startup accelerator

We help startups and enterprises accelerate health & happiness ideas


Health, wellness, and happy living

We all want increased health and a happier life. We believe that services based on innovation in healthcare, wellness, big data in health, and the quantified self are those with the most immediate impact on how we live today.

We are also specialists with wide and deep experience in the following sectors:





Is that you?  Take a look at Vertical Accelerator program

Our team


Think of us as partners on the same journey

The Vertical founders united after acquiring hands-on, long-time expertise in product design, early-stage venturing and building companies of 1500+ people. We’ve helped build dozens of companies and created services that make millions of people’s lives a little better every day.

To make sure you have the best support we also teamed up with other experts. They work with your team as mentors, whether you need medical experts, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors or other professionals to provide you with the best help and network out there.

Meet the Vertical team and mentors

Kenneth Salonius


Vertical accelerator

Christian Lindholm


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Sebastien Gianelli


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Paolo Borella


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Aki Karjalainen


Sports, Health, Wellness Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences University of Jyväskylä

Alex Sozonoff



Andreas Heiner


Researcher, Health and Wellbeing

Jon Bradford


MD at TechStars, CoFounder of f6s and

Steve Graham


Creative direction, Design

Tapani Jokinen


Design veteran

Sergio Palomo


Designer CoFounder of Hone

Anita Navaratam


Managing Director Sygeny Ltd | Digital Health Collaborator & Connector | Health Commercialization

Anna Ehrnrooth


CEO Special Expertise in EU Regulatory Impacts

Fabian Sepulveda


Business Model Development, Customer Development, Pitch Training, Venture Capital Investor, Courage Ventures

Jaakko Salminen


Chairman Finnish Business Angel Network

Juha Ruohonen


Drill Sergeant at Startup Sauna, Partner at Superhero Capital

Lars Buch


MD, Startupbootcamp Mobile

Kai Öistämö


Experienced Executive and Investor

Ekaterina Gianelli


Investor Director, Inventure

Melanie Wendland


Service Design, Health and Development, Maternal Health, Digital Design, Design for Care, Co-design

William Cardwell


Venturing Strategy and Finance, Venture Capital, International Go-To-Market, Physical and Digital Networking, Pitch training, Social media marketing

Olli Riikkala


Experienced medical business professional

Mikko Moilainen


President, Suunto Member of Amer Sports Executive Board

Micke Paqvalen


Investor Founder, CEO Kiosked

Jonatan Hedberg


Design Consultant Visual Identity & User Experience

Ari Tulla


Co-founder and CEO BetterDoctor

Our partnerships are your most valuable resource

We are not alone, industry leaders will be part of the journey too.
We choose them carefully for you because we believe they have more to offer than just discounts to their products.
They are the best in their fields and share your interest in bringing to market products that will change the way we live. They will provide you with their best access to industry insight, cutting edge technology and global market outreach.

Main partner


Samsung is the largest consumer electronics company in the world. The partnership brings the startups of Vertical accelerator a unique global go-to-market opportunity and access to the latest technologies within mobile and wearables.


Sonera is part of the TeliaSonera Group, the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic countries, with more than 180 million customers around the globe. It goes without saying, that communications is a key element of mobile health and smart home, and Sonera will be opening their IoT platform for Vertical startups.

Amer Sports

Amer Sports is a sporting goods company with internationally recognized brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor. The company’s technically advanced sports equipment, footwear and apparel improve performance and increase the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activities. Amer Sport’s cutting edge R&D will be collaborating with Vertical startups.


Fazer is an international family-owned company offering quality bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products as well as food and café services. Fazer operates in eight countries and exports to more than 40 countries. Fazer’s mission is to create taste sensations. The company’s success, ever since its establishment in 1891, has been based on the best product and service quality, beloved brands, the passion of its skilful people and the company’s responsible ways of working. Fazer offers Vertical program startups access to deep consumer and market insight as well as nutritional expertise.


HUS – The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa – is a Joint Authority formed by 24 municipalities and 22 hospitals. Functioning as part of HUS, Helsinki University Hospital HUH is nationally responsible for treating severe and rare illnesses and ones calling for special expertise and technology. HUS offers Vertical startups world leading medical product testbeds.

Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro is the largest full service logistic group in the world. The company will serve as content partner and provide their know-how on global markets for the start-ups.

City of Espoo

Espoo is the second largest city in Finland and a significant hub of innovative companies. Several major companies are based in Espoo, including Nokia, Orion Corporation and Rovio.

University of Jyväskylä

With more than 450 researchers and sports specialists in this domain, Jyväskylä is leading center of sports research and education in Northern Europe and World-recognized hub of academic education and research excellence in sports.


Eversheds Attorneys Ltd is one of Finland’s leading full service law firms with a nationwide coverage of six offices. The company is part of the international law firm Eversheds, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

EIT Digital

EIT Digital is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities set up by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The partnership with EIT Digital brings the startups of Vertical a unique channel to the other European countries.

City of Helsinki

Helsinki is a world class business and innovation centre. Helsinki is the nation’s capital where services run smoothly and decision making is transparent and science, arts and creativity flourish.


Mariachi is a full-service prototyping and electronics contract manufacturing partner, with a spearhead focus on medical and IT solutions. They have developed for example ultrasound scanners, tonometers and a vision testing system. ISO 13485? No problem, these guys can handle it.

Academic Work

Academic Work is a successful employment and recruitment agency specializing in young professionals. Academic Work offers part-time and full-time staffing services as well as recruitment services in a variety of fields.


MediHelsinki is specialized in helping healthcare and healthtech companies grow. MediHelsinki designs online visibility strategies that convert visitors into satisfied customers. They provide analyses of online demand and audience online behavior.


Vastavirta believes that every Brand and organization can be interesting. They believe in challenging the average.
They guide organizations and brands to think, act, and communicate in an interesting way.
Their magic makes their clients Brands interesting.

PR Newswire

PR Newswire’s news distribution, targeting, monitoring and marketing solutions help you connect and engage with target audiences across the globe.

Access to financial partners

We have partnered up with experienced investors from around Europe to bring you closer to the next round.

Co-working space partners

We host a large co-working space for our startups in the capital region of Helsinki. This would not be possible without our partners who support us in maintaining the space.