AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE 2021 – Part 2

Introduction

During the Spring Tribe Tampere organized American Entrepreneurial Challenge (AEC) 2021 in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Finland. AEC is a competition organized for young entrepreneurial students to bring their fresh perspectives for new business ideas, create viable business plans, and successfully pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges.

In total, there were 38 teams competing in two different categories in the competition. Primary School (7-9 grade) & Upper Secondary School. The challenge consisted of four Semifinals, two Finals and Summer Camp for the best teams from the Upper Secondary School category.

Virtual Semifinals & Finals were organized During April and the beginning of May. Summer camp was organized in Tribe Tampere headquarters at Platform6 fifth floor.

“It was a wonderful experience for our whole team to help these young entrepreneurs with their entrepreneurial journey and provide this experience for them. The whole project is about educating our future business leaders and professionals about entrepreneurship and that way supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem” says Project Coordinator Juho Mäkinen. 

Challenge gathered competitors from all around Finland

Semifinal Categories

One semifinal was organized for the Primary School Category. In this category 13 teams competed for securing their place in Finals where the 5 best teams would compete again against each other after receiving pitching coaching and developing their business for one month.

In the Upper Secondary School Category there were three semifinals organized for a total of 25 teams. From each semifinals, three teams secured their place in the finals. In the semifinal stage, teams first presented their pre-recorded pitch and after that followed a Q&A session held between members of the team and the jury. Jury consisted of U.S Embassy representatives and entrepreneurial students from Entrepreneurship Societies (ES´s).

Primary School category finals were organized on 5.5.2021 and Upper Secondary School finals on 12.5.2021. In the finals the pitches were given live and the time for the Q&A was slightly higher, a total of 5 minutes. In the finals the jury consisted of senior persons and also inspirational keynote speakers participated to give the best possible experience for the young talents and inspire them to continue on their journey. Both competitions were tough and teams were extremely talented and had prepared themselves well to compete for the victory of the challenge.

Primary School Finals Jury: Raymond Marcero, Sonja Lahtinen, Niklas Kiviluoto, Mike Klyszeiko & Vesa-Matti Ruottinen

“Working as a jury member in the finals and business coach in the final summer camp, I had the honour to meet the finalist teams, and it was proven once again what influx of talented brainpower could do. When given the right opportunity, skilled students performed in an outstanding manner to create unique value to education, well-being, leisure and other industries, and several of them had taken sustainable and charitable values into the core of their project” says Tommi Uitti, Startup Community Manager at Business Tampere.

Primary School category winner Minisoap UF pitching their business

Primary School Category Winner

Winner of the Primary School category was Minisoap UF from Kristiinankaupunki which produces small soaps to be easily taken with you everywhere you go. Founders Sofie, Ida and Adeline had already made revenue with the product and they have their store open on social media. Jury liked their well structured and visualialized pitch. Also the amount of sales already done was enough to prove the concept and made an impression on the jury.

AEC 2021 team member Michelle Frank and Upper Secondary School Finals Jury: Ian Campbell, Noora Fagerström, Ilkka Kaikuvuo, Lena Grenat and Tommi Uitti

Upper Seconday School Category Winner

Winner of the Upper Secondary School category was Urmus Rings from Helsinki which is a company manufacturing Finnish wooden rings crafted by hand. Founders Emil and Anton started their pitch strong by telling a story of their concern about almost everything happening on phones, internet and social media. Urmus Rings offered their rings as a way to capture a memory and have a moment with nature. Jury picked them as the winner because of the delivery of the pitch and the uniqueness of the product. Urmus Rings continued their American Entrepreneurial Challenge journey to Summer Camp held in Tampere with two other teams: Investor Connect and Enlight.

Upper Secondary School category winner Urmus Rings pitching their business

You can watch both finals in Tribe Tampere Youtube channel; Primary School Final / Upper Secondary School Final

Summer Camp Summary

Urmus Rings, Investor Connect and Enlight participated in the Tampere Summer Camp during the weekend on 11 – 13.6. The goal of the Summer Camp was to coach and mentor the teams forward and give them a good kickstart to continue on their entrepreneurial journey. First day started with the icebreaker, introductions, keynote speeches and business coaching. It was an intensive day for the students but it gave the right hunch of level of seriousness of the Summer Camp. 

