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.

 

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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.

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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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Kurt Allen,

VP Sales, USA

Experienced Sales & Marketing professional with 10+ years demonstrated history of success in direct sales, channel partner sales and distribution. A certified educator with 10+ years of classroom experience teaching computer technology and providing professional development to administrators, faculty and staff. Served on technology committee and 10+ years developing and allocating budgets.

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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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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.

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Mathias Siig Nørregaard, Unity Lead

A world-class software developer specializing in 3D technology and cutting-edge user interfaces. Formerly at Futurice, one of the leading software consultancies in Finland, he brings lots of experience in building demanding mobile AR apps. Has written software for several major Finnish corporations like Finavia, Yle and HSL. Has a background in ICT engineering.

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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.

 

Investors & Advisors

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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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LearnStart VC

LearnStart is a seed fund creating the largest, most detailed pipeline of global education technology companies. LearnStart is a part of LearnCapital.

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Alan Greenberg, Advisor

Currently Advisor and VC. Mentor at Microsoft Ventures, Telefonica WAYRA Accelerator, Founders Factory and Start Up Bootcamp IOT. Advisory Board of 8GT Fund. Previously led Apple Education EMEA, then Apple Education Asia. Led work on Education Podcasting and launch of iTunes U throughout UK, Europe and China. Executive Board of WideCells Group Plc and SVP & Founder of Wideacademy. Advisor and Mentor to a porffolio of education technology businesses in Europe, China and US.

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Esko Aho, Advisor

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

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David Perloff, Advisor

Holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, has been awarded a number of patents in the field of semiconductor measurement technology, has founded several successful Silicon Valley high tech companies, and is actively involved as a mentor, board member and board observer in early stage high tech companies. Dave actively supports K-12 education in Maine and California through the Perloff Family Foundation, which provides educational grants to schools and teachers.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Glyn Eggar

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

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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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Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara

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

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Tero Lehtonen,

Advisor

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