The Women Of Arctic15

Ada Lovelace, Margaret Thatcher, Valentina Tereshkova. What do these women have in common? All three were great examples of how a woman can break through and turn upside down male-dominated industries like science, politics, space.

If you were at Arctic15 before, you probably know how much sympathy and appreciation we have towards female founders and overall women in tech. Two years ago we were able to reach the goal of 50-50 gender ratio in speakers Arctic15. Last year we hosted such wonderful ladies as, Pia Santavirta, Managing Director at the Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA), Marta Sjogren, Investor at Northzone and Hala Zeine, Senior Vice President of SAP Portfolio and Commercialization Strategy, just to mention a few.

This year is not an exception. In fact, the female theme is stronger than ever since our ArcticStartup Events Director Taru Ryske takes the lead of Arctic15.

As today is International Women’s Day, we would like to introduce you to women you are guaranteed to meet Arctic15 this May. Without further ado welcome:


Ann Winblad. A Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners is coming to Finland for the first time. Ann co-founded Hummer Winblad venture capital firm in 1989, and since that she has been a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader.

Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was the first venture firm focused exclusively on software. In her 27 year career as a venture capitalist, Ann’s firm has launched over 160 enterprise software companies and led investments that pioneered successful companies across the enterprise software sector: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Software Development, Integration, Data Center Optimization, Cloud Computing and Security. She served as a strategy consultant for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications.

Jenny Fielding. As a Managing Director at Techstars, Jenny leads both the Fintech and IoT Accelerators in NYC. Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up corporate venture and digital innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired. She began her career as a lawyer. You can find Jenny somewhere between NYC, London and San Francisco.

Kristina Roth.  An entrepreneur turned kiteboarder and world-traveller, Kristina is paving the way for her newest venture – Super She Island. After her company, Matisia Consultants, was listed on Forbes‘ „The Fastest Growing Women-Owned Businesses,“ and sold, Kristina has her eyes on a new mission – to bring badass women from around the world together.

“Women don’t enjoy each other’s company enough. There have always been men’s clubs – where they play golf and discuss ideas. But what if you get a group of strong-willed women together? That is when the real magic will happen.”

Arctic15 is the most effective matchmaking startup event in the Nordics and Baltics taking place in Helsinki, Finland on 30-31 May 2018. For more information, visit

Only today we are running a special ladies only campaign. Use code IWD2018 to get -50% off your Arctic15 ticket here:

The code is valid for 30 tickets and works on “first come first served” basis.