Having a strong hands-on experience with starting up and developing technology based business, Erik is a seasoned consultant in the fields of ICT and innovation management. He also has an experience of acting in key expert’s role in large EU funded cross-border projects. Thanks to his long term connections in Russia he is strongly networked with the main Russian actors in the fields of ICT, photonics, nanotechnologies, venture capital and start-up scene, innovation development, higher education and science.
Erik holds Ph.D. in physics from 1997 and before starting his entrepreneurial career in 2002 he has been working as a researcher of the Academy of Finland. His main scientific interest area was photonics and laser optics. That was also the field of business for his first start-up company founded as university spin-off in 2002. Erik is fluent in Finnish, Russian and English.
Kirsi is a seasoned expert in science and project management with 20 years background in education, research, development and innovation in universities, research institutes and in private sector. She holds Ph.D. in chemistry and she is a qualified vocational teacher and a qualified member of board, too. Her main areas of expertise are materials chemistry, wood chemistry, bio economy as well as training and RDI funding.
In her field of expertise, Kirsi is a member of expert community extending from SME’s to research organisations and academic institutes. During her career, she has helped projects, businesses and individuals to grow. Kirsi lives in Eastern Finland. She is fluent in Finnish, English and German.