about aaltoes

Since 2009, Aaltoes has made vast strides forward in improving the public’s opinion on entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Many universities, as well as cities, have followed our example and established their own entrepreneurship societies to help make Finland the place-to-be for startup entrepreneurship.

Why?

In Aaltoes we believe that the future depends on startups. That's why we bring together the entrepreneurial minded to make a difference.

How?

In Aaltoes we encourage people to dream big, learn from their mistakes, and move on without the fear of failure.

What?

Aaltoes organizes networking events, trips, and a summer accelerator program among other things in order to strengthen the Finnish startup community.

The ecosystem includes

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our history

Founders of Aaltoes wanted talented people to admire entrepreneurship and see it as a way to create something new and radical. The idea was to inspire entrepreneurs(-to-be) and help people work for their own ideas and dreams.

We started out with grassroot events, which are still the most valuable part of our activity. You can build your very own team or pitch an idea and get feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, whilst building a lifetime professional network with top-notch serial entrepreneurs.

  1. Starting out

    Aaltoes was founded in 2009 by Aalto students who were inspired by their field trip to MIT.

  2. The Space

    Our first office was at Design Factory, and in 2009 we took over the building nowadays know as Startup Sauna.

  3. Branching

    In 2010, we kickstarted Bootcamp (now Startup Sauna) and Summer of Startups. SLUSH was under Aaltoes up untill 2011.

  4. Media attention

    Between 2009-2011, #aaltoes was the most popular Twitter hashtag in Finland. We've also been featured on TechCrunch and MIT publications.

  5. Followers

    We reached 12 000 likes on Facebook in December 2014. Twitter-wise, we're at over 9000 so we're doing something right.

  6. Rockin’ on!

    We still have nearly 100 events a year and are heavily involved in projects like Startup Sauna, Startup Life and SLUSH.

board 2015

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Julius Hietala

President

julius.hietala@aaltoes.com

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Kenneth Blomqvist

Vice President

kenneth.blomqvist@aaltoes.com

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Peik Hämekoski

Financials

peik.hamekoski@aaltoes.com

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Riko Nyberg

International relations & Events

riko.nyberg@aaltoes.com

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Annika Oukka

Web & Communications

annika.oukka@aaltoes.com

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Antti Mella

Web & Communications

antti.mella@aaltoes.com

blog

  • Westbound

    February 22, 20152011-GoldenGate

    AALTOES sets sail to the Western Lands to capture the Inspirational Startup Scene of Silicon Valley (and to apply said Mojo back to our own Winter Wonderland)   Welcome the Aaltoes Westbound - blog series! Westbound Dates:…

  • Singularity University Challenge now in Finland!

    January 19, 2015

    Great news people!   For the first time ever in Finland, Singularity University is organising the Global Impact Challenge Finland together with Aaltoes , Samsung , IF , Kaute and the Centennial Foundation.   Singularity…

  • Kick off 2015

    January 12, 2015

    Last Friday - we kicked off the year with a party at Startup Sauna. Around 100 people interested in the whole startup ecosystem here in Finland showed up to hear about the activities coming up…

  • iOS Developer @ Singa

    January 5, 2015

    We are looking for iOS programmer to further develop our mobile application here at Singa.   So, what we do? We bring top notch karaoke experience to mobile phone users. In the old days you…

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