About Us

Inventure is a leading early-stage venture capital company in the Nordics. We invest in innovative and fast-growing companies, led by exceptional entrepreneurs and willing to disrupt their industries. Our team is a great mix of experienced entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investment professionals committed to help you in building your start-up into a global success story.

Our team

Sami Lampinen

Sami Lampinen

Managing Director, Partner

Sami Lampinen

Managing Director, Partner

Sami is the Founder and Managing Director of Inventure. With over 16 years of hands-on experience in building Nordic high-tech startups, Sami likes to take your start-up first through the product/market selection phase. With a wide network of industry experts and VC colleagues, Sami helps building international management teams and add-on funding rounds across global markets, especially China. At Inventure, Sami leads the investments in Canatu, Freespee, Mekitec, and Miradore. Prior to Inventure, Sami held the Partner position in the technology team of CapMan Finland & Sweden.

sami@inventure.fi

+358 40 520 5295

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Timo Tirkkonen

Timo Tirkkonen

Partner

Timo Tirkkonen

Partner

Timo focuses on the investment strategy and portfolio value creation. Timo is actively involved in crafting the product and partnership strategies of our portfolio companies. Timo is managing the investments in Beneq, WOT, Rightware, Merus Power, and Valon Lasers. Previously, Timo acted as a private investor with Innocap Oy. He started his career in the telecom sector with Nokia and Sonera.

timo@inventure.fi

+358 40 575 1553

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Tuomas Kosonen

Tuomas Kosonen

Partner

Tuomas Kosonen

Partner

Tuomas is responsible for online and mobile opportunities at Inventure. Active in Finland, Sweden and the Baltic States, he is constantly looking for new interesting companies. Tuomas manages the investments in Conmio, Thinglink, Beiz, Froont, 46elks and Lingvist. Besides creating value in the portfolio companies, especially in the USA, he is also looking after the fund management and finances. Prior to joining Inventure, Tuomas worked as CFO for Rovio Entertainment. He has also worked as an attorney and in-house legal counsel for Nokia.

tuomas@inventure.fi

+358 50 400 2110

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Ilkka Kivimäki

Partner

Ilkka Kivimäki

Partner

Ilkka is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in running high-growth technology companies. As a Co-founder of Wicom Communications, he ran the company as a CEO until it was acquired by SAP in 2007. After serving as a SVP at SAP, he has worked as the Head Coach of Startup Sauna and as Founding Chairman of the Startup Sauna Foundation. At Inventure, Ilkka focuses on early-stage investments, investment strategy and portfolio value creation.

ilkka@inventure.fi

+358 50 370 0097

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Ekaterina Gianelli

Investment Director

Ekaterina Gianelli

Investment Director

Ekaterina brings her international background and experience in digital services into the venture capital team. At Inventure, Ekaterina oversees the Seed Program and works mainly with consumer internet, software, marketplace and ecommerce companies. She is also responsible for marketing and external communication. Prior to joining Inventure, Ekaterina has been involved in scaling several innovative companies, including design agency Fjord (part of Accenture Interactive) & adtech startup Kiosked. Her passion lies in solving consumers' problems with design & technology.

ekaterina@inventure.fi

+358 44 317 3470

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Lauri Kokkila

Dealflow Manager

Lauri Kokkila

Dealflow Manager

Lauri joins Inventure as a Dealflow Manager after spending two years in a large construction company, developing their digital services and real estate platform. At Inventure, Lauri is responsible for dealflow sourcing and evaluation, business intelligence and market analysis. Lauri holds a bachelor degree in Information Networks, and finalises his master studies at Aalto University with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship.

lauri@inventure.fi

+358 400 659 736

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Daniela Bensky

Daniela Bensky

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Daniela Bensky

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Daniela has a strong background in executive support, project management and event coordination. Having worked for international companies like Nokia and Microsoft, she reinforces the team with her multicultural and multi-lingual capabilities. Daniela plays an important role in organising Inventure portfolio events. In taking charge of several projects simultaneously, she hopes to be a positive energy source and strength to the team. Daniela has a degree in International Relations & Psychology from Washington DC and Geneva.

daniela@inventure.fi

+358 50 486 9911

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Daniel Lauren

VENTURE PARTNER

Daniel Lauren

VENTURE PARTNER

Based out of Stockholm, Daniel is heading Inventure’s operations in Sweden. Daniel has a strong experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to support our portfolio companies. In his past, he has founded and co-founded more than 10 companies, and has been operative in several startups since 2005. Today, Daniel manages our investments in Sweden-based Like A Boss Games and Glimr.

daniel@inventure.fi

+46 70 894 44 42

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Jannik Ackermand

ASSOCIATE

Jannik Ackermand

ASSOCIATE

Based out of Stockholm, Jannik is responsible for deal sourcing and evaluation, as well as assisting existing portfolio companies with business development. Prior to joining Inventure, Jannik worked at Swiss-based hedge fund Amplitude Capital as well as Swedish eCommerce scaleup Klarna. Jannik holds a BSc in Business and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

jannik@inventure.fi

+46 70 367 35 15

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Fei Xu

Fei Xu

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Fei Xu

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Fei runs Inventure’s operations in China. Based in Shanghai, he supports Inventure’s portfolio companies with market entry strategies in Asia, fundraising projects, and sourcing. Before joining Inventure, Fei has worked with Intel, Grace Semiconductor, and ATMI. He holds a PhD from Penn State University, and an MSc from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai.

fei@inventure.fi

+86 13917588017

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