Co-founder & Strategy Director
Growth entrepreneurship, behavioral sciences, Naava’s vision & mission
#health #growth #learning #wellbeing #companyculture
Aki lives and breathes entrepreneurship, which he defines as "ideas into action". Equipped with over 10 years of experience, he is a true expert of growth venturing with a passion for human behavior, winning teams, educational leadership and company culture.
After working as a teacher of physical education and health sciences, Aki worked on his PhD in the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics and was a visiting scholar in Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at San Jose State University. He ran Global Venture Labs' growth venturing programs for a few years, where multidisciplinary students solved companies problems and learned entrepreneurial thinking and processes.
Aki's personal mission is to improve people's health, happiness and performance. During his PhD work he met Naava's co-founder Niko, and this led to the birth of Naava.
Six years later, Naava has grown from an innovative experiment of two young men, to a global business. Naava brings nature indoors, creating natural environments where we can feel healthier and happier.
Aki has been nominated for EY's Entrepreneur of the Year (2017), PWC’s Most Valuable Entrepreneur (2015) and Young Academic Entrepreneur (2014) awards. He was invited by the President of Finland to join the Finland's 100-year ceremonies in 2017, and he has been a keynote speaker at tens of different seminars, events and conferences.