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Pauliina Meskanen is the co-founder and CEO of Calectra, where she is on a mission to electrify high-temperature industrial heat. Before this, she was an entrepreneur-in-residence at a Nordic early-stage venture capital (VC) fund and built the hard-tech climate innovation consultancy and media company, She has worked as an investor/venture partner at three other VC funds and was an early employee at a Nordic VC-backed health-tech startup. She holds an M.Sc. in industrial engineering.

With its patent-pending thermal storage technology, Calectra provides zero-carbon, low-cost industrial process heat up to 1,600°C. Calectra converts low-cost, intermittent renewable electricity into high-temperature heat, stores it for up to days at a time, and delivers it to retrofitted industrial processes using a simple, inexpensive air-based heat transfer system.