A year ago, Aalto Ventures Program was contemplating how to help students who want to develop their idea further and make an impact even after finishing their courses. They decided to hire a dedicated person — yours truly — to create an incubation program, and that was the start of Impact Studio. It's time to look back and reflect on what we've learned over the past year.
One of our teachers, Paul, visited Nordic Business Forum and started thinking about the working life skills needed in the future. He found it scary to think he might have to re-train at his age — but at the same time, it excites him to think that he gets to learn and master something new. In this post, he ponders what mastering something really is.
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and startups should take advantage of AI to free up their time for other important things in life. By letting the machine handle mundane tasks that take up so much time, entrepreneurs can focus on their core competencies or even grow their business further by having more time to research new opportunities!
In English, we say that curiosity killed the cat. Paul, one of our teachers, is not sure if that's true, however. Based on his own experience, he thinks curiosity is the starting point of observing the world, learning, adjusting, and changing directions — and that it might actually save your life instead.
Kim-Niklas Antin is very good at material technology. He even has a Ph.D. in it and stayed at Aalto Unversity to work as a post-doc in the field. But his real passion is 3D printing and design, which led him to become an entrepreneur and later to join Impact Studio by Aalto Ventures Program.
We recently visited three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. We intended to learn more about the local startup ecosystems, entrepreneurship education, and — in particular — the local market opportunities with regard to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In our ten days, we had to rewrite most of all the assumptions we came in with.