Aaro and Isaac are a young gay couple from Helsinki studying at the school of Business at Aalto University, who turned their experiences of alienation into a strength. They started Giggeli, a company that makes penis-shaped candles and soaps, to spread joy and raise awareness on the issues of the sexualization of genitalia.
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.
Africa is a mobile-first market. A small group of us from AVP recently visited East Africa to learn about the startup ecosystems and opportunities in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda. In this post, our co-director Kalle Airo shares some of his observations and learnings from the visit.
We've all been in a situation where we’ve no idea what we want and where to go. And that’s ok. Setting meaningful and reasonable goals was never easy, and the pandemic and now a war in Europe can make long-term goals feel pointless — but setting them now is as important as ever. Let’s break down what good goals are like and how to set them like an entrepreneur.
S.U.R. is a decolonizing collective based on the understanding of the Global South not just as geography but as a way of standing, experiencing, and dancing through the world. Amy Gelera, one of the founding members, shares the story of how entrepreneurship, underrepresentation, and pasta created a movement.
Volunteering is a great way to learn skills useful in entrepreneurship, working life, and, well, life in general. But perhaps the real treasure is the friends you make along the way. Elettra, AVP's marketing magician and recent Aalto graduate, shares her experiences in how volunteering at Aalto University is similar to entrepreneurship.