Rosa-Maria Alaraasakka and Tuomas Hätälä are the founders of Opack, a startup that aims to revolutionize the reusable food packaging industry. The company is based on an idea born on Startup Experience and it almost died during Covid, but was born again thanks to an unexpected savior — the EU.
Four students — Anh Nguyen, Camila Gallo, Júlia Vila and Henri Wittmann — represented Aalto Ventures Program at the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship (BMoE) bootcamp at the University of California, Berkeley in January 2023. The bootcamp was filled with joy, new friendships and valuable insights regarding entrepreneurship.
One of our team members, Aaro, took part in Ignite, a summer accelerator program at Aalto University aiming to make ideas into reality. The ten-week program is structured with weekly topics on entrepreneurship, from business validation to fundraising, but it's not just about accelerating startups. It’s truly a people accelerator.
Everyone loves a startup success story, but to be honest, most startups don't become such. Paavo Vallas, an AVP alumnus and founder of Särkifood, had it all figured out and business was thriving — for a while. This is not Särkifood's story, but Paavo's. It's a story of how a startup can fail, but its founder can still succeed.
We've talked about what an accelerator is, what to consider before joining one, and what to take into account during the program. Assuming you followed all the tips, the accelerator is now your friend. Friendship, however, isn't a one-way street. Anna, AVP's Incubation Specialist, shares 4 points to consider after graduating from an accelerator program.
Last week, we talked about what an accelerator is and what to consider before joining one. The two most important questions were whether you even need to get into one, and if yes, which one. Assuming you're now in one, do you think it’s time to relax and let things happen? Absolutely not. Anna, AVP's Incubation Specialist, shares 9 tips on how to make the most out of an acceleration program.