Meet The Mentors

Mentoring is organized in cooperation with MentoriPankki LinkedIn group ( We are constantly updating and adding new mentors to this page.

Paula Ylisassi

Visionary thinker & goal-oriented doer, passionate innovator & business designer, creative and customer driven leader.

Broad international experience from large global companies as well as from a growth-stage online casual games startup. Wide strategic marketing, branding, digital & agile business design knowhow. Currently consumer web site business owner ( @OP


Visa Virén

I am an Oulu Business School graduate, entrepreneur & investor who can guide you in reaching those goals you have for your business.

Jan Schmidt

As an expereinced CEO and entrepreneur I have more than 30 years + background in business operations, customer service, sales and team building skills. I am more than happy to share my experience with young people who are interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups. Further more I have a vast knowledge in regards to international business and working with different cultures.


Margit Heiniemi

Partner, Greenstep, Oulu | MBA

I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurship and helping businesses to growth! I have over 15 years of experience in leadership / management,  development of business services and organizations. Before joining Greenstep I worked as Procurement Director at both Nokia and Microsoft executing M & A's and other special initiatives. Expertise: management / leadership, globalization, team development, productization, procurement, outsourcing & partnering, business / professional services, turnaround / cost savings, M&A´s 

Expertise: management / leadership, organization development, procurement, resourcing, outsourcing  / partnering, business / professional services, turnaround, M&A `s


Niina Karvinen

Impact Business Development with Digital Intelligence, Business Advisor, Mentor, Board Professional.

As a marketing and marketing communication specialist with 15 years of experience I have great know-how in a wide spectrum from the field. I have helped companies find their way to international markets through strategy planning, intelligence data collection and new product launches. As a Business Broker and entrepreneur, I love to look for the big picture in every idea. Having a big heart for business development, the customer, either internal or external, comes always first for me.


Veikko Seppänen

I am a well-seasoned professor of digital business at the Oulu Business School of the University of Oulu. I used to work at Elektrobit Plc – currently Bittium Plc, in various executive and development positions, and was earlier affiliated by the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT. I have been involved in many R&D projects and other innovation and development activities – including Business Kitchen, as well as acted as a board member, business manager, consultant and start-up entrepreneur.  I have often times my justified opinions,  but am also very interested in listening to and working with other people.


Mats Kyyrö


Asmo Saloranta