june, 2022

02jun08:3010:30Event OverFundraising for high-growth companies


Event Details

Entrepreneurs and investors face challenges in finding each other and communicating their respective needs and interests. 

As a scale-up you want to put yourself into your investor’s shoes to understand the psychology of fundraising.

Why does fundraising represent a crucial phase in scaling a successful company? What do investors look for when evaluating your company? How should you be ready to take on the pitching challenge? 

“Oftentimes, investors have a sense of whether a pitch is going to go somewhere within the first 15-20 minutes of a conversation.” Christine Tsai, CEO and Founding Partner – 500 Global

Join us for a deep dive session harnessing the power of fundraising for high-growth companies. In this session, we will be establishing a rough roadmap that founders can follow while trying to solve the fundraising riddle and find unique answers to fulfill their company’s needs.

Keynote speaker:

Navin Thukkaram, Silicon Valley Investor & Entrepreneur
Navin Thukkaram is a technology investor and entrepreneur who has generated over $3 billion in exits. He has served on 7 company boards of companies ranging from $50 million to over $2 billion in value. A graduate of both Harvard and Princeton, Navin has been featured extensively in the global media, including CNBC, Fox News, Fortune and SVT.

Panelists together with Navin Thukkaram:

Sami Ahvenniemi, General Partner, Vendep Capital
Sami has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, start-ups, and software companies. Sami’s previous venture capital investments include great companies such as MySQL, Neo4j, Sensinode and Behaviosec while previously working at Holtron Ventures and Conor Venture Partners.  Additionally, Sami was one of the founders of Kontena, an early Kubernetes company now part of Mirantis, and has held sales, marketing and product management positions at SSH in Silicon Valley, Boston and Helsinki.

Ekaterina Gianelli, Partner, Inventure
Ekaterina is a Partner of the Nordic VC firm Inventure. An operator-turned-VC, she invests at the earliest stages and loves working closely with founders to help them shape their teams and scale globally. Prior to joining Inventure, Ekaterina was part of the team scaling Fjord from a small consultancy into a world leading design and innovation firm (Fjord was acquired by Accenture Interactive in 2013). She has also worked on product and sales in the marketing and advertising space.


(Thursday) 08:30 - 10:30


Epicenter Lounge, Epicenter Helsinki

Mikonkatu 9


Epicenter Helsinki Mikonkatu 9

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