Erki Ani, CEO
Erki has developed the cleantech innovation supportive ecosystem in Estonia from ground zero. He’s fully dedicated to commercializing research by seeking novel high growth potential ideas, helps them evolve and invests in the most promising ones. He has background in environmental technology, biology, engineering and business management from UT, TalTech and EBS.
Fact that he’s mission has been to pull out future success stories in cleantech has resulted in seeking funding of 1M€ for 50 startups in Estonia to date.
Today Erki knows everyone and runs the show. When he is not flying to meetings across Europe, he is probably organising another cleantech bootcamp and strategizing on developing the cleantech sector. More on LinkedIn.
Indrek Kelder, Co-Founder, CFO, Mentor
Indrek has years of investing experience from SmartCap, and business development know-how from several hardware startups.
Indrek is probably the most experienced investor in cleantech in Estonia. Plus, he's a cool and fun mentor. When he is not mentoring our startups, he's probably going to sauna in Saaremaa. More on LinkedIn.
Kadri Piho, Project Manager, Coach
Kadri has a diverse experience in the environmental field for 10+ years. She has worked as a chemist testing toxic elements in food and water. After an MSc in sustainable energetics she was a development engineer for a new type of flexible printed solar cells. Her focus was for years on recycling, waste reduction and circular economy.
She has also entrepreneurial experience, that includes founding Topsiring.
Kadri wishes to let everyone hear about the benefits of clean technology. More on LinkedIn.
Triin Viilvere, Marketing Manager
Triin holds a master's degree in environmental science. She gained experiences by working for the NGO IFOAM EU in Brussels which advocates organic agriculture in Europe. Before that she focussed on solving food waste problems in Estonia at SEI Tallinn.
Triin wants to share the voice of cleantech startups to ensure that their achievements will be recognised. More on LinkedIn.
Triinu Lukas, Co-Founder @ magazine JÄLG
We had this brilliant idea that a magazine would make Cleantech ForEst’s voice loud and clear. So, as part of her MBA studies, Triinu created the business plan for JÄLG. Her mission with JÄLG is to get the word out to the Estonian people about how powerful cleantech ideas are created in Estonia (and abroad). Next to JÄLG she’s a multifunctionalist with different topics of interest. More on LinkedIn.
Karl-Joosep Pärtel, Project Manager of Climate-KIC Journey & Climathon Tallinn hackathon
Karl has a business background focused on bringing new products and services to the market. He holds a MSc in innovation management and has worked in the green sector in Europe and Africa. He is happy to work with great minds and startups to drive the change towards sustainable development. More on LinkedIn.
Kaija Valdmaa, Co-Founder, Advisor
Kaija is a PhD candidate at Tallinn Technical University, focusing on technology governance. She knows the Estonian cleantech business landscape better than anyone, and she has been advising several tech startups at Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and Pakri Science and Industry Park. Currently, she is managing smart grid projects at Elering.
Kaija is advising Cleantech ForEst on corporate partnership and research. More on LinkedIn.
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Marit Sall Lyngbaek, Co-Founder, Advisor
Marit has an environmental technology background and experience in building green business communities on a national level at Startup Estonia. She has crazy ideas about Cleantech ForEst's next projects and is always scouting for new partners.
Marit is representing the organisation in Silicon Valley. She is an advisor on fundraising, partnerships, community growth and strategic marketing. More on LinkedIn.