We’ve had some brilliant events lately, to say the least.
At the Finnish Mobile Association FinnMob Open Bar evening we had some interesting people on board as participants to panel discussion as well as joining the crowd as audience. Peter Green from FinnMob flew to Oulu to host the 1st ever Oulu FinnMob event, and we had arranged him a tight schedule for the whole day, meetings after another, ending with the open bar event. The panel discussion lasted forever, Peter unfortunately had to leave early to catch a flight home, but the rest of us stayed around for a long time. The panelists were Peter Green of FinnMob, Pasi Vuorio who’s the Founder of Vuole (home for Savalanche social media webshopping tool), Matti Rusila of OuluSES, and Petri Hyyppä from ProceedIT. A great number of foreign students with entrepreneurial flare showed up as well.
The first ever Starttaamo Socializing Friday was a huge success, the Starttaamo premises were absolutely packed with people! SocFri introduced a renewed concept, where a number of certified chatters were around to build up conversation and to host the party – and yours truly was proud to be one of these certified chatters. Other hosts were Markku Mäenpää from Codemate, Jarmo Lauronen from Business Oulu, Sofia Liukkonen from Slidefy, Iikka Ellilä from Spektikor, and John Meewella from Oulu University. The theme of the night was StartUps, and a huge number of people joined the vivid discussions. Janne Salmi was hosting the party from Socializing Friday’s side.
Aalto StartUp Sauna WarmUp tour’s Oulu event didn’t take place at Starttaamo, but we joined the organizing of the event by promoting it extensively, and the Aalto Venture Garage people did the same for us by promoting our SomePitching Live! event that took place the very same day, right after the Aalto event. We were extremely glad to see the Aalto hosts joining our event during the evening – thanks for everything guys!
SomePitching Live! pitching event was arranged for the first time ever, and apparently it became right away possibly the single biggest pitching event ever to have been arranged in Oulu, at least that’s what the rumours say… There was a long list of extremely interesting and potential businesses being pitched to a number of angel investors, and the evening turned into night well before the pitching ended. We heard pitches ranging from games to medical, web services to electronics, social media to mobile apps, and so much more. I was worried upfront if enough teams show up, so I agreed to take in a great number of people, and the lesson learned is that next time the event will most likely be a 2-day event, as the pitches went on and on and on and on… Even when the time was limited to 5 minutes, but there were so many questions to all the teams from the investors and some of the crowd, that some of the presentations clearly exceeded 20 minutes… There’s a first time for everything, now I know how to limit the pitches and commenting the next time around, but other than being a very long night, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, up to being appraised as the best ever pitching event people have joined. So right after the event I decided that we need to have more of these, so stay tuned, we’ll announce the next pitching event sooner than you think!
And remember that the SomePitching business idea competition registration is on until the 17.10. when the competition starts. Note! You need to have submitted your pitch before that very date to be eligible to join, and as a voter you may start voting from 17.10. onwards! Go check it out, many of the live event pitches will be joining as well as a good number of brand new ones!
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P.S. There are more interesting events being announced soon, keep checking in here and at Facebook.