We are StartUp School Core Team and We Are Here to Help You


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

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
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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

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

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 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

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

Ani Kuutschin


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