WE CO-CREATE COMPANIES IN HEALTH, WEB, GAMES AND TECH.

In tough times, we would like the entrepreneurs to reach out to us first.

Latest Strong News

Investments

  • Mika Kanninen (CEO), Lauri Pulkkinen, Jari Koskinen, Kimmo Valo
    Visit website

  • Matias Tainela (CEO), Bo Malmberg, Petro Moilanen, Timo Rauhala, Edward Haeggström
    Visit website

  • Mikko Ikola (CEO), Simo Suoheimo, Arno Paula
    Visit website

  • Jalmari Raippalinna, Jussi Laakkonen (CEO), Matti Savolainen, Pekka Aakko
    Visit website

    Acquired by Unity

  • Kim Forsman (CEO), Perttu Jalkanen, Hannu Krosing
    Visit website

  • Ari Tulla (CEO) Tapio Tolvanen
    Visit website

  • Fredrik Schauman (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Mika Raento, Pekka Uronen, Teemu Kurppa (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Joerg Ott, Marcin Nagy, Varun Singh (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Anselm Levskaya, Austen Heinz (CEO), George Church, John Mulligan, Lukman Winoto, Reese Jones, Sagar Indurkhya
    Visit website

  • Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen (CEO), Sam Van Wesenbeeck, Christopher Carstens
    Visit website

  • Heather Anne Halpert, Linda Avey (CEO), Mitsuharu Hadeishi
    Visit website

  • Heikki Länsisyrjä (CEO), Jukka Virkkunen, Mika Vainio-Mattila
    Visit website

  • Antti Sunnari (CEO), Juuso Olkkonen, Jyrki Saarinen
    Visit website

  • Jyri Engeström (CEO), Ulf Schwekendiek
    Visit website

    Acquired by Groupon

  • Ari Ketola (CEO), Veikko Latvala
    Visit website

  • Hannu Lepomäki (CEO), Jorma Eloranta, Esko Aho, Eera Industrial Development
    Visit website

  • Fredrik Kekäläinen (CEO), Johan Engström
    Visit website

  • Aki Järvilehto (CEO), Markus Tuppurainen, Mika Tammenkoski
    Visit website

  • Nick Heller (CEO), Andreas Signer
    Visit website

  • Celine Pasula, Harri Granholm, Harri Hätinen, Jarno Wuolijoki, Markus Pasula (CEO), Mikko Lindstedt, Mikko Wilkman, Roope Kangas
    Visit website

  • Andreas Karlsson, Mikko Hämäläinen, Teemu Tuulari, Ville Vesterinen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Pekka Laurila, Rafal Modrzewski (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Janne Haverinen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Antti Laakso, Heini Varjonen, Jari Jaanto, Ville Mujunen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Kai Karttunen (CEO), Marusa Filic
    Visit website

  • HJ Jost (CEO), Aleksei Shcherbinin, Mikko Sipilä
    Visit website

  • Miska Kaipiainen (CEO), Jari Kolehmainen, Lauri Nevala
    Visit website

  • Sakke Järvenpää
    Visit website

  • Alice Taylor (CEO), Joanna Roach, Luke Petre, Sulka Haro
    Visit website

  • Tommi Pisto (CEO), Mika Hämäläinen
    Visit website

  • Aleksi Soini (CEO), Janne Koskinen
    Visit website

  • Olli Kallioniemi, Sami Kilpinen, Tommi Pisto (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Jukka Planman, Kristian Ranta (CEO), Tuomas Planman
    Visit website

  • Kristian Ranta (CEO), Albert Nazander, Riku Lindholm
    Visit website

  • Antti Laitinen, Ilona Lindholm, Juha Leinonen, Olli Sinerma, Ville Kivistö (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Matthew Wiggins (CEO), Alan Harding
    Visit website

  • Aapo Kyrölä, Aleksi Aaltonen, Sampo Karjalainen (CEO)
    Visit website

    Acquired by Facebook

  • Henric Suuronen, Henrik Karlström, Juha Paananen (CEO), Teemu Ikonen
    Visit website

    Acquired by King.com

  • Jarkko Väinämö, Tuomas Riski (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Teemu Päivinen (CEO), Kane Waltman
    Visit website

