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

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
Head of StartUp School
Kuva_Taru_intranet

Taru is the Development Manager at StartUp School. Her job is to coordinate StartUp School’s operational development. She is looking to the future for new opportunities and possibilities.

Taru Haajanen
Development Manager
timo-pekka

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
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
Project Manager
Ulla_Alakangas

Ulla is a Development Coordinator 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
Development Coordinator
intra_ani_kuutschin

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

Ani Kuutschin
Assistant
intra_jutta_rinneranta

Jutta is responsible for updating StartUp School’s social media channels and creating other marketing content. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions about social media or you have some content you would want StarUp School to post.

Jutta Rinneranta
Student Ambassador

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
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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
Porvoo_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 Aitto-oja
Porvoo Campus
kasper_valtakari_4_square

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

Campus Staff

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
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