Over the years, we’ve connected with many experienced and inspiring professionals, who came to share their knowledge at our events. They’ve taught us some of the most valuable lessons they’ve learned over the courses of their careers.
Investors are increasingly investing in unlisted growth companies via equity crowdfunding. But why? Are they in it for the money, for the impact, or both? Anna conducts research on equity crowdfunding campaigns, companies, and investors at Aalto University. In collaboration with the fintech platform Invesdor, she has assessed investors’ motivations, decision criteria, and sustainability orientation.
Ravi Kanbur is an inspiring speaker, scholar and author of over 250 publications. Lately, he co-authored the International panel on social progress report and manifesto – a better society is possible. He is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank, including as Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the Africa Region, as Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report. He chairs the UNU-WIDER.
Anna Juusela is the CEO and co-founder of We Encourage, an impact start-up developing a completely new digital solution to prevent child and forced marriages and to empower women. We Encourage acts as a fundraising agent for NGOs and Small-Scale Fundraisers whose causes are aimed for helping women and girls. We Encourage Fundraising helps NGOs to serve their customers aka donors better by creating transparency and trust. To accompany their fundraising solution they are building a conversational AI tool for the victims of honor-based violence, forced marriages etc.
Norded is specialized in custom crowdfunding service packages for companies wanting to launch their product in the large US market.
Jyri Engeström is Co-Founder and General Partner at Yes VC, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. He is an investor in Superhuman, CryptoKitties, Lovevery, Public Goods, Iceye, Applifier/Unity, Betabrand, Oura and others. Jyri co-founded two mobile consumer companies: Jaiku, a mobile social network acquired by Google; and Ditto, a mobile local recommendations service acquired by Groupon. He has run product teams at Google, Groupon and Nokia and was the Head of Product at Boosted, an electric vehicle company that created the Boosted Board electric skateboard, selected by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2018.
Sebastian is the COO of Fundu, a digital platform offering loan based funding. Sebastian has many years of experience from financing. He was responsible for Nordea Crowdfunding, the world’s first equity crowdfunding service offered by a major bank. Later he has worked as a financial consultant with focus on sustainable finance. He is an undergraduate student of Environmental Sciences at the University of Turku