our story



No question, AI and data are dramatically differentiating capabilities for practically all existing and new companies. It has been challenging to bring this potential visible in companies’ top and bottom line.

Our mission is to help companies learn to integrate data and AI in their daily work and make it a key competence that produces sustainable and measurable business value. At the same time we aim to increase collaboration and support entrepreneurs in the data industry. We go into fundamentals (roots) of building measurable business value with data. From the very start we have also been a part of the Bravedo-community of innovative growth companies.


Two challenges became a win-win

The initial idea for AI Roots was born when Teemu had been working on data development projects with many of Finland's largest and coolest companies. He noticed that even though they put in a lot of work in developing their data platforms and algorithm development, it was hard to make true impact with these efforts. The data development efforts were not sufficiently linked with the company strategy and integrated in the day-to-day activities to produce real business value.

At the same time, Teemu saw that many of the skilled data analytics entrepreneurs around him almost never got to participate in the most interesting data development projects and they were lacking a work community around them. Regardless of their strong expertise, it was too difficult for large companies to find and hire single entrepreneurs for their project teams.

An idea started to take form. What about a new concept that would bring together data entrepreneurs and companies in a seamless way? Enable companies to scale their data teams flexibly and offer entrepreneurs more diverse opportunities to attend the customer value creation?

This quickly became the joint mission of our founding team: Helping entrepreneurs and companies to succeed in their independent missions. Together.


Iiris Lahti

Founding partner of AI Roots

I am a data enthusiast with background in consulting and data driven transformations, most recently in the media industry. I am specialized in driving the utilization of data, design thinking and lean agile methods in digital product development, sales & marketing.  I have a passion for helping people find their strengths and roles where they can excel and grow.

Ari Rantanen

Founding partner of AI Roots

My passion lies at the cross section of artificial intelligence & data science, data driven process development & deployment, BI and leadership. Based on my experience, a successful data-driven business transformation requires that all these domains are developed in sync. And the successful business transformation is a goal that makes me tick. 

Teemu Birkstedt

Entrepreneur and founding partner of AI Roots

I have extensive experience in transforming companies globally within different industries (media, consumer electronics, retail, telecommunications, energy and banking). I have helped various management teams lead the change towards a data and analytics driven company. I have a broad strategic, technical, architectural and conceptual understanding of data as a core business capability. 

Iikka Lindroos
I am proud to be a part of AI Roots story on behalf of Bravedo, a fast growing community of growth companies. AI Roots represents the cutting edge data and AI experitise that complements well the rest of our community. Most often data and AI is not enough to make a big transformation and then we need other experts, such as software engineers, Dev Ops specialists, project managers or other resourcing.


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