Second day kicked off with talking about the future of the participants which was followed by a workshop given by Mirza Sagdati and Selina Kustula from Red Brick Accelerator. The workshop was about validating their business and finding who their customer is as precisely as possible. Teams enjoyed the intensive workshop and were able to go forward with their business strategy. Day ended with having some fun by going to play lasertag and after that watching the afterall dramatic football game Finland had against Denmark in EURO2020 tournament. 

Last day of the Summer Camp was about going even more deeper with the lessons learned in the workshop on Saturday. Teams finished again their pitch decks and gave the final pitches with updated information and knowledge about their business. Teams had developed a lot during the weekend and it was clearly visible in the pitch decks and the feedback teams gave to the organizers. 

AEC 2021 team and the Summer Camp participants

AEC 2021 has now come to the end but the teams are continuing their journey. Also Tribe Tampere is eagerly waiting for a possibility for organizing such a challenge again. In all, the whole concept has been giving a great community spirit for Tribe and the community has had a chance to breathe the atmosphere of new entrepreneurs rising and starting their journey.

And last but not least, we invite you to apply to become part of the Tribe Tampere Fellowship Program where you have the chance to be at the heart of the Tampere startup ecosystem. You will become a part of a community where you get support to develop yourself as well as your ideas.

               Click Here To Apply for Tribe Tampere Fellowship Program

Yhteistyötä Hakkilan kulttuuri- ja yrityskonttikylän kanssa

Vierailu yhteisöllisessä konttikylässä Vantaan Hakkilassa

Vierailimme Tribe Tampereen jäsenten voimin Hakkilan yhteisöllisessä konttikylässä 12-13.6. tutustumassa, miten harrastajat ja yrittäjät yhdessä luovat ainutlaatuisen toimintaympäristön merikonteista remontoituun kylään. Tässä artikkelisarjassa on havaintoja eri osallistujien huomioista visiitin aikana. Artikkeleita päivitetään uuden materiaalin saapuessa toimitukseen.

Tietenkin Tribenä autoimme paikallista yhteisöä maalaamalla kontteja ja jakamalla omaa Mansen startup-henkeämme. Paikalla meidät otti vastaan Jenni Kääriäinen ja Mariira Hyypiä, jotka vastasivat Platform6:n ensimmäisen kerroksen yhteisötilan remontista. Jenni on tuttu myös SLUSHista, jonka visuaalista ilmettä hän on tuottanut vapaaehtoisia voimaannuttaen aina konferenssin alkuajoilta lähtien. 

Katso artikkelin lopusta mahdollisuus osallistua jatko-exculle 14.8.

Vasemmalta oikealle, Levon Krasnikov – Tribe Fellow, Jenni Kääriäinen – Finnish Metal Events oy, Topi-Jussi Majanlahti – Luovuus&Business, Ilia Fedorov – Circular Economy Club Tampere, Santeri Tuovila – Tribe Fellow, Conor Caldwell – Cargotecture, Disa Kamula – Luovuus&Business, Pentti Kotiaho – Suomen Kotteria oy

Artikkelit

Tässä on Tribe Tampereen osallistujien kuvauksia siitä miksi he osallistuivat matkalle, mitä oppivat matkalta sekä mitä he suunnittelevat laittavansa matkan kautta käytäntöön.

Conor Caldwell teki opinnäytetyönsä konttien käytöstä asumistarkoituksessa liiketoiminnan näkökulmasta. Hän sai työstään parhaan arvosanan ja on nykyään mukana hankkeessa asuttavien konttiratkaisujen prototypoinnissa.

What made you interested in visiting Hakkila container village?

Over the previous year, I was interested in developing shipping container houses dedicated to the Finnish market to innovate alternative living. I had written and published my own bachelor’s thesis on the subject. I connected, brainstormed, and shared ideas with fellow students at the university and Tribe Tampere. I was therefore invited with a group of people to come down to Hakklia Container Village in Vantaa, Helsinki.

