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Maria 01 Community Breakfast: Building Startup Teams at the Early Stage

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Maria 01 Community Breakfast: Building Startup Teams at the Early Stage

Join us for Breakfast with the Maria 01 Community

Welcome to enjoy breakfast together with the Maria 01 Community and like-minded startups, while getting insightful tips on how to navigate your first hires.

This time we have our in-house VC member Lauri Kokkila, Partner at Inventure, taking the Community Breakfast stage.

Inventure is one of the most experienced Nordic venture funds that specialises in helping its portfolio companies with talent and expansion. Since 2005, the team has been in ventures with over 70 companies ranging from deep tech to consumer internet brands, including Wolt, Detectify, Blueprint Genetics, Swappie and Insurello. With its €230 million of assets under management, Inventure focuses on Seed and Series A investments across Nordics and Baltics, with offices in Helsinki and Stockholm.

In this breakfast session, we will deep dive and talk about critical steps to build a top-notch startup team and how to build your talent operations as a growth company.

Expect to learn:

  • What are the common pitfalls of hiring?
  • What do investors look for in teams?
  • Should you use a recruiter?
  • When to build an option pool?


  • 08:30 Doors Open & Breakfast is served
  • 09:00 Welcome Words by Josephine Benzie, Networks Manager at Maria 01
  • 09:05 Intro to Inventure (Lauri Kokkila)
  • 09:10 Keynote: Navigating your first hires (Lauri Kokkila)
  • 09:30 Q&A
  • 10:00 Event ends


Lauri Kokkila, Partner at Inventure

Lauri Kokkila is a Partner at Inventure and one of the youngest VC partners in Europe. He focuses on new opportunities in sustainable resources, the fashion supply chain, PropTech, and marketplaces.

At Inventure, he’s served on the boards of Swappie (raised 108M€ Series C), Umbra (acquired by Amazon), Nordigen (acquired by GoCardless), and Material Exchange (raised 25M€ Series A).