Thoughts after Summer of Startups

Greetings from team ShopperApp! It has now been a good one month since the Summer of Startups Demo Day and it's good time to reflect on those great lessons learned during the long summer days in Summer of Startups. In the beginning of June we started in the program with a rather clear vision what our product was going to…

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Our startups are as good as their American brothers

Greetings from San Francisco! Think Big, the two-week student trip to Silicon Valley arranged by Aaltoes, has been running for a week. I decided to join Aaltoes board members to visit San Francisco and see the buzzing startup hub. We have visited local startups, met entrepreneurs and attended TC Disrupt, a startup event organized by TechCrunch. Here are some remarks…

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Summer of Startups Week 8: Getting Ready for DemoDay!

Greetings from the team CosmEthics! Another intensive week of hacking, meeting clients, building our product information database, and attending awesome coaching sessions has passed. We are a team of eight, with a fab developer team of five engineers (the guys) and three business people (the girls). Our big mission is to enable consumers make healthy purchase decisions by identifying unsafe…

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Summer of Startups Week 7 – Stories on Hardware Development.

Yet another week at Summer of Startups has passed, more sweat has been poured into our startups, everybody is running fast and doing their best, while the atmosphere is getting more and more dense - the Demoday is approaching. At Scandinavian Health Standards the situation is no different, we had spent last week planning and preparing for the Demoday. The sword…

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Summer of Startups Week 6 – Pivot or persevere?

Tervitused! Kuidas käsi käib? We are Viima, a team of 5 entrepreneurially oriented software engineers. There’s only 3 weeks left of Summer of Startups and boy has the time flown! What makes the schedule even more interesting is that today we’ve basically started from scratch with a different business idea! Tallinn Trip To start off the week we left for…

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Summer of Startups week 5 – Venture capital for bigger adventures!

Greetings from the Beyond Gallery team! We are developing a web gallery that exhibits and sells quality works from emerging artists. The idea is to provide good, affordable art for people who don’t necessarily frequent traditional galleries. We are currently just two people, so we have a good variety of things to do and find out. Katja is like a…

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Summer of Startups week 4 – No slacking!

It’s July and most of Finland has packed their bags and left cities to go on summer cottages or abroad. Meanwhile, the Summer of Startups teams keep on working to develop their ideas into business! This week we have enjoyed some great keynotes from experienced coaches. On Tuesday, Micki Honkavaara encouraged us to believe in our dreams, as 80% of…

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How the Picnic Rumbles

Hola! This is Picnic Rumble team speaking. We are three guys who have made games together for a while. We like good laughs, beer and video games. Being from artistic background, we're probably not the loudest and most marketing oriented team this summer, but hey, we try! Heikki does graphics and music, Toni codes and Jussi is our producer who…

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The perfect gift for our innovators-to-be

I visited Open Innovation 2.0 conference in Dublin last month. It wasn't actually the most startup-minded event. When noting I hate the – not only misused but also overused – i-word, a visit to potato-loving island to talk with bunch of EU guys and bureaucrats about it doesn't seem like a logical thing to do. So what the heck was…

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Summer of Startups week II – 2-5 minutes of your time.

Yes, this post is on the all-important act of pitching, considered by many as a true form of art. Here you'll learn the why and one powerful recipe for the how. Albeit pitching itself probably won't make or break the story of anyone's business, it can pay off in many ways. Mike Bradshaw,  in his Monday afternoon session, enlightened us…

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