I was interested in visiting due to my interests and, most importantly, understanding and coordinating how it would work. Due to only knowing a particular capacity of the container housing aspect, I still lacked knowledge of the whole community side. So by being there, I would get to see how everything worked, and I felt, by coming there, that I would learn a lot and be around various people with the same interests and perceptions I have.

What did you learn during the trip?

Initially, I thought people would be living there in their own homes, but it was more dedicated to the artistic nature. Of the 200 containers, roughly 198 have been rented out to private tenants who commit to a long-term contract where they can alter, design, and change the interior to however they wish. Some examples include being a music studio, a getaway escape, a band studio, a place to store their personal belongings, just a place to be away from home, such as a hobby home. The way the whole village of containers is laid out ensures that everyone is close by and can help each other with designing, moving furniture, and even having parties. It was informative on how it all works as an ecological system, and the group I went with contributed to helping out with whatever we could. 

I arrived intending to learn how to make containers a livable solution to society, but that came with many difficulties. I could quickly build a beautiful-looking container village that is livable, but the issue stands more with laws and restrictions. I always figured it was the container structure that was the issue with housing laws and looked at as just raw materials and unsafe. However, it is not typically the container itself that is the problem–it is the fact that you need to identify what a house is and how and where to build that house in Finland. A house for one needs to be within a society’s living laws and close enough to a town or city where utilities can be accessible and provide a legal street address. 

You could buy land and put your container house there, but you cannot legally have it as your primary address; you still need a legal address within a specific vicinity. However, if I were to rent a room somewhere and have that as my primary address while living in my unofficial container house on my land outside the restrictions, that would be fine. For example, I could rent out shipping container homes as a hotel/Airbnb because the staying is not permanent; it is just that the host/owner cannot legally live there as it is a residential business. 

A house in Finland has some pretty strict laws on what a house can be. You cannot just build land and whatever you build on; it is yours, everything still falls under the closest town or city building laws and restrictions, and every city has different ones. Living in a shipping container is not impossible because it is just a raw material like a house’s external skeleton. However, I was told multiple times by the hosts and a container expert that “I am sure you can figure it out,” and there are for sure ways around what is “frowned upon” and what is “illegal.” 

What call to action do you take from the visit?

In terms of a personal view, I feel the eligibility of living in a shipping container home may be challenging to adapt right away, but first acting smaller, build them for more commercial use and rent them out as beautifully crafted getaway homes. Such as a summer cottage type because those are legal to live in as long as you have a natural permanent home and address elsewhere. One of the most important things I learned was attending these types of events with people who share the same interests. Networking and building a community around a particular topic or interest can be rewarding in the long run. 

Beforehand I was a very do-it-myself type because I have my visions and do not mainly adopt other’s ideas as quickly because I have a sense of perfectionism and want things to look a specific way. Nevertheless, the more I grow and evolve, am more open and inviting to new ideas and prospects. I have never been someone who was very knowledgeable/expert in a specific area. However, with the container development, I feel I can contribute a lot more with them once I understand what cannot and can be done and how to go around it. 

I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out over time. 

Conor Caldwell

BBA International Business / Researcher of Cargotecture

Santeri Tuovila tutkii yrittäjämäisiä yhteisöjä (niitä jotka saavat asioita aikaan) ja gradussaan hän tutkii miten tila vaikuttaa yrittäjyyden kehittymiseen. Santeri on ollut mukana Triben molemmissa yhteisötilan rakennushankkeissa sekä monessa muussa startup ekosysteemiin liittyvässä projektissa.

Miksi lähdin?

