A Grid Open, Meet the entrepreneurs and startup people!

Get inspired by the innovative minds and keynotes! In A Grid Open you get to know the ecosystem doers, startup companies and operators.

Meet the entrepreneurs and startup people of the A Grid ecosystem!

Feel the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset to co-create, innovate, and change the world. The event is organized by Business Espoo, Finnish Startup Community, Aalto University Startup Center and A Grid. 

12th of September 2023, from 13–16
Mordor, A Grid, Otakaari 5, Espoo

13:00 Networking / coffee & snacks
13:15 Welcome words 
13:30 “Finnish Startup Scene in Numbers + insights” Youssef Zad, Finnish Startup Community
14:15 “Building a team that increases the possibility to find investment” Mari Luukainen, Icebreaker.vc
15:00 Open Mic – pitch, share, comment, promote!


Principal at Icebreaker.vc with a portfolio of 100+ startups. Ex-growth operator (3x to €10M+ ARR). Founder of a non-profit creating tech jobs for immigrant women Herizon.io. Investor of the Year in Nordic Women in Tech Awards 2022 and Diversity Role Model of the Year in Nordic Startup Awards 2023. Mari is a passionate growth technologist, self-educated and people-focused, with her journey beginning at age 12 when she earned her first affiliate marketing commission from a fan page she created for the game, Fallout 2.

Youssef has been working 1 and half years as an economist for the Finnish Startup Community. Previous experience include economist positions at labor unions and couple of government official positions in Ministry of Finance (trainee) and Statistics Finland. Youssef’s free time includes doing sports and playing videogames. Currently doing some boxing and playing Red Dead Redepmtion 2.


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