Pekka Koponen is the Founder and Chairman of Spinverse. At Spinverse, Pekka has created a platform for his passion for bringing new technologies to market, driving the growth of new business and building partnerships. Founded in 2004, Spinverse is the Nordic leader in innovation consulting, specialised in driving open innovation ecosystems, arranging funding and commercialising emerging technologies. Under Pekka’s leadership, Spinverse has helped its customers get more than 420 M€ of EU funding and coordinated over 2,3 B€ of large scale innovation programs. Since January 2018, Pekka has also acted as the Chairman of Working Group on Innovation&Competitiveness by Technology Industries of Finland.
Pekka has strong international experience in bringing new technologies to markets. He is especially known for his work in commercialising emerging technologies as a behind-the-scenes deal-maker for the most respected organisations in the world. Before founding Spinverse, Pekka had exciting 14 years at Nokia during its growth phase. He joined Nokia as a smart card expert for the company’s first GSM phone and wrote software that shipped in 500 million pockets. His later achievements included cellular network market entries in a number of emerging countries, facilitating company’s ecosystem strategy and developing corporate venturing operations. His extensive international career includes expatriate assignments in China, Singapore, UK and Czech Republic.
Pekka holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Oulu. His marriage with Laura includes an extended family of five children. A finisher of a dozen marathons, triathlons and long-distance races in cycling and cross-county skiing, he relaxes by snowboarding, playing golf and boating.