Tapasin Jennin ja Iran (Mariiran) alkuvuodesta 2021 kun he ohjasivat talkooväkeä Platform6:n ensimmäisen kerroksen valmistustyössä. Olin itse ollut ohjaamassa vapaaehtoisia Tribe Tampereen yhteisötilan eli Platform6:n viidennen kerroksen talkoissa koko syksyn ja olin kiinnostunut näkemään miten ammattilaiset homman tekivät. Halusin myös maalata ja tehdä muuta pientä työtä, joka palauttaa hyvin ajatustyöstä. Lopulta kävi niin että tutustuin Jenniin ja Iraan hyvin sekä haastattelin heitä graduani varten, joka käsittelee yrittäjämäisiä yhteisötiloja. Kävi ilmi, että mimmit ovat mukana Hakkilassa konttikylässä, jossa yrittäjät ja harrastajat spontaanisti auttavat toisiaan, vaikka missä lähtien kiertotaloudesta aina pienen musiikintuottokeskittymän pyörittämiseen. Tietenkin kaikki pyörii kontteihin rakennettujen ja niiden ympäristöön muodostuneiden tilojen ympärillä. Jenni ja Ira hyväksyivät kutsuni osallistua graduni työpajaan myöhemmin keskitalvella, jossa pääsimme syvemmälle Hakkilan konttikylän dynamiikkaan ja illan päätteeksi lupasimme, että matkaamme Tampereelta kylälle kesällä.

Mitä opin?

Olin oppinut jo ennen lähtöäni paljon. Niistä saa lukea gradustani, kun se on valmis. Itse matkalla opin verkostoitumisen ja tehokkaan oppimisen prosessista. Näin taas kerran kuinka nopeasti vieraat ihmiset tutustuvat toisiinsa, kun tehdään talkootöitä pohjalle ennen ammatillisia keskusteluja. Perinteiset roolit katoavat, kun jokaisella on tasa-arvoisesti pensseli kädessä. Oli myös taas hienoa nähdä hyvin alustettu talkootyö, paljon helpompi verrattuna omaan suoritukseeni Tribe Tampereen tiloja luodessa, kun en nähnyt tarvittavaa vaivaa työnkuvien alustamiseen vaan luulin, että ne voi luoda lennosta. Lounastauolla ennen tutustumiskierrosta ja kyselytuokiota kaikki olivatkin iloisia, keskittyneitä ja ystävystyneitä.

Kaiken konttien ja yhteisöllisyyden rakentamisen ohessa opin Jenniltä paljon vapaaehtoistumisen periaatteista. Hän on SLUSH, Flown, Tuskan ja lukuisien pienempien festivaalien kautta oppinut toimimaan vapaaehtoisten kanssa. Hänen vahva mielipiteensä on, että vapaaehtoistumisen pitää perustua tehdyn työn ja omien arvojen kohtaamiselle. Tämä tarkoittaa, että vapaaehtoistyötä ei tehdä esimerkiksi ”ilmaisten” lippujen saantia varten. Sen sijaan vapaaehtoiset tekevät työtä, mahdollistaakseen jonkin asian. Esimerkiksi Tuskan vapaaehtoiset kokevat edistävänsä sananvapautta, kun luovat puitteet bändeille esiintyä, jotka voivat olla kotimaassaan vainottuja yhteiskuntakriittisen sanomansa vuoksi. Tribe Tampereen alkuaikoina yhteisöllisen kohtaamispaikan luominen oli se, joka motivoi minua uhraamaan satoja vapaaehtoistunteja. Heti kun aloin ajattelemaan miten minun pitäisi hyötyä Tribestä, koko hommasta katosi pohja, jonka sittemmin olen rakentanut uudestaan.

Jenni kertoi saaneensa älynväläyksen Hyvän mielen ministeriöstä, jonka kulttuuriasiantuntijaksi hänet on kutsuttu. Hyvän mielen ministeriö taistelee hyvän fiiliksen puolesta ja pahaa fiilistä vastaan. Yksi pahan fiiliksen neljästä ilmiöstä on ”what’s there for me?”. Hyvän mielen ministeriö on uusi suomalainen säätiötyylinen organisaatio, jonka perustajana toimii pitkäaikainen yrittäjä Mikko-Pekka Hanski.

Mitä matkalta pistetään käytäntöön?

