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Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko Ahvenainen

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Prifina


Jouko Ahvenainen is a serial-entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Grow VC Group, a holding entity including over 10 companies, a pioneer in fintech, data analytics and AI/ML solutions. Jouko started his work with digital finance and fintech models in 2008 and listed world-class influencer. He participated in changing US finance regulation, getting Senate and President to allow JOBS Act and has worked with EU and Asian finance regulation and ecosystems.

Jouko is founder, partner and board member in 10+ innovative fintech, data and AI/ML/robotics companies. Jouko is an advisor for the US, European and Asian investing and finance programs. He focuses on digital disruption in financial services and business and builds truly digital services. He has also co-founded data analytics and AI businesses. Jouko has been a pioneer e.g. in social network analytics and personal data management businesses.

Jouko has built a business, closed investment deals and lead companies globally. He started his first own software business when he was 16-years-old. Jouko has been a Certified Adviser for the NasdaqOMX First North lists. Jouko has made dozens of multi-million dollar customer and investment deals. He has many interest areas, e.g. at the moment studies AI ethics.

Before his serial entrepreneur career, Jouko held senior positions at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc., and Nokia. Jouko has vast experience in international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived and worked in the UK, the US, Finland, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Jouko regularly speaks and writes about innovative finance models and digital business in conferences and media including CNBC Squawk Box, SXSW, MWC, and The Peter Drucker Forum. He has listed World Influencers in Digital Industry and fintech.

Jouko holds an MBA from the School of Business at Aalto University / McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas, Austin, and an M.Sc.(Comp. Sc.) from School of Science, at Aalto University, and B.Soc.Sc. at the University of Helsinki.

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