Episode 128 – Ecosystem Zoom In – The Finnish Case

Show us the happiest people in the world! Francesca Aliverti invited a couple of industry leaders from Finland and posed some important questions regarding their ecosystem both on their local skills, talent, investment, plans, and aspirations for the future, but also local struggles and comparisons to their northern neighbors. We only mentioned Nokia once, but left space for ample discussion into their accelerated digital and fintech adoption, education system, and of course – happiness rankings!
In one our of the most honest and deep Ecosystem Zoom Ins ever made, we give you “The Finnish Case” with Mika Markalaakso and Kirsi Larkiala.

Connect with our guests:
Mika Marjalaakso – Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, CEO & Co-founder at Aivo
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikamarjalaakso/

Kirsi Larkiala – Founding Partner & CEO, FFE / Finnish Fintech Ecosystem Ltd
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirsilarkiala/

Head of Business Development, FTS Group
About the Author
Francesca Aliverti is the Head of Business Development at FTS Group, a startup mentor at Startupbootcamp FinTech & Cybersecurity and an Equity Partner of AVK2 Investments. Previously she held a position as the Head of Strategy & Business Development at Holland Fintech, where she catalyzed its transformation from inception to a +400 members enterprise. She is highly fluent in the fintech European ecosystem with tangents across the world - in technology issues from a business point of view, from the traditional structures to the most innovative solutions in the market. She became a regular host at the Breaking Banks Europe Podcast. Francesca speaks Italian, English and Greek.
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