Starttaamo premiered at KickNetwork

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Oulu’s first wave – Experience from Nokia helps new entrepreneurs

Excerpt from Youtube description:
“Oulu has been a city of Nokia. For engineering students, a career at the big company was the number one thing to pursue after graduation. And for the employees it was a place where you could use your know-how in an international environment.

But times have changed and now Oulu’s engineers and other experts are learning new things, for example how to become successful entrepreneurs. They are confident in what they do and lot of knowledge in technology, telecoms and hardware.

Couple of years ago, entrepreneur Teemu Polo, a former Nokia employee, and his friends put together Starttaamo, a startup hub for Northern region. Founding members Polo and Ykä Marjamaa tell us that Oulu is now experiencing its first wave of startups. The ecosystem is growing fast and Starttaamo is a good example of it.

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Starttaamo hosted a team from Samsung for second time

We have had a pleasure of welcoming and hosting teams from Samsung that want to find new innovation and technology partners. Now we have introduced roughly 20 Oulu startup companies (almost all Starttaamo members) to Samsung, plus number of other institutions and teams in Oulu.

Due to the nature of the visits, the visits are typically arranged within small circles, but last time – thanks to MobileMonday and BusinessOulu sponsorship – we were able to arrange “public access”, i.e. anybody was able to approach Samsung team, and pitch their companies.

Next steps are already being planned. It seems there will be third wave of Samsung visits coming soon. As theme or focus areas are still not decided upon we are not selecting companies yet, but as soon as things start to clear up we’ll approach our member companies to start prepare the pitches. Meanwhile we of course try our best to keep the leads of existing companies progressing..

Teemu Polo
Starttaamo chairman

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Lunacloud now a new Starttaamo partner!

Starttaamo welcomes Lunacloud as our partner!

As part of the agreement: get 500€ worth Lunacloud services as a Starttaamo member. And one Lunacloud € compares to couple of AWS euros… so that’s a great deal!

500 Euros is equivalent to offering approximately one Linux Cloud Server with 2 GB RAM, 1 CPU, 100 GB DISK during 14 months or one Linux Cloud Server with 4 GB RAM, 2 CPU, 250 GB DISK for 7 months! Each customer can use this credit at will, by choosing to use more or less resources according to their needs.

Opening an account with Lunacloud at is free. After opening the account, send the email of account opened to Teemu Polo for forwarding to Lunacloud. Lunacloud will issue a credit of 500 Euros on this account, that the customer may use at will, on Cloud Server or Cloud Storage services.

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Starttaamo is hosting Peter Vesterbacka in Oulu on Jan 21st 2013. Check for the “public” session (and do remember to register), but there will be more startup and games oriented sessions during the day.

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“Law clinic” at Starttaamo, on Wed January 23rd 3-5pm


As a cooperation with KPMG and Starttaamo, we will have a

“Law clinic” at Starttaamo, on Wed January 23rd 3-5pm.

Present there, we will have Antti-Pekka Keränen, KPMG lawyer, a specialist on business law, with strong ICT background sharing his advice – free of charge.

Startup companies are welcome to join an open discussion, or bring their cases to be discussed. The clinic will be done in open space environment (not behind closed doors) to help the startup community learn also from each other, but all participants are bound to high business ethics on what is discussed – of course, most topics can also be discussed in a way that no specifics (names, numbers, details) need to be discussed.

To have some idea of number of participants, please drop me an email. There is no deadline, 15 mins before is just ok. 🙂

Teemu Polo
Starttaamo ry

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FastForward Couching in Starttaamo Aug 24th

Fast Forward your startup! Ride the Starttaamo Rocket!

Participate FF Couching – Top Coaches in Starttaamo Coaching event

Starttaamo will host a coaching event for the Oulu startup community. We have got a set of smartest people in the industry to help local startups of different stages find their way forward.

Please note this is not a pitching event. In pitching, the feedback company receives is typically very limited – and this event is all about feedback.

We had similar event in January in smaller scale that proved to be a success. Several participants got excellent feedback to their turf, follow-up discussions with financiers and even completed funding rounds. Based on the reception from all parties, we decided to make the event bigger, bolder and even more successful.

Now we invite entrepreneurs to apply for the event; participating the pre-coaching sessions organized by Starttaamo can greatly increase odds of being accepted to participate.

Events are for the entrepreneurs and coaches only – no hangarounders or free riders to keep the event smallish and cosy.