Konttikylät ovat nopeita rakentaa ja purkaa. Siksi ne mahdollistavat erilaisia kokeiluja esimerkiksi liike- ja kulttuuritilojen luomisesta, vaikka kaupungin keskustaan tai muualle. Konttikylät myös mahdollistavat erilaisen yhteisöllisyyden niitä käyttävän yhteisön välille, sillä kontit ovat ulkotilassa jossa ihmiset kohtaavat ja näkevät toistensa toiminnan paljon selvemmin kuin kauppakeskuksissa tai isoissa toimistorakennuksissa. Kontit myös mahdollistavat itseilmaisun, joka myös luo erilaisen ympäristön vuorovaikutukselle ja kokeilevalle kulttuurille.

Toivon, että kontteja pilotoitaisiin erilaisissa yrittäjä- ja kulttuuriyhteisöhankkeissa esimerkiksi Eteläpuistossa, jossa ei ole lupaa rakentaa kiinteitä rakennuksia, mutta jossa konttiyrittäjät ovat tähän mennessä luoneet jo paljon yhteisöllistä toimintaa. Muita soveltuvia alueita löytyy esimerkiksi Hiedanrannasta. Siksi valmistelemme uutta verkostoitumis- ja oppimismatkaa Hakkilaan elokuun 14:sta päivälle. Rohkaistuin kun yrittäjät, tutkijat ja harrastajat innostuivat matkasta. Tämän seuraavan matkan tarkoitus on luoda pohja yhteisölle, jolla on tarpeeksi tietoa ja taitoa edistää konttikylähankkeita lähitulevaisuudessa. Lisää matkasta tällä sivulla.

Kutsu jatko-excursiolle Hakkilaan 14.8.

Kiinnostaako kontit ja yhteisöllinen kaupunkielämä yrittäjyyden ja luovuuden ympärillä? Ilmoittaudu mukaan avoimelle excursiolle Hakkilaan. Olit Tampereelta tai et, ammattilainen tai harrastelija.

Ohjelmaa on puolestapäivästä iltaan, ilmoittaudu mukaan lähettämällä sähköpostiviesti osoitteeseen santeri.tuovila@tribetampere.com


Tribe Tampere is open for visitors!

We are finally able to open our doors for visitors in the Platform6 5th floor! You are welcome to stop by and say hi, grab a cup of coffee, hang out in our awesome balcony, and most of all meet people, network and create collaboration together!

We are open for visitors Mon-Fri 9-17. Give as a call to 050 413 4329 if you are stuck behind locked doors.

Remember to always check COVID guidelines of Tribe Tampere and Platform6 before entering, so we can all stay safe together!

See you soon!

Marketing Intern – Growing and Learning Journey

Tribe is looking for a new Marketing Intern as our amazing Ella-Juulia Ora is jumping into new challenges. We asked Ella about her journey with Tribe. 

Starting point

Hi guys, my name is Ella – at this point still Tribe’s Marketing Intern, soon moving forward to new challenges. I am from Finland, but along the years I have lived in Italy and Spain and used to work in various multinational environments. When the pandemic started, I was living in Northern Italy, in the Alps, and working as a resort manager in Madonna di Campiglio. Covid made me come home to Finland earlier than planned, which was a huge disappointment at that point. I could go on and on about my background, but let’s keep this brief(ish).

Due to early homecoming from Italy, I was looking for a new job in marketing or customer success fields, but the job search ended up being harder than I thought. Like a blessing in disguise, Tribe was looking for a marketing intern. Unpaid position was not exactly what I was looking for, but this position offered HUGE possibilities to learn, meet new people and grow my network, which would also be helpful factors in my job-hunt. Also, I was really craving an international community of people, where I could see people in daily basis and have inspiring conversations, as that is not something that you can take for granted these days.

During this world-wide pandemic it ended up being really hard to find that kind of opportunities that I was looking for, and stand out in the big crowd of great applicants. It was very frustrating time and I just wanted to fit in an environment that would support my goals and development. I’m pretty sure that I would have lost my mind without Tribe (no joke). <3

The group of Tribe interns who started in November 2020

The journey with Tribe

My journey with Tribe kind of started years ago, when I was studying in Proakatemia along with Teemu, the current COO of Tribe. Teemu dragged his teammates, me included, to Tribe’s grand opening event on 2017. Nobody really knew what Tribe was about at that point, but we just went along, networking in mind of course. Last year when I noticed that Tribe is looking for a marketing intern, I already knew that this could be just that kind of community this lost lamb would need in her life right now!

