Guardian Angel of the Year

Guardian Angel of the year will be awarded to an ecosystem champion who with their work has helped create an environment where angel investing can better thrive.

Riikka Pakarinen, CEO of Finnish Startup Community (Suomen startup-yhteisö)

Guardian Angel of the Year 2021

The Guardian Angel of the Year 2020 is given to the Finnish Startup Community (Suomen startup-yhteisö) for entering the Finnish startup ecosystem with a strong initiative to develop it further along with business angels in FiBAN. “To build success stories, we need great startups. FiBAN wants to recognize the important initiative that founded the Finnish Startup Community (Suomen startup-yhteisö). FiBAN salutes their mission to enhance the environment for growth companies and entrepreneurs.” tells Annukka Mickelsson, Chair of FiBAN Board.

Photos: Aalto yliopisto, Tero Luoma, founder and the chair of the committee for the professorship in ownership.

Guardian Angel of the Year 2020

The Guardian Angel of the Year 2020 is given to two initiatives enhancing the atmosphere for angel investing: the new professorship in ownership as well as the work of Steering Group for Domestic Ownership. “Ownership is in the very essence of angel investing. The professorship in ownership in Aalto University is unique in the world and is an important step for wider recognition of the significance of ownership in Finnish society. This significance was also highlighted in the work of the Steering Group for Domestic Ownership. Recognition of the significance of ownership is important for us angel owners. Thus, FiBAN wishes to underline this importance with the Guardian Angel of the year award.” tells Reima Linnanvirta, Chair of FiBAN Board.