Registrations at:

Main event:
Date: 24.8.2012, time: 9 am
Venue: Starttaamo

Coaches (currently confirmed):
Artturi Tarjanne – Nexit Ventures
Tom Henriksson – Open Ocean Capital
Manu Mäkelä / Sami Ahvenniemi – Conor
Antti Kosunen – Butterfly Ventures (Northern Startup Fund)
Harry Santamäki – KoppiCatch
Risto Rautakorpi / Petri Lehmuskoski – Gorilla Ventures
Jussi Heinilä – FiBAN, Accelerando
Jaakko Salminen – FiBAN, Qpoli
Kenneth Lampinen – Osaka Ltd
Juho Pietilänaho – Greenstep, CFO coach
Tom Laine – Starttaamo
Ahti Väisänen – Aspire Oy, Coach
Jukka Maliniemi – independent business advisor, angel investor

8:30 Registration & coffee
Welcome, opening the day
Presenting the Coaches, focus areas
Startup pitches (gives overview)
Coaching sessions (2-person coach teams)
Conclusions from the Coaches
18:00 MobileMonday: Finance and Growth (open event w/registration)

Pre-coaching sessions

Pre-coaching sessions are kept to primarily to help companies improve, and secondarily to preview companies for the main coaching event. The main idea behind pre-coaching is to use peer-review method of other entrepreneurs, spiced up with external expertise (e.g. angel investors).

All pre-coaching sessions are kept in Starttaamo, starting at 15:00. Sessions last 2-3 hours each.

Dates: 26.7.2012, 2.8.2012, 9.8.2012 and 16.8.2012.

Responsible organizer:
Teemu Polo, tel 0405654496. Use soljuva dot fi with usual first.lastname scheme.

About Starttaamo:
Starttaamo ry, registered association, is a community created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Starttaamo acts as a catalyst locally to help good ideas grow and become successful ventures. Starttaamo members have been very successful in raising funds from angels and venture capitalists.

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Microsoft arranging a deepdive workshop May 2nd!

Should you still have some questions and need help for finalizing your great app please note the following.

“Microsoft is organizing an exclusive deepdive workshop in May in Helsinki with guru Ben Riga. The workshop is aimed at developers who are finalizing their apps and getting ready to publish to the Marketplace.”

See more at .

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Microsoft Win8 drew full house to Starttaamo

The “Geeks on Slates” tour is a huge success, at least in Oulu and Starttaamo.

Speakers are Microsoft evangelist Juhani Vuorio and Jani Järvinen from Moonsoft.

09:00-10:00 Windows 8 platform an overview
10:15-11:15 Windows 8 Metro design
11:15-12:15 Windows 8 for HTML / XAML developers (audience vote)
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Lap around Windows 8 Part1
-Controls & Contracts
14:45-15:45 Lap around Windows 8 Part2
-Process lifecycle management

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One room available in Starttaamo!

A rare opportunity opened, one room for 1-3 persons available in Starttaamo.

If you are interested, email me ( firstname.lastname at soljuva dot fi).

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Microsoft cooperation announced!

We have had discussions with Microsoft “boiling under” for some time, and now I’m very pleased to announce our cooperation with Microsoft to bring new possibilities to Oulu startup community and students – all creative, innovative people.

Now we can have a head start to conquer the Microsoft world-wide application store with disruptions offered by Metro and new Win8.

Press release (in Finnish) and details to join in below:

Starttamo ry.

Microsoft Windows 8 –seminaari rantautuu Ouluun

Microsoft Suomi ja Starttaamo ry. järjestävät yhteistyössä uutta Windows 8 – käyttöjärjestelmää esittelevän seminaaarin Startup- keskus Starttaamolla keskiviikkona 11.4.2012.
Windows 8 on uusi, iso mahdollisuus sovelluskehittäjille ja käyttöliittymäsuunnittelijoille. Tässä otsikolla ”Geeks on Slates @ Oulu” järjestettävässä seminaarissa sen osallistujat kuulevat, miten uutta Metro-käyttöliittymää voidaan hyödyntää uusien sovellusten toteuttamisessa ja millaista tukea uusille ja nykyisille laitealustoille on saatavissa. Microsoft Suomen edustaja kertoo tilaisuudessa myös Windows Storesta, jonka avulla kaikilla on mahdollisuus saada sovelluksensa maailmanlaajuiseen jakeluun. 
Aiheen tiimoilta järjestetään kaikkiaan viidessä kaupungissa ympäri Suomea kiertävä seminaarisarja, ja Oulu on yksi noista paikkakunnista.

– Oulun valikoituminen mukaan kiertueelle on luontevaa sikäli, että Oulussa on tunnetusti jo pitkät perinteet korkealuokkaisessa ja ammattitaitoisessa sovelluskehityksessä, kertoo Microsoftin Technology Evangelist Juhani Vuorio.
– Olemme iloisia päästessämme tällä tavoin tarjoamaan uusia mahdollisuuksia alueemme sovelluskehittäjille yhteistyössä Microsoftin kanssa, kertoo puolestaan Starttaamo ry:n puheenjohtaja Teemu Polo.

Polon mukaan nyt järjestettävä seminaari on päänavaus sille yhteistyölle, jota Microsoft ja Starttaamo ry. tulevat tekemään tulevaisuudessakin muun muassa erilaisten yhdessä järjestettävien tapahtumien ja Microsoftin BizSpark-ohjelman muodossa.

Lisätietoja medialle: Starttaamo ry:n puheenjohtaja Teemu Polo GSM 040 565 4496, E-mail
Lisätietoja seminaarista Microsoftin www-sivuilta ja Starttaamo ry:n www-sivuilta

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