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Mikko Kaarela

Senior Consultant, M.Sc.(Eng.), MBA (IMD)

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+358 40 060 7277

Mikko is a seasoned new business development expert and strategist. His versatile international experience covers various high technology businesses from industrial logistic and retail automation to electronic payments and heavy engineering. He has lived, studied and worked abroad his entire career, dealing with marketing and sales, business development and change management.

At Spinverse, Mikko’s responsibilies have included industrial collaboration and technology transfer between large corporations and start-ups, innovation management, go-to-market and technology commercialisation consulting as well as projects related to Russia.

Mikko joined Spinverse from Technopolis Ventures / Spinno Enterprise Center – the leading high-technology business incubator in Finland, where he coached early-stage start-up companies to develop and execute their business plans to secure financing and pursue international growth. Before that he served in a Pan-European role with MasterCard’s Mondex subsidiary in London and in several management roles for Metso Corporation (then Valmet) in Finland, France and Germany, introducing new information technologies to Russia, launching the company’s technology sourcing from Russian military industry and turning around company’s marketing and sales in France.

Mikko received his Master’s Degree in Computer engineering from Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” and International MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is fluent in Finnish, English, Russian and German.

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Manufacturing & Energy

Speeding up the development of smart and sustainable battery ecosystems

Finnish and European battery ecosystems were assessed in an extensive study focusing on the current status of the ba...

ICT & Security

Building key enablers for a Digital Smart City

Smart cities need digital service infrastructure to improve safety, energy efficiency, air quality, effectivity of transportation and quality of living. However, the capacity of mobile ne...

Bioeconomy & Renewables

Industrial scale wood-based biomaterials

Nine European companies have joined forces in the SWEETWOODS flagship project, which involves producing wood-based biomaterials for the first time on an industrial scale. These wood-based...