  • Akseli Hemminki, Pekka Simula, Franz Wuite (CEO)
    Visit website

    Acquired by Targovax

  • Jaakko Suoknuuti, Janita Leinonen, Noora Keskievari (CEO
    Visit website

  • Ami Rubinstein (CEO), Levon Gasparyan
    Visit website

  • Kari Kivelä, Petteri Lahtela (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Gerald Goldstein, Itamar Lesuisse (CEO), Sagi Shorrer, Xavier Louis
    Visit website

    Acquired by Hachette Livre

  • Rami Korhonen (CEO), Timo Kari
    Visit website

  • Nikolaj Nyholm (CEO), Jakob Lund Kristensen
    Visit website

  • Antti Virolainen, Juho Makkonen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Kristo Ovaska (CEO), Tuomo Riekki
    Visit website

  • Sami Kuusela, Toni Laturi (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Jani Virtanen, Tuomas Neuvonen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Ilkka Rämö, Jutta Haaramo (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Joshua Zloof (CEO), Kalle Freese
    Visit website

  • Suvi Haimi (CEO), Laura Kyllönen
    Visit website

  • Ilkka Paananen (CEO), Lassi Leppinen, Mikko Kodisoja, Niko Derome, Petri Styrman, Visa Forsten
    Visit website

    Exited to SoftBank

  • Antti Ritvanen, Harri Hallila (CEO), Juha Haaja
    Visit website

  • Harri Valpola (CEO), Antti Rasmus, Timo Haanpää, Mathias Berglund, Tapani Raiko
    Visit website

  • Ulla Engeström (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Akseli Hemminki (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Kai Bäckman (CEO), Mikko Mononen
    Visit website

    Acquired by Autodesk

  • Anna Ronkainen, Heikki Vesalainen, Matti Kokkola, Mikael Kolehmainen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Pyry Takala (CEO), Abhishek Aggarwal
    Visit website

  • Jessica Richman (CEO), Zachary Apte
    Visit website

  • Otso Mäkinen (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Heikki Aura, Veli-Pekka Marin (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Antti Aunio, Juuso Nissilä, Aki Backman (CEO)
    Visit website

  • Urho Konttori (CEO), Klaus Melakari, Roope Rainisto, Niko Eiden
    Visit website

  • Markus Melander, Petri Hienonen, Mikko Haavisto, Kimmo Rauma, Mika Leivo
    Visit website

  • Antti Jäderholm, Jaakko Manninen, Kaarlo Kananen (CEO), Wendell Davis
    Visit website

  • Elias Pietilä, Juhani Mykkänen, Lauri Andler, Mika Matikainen, Miki Kuusi (CEO), Oskari Pétas
    Visit website

  • Harri Valpola, Jufo Peltomaa, Timo Taalas (CEO), Tuomas Lukka
    Visit website

  • Antti Uusiheimala, Harri Hursti
    Visit website

Startup Life

Supercell deal team in Tokyo

Ville posing with virtual Ben

Ilkka and Timur relaxing in SF

Some nice R&R in Italy

Jorma and Timo at Slush 2014

Fredrik Kekäläinen, entrepreneur

John, Jussi and David after a handshake deal

Brainstorming at Lifeline's

Nikolaj knows how to do conf calls

John having a island dinner with gaming entrepreneurs

Guillaume pitches hard, but Anil stays cool

Markus, Celine and Mikko at sea

Kristian interviews Ilkka and the creators of Game of Thrones in Barcelona

A chef explains Noma's philosophy

Our co-investors David and Ken during Supercell's board meeting

Mark, Jussi and SF flower power

Mikael Kolehmainen, entrepreneur

Show more

Team

We are entrepreneurs who became investors almost by accident. We made a few angel investments together and, over time, realised that the Nordic market badly needed early-stage investors with entrepreneurial backgrounds. We also noticed that working with entrepreneurs is tremendously fun. In addition, we seemed to be able to help many of them realise their vision. We therefore became full-time investors and have never looked back.

We invest in early-stage companies that we are passionate about and that we believe we can help, often based on our experience as founders and CxOs of various companies.

  • Timo Ahopelto, Partner

    Timo has worked in several industries, ranging from biotech to apps, digital media and process technology. He earned his entrepreneur MBA from CRF Health, a software and services company that he co-founded, developed into a global market leader and successfully exited in 2015. Timo’s free time flies with family, ice hockey, iron and in Lapland skiing-hikes.

