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.
10+ years experience as business leader and line manager.
Has successfully developed new businesses, ventures and change initiatives in Augmented Reality (AR), M2M, sustainability and mobile telephony at 3DBear and Nokia.
Master of Science in Engineering (graduation with distinction) and Master of Economics (International Marketing).
COO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of 3DBear Ltd. (mother company) and CEO of US subsidiary 3DBear Inc.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Pedagogical Officer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
LearnStart is a seed fund creating the largest, most detailed pipeline of global education technology companies. LearnStart is a part of LearnCapital.
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.
Esko Aho, Advisor
Former Prime Minister of Finland. Last 20+ years in different Executive and Board membership positions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Director at Eggar Actuarial Services Limited. Professional investor and serial entrepreneur.
Visionary in international marketing with experience from world class companies such as Tieto and Microsoft. Serial entrepreneur, startup advisor and speaker.
Former Director-General of Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Research and Innovation.
Business Lead for Entertainment Applications at Elisa. Several leadership positions in the past in Nokia and Microsoft.