Case studies – From a dream to a career

When dreams and talent come together, ideas, innovations, and companies are born, along with future professionals with the right kind of can-do attitude.

These days, a full-time job with an employer can be rare, and it may not even be of interest to everyone. Even if you are not aiming for self-employment, a business-minded approach is an excellent asset and springboard to your dream career path.

Below, four Y-kampus alumni talk about their experiences, passions, entrepreneurship, and how Y-kampus prepared them for the journey toward their dream.

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Student activator creating impact

This is the story of how I became a student activator and changed my perspective of what really means to create an impact in the community. Becoming a student activator means being part of a community bigger than yourself which has the capabilities of creating long lasting impact to improve the development of students.

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Medified kannustaa tekemään ja kokeilemaan

Kolme parikymppistä lääkisopiskelijaa marssii Y-kampus Keskustan ovista sisään. Tila täyttyy välittömästi heistä huokuvasta energiasta.

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Pavel and Bamomas – From a student to a technology startup entrepreneur

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Meet our new student activators

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A bunch of learning curves – Braincare after two years

About two years ago in 2016, a Y-kampus article telling a bit about university spin-off company Braincare was published. Just before summer I got in contact with Katrina Wendel-Mitoraj and asked if she could afford the time to update us a little bit. Since then their path has apparently been full of learning.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Topias

Time to meet co-founder of Newspek, Topias

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Humans of Y-kampus: Antti

Today we get to know Antti (left in the picture). He is studying Computer Science at UTA and working as a Network facilitator at Y-kampus.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Veera

Meet Veera. She is a third year student of Social Psychology at UTA and a Network Facilitator at Y-kampus.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Elisa

Elisa is studying Industrial Engineering and Managemen in TUT and working as a Student Entrepreneur Coach in Y-kampus. Read her thoughts about entrepreneurship.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Minni

Anatomy and physiology teacher and a coach, Minni talks about her favourite tools.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Henri

Henri founded the first and only board game cafe in Finland. Read the whole story.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Petri

Petri is a lecturer in Mechanical and Production Engineering at TAMK and he shares his thoughts about coaching.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Riia

Riia has been one of the student representatives of Y-kampus in 2016. She tells you what made her apply and take part in building new Y-kampus.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Elina and Anna

Elina and Anna are both nursing lecturers that engage students and share a coaching philosophy.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Heli

Nex we give you Heli, physiotherapy student and InnoEvent 2016 winner.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Santeri

Santeri first got involved in Y-kampus because he likes to develop himself and open up doors for the future.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Anna

Anna is a Finn, who is an exchange student in Finland at the moment. Read her Finnish-German-Dutch-story here.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Edgar

Edgar from Spain reflects about his time in Finland and making a business development case for Goodio Chocolate.

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Humans of Y-kampus: Alexander

Being an entrepreneur gives you a possibility to do things differently. Do something important.

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From passion to a career – Atom AirSoft grows one dream at a time

DREAM – Sakari Vyyryläinen knows you can become an entrepreneur just by having the courage to dream. The passionate airsoft enthusiast turned his hobby into a career by becoming a business owner before he even turned 18. The owner of Atom Airsoft Oy is a machine technology and product development student at TAMK alongside managing his airsoft specialty store.

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Making lemonade – 110% for epileptics

INNOVATION – Giving it your all, and more. Katrina Wendel-Mitoraj knows more than most what it takes to launch a new product innovation. Still, she wouldn’t want to change a day of her experience as a startup entrepreneur. The founder and CEO of BrainCare puts 110% of herself on the line to improve quality of life for epileptics.

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Collective strength – Market leverage through a cooperative

IDEA – A business-minded attitude is the lesson learned by Aino Hatakka, who signed her company’s charter in spring 2016, fresh from studying a Master’s in Environmental and Regional Studies. A new group of 20 fellow students had just been formed at the brand new Y-kampus premises at the University of Tampere.

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Gaining momentum through networks – eTasku growing exponentially

COMPANY – When applying to schools in spring 2010, Tommi Keränen knew he would like to work on one of his ideas. His chose to attend Business Camp, which led to him eventually managing eTasku, one of the most popular expense and travel invoicing services in Finland, along with a group of friends.

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