This community has given me just what I needed; new networks, opportunities to develop my skills, being part of a community and meet amazing, talented people, international environment and a lot of support. I was working as a part of marketing team, alongside Tribe’s Marketing Lead Mirella, who has been a great marketing mentor to me during this time. Without a doubt, it required an open and creative mind, and learner’s and entrepreneurial attitude to achieve my goals at Tribe and find the things that I was looking for. I encourage everyone with this kind of mindset to reach out to Tribe and be a part of this community!

Me (on the right) and Cat, Tribe’s Community Intern, hanging out on the 5th floor

Future steps 

It’s definitely bittersweet to jump into new challenges from being a marketing intern at Tribe. I feel that Tribe and my marketing intern period have played a huge role in my personal growth and finally being able to find my future role.

I’m not going far though! My future workplace is across the street from Platform6, and I’m definitely going to be a part of Tribe’s marketing team in the future as well, as this is possible due to Tribe’s open-door policy. It’s hard to find more welcoming crowd in Tampere than this!

If our paths cross at some Tribe event, come and say hi, I want to meet you! Oh, and watch Tribe Hour – Do – Learn – Grow With Tribe next Wednesday – I’ll be there! Grazie e ci vediamo dopo! <3

Community Lead – Connecting and Creating

Tribe is in a search for a new Community Lead, as our awesome Michelle Goh is moving on to new challenges. We asked Michelle about her job and also her journey with Tribe.

The start

I’m Michelle – Tribe’s Community Lead. I’m from Singapore – but I’ve spent around ten years job – hopping through various countries. I’m not sure how to fit my whole background into one paragraph – but let’s just say it started with observing spiders to wrangling penguins, founding a cinema, and finally being a community manager at a coworking space. 

April 2020 saw me stumbling into Tampere, homeless with 3 grumpy cats and not speaking a single word of Finnish in the middle of a pandemic. As an extrovert (to a fault!) it was challenging – no friends, no job, no network, no events. I sat in my AirBnB desperately trawling through Facebook and LinkedIn to find my community in this strange new city. 

Lo and behold – there was Tribe Tampere, hosting virtual events for Tampere’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. I started attending these events, and finally ventured curiously to their old premises at P47 during their closing bash. Stepping in, I could feel the energy and enthusiasm coursing through the room. I met so many Tribers that day, who were nothing but welcoming and supportive. When they encouraged me to apply to join Tribe as a Community Lead – despite being 8 months pregnant, I went for it. Best choice EVER.

Welcoming our interns in November 2020

The Community

As the Community Lead at Tribe, I am responsible for maintaining relationships with key players in the start-up ecosystem and creating synergistic encounters. It has been tricky with COVID – but we’ve managed to make do with virtual roundtables, mentoring sessions and our infamous bi-weekly fellowship round-up! Every day I get to meet inspiring founders, change makers and talents, and everyone is always willing to help and support each other for the cheap price of a coffee (which Tribe provides on the house – what a steal). Now 7 months, 2 talkoots, 82 zoom meetings, 1 karaoke night and 426 bad jokes later, I finally feel like I’ve found a community where I belong.

The flexibility of Tribe’s structure can be challenging for some. It requires bucketloads of self-starting initiative as we don’t believe in a culture of top-down or micro management. But at the same time it provided me with the freedom within my work to develop skills for my career growth. I always had an interest in People Operations – and when Tribe started expanding – I took the opportunity to develop Tribe’s hiring processes. The experience helped me land a full time job as a talent agent in a recruitment company. 

Looking into the future

It is a bittersweet moment, stepping into this new role. But you ain’t seen the last of me yet – Tribe’s open door policy means that anyone is able to be part of it – and I would like to give back to the community that has helped me so much. So do say hello if you see me running a workshop, rabble-rousing at a Zoom event and most definitely come get a big fat hug once COVID lifts and I’m slinging beers at Tribe’s legendary happy hours 🙂

Interested in continuing Michelle’s work as Tribe’s next Community Lead? Read more and apply now HERE