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

The compound time of my life

Last week’s Wednesday I slept in a bit, and — after the mandatory morning rituals — I opened a real book instead of my MacBook. I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t on a holiday and I wasn’t even slacking off work; I was enjoying something called compound time. Here at AVP, the first Wednesday of every month […]

12 Mar 2021

Diversity and representation: The cyber west manifested in the corporeal rest

Representation is a key element in any visual design — you don’t want your brand to be represented by people who all look alike. Why, then, are white people so predominant in imagery all over the world, even though the majority of the world’s population is not white? Amy Gelera, AVP’s Visual Designer, has been […]

05 Mar 2021

(Re)searching for impact: An academic who wants to change the world

Sampson Tetteh came to Finland in 2014 to do his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Now, seven years later, he’s doing research on energy technology at Aalto University, with the intention of commercializing a whole new energy storage system to help us in the fight against climate change. To learn more about entrepreneurship, Sampson took […]

25 Feb 2021

Give me liberty, and give me a salary — two stories of being self-employed

Being self-employed can be tricky, but it can also be extremely rewarding. As your own boss, you’re free to work whenever and wherever you want, and don’t answer to anyone but yourself — except maybe to your customers. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and you’ll remember that when you’re filling out forms for […]

19 Feb 2021

Alumni story: Mert Mutlu — Big dreams, bigger actions

Host My Pet is a Finnish startup that was recently acquired by GuDog. One of the founders, Mert Mutlu, is an AVP alumnus who came to Finland as an electrical engineering bachelor student and left as a successful entrepreneur. Besides his new skills, one of his biggest takeaways was his trusted team that’s already ready […]

08 Feb 2021