Annual Autumn meeting 26.09.2017, Actives get in and change the world!

English below: Kutsumme kaikki Kuopio Entrepreneurship Societyn jäsenet, aktiivit ja toiminnasta kiinnostuneet henkilöt sääntömääräiseen syyskokoukseen, jossa valitsemme ensi vuodelle uuden puheenjohtajan ja yhdistyksen hallituksen.

Syyskokous pidetään tiistai 26.09.2017 kello 19:00, Kukkola Venturessa Neulaniementie 1, 70150 Kuopio.

Kokouksen esityslista:

1. Kokouksen avaus
2. Kokouksen järjestäytyminen
2.1 Kokouksen puheenjohtajan valinta
2.2 Sihteerin valinta
2.3 Pöytäkirjan tarkastajien (2 kpl) valinta
2.4 Ääntenlaskijoiden (2 kpl) valinta
3. Kokouksen laillisuuden ja päätösvaltaisuuden toteaminen
4. Kokouksen työjärjestyksen hyväksyminen
5. Ilmoitusasiat
6. Puheenjohtajan valinta vuodelle 2018
7. Muiden hallituksen jäsenten valinta vuodelle 2018
8. Toiminnantarkastajan valinta vuodelle 2018
9. Muut esille tulevat asiat
10. Kokouksen päättäminen

Voit tulla paikalle kuuntelemaan tietoa järjestömme tapahtumista, mutta huomaa, että yhdistyksen kokouksessa vain Kuopio Entrepreneurship Society ry:n jäsenillä on äänioikeus. Jos et ole vielä jäsen, voit liittyä jäseneksi osoitteessa:

Äänioikeus tarkistetaan kokouksen alussa, joten otathan mukaan henkilö- tai opiskelijakorttisi.

Kokouksen jälkeen iltaa jatketaan KuopioES:n tyyliin rennosti uuden hallituksen kastajaisilla, tarjolla on siis pikkupurtavaa ja juotavaa!

In english:
Kuopio Entrepreneurship society is a student driven entrepreneurship community. We enhance the entrepreneurial culture and multidisciplinary interaction between students, entrepreneurs and scientists.

Welcome to our autumn meeting 26.09.2017 clock 19:00, at Kukkola Venture, Neulaniementie 1, 70150 Kuopio. If you are interested to vote or participate apply to our community by filling the application form:

Drinks and Snacks will be served 🙂

More Info:
Tuomas Holma, p. 044 357 7803,
Matti Laitinen, p. 040 845 6155,

Recruiting people – to make a change happen!

Do you seek your hidden potential? Do you have entrepreneurial mindset? Want to be part of  #startup culture? Do you want a mission to boost our common area and at the same time be more creative?

Now there is a change!

It is time to spin the wheel and renew the active members and board of KuopioEs. Wanna be in on building Kuopio a better place for both students and entrepreneurs? Then you should join us!

Autumn meeting will be hold Tuesday 26.09.2017 19:00, @ Kukkola Venture Neulaniementie 1, 70150 Kuopio.

We are looking for active people, researchers, students & entrepreneurs who are willing to learn new skills and put those skills into a test. By joining KuopioES, you will gain valuable working experience as well as be able to expand your personal network. You will also get mentorship and valuable feedback of your progress 

Apply to our community by filling the application form:…/1FAIpQLScFCQXxKqP6arjaZ…/viewform…

More Info:
Tuomas Holma, p. 044 357 7803,
Matti Laitinen, p. 040 845 6155,

Cockpit Accelerator Program – Prepare for Business Takeoff

Do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur but don’t know how to get started? This summer KuopioES organizes an accelerator program for teams that want to take their idea to the next level with the help of business professionals.

Cockpit is a four-week mentoring program aimed to give you the best possible start for launching your business. The program takes place 19.6.-19.7.2017, and during this time you will get free mentoring and advice tailored for your needs. You will also get access to free office space at Kuopio campus.

The approach of the program is very hands-on and each week covers a new theme. Together with our professional coaches you will tackle areas like team dynamics, product development, marketing and service design. You will also get help developing your revenue model and practice pitching your idea to investors.

What’s the catch, you ask? There is none. In fact we’ll even throw in an opportunity to win 3000 euros! At the end of the program you will pitch your idea to a jury of seasoned business professionals, and the winning team will receive funding for developing their business.

