The role of Starttaamo

We’ve had some challenges in explaining it clearly to people (and even to our selves) what’s the role of Starttaamo compared to other institutions and communities that support entrepreneurs and startups.

Our idea has been to provide a community with physical space that operates at very ground level of startup life and has no commercial objectives. This allows us to make Starttaamo to the community for entrepreneurs.

Finally the article in Kaleva opened my own eyes and explains our role perfectly. Now it’s up to all of us to make the ecosystem in Northern Finland to support new startups and entrepreneurs.

Join Starttaamo to give your effort to our cause.


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Starttaamo receiving lots of news coverage

Starttaamo has been receiving wide news media coverage lately, and looks like there’s more to come. And not just Starttaamo, but the Starttaamo partner SomePitching as well. SomePitching is being run from the premises of Starttaamo, and that has created some interesting new possibilities for both the premises as well as the business idea competition.

Just recently SomePitching Live! event drew together a great crowd to pitch their ideas to business angels and alike, and the success was of such magnitude that we’re now planning to organize more of such events. There were startups from all over, most distant pitchers came from Joensuu! More news regarding these upcoming pitching events will follow in the near future. And now we’re hearing that both Starttaamo and SomePitching (hopefully!) will soon be mentioned at The Wall Street Journal as well, let’s hope the story goes through editors as planned, but even if not, it’s good to hear that the attention was successfully awakened during the reporters recent visit to Oulu and to the Starttaamo premises – the reporter was at the premises several times and long sessions during the 3-day visit. There may well be a wide coverage on Oulu region startups.

SomePitching has also been covered by both web and print Kaleva during last weekend, regarding the on-going competition (have you voted yet?).

W-Secure, one of Starttaamo’s original members, was recently covered nicely at Kauppalehti, and we hear many of the well-known tech magazines have been covering their new product launch as well. Nice job, guys!

Starttaamo has received today some major coverage by the biggest Oulu-region newspaper Kaleva, with amazing graphics and stuff! Now go buy Kaleva if you want to know what really happens in Oulu these days at the startup scene 😉 All major startup and entrepreneurial players of the region were covered in the paper, with all arrows on Starttaamo as being the single one place where the startup actions happens and where all the startup people head to after having done their turn on the schools, centers and institutes preparing them to take off the business idea they may have. Great stuff!

And for tomorrow, check out Yle morning TV at around 07.20, there should be nice startup coverage including SomePitching as well, with studio visitors from Aalto and Lifeline Ventures. Good to see the startup action is being noticed by the main media as well!

And last but not least, a reminder. Slush Helsinki event will cover a nice amount of startup pitches on stage, and of course some of the Starttaamo startups will be joining the event! Go Slush!


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Great events we’ve had

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!

Remember to Like us here and at Facebook to stay posted of all upcoming events! And as always, feel free to share this info with others, the more the merrier is how I see it.


P.S. There are more interesting events being announced soon, keep checking in here and at Facebook.


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