  • Ville Vesterinen: CEO & Co-founder, Grey Area
  • Ville Mujunen: CEO & Co-Founder ,
  • Virpi Jonson: Innovation Manager, R&D, Valio
  • Voitto Kangas: CEO, Maria01
  • Voitto Kangas: CEO, Maria 01
  • Windi Muziasari

And many more to be announced.

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

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