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Sami Lampinen new managing director for Holtron Ventures


March 1, 2005 -- Holtron Ventures has appointed Sami Lampinen, M.Sc. (Eng), 34, as Managing Director and partner. Mr. Lampinen has previously worked as partner and investment director in CapMan from year 1997. Mr. Lampinen begins with Holtron Ventures Ltd in the beginning of April 2005.

”We welcome Sami warmly to join us. Sami has a very strong and many-sided expert knowledge in venture capital business. He has accomplished several successful investments and exits in CapMan in Finland as well as in Sweden”, states Harri Holländer, Chairman of the Board. ”Sami belongs to the few in Finland, who have, in addition to the technology expertise, a long experience in deal structuring, management of private equity funds and development of early stage companies”, says Mikko Puhakka, one of the founders of Holtron Ventures and a current board member.

”Entrepreneurial driven, international technology companies offer in the next years increasingly attractive investment opportunities for an active early stage capital investor. Holtron Ventures is a pioneer in the branch and it has created a unique, strong position as a partner of and investor in technology companies. This creates, together with skillfully managed funds and a wide network of investors and business partners, a very interesting and solid platform for further development of Holtron Ventures. I am excited of the opportunity to contribute to the success of new technology companies”, states Sami.

The joining of Sami Lampinen to Holtron Ventures Ltd is the first step in the company’s strategy to further strengthen its position as an early stage investor in Finland.

Holtron Ventures Ltd is a private and independent fund-based venture capital management company. It is founded in 1999 and it focuses on investing in seed and start-up stage companies within the information and communication technology sector in Finland and Scandinavia. Holtron Ventures acts as a value added investor closely coaching its entrepreneurs through the various development stages of their companies maximizing the return of investment for the investors of its funds. Holtron Ventures holds three different funds, and among its portfolio companies are for example BlueGiga Technologies, MySQL, OplayO, Navicore and Upstream.

Additional information about Holtron Ventures can be found at http://www.holtronventures.com
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Holtron Ventures Ltd.
+46 708 915161
sami.lampinen@holtronventures

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