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

One year of learning at Impact Studio

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.

It scares you and excites you. What to do?

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.

Curiosity killed the cat. Really?

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.

Everything you think about Africa is wrong — How to build a true Global Silicon Valley

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.