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Stories about science-based entrepreneurship
From Lab to Market joins forces with Helsinki Education Hub to bring you stories from the field of education technology! We’ll dive deep into technical solutions for innovating learning and teaching, and hear from entrepreneurs who turned their research into a business:
- Jenni Vartiainen, Researcher at the University of Helsinki and Founder of Kide Science
- Veera Virintie, CEO of Silta Education
- Jesper Ryynänen, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of GraphoGame
- Hosted by Rasmus Basilier, Business coach and CEO of Euro Scalers
How to create impact out of research? How to turn your research into action? Could I, should I, commercialize my research? Do I have to leave academia, can I ever return? What does science-based entrepreneurship or academic entrepreneurship mean?
These questions among many others related to the area of research to impact are being pondered by many researchers and academics. Now you’ll have a chance to exchange thoughts over a cup of coffee on how to create impact from research and network across disciplines and organizations!
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The From Lab to Market event series is organized by Aalto Ventures Program, VTT Launchpad, Aalto Startup Center and Aalto Innovation Services, this time in collaboration with Helsinki Education Hub. FLTM events are supported by Helsinki Think Company.
Meet the speakers
Researcher at the University of Helsinki and a founder of Kide Science
Ph.D. Jenni Vartiainen is a researcher at the University of Helsinki and a founder of Kide Science. Jenni studies young children’s playful science education. Kide Science was established as a result of Jenni’s research to make a social impact. Kide Science promotes play-based early childhood STEAM education all over the world by offering kindergarten and preschool teachers engaging lesson plans and training.
CEO of Silta Education
Veera, CEO of Silta Education, is M.A. (2014) and MSc in Education (2022) from the University of Helsinki, focusing on brain research and social-emotional learning. Veera is an expert on the future of learning, learning design and how wellbeing affects our brain. Her mission at Silta Education is to build the bridge between science and practice to strengthen wellbeing, learning and stress management. Silta Education is Veera's third company.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of GraphoGame
Jesper Ryynänen is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of GraphoGame, an education technology company from Finland. GraphoGame is a suite of evidence-based literacy apps for 5- to 9-year-olds. A social entrepreneur and MSc of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics, Jesper is focused on democratising access to world class early literacy education by distributing free-to-download gamified literacy apps on behalf of governments, foundations, and corporate social responsibility programs. GraphoGame’s many language versions have been downloaded over 3 million times and have 100,000s of daily users.
Don’t be afraid to commercialize research because with a scalable, impactful, and research-based business, you have the power to change the world!Veera Virintie, CEO and Co-Founder of Silta Education