Crowdfunding platform FundedByMe is strengthening its team in Finland with the appointment of Niclas Ahlström as Finland’s Country Manager from 25 August.
”Kristiina Pääkkönen who has been our Finnish Country Manager since January 2013 has been critical to our Finnish success and we could not have done this without her however as she is now moving on in her career we are very happy to announce that Niclas Ahlström will be joining FundedByMe as our new Country Manager for Finland. Niclas joins with experience from both the financial and entrepreneurial world coupled with an international background and strong network, all in all a fantastic match” says Pontus Frohde, FundedByMe COO.
“I’m really excited about FundedByMe and my new role as Finland’s Country Manager. I strive to help Finnish companies succeed and bring together people who will give rise to the best new ideas together”, says Niclas Ahlström.
Swedish FundedByMe has become an established name in the Finnish crowdfunding field, and the platform has provided funding for e.g. Goodio Goods, Pieni piiri, Relax Ally, Yoogaia, Beibamboo and Plastex. Crowdfunded Goodio Cools coconut milk ice-cream was launched on the market at the end of July. ”Finland is our second biggest market in everything we do and in certain areas Finland is leading the way; Finnish companies are generating more cross-boarder investments compared to any other nation within FundedByMe”, says Pontus Frohde.
”Finland has already had two Venture Capitalist companies investing in FundedByMe cases post the crowd, which is validating our own plans of working closer with and partnering with the Venture Capitalist Industry” Pontus Frohde says. Latest news are from Yoogaia raising 2,7 M€ last week.
Kristiina Pääkkönen, who initially brought FundedByMe to Finland and served as the company’s Country Manger for 2,5 years, is now an entrepreneur mentoring the marketing efforts of startups. She divides her time between communications consultancy MEMEgroup and IR platform InvestorEye, which will be launched in the end of August.