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

How startups can solve sustainable development goals

Already prior to the present predicament with the coronavirus, the world has been facing severe challenges regarding the well-being of the planet, the ecosystem, and humanity. Many of these challenges have been codified by the United Nations into the Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from eradicating poverty to ensuring clean water and sanitation for everyone, from […]

01 Apr 2020

Student story from Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp 2020

In January 2020, AVP gathered four students from Aalto University and sent them to participate in the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) Bootcamp in Berkeley, California. This was an intensive 4-and-a-half-day workshop consisting of not only lectures and interactive classroom activities, but also of mentoring sessions that facilitate teams to develop their own startup ideas.   Take a sneak peek behind the […]

26 Mar 2020

Avoid the cabin fever — 5 tips on how to socialize remotely

There’s a supposed old Chinese curse that says: “May you live in interesting times.” The times are indeed interesting, as many have had to thoroughly change their daily routines and accustom to spending a lot more time at home. At AVP, we’ve all worked remotely since Friday the 13th (coincidence? I think yes) and all our teaching has gone online […]

20 Mar 2020

CME alumnus Adam Lim: ‘I wish we’d had more time together!’

A student story from AVP summer course 2019 When I signed up for AVP’s “Creating Multidimensional Experiences” summer course, I was simply curious. The course title didn’t sound like something that would benefit an engineer, but then again I’d like to think that I’m not just an engineer. I think we have a duty to make the future better than today, […]

27 Dec 2019

What Makes the Finnish Startup Ecosystem Different?

Startups are often considered strange creatures. However, just like most creatures, they begin their journey being quite clueless, and the ones who learn fast and adapt faster will thrive. Startups, just like most creatures, like to gravitate towards each other, forming ecosystems. Some ecosystems do better than others, and the reasons behind the success can […]

21 Nov 2019

Diversity: The secret sauce of high-performing teams

Top-performing teams often have people from diverse backgrounds, and it’s no coincidence. When we pick new team members, we should pay attention not only to the individual qualities of the candidates but also consider if they bring new ways of thinking to the table, writes Lauri Järvilehto, AVP’s Professor of Practice. The creator of Star Trek, […]

15 Oct 2019