During the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant change regarding the attitudes towards entrepreneurship among Finnish youth. More and more young Finns are willing to take the entrepreneurial leap towards building the future that they are going to live in. According to the study funded by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), as many as every third student in high school and upper comprehensive school could see themselves being an entrepreneur in the future. Also, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) -studies, every fifth person in the age group of 18 to 24, thinks about entrepreneurship as an opportunity in next three years. The number in the beginning of the 21st century was one percent.
The change is enormous. Foundations such as HundrED, JA Finland, Young Entrepreneurs of Finland and entrepreneurship societies in universities, have contributed greatly towards creating the entrepreneurial mindset. These kinds of platforms have encouraged young Finns to trust their ideas, and have helped them bring the ideas to life. Also, the way the media writes about entrepreneurs and self-employment has become a lot more positive.
Slush Youth – A Chance to Experience the Leading Startup Event in the World
Slush Youth, a one-day catalyst organized by the Economic Information Office TAT, will be held for the third time this year. The event gathers 300 ambitious high school students from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark under the same roof on December 1.
The day includes five workshops: Funding a startup, Marketing in Business, New Working Life, Sustainability in Business, and Circular Economy. The workshops will be held by Nordea, Lidl, TELA, UPM and Sitra. After the day, and after the closing words by advocates from Slush, Junction and CMI, the participants will get to visit the ongoing Slush 2017 to experience the vibe of one of the leading startup events in the world. At Slush, the youth will, for example, have a chance to get familiar with the most interesting startups of today, see the Slush 100 finalists on stage, and feel the magical atmosphere of the globally spread event.
Answering for the Demand of Learning New Entrepreneurial Skills
Slush Youth is a part of the business courses for Finnish high schools and vocational schools provided by TAT. The project answers to the demand and will of getting more familiar with the international business, startup scene and learning the skills needed in self-employment and working life in general. The courses have been provided for free for all Finnish high schools from the beginning of the academic year 2017.
Slush Youth will be held at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, just next to the Helsinki Convention Centre where Slush 2017 simultaneously pulsates its second day. Further information about the event will be provided by Julia Kiljunen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Startup High School Kicked Off
Another initiative meant for youth interested in entrepreneurship is a program called Startup High School. It is carried out together by HundrED, Slush and Otava Folk High School. The school was kicked off this September and is being currently piloted with over 100 students from Finland. Starting next Autumn, it’s planned to be available for all high school students around Finland.
The purpose of the program is to support the development of the startup culture in the Nordics, and bring it closer to the youth. The program consists of three online courses about putting ideas into practice, different kinds of skills about problem-solving to creative thinking, and working on students’ own ideas. The tasks and the whole material for the courses are based on video interviews of well-known entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurs involved are Ilkka Paananen, Co-founder and CEO of Supercell, Miki Kuusi, Co-founder of Wolt, Linda Liukas, Author of Hello Ruby, Tuuli Kaskinen, CEO at Demos Helsinki, Arman Alizad, media person, Marianne Vikkula, CEO at Slush, Maria Ritola, Co-founder of Iris Al, Suvi and Tuomas Kallio, organizers of Flow Festival, and Jyrki Sukula, restaurant entrepreneur, to name a few.
We are interested to see where these initiatives will lead to. Read more about Slush Youth and Startup High School !
Photo: Iiro Rautiainen