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A collection of thoughts, resources and findings on all things entrepreneurial, from the minds of the AVP team.

Make teamwork great again, part 1: Forming teams

Teamwork. Some students love it, others hate it. At its best, teamwork courses can be great: students will learn not only about the topic of the course — and often more deeply than by doing an exam — but also about each other and themselves, making them much more prepared for working life. At its worst, […]

18 Jun 2020

Johannes studied six weeks in Berkeley and founded a startup in Hawaii

In January, AVP alumnus Johannes Salmisaari was on his way to UC Berkeley in sunny California, not knowing that the campus would close in six weeks because of the new coronavirus. As a part of an AVP-Berkeley contract he and a fellow student, Henrik Helenius, had been chosen for Startup Semester, an entrepreneurship program focusing […]

28 May 2020

Why to-do lists suck an how to fix them

Don’t think about a pink elephant! Most people, when told this, think about a pink elephant. In psychology, this is known as the “Ironic process theory”, which means that when you try to avoid thinking about something, you’re actually more likely to think about it. This sort of process also works for more concrete things, such as trying to break habits — […]

13 May 2020

The best founders don’t necessarily graduate first

Entrepreneurship is often considered difficult, time-consuming and overall an undesirable career choice. We don’t deny that it can be hard at times, but many students or alumni of Aalto University already have a lot of experience they’d need as a future entrepreneur — even if they don’t necessarily realize it themselves. We talked with three […]

28 Apr 2020

How can I help?

The outbreak of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, caught humanity with its pants down. The virus, causing the disease known as COVID-19, spread through the globe like wildfire, forcing us to change our behavior in ways we couldn’t have imagined. This text is my reflection on how the sudden increase of uncertainty caused by the virus […]

23 Apr 2020