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 magic of matchmaking" in our blogpost.

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.

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.

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.

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."


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.

Contact us to find out more!



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