Core Team


Hannele is the head of StartUp School operations. In this role she is excited to utilize her 20 years’ experience from corporate world, entrepreneurship, change management and digitalization.

Hannele Mennala

Head of StartUp School

Päivi is responsible for course co-operation. She also coordinates StartUp School operational development and part of our external relationship management.

Päivi Söderström

Development Manager
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Päivi leads and develops StartUp School’s offering and coach network. She experiments new pedagogical ideas in StartUp School and is enthusiastic about modern functional teaching methods.

Päivi Williams

Service Design Lead

Johanna is responsible for developing cooperation with networks both inside the Haaga-Helia UAS and with other educational organizations to develop entrepreneurial education.

Johanna Pitkänen

Collaboration Manager

Irina joined StartUp School in August 2017. She acts as Assistant Intern and her responsibilities include coordinating the StartUp School’s communications and events. Irina is the first point of contact for students at the StartUp School.

Irina Pchelnikova

Assistant Intern
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Elina is in charge of SUS marketing, communication and events. She also develops RPL (recognition of prior learning) mechanisms in StartUp School and in Haaga-Helia.

Elina Iloranta

Development Coordinator