Mikko Salminen

Director, Open Innovation, Spinverse

Mikko lived his early years in Turku and Raisio, spending his summers by the sea. At the age of 6 he joint the local scouts, Turun Sinikotkat spending even more time in the archipelago namely in Kunstenniemi in Rymättylä.Sinikotkat organised scout events all a around the year in Rymättylä. Ever since, Baltic sea and especially Turku archipelago has been close to his heart.

Mikko is working with Spinverse’s key customers in long-term projects with focus on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital health and Open Innovation.

Mikko is a seasoned professional with a versatile business and technology background. He has been successfully leading business units both in Vaisala and Nokia Networks, leading R&D and technology units, strategy and business development and marketing. In addition, Mikko has been working in three start-ups and is a board member of two additional start-ups. He holds a patent for radio network based positioning. Kauppalehti selected Mikko as one of the 100 information technology forerunners in 1997.

Mikko holds Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Aalto University. He has been lecturing regularly in Aalto University on Electronics, Product Development, Communications Networks and Leadership. He is also Authorized Personal Trainer (APT, FISAF) and NLP Practitioner.

In his spare time, Mikko develops house monitoring and control system both for his home and his holiday home, coaches junior ice hockey players, plays ice hockey himself and practices for endurance events: cycling, mountain biking, windsurfing, skiing, skating and orienteering. Mikko has roller bladed and paddled from Turku to Espoo.

Mikko is also a voluntary project manager in Minun mereni ry to restore Täktomträsket bog area in Hanko.

On Initiative Day 2, 16.8., Mikko will share us insights on topic Sea innovation and business ecosystems.


Sea economy ecosystems to scale-up opportunities

A'Pelago Initiative 2024