    LinkedIn profile

  • Kai Backman, Operator in Residence

    Kai is a builder of all things, but mostly things of software. He has worked on massive distributed systems at Google and founded Tinkercad and Airstone to create cutting edge products for emerging market segments. A tinkerer at heart he is particularly interested in advanced manufacturing and robotics. When needing a break he spends time with his family renovating a 19th century farmhouse using traditional craftsmanship.

  • Petteri Koponen, Partner

    Petteri has founded five companies, including Jaiku and First Hop. In addition to the various startup CxO roles and board memberships, he has been the chairman of Supercell, Grand Cru and Everywear Games. Petteri has experienced public companies as a board member of Elisa, Finland’s largest telco, in addition to working for Google in Mountain View and London after its acquisition of Jaiku. In his free time, Petteri hangs out with his family, pumps iron, plays games, writes (toy) code, and enjoys books and movies.

    LinkedIn profile

  • Samuli Leppänen, Associate

    Samuli has worked in analyst and controller roles in corporate treasuries, investment banking and startups. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Aalto University School of Business. Samuli enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, sports, movies and learning new stuff.

    LinkedIn profile

  • Juha Lindfors, Partner

    Juha joined Lifeline in January 2016, and has been investing together with Petteri and Timo since 2010. Juha has been an active early-stage investor and he has long experience from the growth-focused private ownership model, working with the best private equity firms in the region. He was previously a partner with EQT, a leading private equity firm. Juha likes to spend his free time doing things with his family; he’s also a keen reader and an occasional runner.

  • Ilkka Paananen, Advisor

    Ilkka, the CEO of Lifeline’s portfolio company Supercell, is a games entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience in growing organizations from the founding team to a size of few hundreds. Before Supercell, Ilkka was a President at Digital Chocolate, running its Studios in Helsinki, Barcelona and Silicon Valley. In his free time, Ilkka enjoys time with his family and tries to find time for sports, music and books.

    LinkedIn profile

Latest News

Follow us at Twitter: @hoopeekoo, @ipaananen and @timomj

  • RT @alexstubb: When @TheEconomist says it, you better believe it. Finland is the most stable country in the world. https://t.co/r66SEAn0aq

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashRoyale: Day 6 EU Top 32 has begun! ⚔️ English: https://t.co/V1tUZIrN2v ???? Spanish: https://t.co/ywb1xyrlLM ???? https://t.co/j5Zi3BQ

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @petepokkinen: TP @niinisto muistopuheessaan: On suurmiehiä ja on suurnaisia. Yhdessä uskomattoman suuria. Ei heitä mikään erota. https…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ChiefPat: Clash of Clans - Builder Base YouTuber Tournament!: https://t.co/SWot1AToRk via @YouTube

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashofClans: Suggest a Builder Base contest and win 1,000 Gems from @iTzuDL who won Builder Base tournament! https://t.co/0epXrVa1bV (…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashofClans: Do you speak another language and like contributing to the Clash community? Check this out ❤️ https://t.co/RZiLjrMxn0

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashRoyale: Let's Review ⚔️ Day 3 and Day 4 ⚔️of Bracket Play: https://t.co/hkezS3rn5d https://t.co/bXRkApVING

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ChaseAdam17: It's naive for nonprofits to think they can perfectly quantify impact, but it's more naive not to try.

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • So excited to be the new partner of the Space Apes! An amazing team that will build amazing games. https://t.co/l1UnSOPahx

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ElinaLappalaine: Ihan huippua omien pelitubettajien sitouttamista ja yhteisömarkkinointia #supercell #Builderbasetournament https://t.c

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashofClans: In this edition of "From the Dev's Desk": why the Builder Base, loot cap, Versus Battles and much more! Read on: https://…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ClashofClans: Builder Base Tournament in 1,5 hours! Who do you think will win 100,000 Gems to give to his fans and subscribers? https:/…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @supercellgames: The @ClashRoyale team visited our marvellous marketing team in Tokyo! If you know Japanese, it's your lucky day: https…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @talouselama: "On kiva nähdä Suomen liput ylimpänä listalla" - Lue @ipaananen haastattelu Clash of Clans -uudistuksesta #Supercell https…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @ElinaLappalaine: Supercellin @ipaananen #ClashofClans päivityksestä: "Panostus vastaa kokonaan uuden pelin kehittämistä" #BuilderBase h…

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

Show more