Our Team

We are a diverse team with a vast array of experience in harnessing modern technologies - with backgrounds in education, software development, 3D printing, VR, AR, machine learning and electronics.

 

Kristo

Kristo Lehtonen,

 CEO

10+ years experience in leadership and management, international business, business development and service design at Nokia and NSN.

Master of Science in Engineering and Master of Economics (International Marketing).

 

 

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Jussi Kajala

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 COO

 

10+ years experience in business strategy, financing and technology commercialization.

Formerly lead of 3D printing programme at Tekes.

Best salesman in Spinverse Capital and Consulting. Ph.D., MA from University of Cambridge, UK.

 

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Pekka Salokannel, CDO

Formerly founder of Kokosom, 3D printed eyewear.

World class 3D model designer, sought after speaker internationally.

10+ years of experience in 3D printing at Tinkercad and Fabrigate.

Runs pioneering educational 3D printing programmes.

 

Olli Niskanen

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 CTO

 

Formerly one of the leading games platform developers at Futurice.

Top talent in international Unity community, expert in Lean Service Creation and Agile software development.

Developed e.g. Finavia user inteface.

5+ years of experience in software development.

 

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Maria Muuri

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 Education Lead

 

10+ years experience as a school teacher and Vice-Principal. 

Honored as one of the leading pioneers in educational technologies in Finland.

Several published school books about education.

 

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Elina Uutela

, Marketing & Communications Lead

Elina is a doer with big visions, passionately evaluating how technology and education shape the future. Formerly Head of Communications at HundrED.org, a platform for sharing inspiring innovations in K12 education, and has worked in the startup community in Aaltoes, Slush and Startup Foundation as well as founded her own edtech company, Oppimo.

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Laura Euro, Customer Success Lead

Multitalent with several years of experience in Service Design, Design thinking, Pedagogy and Customer Service. Has written a book about Design Thinking and posesses vast experience from, among other things, as Researcher in Helsinki Education Council and City Designer for City of Helsinki and Board Member of Aalto University Student Union.

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Jan-Peter Holm

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 Hardware Lead

5+ years of experience in 3D printing and plastics technology.

Active in 3D printing technology and research for high tech polymer product manufacturing.

Renowned maker and inventor of everything between small gadgets to electric vehicles.

Paul

Paul Nix

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 Recycling specialist & User care

10+ years of experience in corporate IT troubleshooting, materials technology, polymer extrusion, and plastic recycling.

This Californian exile has a thirst for engineering world class solutions to pressing environmental problems.

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Junyi Sun,

 Pedagogy Specialist

Master student of Education and Technology, English teacher and instructional designer, former interpreter for the Chinese National Canoe Team, 3+ years of experience in international business communication and coordination.

 

Eyad Khader,

 Developer

Senior full-stack developer with 10+ years of experience in software development.

Experience as CEO of a Finnish based game studio EnkSoft and from several own game publications such as Grimbo and Troubles Land.

A Unity Guru. Has developed games for Microsoft Xbox, iOS, Android and Hololens among other things.

Jouni Partanen,

 

Founding Advisor

 

Professor at Aalto University (3D printing research).
Former VP R&D of DPSS
Lasers. 12 years of experience of key technology and business
leadership in 3D Systems, the world leading 3D Printing
Company. Professor Partanen has had an active role in 3DBear since its very start, mentoring and guiding its advisors.

Investors

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Rethink Education VC

US-based Rethink Education VC invests in entrepreneurial companies that are at the forefront of the education technology industry and have the potential for significant, transformative social impact.

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Vesa Pihlajamaa, Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj

30+ years experience in different executive and Board membership positions. CEO of Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj, a public media and publishing company. 

Laura Koponen, Spinverse Group Oy

 

 

Managing Director of Spinverse Innovation Management, the Nordic leader in multiparty public and private R&D project funding (>1000M€ in 10 years).

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Hannu Vaajoensuu

20+ years of experience in  scaling startups. Founder and chair of Board of Directors of Basware, a publicly listed software company. A board professional and private investor. Specialties: Strategy and managing growth.

Kaisa Olkkonen

 

CEO of SSH, a publicly listed Internet security company in Finland as well as a member of several Boards of Directors, including in publicly listed company Cargotec.

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Esko Aho, Advisor

Former Prime Minister of Finland. Last 20+ years in different Executive and Board membership positions.

Glyn Eggar

 

Director at Eggar Actuarial Services Limited. Professional investor and serial entrepreneur.

Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara

 

Former Director-General of Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Research and Innovation.

Raghunath Koduvayur

 

Visionary in international marketing with experience from world class companies such as Tieto and Microsoft. Serial entrepreneur, startup advisor and speaker.

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Mitch Weisburgh,

 

Advisor

Founded and grew two companies in the education and training field.

Mitch is making a mark on education by helping companies and non profits become sustainable through helping students.

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Tero Lehtonen,

 

Advisor

Business Lead for Entertainment Applications at Elisa. Several leadership positions in the past in Nokia and Microsoft.

 
 
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