Founding Partner @ Lion Partners
Mikko was born in Finland but has lived in 4 continents (Europe, US, Africa and Asia) and relocated 2 years ago from Beijing, China back to Europe and to Malta after a more than a decade in China.
While majority of his work during last 25 years has revolved around developing business models and strategy in software companies, the result oriented approach has led to ‘’all
sides of the negotiation table’’ successfully helping companies raise money, investing in companies (in the role of a Venture Capitalist as well as a private business angel), selling companies and also buying companies in diverse cultural environments.
Mikko’s work has been direct assignments to companies ranging from start-ups to listed companies and public organizations and government organizations. Mikko has been actively building ecosystems around companies via various initiatives internationally. His work has included serving as a mentor and advisor to incubators and accelerators and chambers of commerce’s’, with director roles in both private companies as well as NGO’s such as Finnish Business Council of Beijing (Vice Chairman) and EU Chamber of Commerce in China (Finland’s Representative).
Currently Mikko works at his own consulting/corporate finance company Lion Partners with both private and public clients in EU and Asia in addition he’s a member of Directors’ Chamber in Malta available for non-executive director positions. Mikko is a Finnish Citizen, residing in Malta.
Discussion panel on startup ecosystems moderated by Alistair Farrugia (Malta Communications Authority) with the participation of Dane Stangler (Startup Genome), Mikko Puhakka (Lion Partners) and Rafael Pascual-Leone (Valletta Design Cluster).