Waves – Summit for Changemakers, Social Innovation and Impact Entrepreneurs

If you are passionate about learning and connecting with people who are working with impact entrepreneurship, Waves is the perfect summit.

About this event

Waves is a one-day summit in Helsinki and online that brings together actors committed to social innovation and systems change: innovators, academia, impact entrepreneurs, private and public actors, and investors.

The Waves hybrid event includes keynote speeches, presentations, panel discussions and workshops with a focus on three main themes:


Our future – Innovation as part of systems change


Acceleration & Support – Building an ecosystem for increased collaboration

  • Hear a session led by Sarah Lindeman, Co-founder and CEO of Leapfrog Projects, on “Head, Heart, Will: Building capabilities for transformative changemaking” together with Tomas Björkman (Founder of Ekskäret Foundation and Co-Founder of among others the Inner Development Goals initiative).
  • Learn more about creating ecosystems for change from Åsa Skogström-Feldt (CEO of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship) & Liisa Smits (CEO and founder of Ignitia) and attend a discussion facilitated by Agata Stafiej-Bartosik (Ashoka).
  • A session on empowering young changemakers will include a panel with Benjamin Pitkänen (Co-founder, Viral Vegans), Ronny Eriksson (Co-founder, Ambitious Africa; Co-founder Norders), Salaado Qasim (Co-founder of the Peace and Well-being organization), moderator Eli Ingvarsson (Ashoka Nordic).
  • Hear from Evita Chiang Zanuso (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Katapult Foundation) and Anna Herlin (Development Head at Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation and Security Trading) in a panel discussion moderated by Sara Lindeman (Co-founder and CEO, Leapfrog Projects) on how to support and invest in social and environmental impact startups.
  • Hanno Nevanlinna (Co-founder, Creator of New at Futurice) will also lead a workshop to guide changemakers and help them develop new impactful collaborations. Besides, Zeynep Falay von Flittner (Board Member of Systems Change Finland) and Jari Ala-Ruona (Co-founder of Oxygen ry) will develop the workshop “What do changemakers need to flourish?”

Funding & Investing – Financing possibilities and creating investment portfolios that drive positive societal change

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EEST | 1:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Miltton 5 Aspnäsgatan 00530 Helsingfors Finland & Online

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022