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DFJ Esprit appoints senior adviser

European venture capital firm DFJ Esprit has appointed Mikko Suonenlahti as a senior adviser, focusing on investments in B2B and B2C software, med-tech, Bio-IT and energy efficiency.

Suonenlahti (pictured) has over 25 years’ experience of global management in business building and spent 15 years as a venture capitalist in the US, Middle East and Finland.

He has been a board member of over 20 venture capital financed businesses, of which 15 have been realised, as a co-founder of SFK Finance and a partner with 3i USA.

His investments include IObox, a European case study of early stage investing, and Enfo Sofware, an acquisition of a pre-IPO business.

Prior to working in venture capital Suonenlahti’s career included roles with venture backed 3D Computing, Nokia Data, Unisys and McKinsey.

“I am incredibly excited about working with DFJ Esprit,” says Suonenlahti, “The firm has a diverse and interesting portfolio and I look forward to helping them build on this. My co-operation with many of the team members goes back to the mid 90s – both in Europe and the US.”

“Mikko is a fantastic addition to our team,” adds Paul Murray, partner at DFJ Esprit. “Finland and the whole Nordic region are full of potential investment opportunities and his wealth of experience in hands on venture investment will increase our presence in the region significantly, enabling us to invest in some of its most exciting young companies.”

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