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

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

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  • Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

    RT @EskoKilpi: The way succesfull individuals think about work is very close to the way succesfull startups do their strategies. Interesting

  • Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

    Private sector jobs down -40,000 in 2015 in Finland. http://t.co/DhtnRXLucs #talousennuste

  • Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

    Human brain consumes 20% of blood and oxygen, while is only 2% of body weight. It still is world's most energy-efficient computer.

Investments

  • Jalmari Raippalinna, Jussi Laakkonen (CEO), Matti Savolainen, Pekka Aakko
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    Acquired by Unity

  • Ari Tulla (CEO) Tapio Tolvanen
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  • Mika Raento, Pekka Uronen, Teemu Kurppa (CEO)
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  • Joerg Ott, Marcin Nagy, Varun Singh (CEO)
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  • Anselm Levskaya, Austen Heinz (CEO), George Church, John Mulligan, Lukman Winoto, Reese Jones, Sagar Indurkhya
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  • Heather Anne Halpert, Linda Avey (CEO), Mitsuharu Hadeishi
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  • Jyri Engeström (CEO), Ulf Schwekendiek
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    Acquired by Groupon

  • Ari Ketola (CEO), Veikko Latvala
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  • Fredrik Kekäläinen (CEO), Johan Engström
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  • Aki Järvilehto (CEO), Markus Tuppurainen, Mika Tammenkoski
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  • Celine Pasula, Harri Granholm, Harri Hätinen, Jarno Wuolijoki, Markus Pasula (CEO), Mikko Lindstedt, Mikko Wilkman, Roope Kangas
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  • Andreas Karlsson, Mikko Hämäläinen, Teemu Tuulari, Ville Vesterinen (CEO)
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  • Janne Haverinen (CEO)
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  • Antti Laakso, Heini Varjonen, Jari Jaanto, Ville Mujunen (CEO)
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  • Sakke Järvenpää
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  • Olli Kallioniemi, Sami Kilpinen, Tommi Pisto (CEO)
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  • Aleksi Soini (CEO), Janne Koskinen
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  • Jukka Planman, Kristian Ranta (CEO), Tuomas Planman
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  • Antti Laitinen, Ilona Lindholm, Juha Leinonen, Olli Sinerma, Ville Kivistö (CEO)
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  • Aapo Kyrölä, Aleksi Aaltonen, Sampo Karjalainen (CEO)
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    Acquired by Facebook

  • Henric Suuronen, Henrik Karlström, Juha Paananen (CEO), Teemu Ikonen
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    Acquired by King.com

  • Jarkko Väinämö, Tuomas Riski (CEO)
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  • Akseli Hemminki, Pekka Simula, Franz Wuite (CEO)
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  • Jaakko Suoknuuti, Janita Leinonen, Noora Keskievari (CEO
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  • Ami Rubinstein (CEO), Levon Gasparyan
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  • Kari Kivelä, Petteri Lahtela (CEO)
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  • Gerald Goldstein, Itamar Lesuisse (CEO), Sagi Shorrer, Xavier Louis
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  • Rami Korhonen (CEO), Timo Kari
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  • Antti Virolainen, Juho Makkonen (CEO)
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  • Kristo Ovaska (CEO), Tuomo Riekki
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  • Sami Kuusela, Toni Laturi (CEO)
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  • Jani Virtanen, Tuomas Neuvonen (CEO)
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  • Ilkka Rämö, Jutta Haaramo (CEO)
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  • Ilkka Paananen (CEO), Lassi Leppinen, Mikko Kodisoja, Niko Derome, Petri Styrman, Visa Forsten
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    Exited to SoftBank

  • Antti Ritvanen, Harri Hallila (CEO), Juha Haaja
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  • Ulla Engeström (CEO)
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  • Akseli Hemminki (CEO)
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  • Kai Bäckman (CEO), Mikko Mononen
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  • Anna Ronkainen, Heikki Vesalainen, Matti Kokkola, Mikael Kolehmainen (CEO)
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  • Jessica Richman (CEO), Zachary Apte
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  • Heikki Aura, Veli-Pekka Marin (CEO)
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  • Antti Aunio, Juuso Nissilä, Aki Backman (CEO)
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  • Elias Pietilä, Juhani Mykkänen, Lauri Andler, Mika Matikainen, Miki Kuusi (CEO), Oskari Pétas
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  • Harri Valpola, Juho Malmberg (CEO), Jussi Peltomaa, Rainer Rehn, Tuomas Lukka
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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

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Latest News

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

  • RT @EskoKilpi: The way succesfull individuals think about work is very close to the way succesfull startups do their strategies. Interesting

    Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

  • Private sector jobs down -40,000 in 2015 in Finland. http://t.co/DhtnRXLucs #talousennuste

    Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

  • Human brain consumes 20% of blood and oxygen, while is only 2% of body weight. It still is world's most energy-efficient computer.

    Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

  • RT @ouraring: Interesting! Sleeping could go a long way in protecting you from getting sick. by @mandyoaklander #sleep #health https://t.c

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @ouraring: We've hit 350K! Thanks so much everyone for your amazing support! http://t.co/qz5stArrK1 #kickstarter #crowdfunding http://t.…

    Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

  • RT @ClashofClans: We ❤️ Fan Art! Send us yours: http://t.co/VdsN0pr5Oc http://t.co/yiXmCN6xf6

    Ilkka Paananen
    @ipaananen

  • RT @everyweargames: We are thrilled to welcome @om to our board of directors and @trueventures as investor in a €1.5m seed financing round.…

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @trueventures: Welcome @everyweargames and Founders Mika Tammenkoski, @akijarvilehto and @maker74 to True! #AppleWatch #games http://t.…

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • @trueventures welcomes @everyweargames - http://t.co/5oC5CQhOCz

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @ElinaLappalaine: Tuoreessa Talouselämässä on kirja-arvioni @lindaliukas #HelloRuby-kirjasta. On se, siis maailman paras :) http://t.co/

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • @Bonanzinga, FYI ;) https://t.co/iUDxR1W7My

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @SAI: Microsoft and Google spend way more on lobbying the EU than other American tech companies http://t.co/fCFppQysto http://t.co/NAGST

    Timo Ahopelto
    @timomj

  • RT @akijarvilehto: Humbled to have @hoopeekoo, @nikolaj and Om @om as board members! Amazing support for building world's first Apple Watch…

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @hellorubyworld: We are hiring: an iOS Developer and Animation Designer to combine Seymour Papert, Toca Boca and Biopihila! http://t.c

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

  • RT @ElinaLappalaine: Älykellopelejä tekevä @Everyweargames keräsi 1,5M€, sijoittajiksi @Trueventures @om, Lifeline @hoopeekoo ja Sundstone …

    Petteri Koponen
    @hoopeekoo

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