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Come and spend a nice evening  in good company – top speakers, networking, tasty food and drinks in prospect!

Date and time: Tuesday Dec 4th, 2018, from 7 pm to 10 pm
Place: Maxine, address: Urho Kekkosen katu 1, 6th floor, Helsinki, entrance from Narinkkatori

7pm        Doors open – welcome drinks, food and open bar

7.20pm   Welcome words
Harri Ojala, Greetings from Business Tampere

7.30pm FIBAN greetings by Ossi Numminen + Fabian Sepulveda, investor
Making money with an impact: Investing in startups that solve real problems

8pm        Top 4 from Tampere Pitching Competition for Slush 2018
The Rudolf, Applicado, eeeDo, Polar Partners

Other special startups: Radientum, Hilla Entertainment
Coming up in Tampere in 2019: Startup World Cup and Stream Startup Festival

8.50pm  Ilkka Kaikuvuo, Head of Framery Research Center
Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to do your thing.

9.10pm        Chris Vargas, investor
Startup DNA: Setting the ground to global growth.
Interactive talk and thoughts on raising capital as well as landing and expanding in North America. To make things a little more dynamic there will be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the talk. What question have you always wanted to ask investors (but never dared to)?

The event is hosted by Trent Pancy.



You, of course. We also have some top speakers, including the top 4 of the Tampere Pitching Competition for Slush 2018: The Rudolf, Applicado, eeeDo and Polar Partners as well as other special startups: Radientum and Hilla Entertainment.
Investor Fabian Sepulveda will tell us what business angels look for in startups, and Chris Vargas, investor from Silicon Valley and Ilkka Kaikuvuo, from Framery will be joining us to share their story and the wisdom gained from their own unique journey.

Chris Vargas

Chris Vargas

Startup DNA: Setting the ground to global growth

Chris Vargas


Chris is a respected and successful investor from Silicon Valley.  He helps early stage startups win their first customers, sign partnerships and raise capital. Also as a real-estate, environmental and non-profit guru, he is  is recognized for having several success stories:

  • 8 startups. 1 IPO. 1 acquisition.
  • Founder (2)
  • 6 successful capital raises
  • 18 angel investments
  • Early Cisco executive (’91-’99)

Fabian Sepulveda

Fabian Sepulveda

Fabian Sepulveda, investor

Making money with an impact: Investing in startups that solve real problems


Fabian has more than 20 years of working experience in Engineering, Management Consulting and Investment Banking with the likes of Lucent Technologies, A.T. Kearney and JP Morgan.

For the past 12 years, he has been actively involved in Finland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as an entrepreneur, startup coach, Lean Launchpad® trainer, Business Angel and Venture Capitalist.  Fabian also helps corporates adopt Lean Startup practices and Customer Development and teaches numerous venture related courses at Aalto Executive Education, and other universities. He has co-founded three companies: eyescubed, (automotive technology); Courage Ventures Consulting (Entrepreneurial Training); and most recently, he co-founded Courage Ventures Funds, a Venture Capital firm investing in Health, Education, and Environment verticals.

Fabian has a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc. in Finance and a PhD in International Business (Entrepreneurship).

Ilkka Kaikuvuo

Ilkka Kaikuvuo Framery 190x190

Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to do your thing.

Ilkka Kaikuvuo
Head of Framery Research Center


Startup enthusiast, Mr Noisy and (relatively) ok hobbyist marathon runner. Also Co-founder of Framery, Surveypal (and few other companies), board amateur and angel investor. Currently also the Head of Framery Research Center at Framery Acoustics building global growth in one of Tampere’s great success stories.

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