Team

Henri Laupmaa, co-founder & visionary

Henri is one of the leading brains behind Estonian sharing economy, having also laid the basis for various innovative initiatives in this field - such as Hooandja, Let's Do It!, Community Tools and Fundwise. As an experienced innovator Henri has developed a number of software and web projects, among them the well-known platforms like Arenguidee.ee and Rahvakogu.ee. As if that wouldn't be enough, he is also the member of Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board, board member of Estonian Fund for Nature, co-organizer of TEDxTallinn and has also taught graphic design in the Estonian Academy of Arts.

René Lasseron, CTO

René has more than 20 years of experience in software development and leading development teams.  The popular web content management software Saurus CMS and community management platform Community Tools were developed under his leadership, not to mention tens of mission-critical websites at the software developing company Wunderkraut. René has been active in the society through various community activities, such as co-organizing the TEDxTallinn conferences and being part of the Meieraha.eu initiative. He has studied information technology, management and Japanese business culture.

Anne Veerpalu, legal angel

Anne is Fundwise’s legal angel and has 14 years of experience consulting in business law. She is an entrepreneur, business angel and lectures in many universities. During the past three years she has also spent a considerable effort on making legal know-how more accessible to startups by setting up various models and platforms related to legal need.

Merit Lind, crowdfunding expert

Head of Law Firm Deloitte Legal OÜ, attorney-at-Law Merit Lind (LL.M, Cambridge) deals with financing, commercial and business law issues, especially in the information technology sector, including with matters of intellectual property. Further, Merit has gained wide experience in the fields of public procurement and competition law as well as in public and private sector collaboration and infrastructure projects. She also consults the so-called „new businesses“, such as clients offering alternative payment solutions and crowdfunding platforms – the regulatory matters surrounding the latter, both loan and equity based platforms, consume a large part of her time today. Merit is the head of the newly established Crowdfunding Workgroup created under the umbrella of Finance Estonia. The Crowdfunding Working Group’s objective is to draft the Best Practice for the Estonian crowdfunding industry.   

Dea Martinjonis, Chief Marketing Officer

Dea has 20 years of work experience in media, PR, marketing communications & international relations. She started her media career at 15 being one of the youngest journalists working for various national newspapers in Estonia. She has also lived abroad for a substantial part of her life and considers herself a citizen of the world. Dea is a tech & startup enthusiast and has worked at several startups, she also tries to squeeze in co-editing one TV show per year. Early 2015 Dea founded her own consultancy company and led the Communications team during TEDxTallinn 2015.

Toomas Roolaid, Campaign Manager

Toomas has more than 15 years of experience in training and strategic planning process consulting. As an advisor he has helped to launch 
several high-impact state-wise NGO-s, such as Estonian Social Enterprise Network and Estonian Volunteer Rescue Association. Toomas is currently serving as Member of the Council for Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations and Estonian Volunteer Rescue Association. 

As a consultant to social enterprises in cooperation with colleagues Toomas has developed several widely used tools for evaluation of 
social impact and has helped several organisations to develop new business models. As a trainer he is advising and training top experts 
to train and supervise their colleagues in advanced knowledge based fields. Toomas is BA in Political Science from University of Tartu. 

Advisory Board

Ivar Siimar, advisory board member

An active member of the Estonian startup and angel investor community. Ivar is the founding member and chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Business Angel Network (EstBAN) which started its activities in late 2012. He is also member of the Management Board of EBAN; member of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) and a member of Cross Border Angels (CBA) - the first investment network dedicated specially to cross border investments. CBA is present with investors and deal flow in San Francisco, London, Barcelona and Mumbai.

He is the founder and partner of WNB Project, an investment company with a focus on seed and early stage investments established in 2007. Currently the company has a portfolio of 12 startups - just to mention a few of them DefendecPlanetOS, Click and Grow and Jobbatical. Ivar invests majority of his time on advisory board-level mentoring of these companies.

Ivar is also an advisor to accelerators like Startup Wise Guys and BuildIt. He has been a partner and mentor for the Estonian idea competition Brain Hunt (Ajujaht) for the last 6 years.

Toomas Tamsar, advisory board member

Toomas was one of the founders and managing partner of Estonia's leading business conferences' company Pärnu Konverentsid. He also managed one of Estonian largest companies - Tallinn Supermarket Store. In 2013 he was elected the CEO of Estonian Employers' Confederation. Toomas is also an executive coach, manager and advisor to many companies. Fundwise is proud to enlist him in the advisory board.

James Oates, advisory board member

James is a career investment banker specialised in Central and Eastern Europe. After starting his career at JP Morgan he was later a CEE fund manager for Flemings and then head of research and specialist sales for CEE at UBS. He has won several awards and commendations, including from the Estonian Foreign Ministry and was decorated by the Estonian President Ilves in 2007. He now advises international investors on certain projects across the region but is based in Tallinn. He is the past President of the British Estonian Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consul of Croatia.

Martins Berzins, advisory board member

Martins Berzins is a co-founder and COO at Monea, the first licensed Payment Institution in Latvia. He has worked as a Senior Sales and Business Manager for the last 15 years with both Corporate and Start-up companies.  Martins is a graduate of the RISEBA University, Latvia, where he studied Business Administration, and University of Latvia, where he studied Experimental Physics.

His past experience includes working with the Hewlett Packard, SAF Tehnika and Clusterpoint. Martins areas of specialization include FinTech, IT and Telecom sectors as well as Lean Production or Service Provisioning.