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Vesa Riihimäki

Head of Startup & Growth Finland Unit, Nordea

Vesa Riihimäki works as Head of the Startup & Growth Finland Unit at Nordea. Nordea caters most of the startups in Finland by combining and tailoring traditional loan products so that they fit better for high growth situations. Nordea does this by cooperating closely with VC funds, business angels, and accelerators.

At SHIFT 2020, Vesa will participate in a panel discussion “Science leading the way for sustainable business”. Involving the latest research in your business may just be the key to becoming a frontrunner. Companies that know how to make use of the potential in solutions to major problems humanity faces are still few and investors who have enough capital and patience to bring them to market are even fewer. Why is this gap between research and commercialization so wide?


SHIFT’s climate partner Chooose has agreed to offset the speaker’s CO2 emissions for six months, including their participation to SHIFT 2020.