Meet the new FiBAN board for 2023
November 24, 2022
FiBAN’s Fall Meeting has elected the board for the upcoming year 2023. The board for 2023 are Annukka Mickelsson (Chair of the Board), Esa Kinnunen, Kim Väisänen, Eljas Repo, Elina Koivumäki, Pia Kantola, and Antti Lehtimäki. The elected board consists of experienced angels and entrepreneurs with versatile and complementary strengths - eager to roll up their sleeves in January. Get to know them!
Annukka Mickelsson, Chair of the Board
Annukka Mickelsson got excited about startups during the financial crisis as a source of new economic growth. She became a FiBAN member in 2015 to participate in networking, share experience and build growth paths for promising companies. Today, the majority of investments are directed to data analytics and services. Annukka holds a master’s degree in economics and has a background in the financial sector as well as politics as a ministerial advisor and government affairs. She has a long experience at the strategic level in ESG, leadership as well as board experience in different industries.
Esa Kinnunen started his career in international technology companies flying around the globe for 15 years. In late 2011, Esa moved on to the startup-entrepreneur phase, when he co-founded Nordcloud company and expanded it to the international market at a fast pace. After a successful exit from Nordcloud, Esa continues as an angel investor and board professional in several fast-growing companies. His motto is “What would you do if you were not afraid of anything?”
After 17 years in large Finnish law firms, Elina Koivumäki quit her partnership and founded her own law firm Lexperience in 2016. Elina specializes in legal issues related to sales, marketing, communication, social media, copyright, and data protection. From 2018-2021 she was also a co-founder of the Growpolis startup. Since 2016 Elina has been an angel investor with e.g. Kyrö Distillery Company, Naava, Bonfire Agency, and GraphoGame & Claned in her portfolio, and joined FiBAN in 2020. Elina also works as a professional speaker, moderator, and host, and is the author of the awarded “Marketing law” book series. Elina’s registered trademark is “It’s all about people” and she strongly believes in the importance of communication skills.
Kim is an angel investor with an entrepreneurial background and mindset. He became a full-time investor in 2015 after selling his company to the London Stock Exchange and has invested in almost 30 companies in different fields today. One of his portfolio companies, Framery, has grown fast and won the Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic of Finland. Kim describes his approach to angel investing as a co-entrepreneur. “I put a bit of my time, effort, and money, and we try to make things greater, bigger, and better – together. I have always said that if you have been successful you have to share it and help other people.”
Eljas is an entrepreneur in the communications industry and running Repo Media. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Pro Opera Association, a member of the Board of the Exchange Club, and the Chair of the Badminton Division. He is also a member of the Board of the listed company Ovaro Kiinteistösijoitus Oyj, a member of Taikina Capital, a board member of a few startups, and he is a Senior Advisor at Directors´ Institute Finland.
Pia is a technology entrepreneur, start-up business angel, and international business leader with long experience in SW and technology industries. She is especially interested in creating growth strategies, developing innovative customer solutions, and scaling businesses globally. As a business angel, she has invested in B2B SaaS and data-driven companies. She is also a board member at technology companies.
Antti Lehtimäki is a passionate portfolio entrepreneur, angel investor, and strategy consultant with a creative mindset. He has been a FiBAN member since 2017 and has directed the FiBAN operations in the Turku area since 2020. For six years, Antti Lehtimäki worked in Helsinki at Gartner, gathering the key takes for succeeding in technology, market research, and service businesses. After moving back to the Turku region, he has consulted over 100 SME companies with growth strategies. Since 2013, he has also directed the Growth Entrepreneur Service in the South-West Finland region, helping over 1300 SME growth companies with a total of over 5 billion in annual revenue. He has invested in 5 companies and intends to establish a portfolio of 15 companies in the next 5 years. For FiBAN Antti brings his regional expertise and growth strategy knowledge of complex business ecosystems.
Amel Gaily, Managing Director, FiBAN