What is StartUp School?

 

Haaga-Helia StartUp School was founded in Helsinki in 2012 to support student entrepreneurship. StartUp School combines entrepreneurship studies with learning through experimenting and coaching – and getting results by doing. StartUp School provides an innovative concept to develop entrepreneurship education, new ways of learning and enhance entrepreneurial culture within organizations. The approach supports students in learning skills required in future work life and the ability to establish new businesses and develop existing ones.

 

Collaborative networks reaching from one continent to another and the latest entrepreneurship research is available for students through several research and development projects, as well as partner organizations. The StartUp School model as a university-linked business incubator gathers interest around the world, and is one of the spearheads of Finnish education export.

Core Team

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

Hannele Mennala
Head of StartUp School
Timo-Pekka 1 web

Timo-Pekka leads the development of partnerships and collaboration with both external and internal stakeholders. His background in the higher education field and joint projects with various firms has provided him with a broad perspective on the management of Finnish firms.

Timo-Pekka Uotila
Collaboration Manager
Petteri 1 web

Petteri is Learning Designer and responsible for StartUp School pedagogical model, courses and coach network. Almost 20 years background from entrepreneurship, gives him a lot of practical knowledge to share our students.

Petteri Tiljander
Learning Designer
Ulla 1 web

Ulla is a Concept Manager and takes care of StartUp School marketing. She wants to encourage everybody to spread their wings and fly. “Make decisions based on where you want to be, not based on where you currently are.”

Ulla Alakangas
Concept Manager
Mikko 1 web

Mikko is a practitioner, author and scholar on entrepreneurship. He runs a number of StartUp School development projects and also coaches students with beautiful business ideas.

Mikko Järvinen
Project Manager
Elsa 1 web

As the Assistant at StartUp School. Elsa wishes to guide anyone who has questions. Feel free to contact her!

Elsa Levo
Assistant
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As a Learning Designer Hanna is responsible for the offering at Haaga-Helia Open University, 3AMK, and commercial collaborations. She is also coaching students and participating in RDI projects. Hanna’s background is in Learning & Development and she has recently been working as a Startup entrepreneur herself.

Hanna Kangas
Learning Designer
Pekka 1 web

Pekka is the Student Ambassador for the Academic year 2020–2021. The Student Ambassador works as a bridge between StartUp School and the students by acting as the face of StartUp School and the voice of the students.

Pekka Eeken
Student Ambassador

XES Helsinki

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Evelin leads the operations of Xes Helsinki entrepreneurial community. She is also responsible for the development of the 3AMK Entrepreneurship Society Alliance, and collaborates closely with SUS team members to make sure no student is left behind with their business ideas.

Evelin Bakó
Chairperson
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Julia Reinhard
Vice-chair
Anastasia1-square

As Head of Design and Marketing at Xes Helsinki, Anastasia is leading various visual and human related projects. Don’t hesitate to drop her a line, if you want to participate in one of them.

Anastasia Kontinen
Head of Design and Marketing
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Sergei Iljin
Events Manager
Marina
Marina Ponomareva
Community Manager

Coaches

hannele

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

Hannele Mennala
Pasila Campus
maria_haukka

Maria Haukka is a StartUp School coach and a Senior Lecturer.

Maria Haukka
Pasila Campus
Timo Lampikoski 8,18

Timo Lampikoski is a Relationship Manager - Career counseling at Haaga-Helia, but also a StartUp School Coach, Author and Entrepreneur.

Timo Lampikoski
Pasila Campus
Teemu Ruohonen

Teemu wants to help you to think bigger, do smaller and learn faster.

Teemu Ruohonen
Pasila Campus
pasila_mikko_järvinen

Mikko is a practitioner, author and scholar on entrepreneurship. He runs a number of StartUp School development projects and also coaches students with beautiful business ideas.

Mikko Järvinen
Pasila Campus
marika3

Marika Alhonen is a Certified Business Coach and an inspirational trainer.

Marika Alhonen
Porvoo Campus
TP

Timo-Pekka leads the development of partnerships and collaboration with both external and internal stakeholders. His background in the higher education field and joint projects with various firms has provided him with a broad perspective on the management of Finnish firms.

Timo-Pekka Uotila
Pasila Campus
mika3

Mika is a certified Business coach with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is a senior lecturer in finance and investments.

Mika Mustikainen
Pasila Campus
juuso3

Juuso loves to help students start their own business.

Juuso Kokko
Haaga Campus
pirjo_purovesi

Pirjo has a wide experience in selling, purchasing, brands and marketing with a strong focus on customer insight. She is passionate about helping students to develop their business ideas and enhancing the customer experience.

Pirjo Purovesi
Pasila Campus
Leena_Aitto-oja

Leena has 7+ years of experience as a Teacher, Project Manager and Work Placement Coordinator and 20+ years of experience in sales and marketing, organizing large events, as an entrepreneur and a coach.

Leena Törmälä
Porvoo Campus
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Kasper is a teacher at Haaga-Helia Pasila campus and a micro/nano entrepreneur. He has 15 years of experience in global ICT business, consulting and software engineering.

Kasper Valtakari
Pasila Campus
Janne_Jokinen

Experienced Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.

Janne Jokinen
Pasila Campus
Pekka_Lampi

Pekka works as senior lecturer in hospitality management. He has a wide experience in the hospitality industry, specializing in food and beverage management. His work history includes also restaurant entrepreneurship.

Pekka Lampi
Haaga Campus
Sonja_Etelavuori

Sonja is a teacher in travel and tourism programme at Haaga campus. Her passion is helping people to discover their entrepreneurial potential and to empower people to persue their dreams.

Sonja Etelävuori
Haaga Campus
Suvi_Starck

Suvi is a Certified International Coach who wants to facilitate your growth as an entrepreneur or business designer. Her strength is volition and she gets excited about your insights.

Suvi Starck
Pasila Campus

Campus Staff

Elsa_levo

Contact Elsa whenever you are interested in participating StartUp School on Pasila Campus.

Elsa Levo
Pasila Campus
marika3

Contact Marika whenever you are interested in participating StartUp School on Porvoo Campus.

Marika Alhonen
Porvoo Campus
Ilkka_Malinen

Contact Ilkka whenever you are interested in participating StartUp School on Malmi Campus.

Ilkka Malinen
Malmi Campus
Pekka_Lampi

Contact Pekka whenever you are interested in participating StartUp School on Haaga Campus.

Pekka Lampi
Haaga Campus
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