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Ilkka Kivimäki

Founding Partner, Maki.VC

Ilkka is Founding Partner at, a Finnish venture capital fund investing in seed-stage deep tech companies and distinctive brands. He’s a serial entrepreneur-turned-investor with over 20 years of experience from both sides of the table: he was the first investor and former chairman of Wolt, sat on the board of Beddit before it was acquired by Apple, and he has also served as a SVP of SAP AG after selling his own company to the industry giant.

Ilkka is passionate about developing the Nordic startup ecosystem – he is co-founder and board member of Finnish Startup Community, has chaired Slush and Startup Sauna, served on the boards of student-led VC Wave Ventures and Europe’s biggest hackathon Junction, as well as acted as the Head Coach for Startup Sauna. He also sits on the Aalto University Board, and his contributions to the startup ecosystem have earned him an honorary doctorate from the university.


About Maki.VC
Founded: 2018  |  HQ: Finland  |  Stage: Seed and Early