StartUp Week

StartUp Week is an amazing opportunity!


StartUp Week brings educational organizations and incubators together in Helsinki to get inspired, learn, benchmark and network.
Last year keynote speakers included Ph.D Pasi Sahlberg and Peter Vesterbacka. Our participants from Africa, South-America and Europe gave us such an amazing feedback that we decided to organise StartUp Week again.


StartUp Week takes place 3.-7.12.2018 again on the same week with the World’s largest startup event Slush.


StartUp Week starts on Monday 3 December with an introduction to StartUp School’s way of teaching.
On Tuesday and Wednesday all participants will attend Slush event. The 2-day ticket is included in the price of StartUp Week.
On Thursday, which is the Independence Day in Finland, we go through key take-aways from Slush, and of course celebrate the Finnish Independence.
On Friday we will dive deeper into StartUp School offering, and demonstrate ways of implementing what we have learned into the way of teaching.

This is a preliminary program. A more detailed program will be provided closer to the event.
For more detailed program, please contact





Some of the keynote speakers are:

Innovator and entrepreneur Saku Tuominen, HundrED
Ambassador for Education Export Marianne Huusko, MFA Finland
Ph.D., President and Managing Director Teemu Kokko, Haaga-Helia UAS
Head of StartUp School Hannele Mennala, StartUp School
Ph.D., Director of School of Vocational Teacher Education Jari Laukia, Haaga-Helia UAS
Head of Department Dr Kgomotso Hilda Masilo, Tshwane University of Technology
Senior Lecturer Anette Kairikko, Haaga-Helia UAS
Senior Lecturer Pirjo Purovesi, Haaga-Helia UAS
Senior Lecture Teemu Ruohonen, Haaga-Helia UAS
Director, Business Development Irikka Tikka, EduExcellence ltd
Service Design Lead Päivi Williams, StartUp School
Collaboration Manager Timo-Pekka Uotila, StartUp School
Project Manager Mikko Järvinen, StartUp School



By participating StartUp Week 2018, you’ll get: 

Inspiration and information about the future of education and entrepreneurial learning
Introduction to Haaga-Helia StartUp School Concept
Ideas on building an entrepreneurial mindset, group coaching methods, accreditation of prior learning, pitching and organizing entrepreneurial events
Network of colleagues around the world
Overview of the global startup scene in SLUSH


In practice this means:

3-day programme hosted by the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

2-day conference pass to the World’s leading startup event SLUSH.

Ticket to XcitED (official SLUSH side event)

Early bird price €2,500/attendee (including VAT at 24%) until 5.11.
Limited number of participants, register now!



Accommodation: at own expense but we have made things easier for you.
Let us know (on registration page) if you are interested in staying at Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre, and we will contact you about the bookings.



StartUp Week 2017 was a success!


Check the video and see how was it in 2017:




The first StartUp Week was organised in December 2017 and it gathered participants from South Africa, Germany and Bolivia to gain insight into entrepreneurial way of teaching and learning. During the week, Haaga-Helia signed a MoU with Tshwane University of Technology and EduExcellence signed a MoU with Universidad de la Cordillera.
Both universities are very keen on building their own StartUp Schools so we can really say that our first StartUp Week was a success!




See you in StartUp Week 2018!



If you have anything to ask, contact Ani Kuutchin, +358 40 488 7014,