FOR CURIOUS

Insight into experience. Been there, done that sessions bring interesting entrepreneurs to Think Company to tell their story and provide inspiration and guidance to entrepreneurially minded people. Very casual. A great first event to attend.

FOR EXPERIMENTERS

The Idea Accelerator. Academic Action Bootcamp is an intensive program for developing your, or your team’s, own budding initiative and for turning your academic know-how into entrepreneurial action. It is a dive into lean entrepreneurial tools, thinking and action, hands-on, full-on. For students and researchers.

Pop Science brings together researchers, entrepreneurs and companies around a topic, like health or neurogaming, to connect and learn what they have to give to each other. Informal and inspiring.

Intensive dive into problem solving. Helsinki Think Company’s Mini Challenges are two-day workshops about creative problem solving. For students Mini Challenges are an excellent opportunity to improve team working and presentation skills in a multi-disciplinary group as well as connect with possible future employers. For partners (companies, organizations or research institutes) the workshops provide fresh and innovative ideas from university students. The language of the workshops is Finnish.

OTHER ACTION

  • Helsinki Think Company community & space Think Company is an open community of entrepreneurially minded people in and around the University of Helsinki. It has several spaces for co-working and meeting. The Think Company hosts are there everyday to introduce you to the community and the action.
  • Friday Funday  is a casual weekly get together at Think Company. Both old and new faces are warmly welcomed, and if you’ve always been curious to know what happens at Think Company, this is a great first event to attend. 
  • Project courses bring students to solve cases that stem from wicked problems and are connected to the partners of the University. Courses are intensive, learning by doing experiences that provide participants with new thinking on how to build solutions based on academic know-how and tools and competences to take action. There are several courses every year organised by different departments and faculties. Check more here or in Oodi
  • Entrepreneurship courses  Several entrepreneurship courses in different faculties offer basic entrepreneurial business knowledge and tools. 
  • Worklife orientation studies present different kinds of career paths, also entrepreneurial ones. Check from your department’s or faculty’s courses.
  • Enterprise Infos and Pop-up counselling offer basic knowledge on setting up a company & answer your questions on entrepreneurship. They are run by Enterprise Helsinki. 
  • Pitch Nights are open events at Think Company and Tiedekulma to open your mouth and tell about your idea or initiative to the world in early stage.  These gather ambitious projects and teams from e.g. bootcamps and project courses to Think Company to present themselves to the world and to find potential mentors, partners and first customers. 
  • Mentoring Alumni and other experienced individuals are matched with promising initiatives to provide honest feedback and to help find paths and contacts that take initiatives forward.
  • Prototyping & customer development The best way to learn about the potential of your initiative and push it forward is to try it out as early as possible, with real people, partners and customers. Think Company works as a testbed for students and researchers to test their initiatives. Contact the hosts to ideate with you how this could happen.
  • Think Company Fund offers small grants for ambitious teams and projects for carrying out a prototype experiment or for setting up a company. Anyone can donate to the Fund
  • Business Advice & Growth services by NewCo. Helsinki offer counselling to develop business ideas and plans, training on differents topics, help to find talent to the start-up teams and organize networking events.
  • Impact Clinics support the researchers on how to communicate on the impact of their research when seeking funding from various sources such as H2020, Tekes and Academy of Finland among others.  The clinics provide also answers to questions concerning commercialization of research: what does it mean in practise, how to initiate the process and how to seek funding (eg. Tekes TUTL) for the process.  The support according to individual needs is provided by innovation and research funding and commercialization advisors from the research affairs unit and HIS as well as knowledgeable fellow researchers. The clinics run regularily.
  • Legal & funding services Help in IPR issues, applying funding for commercialization of research and innovation and contract negotiations is provided by Helsinki Innovation Services and Legal Services and Business Collaboration units of Research Affairs
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