From Student to Startup Founder event is an official SLUSH side event organized at Maria01 on December 1.

Are you an international student in Finland? Are you interested in starting your own business after your studies? Would you like to hear more about the success stories of other international students, who started business in Finland?

All of the international students of Finland are welcomed to join an official SLUSH side event organized by NewCo Helsinki, Turku Business Region, Business Oulu, City of Tampere, Business Finland and The Shortcut.

Listen to the experiences of others, learn about organizations that can help you and meet the necessary specialists in one place.

Event program includes:

  • Panel discussion with the Startup founders.
  • Presentation of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Finland.
  • Light lunch, coffee and networking.


Due to the limited amount of seats registration is required. The event will be also streamed to Oulu, Tampere and Turku.

Place: Maria01, Event Space (second floor main building), Lapinlahdenkatu 16, 00180 Helsinki.


12.00 Welcome! Teemu Seppälä, NewCo Helsinki

12.05 Training for professional upskilling & entrepreneurship, Vickie Weng, event hostess, The Shortcut

12.10 Entrepreneurship ecosystem in Finland – Here we focus on the most issues important for international students when starting business in Finland by Viera Karam, Business Oulu

Spiced with:

  • Arto Branders, Turku
  • Kagan Özkan, Tampere
  • Teemu Seppälä, Helsinki


12.30-13.30 Exciting startup stories and panel discussion: Victories and challenges; what you would do differently?

13:30 – 14:00 Networking lunch


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