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Jouko Ahvenainen


845 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
United States
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Practice Areas
Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Banker, Capital Advisory, Venture Capitalist
Languages spoken
English, German, Swedish, Finnish
New York

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Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko Ahvenainen

Grow Venture Community (Grow VC) is the first global, transparent, community-based platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and investors.  Grow VC enables great ideas and great teams to get visibility with the right investing audience, funding and support earlier. Grow VC is more than crowd funding, it’s a nurturing ecosystem where entrepreneurs can connect with experts, funders, team members, new customers and partners to realize their ideas. Grow VC can help startups companies secure initial funding of up to 1M USD.

Grow VC International Headquarters is located in Hong Kong, with offices in the US, UK and Finland. Our main offices are located at:

  • 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9HT, United Kingdom
  • 845 Third Avenue, New York City, 10022, New York
  • 3905 Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Hong Kong

We as a global organization are located all over the world and constantly grown. We wish to establish a presence in all the most entrepreneurial countries on the planet.


Jouko Ahvenainen

Jouko Ahvenainen is serial-entrepreneur, e.g. co-founder of Grow VC, the first global peer-to-peer micro-funding service for startups. Jouko is also a partner and board member in other finance or investments companies, like Springboard Venture Private (India) and Replicon (Helsinki & London). He also co-founded data analytics businesses. Before his serial entrepreneur career Jouko held senior positions at diverse technology firms including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc., Nokia, and Sonera. In all roles he has been a key driver to create new business. He is one of the pioneers in social media marketing, and personally had significant role to develop and sell the first social marketing intelligence solutions for mobile and media companies. He has also traditional marketing experience, starting from some well known political campaigns in mid 90's. Jouko has vast experience of international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived and worked in Finland, Malaysia, UK, and the US, and run business in Hong Kong.

Jouko has worked in teams to close several VC deals (from 150k USD to 15M USD), and also closed many large customer deals and been responsible for 40M USD annual revenue. He started his first own software business when he was 16-year-old. Jouko also is also a Certified Adviser in NasdaqOMX First North list at Helsinki and Stockholm stock exchanges. Jouko is on the boards of various start-up companies, and is a co-founder or seed investor in 11 companies.

Jouko is a regular speaker in many marketing, start-up funding, mobile and web conferences including SXSW, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, Next Conference, Echelon and Singapore Infocomm conferences around Europe, Asia, and the US. He is also a co-author in Social Media Data Analytics book.

Jouko holds an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics / McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas, Austin and a M.Sc.(Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology.


Serial-entrepreneur, private investor, crowd-funding, web 3.0, data analytics, marketing, networked business models


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

January 2012Present (4 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Cloud service to manage local language version easily for Internet services and mobile apps.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

July 2010Present (1 year 10 months) Mumbai Area, India

Board Director at Springboard Ventures Private Limited (India), a local investment and incubator company that also operates Grow VC India.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Financial Services industry

February 2009Present (3 years 3 months) Hong Kong

The leading global startup funding market place, operates globally investment and crowdfunding services, users from over 190 countries.

Jouko has 2 recommendations (1 co-worker, 1 partner) including:

  • 2nd Rahul Patwardhan, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, IndiaCo Ventures Limited
  • GROUP Valto L., Founder & CEO, Grow VC International Limited


June 2003Present (8 years 11 months) London, United Kingdom

Funding, M&A, Strategy Development


October 1997Present (14 years 7 months) Helsinki

Patent portfolio for telecom.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

January 2010July 2011 (1 year 7 months) Greater New York City Area

Co-founder, exited thru a merger.


September 2001July 2010 (8 years 11 months) Helsinki

Portal for internet clan gaming.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

October 2001January 2010 (8 years 4 months) Bracknell

Co-founded in 2001 and several top management roles, exited. Started Xtract's international business, got the first international customers, and built company's world-wide position and visibility, and together with the co-founder arranged funding deals.

Jouko has 12 recommendations (3 reports, 4 co-workers, 2 clients, 3 partners) including:


June 1993July 2009 (16 years 2 months) Helsinki

Co-founder, exited July 2009. SME IT solutions.

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; PWAV; Telecommunications industry

March 2003December 2004 (1 year 10 months)

Responsible for business in Northern Europe

Jouko has 1 recommendation (1 co-worker) including:

  • Dennis C., Product Line Management, Powerwave Technologies

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

May 1999May 2002 (3 years 1 month)

The council makes all top level decisions for the organization, council members are elected for 3-year period.


August 2000December 2001 (1 year 5 months) London

Managed globally consulting offering and business development for mobile in telecom, media, and internet unit.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NOK; Telecommunications industry

December 1997August 2000 (2 years 9 months) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Managed product marketing and management for several key products. Managed re-structuring for Malaysian Joint Venture.


April 1995April 1999 (4 years 1 month)

Secretary and expert in the work group that prepares decisions in the parliament group including new legislation.

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Government Administration industry

August 1992March 1999 (6 years 8 months)

Campaign Manager in several elections, created some best known campaign themes and slogans. The candidate was elected to the Parliament.


November 1996November 1997 (1 year 1 month)

Started new business and was responsible for sales especially to ISP's and other operators.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; NOK; Telecommunications industry

January 1994October 1996 (2 years 10 months)

Key role to collect and define customer requirements, product functionality and offering for TETRA systems and business.


May 1990December 1993 (3 years 8 months)

Software development and concept design for a networked slot machine operations (e.g. network games and data collection).


Social Media Marketing: How Data Analytics helps to monetize the User Base in Telecoms, Social Networks, Media and Advertising in a Converged Ecosystem

  • Futuretext
  • February 10, 2008

Social Media Marketing - How Data Analytics helps to monetize the User Base in Telecoms, Social Networks, Media and Advertising in a Converged Ecosystem Social media marketing is a mechanism to interact with a set of online social media conversations from a marketing perspective, based on converged media (since conversations span technologies and media).