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Maria 01 Impact Report Launch Event

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Maria 01 Impact Report Launch Event

Welcome to the launch of the Maria 01 Impact Report 2022

It’s finally time to publish the fifth Maria 01 Impact Report and you’re cordially invited to the exclusive Launch Event on the 15th of March.

The Maria 01 Impact Report is an annual publication of our community’s highlights, activities and the impact our startups and we have on the wider startup ecosystem and society. This year we decided to go even bigger and look at the impact we have had since the beginning of Maria 01’s history.

Join us to be the first to hear about the impact Maria 01 startups have had on our society and the wider startup ecosystem. We will reveal numbers on raised funding, created jobs, generated revenue and more. The session will continue with a panel discussion on the role and future of the Finnish startup ecosystem, featuring leading industry experts.

This is an invite-only event. If you haven’t confirmed your attendance by sending us your information yet, please submit the form here to ensure we reserve you a seat.


  • 8:30 Doors Open
  • 8:45 Opening Words
  • 9:00 Main findings of the Maria 01 Impact Report 2022
  • 9:20 Panel discussion on the impact and future of the Finnish startup ecosystem
  • 10:00 Open Networking

Panel Discussion

Kristo Ovaska, Co-Founder at
Kristo is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping young entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses. He has started the entrepreneurship association Aaltoes, co-founded Startup Sauna, an accelerator program for startups, and later In 2019,, a software company helping businesses automate their social media marketing, sold its majority stake to Providence Equity Partners for €200m.

Inka Mero, Founder & Managing Partner at Voima Ventures
Inka is an experienced entrepreneur, company builder, VC, angel investor and new business executive. Voima Ventures is a deep-tech VC, focusing on Nordic pre-seed and seed-stage startups. Prior to founding Voima Ventures, Inka worked for 10+ years as a full-time early-stage investor and advisor/board member for multiple corporations and for close to 15 years in operation tracks as CEO/Director, co-founder and VP of Sales.

Youssef Zad, Chief Economist at Finnish Startup Community
Youssef is the Chief Economist at the Finnish Startup Community and a Doctoral Researcher in economics at the University of Jyväskylä. Previously, Youssef has worked as an economist in the public and welfare sector trade union, where he conducted research related to factors affecting the gender pay gap, among other things.

Ville Simola CEO at Maria 01
Ville is passionate about technology and sustainable growth and has extensive experience in startup ecosystems, community building and corporate innovations. He has previously co-founded Startup Sauna, served in an executive role in healthtech startup and led an innovation & digital transformation unit in a stock-listed corporation.