Applications are open until the end of May and up to five teams will be selected to join the program.

So free mentoring and office space, support of a like-minded community and the possibility to win some much-needed funding – really, what’s there to think about.


Nobody in their right mind would go to Helsinki in November – or would they?

The annual startup and investor event SLUSH was again held in Helsinki at the end of last year. Kuopio Entrepreneurship Society board members attended the event and found out what the hype was about. So how was SLUSH and why was it necessary to attend? Let’s get to the bottom of things.


Starting with introductions, could you tell a bit about yourselves and what your role is in KuopioES?

Matti: I’m Matti Laitinen, the ES board secretary for the second year running. I’ve been involved in KuopioES for the past three years. Apart from that I also study Innovation Management (MBA) at University of Eastern Finland.

Tiina: My name is Tiina Kortelainen and I’m the Content Manager for this year. I’m not quite as far along with my studies yet as Matti but I also study Innovation Management.

So what does ES actually do and why are you involved?

Tiina: KuopioES is a voluntary organization that aims to promote entrepreneurial spirit and interdisciplinary networking among students.  We organize events and hangouts on themes that are of interest, for example, to anyone wanting to know more about startup culture or starting one’s own business. I’m involved because I’m interested in startups, and I like to find like-minded people to hang out with.

Matti: I’ve gathered quite a lot of know-how during my years with KuopioES, so I have a lot to offer back. I want to be part of a change and introduce new opportunities in the field of higher education with the help of organizational activities. I think the role of organizations like the ES is important in that they bring creative people together, and allow them to create new and meaningful things in fun settings.

How does SLUSH tie into all this then?

Matti: Going to SLUSH always gives a boost for your own projects, especially for planning new ES events.  In Helsinki we met members of other Finnish entrepreneurship societies as well as our contacts from Kuopio. We hope to cooperate with them so we can enhance innovation and startup culture, and to help bring together creative and passionate individuals.  I believe together we can bring on a positive and inspirational change.

SLUSH has a reputation for being an event you cannot explain but rather have to experience. How was the experience for you?

Matti: This was actually my third time attending SLUSH. Compared to previous years, I have to say my experience of the event has become more coherent in many ways. There is more logic, for example, in what I choose to go see at the event.

Tiina: It was my first time at SLUSH and everybody warned me beforehand of how hectic it would be. I was expecting hectic in terms of crowds and getting from one place to another – but then realized it was the information overload I had been warned about. I was frustrated that there were so many interesting talks going on at once you couldn’t possibly attend everything you wanted even if you only concentrated on a couple of themes.

SLUSH is not just about technology despite that being often the reputation. Was there something specific that you wanted to get out of the themes?

Tiina: I concentrated on a couple of topics that interested me the most, both personally and professionally. The main theme of this year’s SLUSH was “The Mind of an Entrepreneur,” which included talks on the darker side of entrepreneurship, like living with your failures, the solitude and constant self-doubt. I also tried to get as much out of e-commerce and content-related talks as I could. Any extra time I had, I spent listening to pitching competitions.

Matti: I was looking to get specific information, for example on financing and its availability, and of course of the latest trends. I also wanted to learn more on how to form teams, environments and ideas in a way that enables success.

What was the most important panel discussion, pitch or talk that you saw?

Matti: Kristo Ovaska from Smartly IO talked about business culture where the speed of product development is maximized. It was a very concrete example of a successful way of doing things and responding to rapid external changes. It was also a great example on how a business can learn fast and cater to the needs of demanding customers.

Tiina: It’s hard to pick just one highlight from all the talks as there was so much going on. In retrospect – not to underrate any of the speakers – it was all the chance encounters and the people I talked to that made the event for me. Although the pitches and the talks were all very fascinating, at least for me it was the interaction with others that left the biggest imprint.

Did you have any expectations for the event?

Matti: I wanted to expand my contact network as well as get more perspective on the future trends of health sector. My expectations were also very much on chance encounters since SLUSH is always full of interesting people you can run into.

Tiina: As a first-timer I was generally just curious about the whole event. I was also expecting to meet interesting people and to hear their stories and maybe learn from their experiences. I have to say my expectations were met – it was an amazing two days!

Story By Tiina Kortelainen