Our network



We work with freelancers and entrepreneurs because they have high expertise in their specific area, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge. Our vision is that hiring a data professional from our network becomes a natural alternative for scaling data & AI competencies in any organization.

We collaborate continuously with our network. We discuss current themes in data usage and help each other solve challenges. We organize events and mentoring sessions and help them develop their expertise even further. That way we can guarantee that we offer only the best talent to our customers.

Read more about the way we welcome new entrepreneurs into our network from our blog post.

Meet the network

Our network consists of experts ranging from hands-on data scientists, architects, and engineers, to analysts, business intelligence developers, and strategists. In addition to solo entrepreneurs, we also collaborate with small consulting firms like Mertanen Analytics, Veracell, Three Point Consulting, and Etlia.

Elias Vakkuri

Entrepreneur, Brainflight

I’m a hands-on data developer with an eye always on the wider context. I design and build scalable data platforms in the cloud. I have been working with data solutions since 2014, as a team lead, architect and data engineer, at various clients and in different industries. Before that I looked at the same issues from a different angle as a digital strategy consultant. The combined experience gives me a sharp focus on both tech and business.


Anton von Schantz

Data Scientist, Freelancer

I am keen on helping businesses make better decisions by combining their data and machine learning and modeling expertise. I am an analytics consultant with a decade of industry experience. I also have a scientific background in systems and operations research (I am defending my Ph.D. thesis in spring 2021).


"AI Roots is not only a matchmaking service for seasoned data entrepreneurs and client companies. Also, young entrepreneurial-minded AI and data science practitioners with enough industry experience can join the network. For me, when the timing was finally right to switch to entrepreneurship, I found AI Roots to be the perfect solution. They quickly got me my first client project, helped plan and execute the different project phases, and provided me with mentoring."


Merja Kajava

Entrepreneur, Aavista

I have hands-on experience in designing and implementing production grade cloud data platform architectures for corporations and growth companies. I have experience from several industries in creating modern enterprise architecture vision. I have strong data modeling skills and developing and deploying machine learning models at scale. I have deep understanding in API strategies and ecosystems with hands-on experience in API architectures and API design.

Pete Tahvanainen

Entrepreneur, Syntencess Oy

I have a long history in helping customers in data utilization.  Usually ‘shovel in hand’ analyzing, gathering and processing data. I’ve specialized getting data to produce business value. I have lead several lean and agile development teams. I’m passionate about figuring out what will produce most value and making it happen.

"I've been an entrepreneur for quite some while, since 2007. AI Roots is one of the best networks I've participated. There are many renown professionals in the network that I've worked during the years and new acquittances who have just started their entrepreneurial path. People in the network are highly professional and amiable. Working in projects with professionals in the network is thus very enjoyable. AI Roots network value is high, bringing new exiting and interesting data business opportunities which do realise to actual projects."

Juho Koskivuo

Entrepreneur, Helborg

I’m a business oriented BI professional who understands both business and technology. I spend most of my time working hands-on, but I also work as coach to my team members, making sure that my team delivers the best possible results. I’ve been working the last years mainly with Power BI where my longest project has been lead developer for one of Finland’s leading media companies.

"AI Roots is an actual community that brings data enthusiastic professionals and customers together. Not just a CV bank like most networks. You get to act as an advisor for customers and AI Roots also takes you into sales processes, where you can already give input from your special expertise area and work as a team before the assignment starts. They understand customer challenges and needs well from business as well as technical perspective. Something many networks lack."

Manne Laukkanen

Entrepreneur, Datasommelier

I have over 20 years of experience in data-specialized IT and close to a decade on several Big Data stacks. My background is in consulting and implementing data analytics stack transformations of global/international corporations from extractions, transformations and storage to data quality and analytics (business rules and Machine Learning) to reporting layers; from onsite to cloud.
I have a scientific background in statistical profiling (PhD).

"AI Roots always takes great effort to find the perfect match between the consultant, the project content, and the customer. By working with AI Roots I get to use all my know-how while also enjoying mentoring and advice on how to develop my skills further. The collaboration is so inspiring and educational, I sometimes wonder whether it's allowed to have so much fun at work!"


Petri Mertanen

Entrepreneur, Markkinointi Mertanen

I am an analytics consultant and coach with background in marketing and leadership & management. I am keen on creating the data driven culture in different kind of organizations. I have strong hands on experience and knowledge of Google Marketing Platform tools as other analytics systems as well. I have a passion of measuring marketing actions with right kind of methods and using advanced modelling & machine learning.

Read more about Petri's thoughts about advanced marketing analytics and data quality in our blog.

"The collaboration with AI Roots works on many levels. For us, it is very important that in addition to new client cases we also get to brainstorm with other professionals and spar each other. AI Roots has also helped us a lot for example with marketing-related issues."

Timo Erkkilä

Entrepreneur, Veracell

I am a passionate problem solver with substantial technical knowledge in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, data-driven business development, and data platforms. My main strengths are facilitating digital strategy workshops, leading algorithm and product development, and improving sales performance. I see myself as a bridge-builder between people with business insight and technical domain knowledge.

Read more about how we collaborate with our network and about Timo's experiences of the collaboration.

Want to join our network?

Are you a data professional, freelancer or providing data services as a part of a small business?

We can offer you a wide variety of opportunities for growing your business, personal brand and competencies.

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