Marianna Mäki-Teeri has been appointed Futures Analyst in the growing team of Futures Platform. She joins the futures foresight team lead by Tuomo Kuosa, and participates in the identification, selection and analysis of future change phenomena that are constantly updated in the Futures Platform tool.
Marianna holds a Master’s degree from the Turku School of Economics where she concentrated specifically on Futures Studies. The Master’s program in Future Studies produces foresight experts capable of helping organizations to harness future opportunities and avoid unnecessary risks. Professionals who have completed the foresight program are equipped with a versatile toolkit to implement foresight thinking in today’s organizations.
Futures Platform™ has completed a 550 thousand euro financing round that will help the company accelerate its product development and prepare for international growth. The financing round is a combination of loan and equity, and the group of investors consists of Takeoff Partners, Gorilla Ventures, and several angel investors. Futures Platform™ is a web-based tool that helps organizations build a holistic view of their own future in an engaging fashion.
”The traditional way of doing foresight work in companies tends to be very project-oriented”, says Juho Lipsanen, angel investor and advisor to Futures Platform™. “Companies may have assigned a trends analysis project to support their strategic planning round, yet once the plans are complete, the trends analysis stays on the shelf collecting dust. It’s just that the pace of change currently taking place anywhere one looks is so fast that organizations should have their future radar constantly on. Futures Platform™ is an inspiring tool for making strategic planning future-oriented, in a continuous fashion. It also saves time as the users will avoid starting from scratch each time there’s a need to assess future trends” Lipsanen continues.
”Futures Platform™ is a modern foresight tool developed by seasoned entrepreneurs (Global Intelligence Alliance, Alternative Futures), and it has already helped many organizations build their own, continuously updated view of the future opportunities and risks”, says Ville Vanhala, CEO and co-founder of Futures Platform™. ”That an organization has the future trends under radar naturally won’t guarantee success in itself, however a shared and up-to-date view of the future does help organizations make educated decisions and seize opportunities as frontrunners”, Vanhala says.
”From an investor’s point of view, the experienced team is what’s particularly interesting in this company”, says Leif Backman, Senior Partner at Takeoff Partners that took part in the financing round. ”These entrepreneurs have strong experience from not only strategic foresight work and the related tools, but also from successfully taking these type of services global.”
The group of angel investors participating in the financing round consists of Takeoff Partners, Gorilla Ventures, Juho Lipsanen, Matti Lapinleimu, Kalle Katevuo, Antti Kemppainen and Tapio Talvisalo. In addition, Tekes has granted the company a loan to further develop its innovative foresight tool.
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Saku Koskinen has been appointed Sales Director of Futures Platform. Saku has extensive experience from consultative sales and client engagement in an international context. Over the past 15 years he has on worked strategic topics with client organizations in the contexts of telecoms solutions, foresight services, as well as educational services, sales development and strategy consulting. At Futures Platform, Saku is responsible for interfacing with Futures Platform’s customers and will develop the sales and account management functions and broaden the client base for the Company.
”I am excited to have the opportunity to build up and lead the sales and customer functions for a newborn global company, and at the same time take part in creating an international success story. In this role I have the chance to fully utilize my sales management and leadership skills, as well as plan and build up efficient sales, customer and partner models for Futures Platform. It’s really inspiring to enable the strategic intelligence and insight work for any organization, public or private, in order for them to make the right choices for their future success”, Saku says.