Owners, entrepreneurs, doers
A group of people greater than the sum total of the parts. We are passionate, focused and not afriad to innovate. We have raised a total of approximately €200 million in funding, exited investments and our own companies, but most importantly - we work hard to get things done and are intent on leaving our mark.
Alexander ‘Bigge’ Lidgren
Alexander Bigge Lidgren is Loudspring’s CEO since January 1, 2015. Previously, he was managing the cleantech portfolio at the Swedish Energy Agency. He has an entrepenurial background having founded Cleantech Scandinavia and Nordic Cleantech Open where he was also the managing director. Among his previous ventures are Bokks, a broadband technology company exited to a stock listed company, and Big Bear, cafe, gallery and store in central Lund (still around, go there for good coffee). By education, Bigge is a M.Sc. (Environmental Management and Policy) and Ba.Sc (Business Administration and Marketing).
Partner, Chairman of the board
Lassi Noponen has been a member of the Board since February 2010 and its chairman since November 2010. In addition, Mr. Noponen has been a member of the Board of Directors of Incap Oyj since 2009 and its chairman since 2013. Earlier he was Managing Director of Proventia Group Oy 2000–2006 and one of Proventia Group Oy’s founders. His previous posts include partner and director responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Evli Corporate Finance Oy 1999–2000, and before that, several management posts at Neste Corporation 1992–1999, most recently as Corporate Controller. By education, Mr. Noponen is a Master of Law and M.Sc. (Mgmt) from London Business School.
Tarja Teppo is the co-founder of Loudspring and has worked in the venture capital are since 1999. Prior to Cleantech Invest starting its own investment activities in 2009 she worked as an advisor for institutional and industrial investors in cleantech related investments since the founding of Cleantech Invest in 2005. She worked at the Environmental Management unit of the Helsinki University of Technology 2002–2005, and prior to that, at the Nokia Group in product development, and as Director of the Nokia Ventures Organization unit in Finland and the US 1997–2002. Ms. Teppo holds M.Sc. (Technology) and D.Sc. (Technology) degrees.
Timo Linnainmaa is the co-founder of Loudspring and has worked in the cleantech area since 2002, both as an advisor and investor. Timo was Cleantech Invest’s President and CEO 2005–2010. Prior to that, he was a Director of the Environmental Management unit of the Helsinki University of Technology 2002–2005. By education, Timo is a M.Sc. (Technology).
Joshua B. Kirkman
Joshua Burguete-Kirkman is Loudspring’s Communications Director. Previously with a large recycling social enterprise in Australia, he has also dabbled in entrepreneurship himself, winning the prestigious Venture Cup (South, Environment Business) award in 2014. Joshua has been driving Loudspring’s aggressive increase in communications over the past year and a half. Joshua is originally from Australia, but now resides in Lund, Sweden. By education, Joshua has a Graduate Certificate in Commerce and a Bachelors in International Relations and French.
Loudspring US Director
Antonio Gallizio is Loudspring’s US Director since September 2017. Previously, he was working with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) as a startup advisor, as well as an investment advisor for family offices in Los Angeles. He has an M&A background with GEREJE Corporate Finance in Singapore, and Impact Investing with Heart Capital in Cape Town, South Africa. By education, Antonio is a BSBA from Northeastern University in Boston, and is also a trained chef, having worked in South America for Chef Francis Mallmann.