Leena Niemistö is one of the most visible business angels in Finland. Mrs. Niemistö’s main interest is in the health technology sector being a doctor herself. Niemistö acted as CEO and entrepreneur in the Finnish Dextra private healthcare clinic, which was acquired by Pihlajalinna, nowadays a Finnish public listed social and healthcare company, in 2012. Niemistö worked as Pihlajalinna’s deputy CEO and EVP, private clinics and specialised care until summer of 2016. Currently she acts as the vice chairman of the board of Pihlajalinna and as a board member in several of the leading corporations in Finland. Niemistö also spends a lot of energy with startups and her current portfolio consist of 16 active startups including startups like Ambronite, CosmEthics, Digital Workforce Nordic, HLD Healthy Life Devices, NaturVention, YOU-app, Venuu, and Verso Food. In Finland, Niemistö has inspired several new startup investors with her own activity, especially in the field of healthcare.
“There is a very positive attitude towards growth entrepreneurship and startups in Finland at the moment. Our know-how in digital services and healthcare is top class, and there is big export potential in health technology products and services. To exploit this competitive advantage, we have to create a more favorable testing platform for these products and services. Only by promoting agile experimental culture and introducing innovative services, we are able to reach the goals set for the social and healthcare reform, and make the health technology sector our next significant export item.” -Leena Niemistö
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“Leena Niemistö is one of the most known business persons in Finland, actively talking on the behalf of the Finnish startup ecosystem. In Finland, there is a great demand for people like Niemistö who share their experiences how to scale companies with early-stage growth companies. It is a true privilege for us Finnish business angels to have a investor colleague like Leena Niemistö inspiring our Finnish startup investment ecosystem.”
- Jaakko Salminen, FiBAN, Chairman of the Board
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