Innovation is about people. That's why we have built a diversified network of reliable experts to help you to quickly get your innovation project off the ground.

Andy Cars is the founder of Lean Ventures and a serial entrepreneur with a background in the music industry and venture capital.

Andy advises established companies, such as BillerudKorsnäs, TeliaSonera and SMHI on innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on innovation strategy, lean startup and business modeling.

By drawing on the experience from working with hundreds of startup teams on lean startup, business modeling, go-to-market strategy and fundraising, Andy is able to provide unique insights into what it takes to successfully innovate.

Andy has also been involved in designing startup accelerator programs and advising on how to create and nurture vibrant local startup ecosystems both locally and internationally.

Andy is a popular speaker, workshop leader, mentor and coach:

  • Workshop leader @ KTH Executive Education and Stockholm School of Economics
  • Mentor @ Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle and Lean Startup Machine
  • Lean Startup Skills Trainer @ Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
  • Advisory board member @, and
  • Speaker coach @ TEDx Stockholm

Andy has an undergraduate degree in International Business and Change Management from the Open University Business School and a magna cum laude MBA from the European University in Lisbon.

Anjali Virmani Paul advises startups and established companies on how to build an innovation framework, identify sustainable business models, define unique value propositions and globalize their innovative offerings. Her current projects involve advising a biometrics firm and coaching ICT & media entrepreneurs at KTH Innovation.

Over the last 20 years, Anjali worked at Enkay (BT), Siemens, Ericsson and Crowding. Anjali has mainly worked with strategy and innovation to help design, build & commercialize six offerings. For example, she advised Crowding who provided an open innovation platform for clients like MTGx, Hutchinson 3G, Husqvarna and Eniro. At Ericsson, Anjali managed the global innovation competition, generating 3000+ ideas per year using a newly designed innovation platform called IdeaBox and coaching 40 people review teams to analyze projects worth €550M annually.

Anjali has a Bachelor of Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications from N.E.R.I.S.T in India. Anjali also attended the Executive Management Program (&UGL) from MGruppen, with a specialization in strategy and innovation from the IESE, IMD & MIT Sloan.

Elia Morling is an expert growth hacker having worked with brands as diverse as Saab, Nokia, Nordea, Ericsson, ABB, Lowe and the Red Cross. He builds growth engines and socially contagious products by applying the latest insights from psychology and anthropology.

Elia has a background as Course Director for Digital Communication at Berghs School of Communication and as founder of Tribaling, a consultancy focused on providing actionable advice on tribal marketing, growth hacking and digital communication. Elia is also the resident Skills Trainer of Growth Hacking at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

As a mentor of the startup accelerator Fast Track Malmö, Elia helps entrepreneurs and startups to grow their business. As co-founder of Edumanity, Elia provides crowd-learning and innovation to help organisations to learn and innovate faster. So far they have engaged over 50 000 people in crowd-learning and innovation in 110 countries. He is also the co-founder of three other startups: Univrses (VR/AR), ReVault (smartwatch) and Relive (event photos).

Elia has a Bachelor's degree in Behavioural Science from the Stockholm University.

Gabriele Garavini has experience from working agile with fast iterations to quickly test critical business assumptions. He has a true passion for innovation and creativity supported by strong analytical skills. In the last 10 years Gabriele has supported and advised big and small organisations in their efforts to create new businesses, drive business transformations and optimize operations.

Gabriele is currently Head of Innovation Management at Purple+, which is the newly established Innovation hub for the TeliaSonera Group aimed at driving innovation and building the future of telecommunication.

Prior to Purple+, Gabriele was the CEO of eCommerce startup Catchingo and the Managing Director of Greenlight Project Management. Gabriele has also spent over 10 years at Ericsson in different roles, most recently as Operational Consultant and Program Manager.

Garbriele has a PhD in Physics from Stockholm University where he spent four years understanding the fate of the universe using astronomical objects known as Supernovae.

Jan Lindquist is a Certified Innovation Coach and has led various teams and initiatives, including several Lean Startup projects.

With over 20 years at Ericsson in different roles spanning from Software Engineer to Expert Technical Product Manager and IPTV Solution System Manager, Jan has developed a deep technical experience coupled with exceptional negotiation skills and hands-on skills of how to drive innovation projects in a large and complex organisation. Currently Jan is on assignment with VisualOn working as Senior System Manager applying Lean Startup methods.

Jan is also closely involved in voluntary work and has been privileged to serve as president of the Stockholm International Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, Jan of course follows the Rotary core values of service beyond self and supporting the less fortunate or in need.

Jan has a Bachelor of Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Joakim Linde is an extremely talented software developer and a great leader with several US patents under his belt. He began his career as Senior Software Engineer Team Lead at ABB Control Technologies in Malmö, where he stayed for six years until 1998, when he joined Ericsson as Project Lead.

After one year at Ericsson, Joakim decided to move to sunny Santa Clara in California to join Zeevo as Systems Architect. Joakim ended up staying in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years working as Director of Software at NVIDIA, Director of Engineering at Atheros Communications, and as Manager, Wireless Connectivity Architecture Group at Apple. Joakim is also a board member of Bluetooth SIG.

Joakim has a Masters of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Lund University.

Julien Mauroy has experience from design-led approaches to innovation, entrepreneurship and business strategy from a wide variety of industries, including Consumer electronics, Food, Sports equipment, Energy, Medical devices, E-health, Cinema, Toys and Household Appliances.

Besides his role as Innovation Consultant at Lean Ventures, Julien is also the Course Director of Design Thinking at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and Co-Founder of Schlitter Bikes, a company that designs and markets recumbent bicycles.

Julien has a Bachelors in Industrial Design from CEGEP du Vieux Montréal and a Masters in Industrial Design from Strate École de Design in Paris. Julien also spent a year at Stanford University studying Design Innovation (ME310).

Pelle Tornell is a keynote speaker, author, entertainer, entrepreneur and PhD candidate conducting research on decision making and entrepreneurship at Stockholm University. As a keynote speaker he often performs MindBusiness, a brilliant show about mindreading and influence in the business world.

Pelle began his career as assistant to Jan Stenbeck, the Chairman of the investment company Kinnevik. Upon leaving Kinnevik, Pelle spent a couple of years as Investment Manager at Proventus before co-founding Levande Böcker AB in 1994. Already five years later the company had grown from idea to a stock market IPO under the new name of Enlight Interactive. Their inspiring story is told in the book Affärsplanering - En handbok för nya tillväxtföretag by McKinsey & Company.

During the period of 2002 to 2007, Pelle was active as venture capitalist, CEO and owner of various growth companies, and in 2011 Pelle published his first book Bestäm Dig, a handbook in effective decision making.

Pelle has a Master of Science in Business and Economics (Civilekonom) from Uppsala University and an MBA from Insead in France.