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.
Anna, AVP's Incubation Specialist, has been working in different types of accelerators for the past 6 years before joining AVP. She understands their value but has also seen how little some entrepreneurs actually understand what accelerators are for and how to get the most out of them. In this article series, she shares some practical tips and advice on what to do before, during, and after the accelerator. For now, let's focus on the before.
Revolutionary inventions such as airplanes and fertilizers have been a big factor in creating the civilization we now live in. However, they also charged us an unpleasant cost by speeding up climate change — and now we have to clean up. Fortunately, many startups, companies, and individuals are working toward solving the big problems and contributing to a better world and a cooler planet.