Personal Details

full name Martti Mikael Mela

nationality Finland

works and lives in Berlin

Work History

Strategy and Business Development Consultancy, 2019-
– Supporting international growth-stage proptech/fintech/SaaS companies with the market entry to Germany or Finland

– Product and business strategy consultancy for German technology companies and manufacturers

lifelife GmbH. CEO & Cofounder, 2014-2018
– A VC-backed residential letting SaaS platform operational in Germany and Finland

Eqviti UG. CEO & Founder, 2013
– Visualization platform for foreclosed real estate in Germany 

Mela & Vanamo Ltd. Partner, 2011 – 2012
– Concept design agency

Resonator Helsinki Ltd. Partner, 2010
– production company and a collective that created the sound art works and music for Finland Pavilion “Kirnu”, Shanghai World Expo 2010 Founder, 2008-2010
– Booking platform for holiday apartments

Nokia Technology Platforms. Senior Software Engineer, Feb 2007 – Aug 2008

Nokia Research Center. Research Engineer 2006 – Jan 2007, Assistant Research Engineer 2003-2006, Trainee 2000-2003

Polyteekkari Magazine Helsinki. Freelance writer, 2004-2005

University of Oulu, Centre for Wireless Communications. Research Assistant, 1998-2000

Nokia Mobile Phones Oulu. Trainee, 1996-1998


Mela, M. and Vehmanen, K. and Jalava, T. Method and Apparatus for Utilizing Bluetooth for WLAN Service Authentication and Discovery, US Patent 7,656,847. Feb 2, 2010

Mela, M. and Pessi, P. Streaming Media, US Patent 7,724,691. May 25, 2010


European Social Fund, State of Berlin, Berlin Innovation Agency: Future City Incubator grant for building the venture, 2020

Arts Council of Finland, project grant 2012

AVEK – The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, project grant 2010

Alfred Kordelin Foundation, project grant 2010

Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, travel grant 2010

University of Art and Design Helsinki, travel grant 2009

Publications, Awards and Confidential Posts

German Federal Ecodesign Award, Concept Category, Team Radbahn Berlin 2015

Kipsari Ltd. Vice-chair of Board, Apr 2009 – April 2012

Student Union of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Member of Board 2009

Media Lab Study Coordination Team, Member, 2008 – 2010

Nokia Quality Award Finalist (team Sofia-SIP; internet telephony) in Research Category, 2005

Ota-Amnesty, Amnesty International Local Group 30 in Otaniemi, Espoo, Member of Board 2002-2003

Harri Paloheimo and Martti Mela: Real-time Streaming Protocol, in Marko Suoknuuti et al (eds.):
– Mobile Internet Technical Architecture – volume 3: Visions and Implementations, IT Press, 2002

Venture Cup, a national business plan competition, Team Synmetic (conducting plastics)
– awarded (on rounds 1/3 and 2/3) among Ten Best Business Ideas, 2001

Finnish Red Cross, organizer of fund-raising for refugees of Chechnya.
– fund-raising was accomplished by student union of Helsinki University of Technology, Spring 2000

Software Development Proficiency

React, Rails, AJAX, C, C++, Java, Max/MSP, SuperCollider

Language Proficiency

English (excellent spoken and written)

Finnish (mother tongue)

German (fluent spoken and written)

Swedish (good)


MA (Art and Design), Master’s Programme in New Media. Media Lab, Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki, May 2020

MSc (Technology) in Telecommunications Technology, Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Jun 2006
– Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing (major)
– Strategy and Communication Systems (personal minor)

Exchange: University of Gothenburg, Valand School of Fine Arts, Sweden Jun – Aug 2009

Exchange: Universität der Künste Berlin, Oct 2010 – Mar 2011