A'Pelago Initiative 2023

Business Camp for the Archipelago Sea

August 10 – 11

Archipelago Center Korpoström

A'Pelago Initiative 2023

A'Pelago Initiative is a series of business camps combining a think tank with action

It is a meeting place for engagement, dialogue, exchange of ideas and unexpected connections that contribute to the development of the archipelago. It brings together business leaders, digital nomads, researchers, investors and other influencers as well as local entrepreneurs around vital questions of the future of the archipelago.

The purpose of the events is to generate new business ideas and concepts with a local anchorage. These events will be a perfect opportunity for attendees to engage in vital matters relevant for the archipelago and to make valuable connections with like-minded individuals. The events will take place in the Turku Archipelago.

Our first event, A'Pelago Initiative 2023, is a two-day business camp taking place in the heart of the Archipelago at the Archipelago Center in Korpoström.

Andŕe Noël Chaker, Chairman and Founder of MySpeaker, will join us as moderator for the whole event.

The first day will focus on macro-level issues such as the future of the Archipelago Sea ecosystem, digital business trends and technology for humans enabling a hybrid work culture and working remotely from the archipelago.

The action based second day of our event is especially targeted to startup entrepreneurs and growth companies seeking advice and funding.

For attendees

More practical information for attendees can be found here.


Keynote speakers

Clarisse Berggårdh

CEO, Helsinki Partners

Inka Mero

General Partner, Voima Ventures

Kaj Arnö

CEO, MariaDB Foundation

Mårten Mickos

CEO, HackerOne

Erika Halonen

PR & Communications lead, Silo AI

Christoffer Boström

Associate Professor in Environmental and Marine Biology, Åbo Akademi University

Kim Wikström

Professor in Industrial Economy, Åbo Akademi University

Christian Pleijel

Originator of the Habitability concept

Sandra Bergqvist

Member of Parliament

Patrik Nygrén

Mayor of Pargas

Tuomo Meretniemi

Skipper and Digital Nomad

Business case presenters

Ida Rönnlund

CEO, eMathStudio by Four Ferries

Henri Jokinen

CEO at Astrum Vene, Chairman at G-Boats

Mikko Pohjola

Co-founder, Korpi ForRest

Niklas Kiviluoto

CEO, Aino.ar

Tomi Koivulehto

Founder, Brush 'n Go

Tomi Pyrhönen

Product Director, Uniqore

Tommi Lassila

CEO, Oceanvolt Oy

Christian Feodoroff

Founder, Seaboost


Josefiina Kotilainen

CEO, Startup Foundation

Mikael Lönnroth

Founding Partner, Saari Partners

Nea Harjanne

CEO, Kiuas

Niklas Elomaa

Entrepreneur and investor

Petri Rajahalme

Founding Partner, FOV Ventures

Piia Maaranen

Partner, Innovestor

Rebecca Sjödin

Co-Founder & Principal, node.vc

Turo Numminen

Co-founder, Sofokus Ventures

Moderators & facilitators

André Noël Chaker

Writer, Lawyer, Business Consultant

Patrik Anckar

Partner & Co-founder, A'Pelago Experience

Timo Ketonen

Partner & Co-founder, A'Pelago Experience


Day 1: A conceptual and macro-level thinktank

The purpose is to generate new business ideas that will benefit the Archipelago Sea region. Our inspirational keynote speakers and investor panelists will address different topics, but all topics will have an archipelago twist.

All speakers have a direct connection to the region and a penchant for the wellbeing of the sea. We will hear both representatives from research relating to the Archipelago Sea and from the business community.

The day will end with a panel summarizing what concrete business action could be taken for the Archipelago.


Opening & Purpose


Greetings from the Parliament of Finland

Welcome to Korpo

Welcome to Archipelago Center

The Research Perspective


Archipelago Sea Ecosystems


The road to a vital archipelago



The Digital Perspective


From exploring Helsinki to exploring the archipelago


Global platforms, local relevance


Refreshment break


Strategic community building and AI


Investments in DeepTech


Sustainable Innovations for the Archipelago (live from San Francisco)


Panel discussion - how to create an ecosystem for innovation

Facilitated by Patrik Anckar


Summary of Initiatives


Open discussion


Live music with She's Leaving Home

Day 2: Moving from vision to action at a micro level

The purpose is to showcase and facilitate business solutions and start-ups with an Archipelago Sea impact. We will have representatives of different businesses addressing topical solutions, all solutions having an archipelago twist. All presenters have a direct connection to the region and a fondness for the sea.

We will match business operators with investors to generate funding for viable and sustainable solutions. The day will end with an investor panel evaluating the potential of showcases and archipelago related business in general.


Working remotely: Greetings from s/y Panacea sailing in Indonesia


Investor panel 1: What to look for in an investment case - criteria for Private Equity investments and Venture Capital

Facilitated by Timo Ketonen



The easiest 3D configurator for any space


Four Ferries eMathStudio

The learning platform for mathematics


Korpi ForRest

The 2nd best solution for resting your mind


Sofokus: Uniqore

Transform your business processes into digital experiences




G-Boats NaviWheel

Intuitive Control makes Boating Safe and Easy



ServoProp electric propulsion


Brush 'n Go

Pop-up boatwash



100% biocide free antifouling


Investor panel 2: Feedback to the pitches and advice how to go forward when looking for funding

Facilitated by Turo Numminen


Summary and call for actions


Open discussion

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