Co-Founder of Women in Tech: Finland
Pia Erkinheimo works at Vake – Finnish State Development Company as a programme director for data economy. Besides that she chairs the board of SOLVED – The Sustainability Company, acts as a Board Member of FiBAN (Finnish Business Angels Network, the largest angel network in Europe) and Heart2Save – algorithms to identify arrhythmia. In Fall 2017 she worked at Nordea’s Startup and Growth as responsible for investor dealflow. As an investor, she looks at businesses where impact investing, blockchain and big data meets with crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and paid crowdworking business models. The European Commission has benefitted from her S&T&I experience as a Rapporteur for OISPG, Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group, and currently, as an evaluator, she looks the deal-flow coming via EU’s SME initiative Phase 1 and Phase 2.
A priori to that, Pia pioneered platform thinking e.g. in DIGILE, The Finnish Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation in Internet Economy as Head of Crowds and Communities and in Nokia Corporate Strategy and CTO’s Office as Head of Innovation Crowdsourcing. M&A was in her focus during Capgemini Consulting years. Pia holds an MA in behavioural sciences and combines it with industrial management and strategy studies (University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Minnesota). Her Ph.D. studies (on-going) at Aalto University has taken her to e.g. University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, USA.
MOTTO: “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it but to enable it.” – by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of e.g. Le Petit Prince.