Mon, Jun 4. 2012 - Fri, Jun 8. 2012
Mon, 8:00 - Fri, 20:00
Various locations in Greater Helsinki Region
Founders’ week is about entrepreneurship. It is about furthering and supporting the new entrepreneurial culture that is burgeoning in Finland. It is about understanding the importance of entrepreneurship for our collective future and appreciating the role of entrepreneurs as drivers of innovation, growth and welfare.
We want to see Finland grow into the leading startup hub of Europe. During the week we hope to shed light on issues that need further development to truly sustain a functioning entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.
Furthermore, a functioning hub can not be regulated into existence, rather it is the result of a much larger imperative – a culture. The four founders we have visiting us during the week represent the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. Through the week’s discussions and encounters we hope to realise an identity of our own, with which to take our hub forwards.
Founder’s Week kicks off at the Garage, with a welcoming speech by Mr. Alexander Stubb, Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade. The morning continues with a Q&A with our four stars of the week - Russel Simmons, Sami Inkinen, Paul Bragiel and Aaron Patzer. Themes of the day focus on the importance of entrepreneurship, startup culture and appreciating entrepreneurs as the drivers of innovation, growth and welfare.