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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You need others to succeed

InnoEvent, the innovation festival for Tampere Universities took place at Kauppi Sports Center last week (from the 4th to the 8th of November). We interviewed teams that took part in the event and asked them about their experiences about the week. This story is about a team that spent the week finding a solution for UMP Raflatac's assignment.

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Searching for Victory

InnoEvent, the innovation festival for Tampere Universities took place at Kauppi Sports Center last week (from the 4th to the 8th of November). We interviewed teams that took part in the event and asked them about their experiences about the week. This story is about team number 43 or team Tisla that spent the week finding a solution for Patria's assignment.

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Attitude and perseverance, that’s what you need when building start up.

Loads of energy, passion and attitude fills up Y-kampus’ Stage, when Sini Havukainen steps up to tell her own story of becoming an entrepreneur in a series oflectures called Johdatus yrittäjyyteen. This time the topic is being a start up entrepreneur and what kind of steps does it take to become one.

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Students take the lead – Building an event for 700 people

The team organizing our Innovation Festival has been working hard since January! InnoEvent will take place next week from the 4th to the 8th of November 2019 and all the hard work will soon be put into action! In addition to ECTS credits the organizing team will earn themselves a vast network and skills that are useful in the future. We interviewed two members of InnoEvent team and in this story you'll get a glimpse of what it's like to organize an event for 700 people.

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Meet Y-kampus: Maria Ruokonen

It's time for us to introduce you to another team member! Maria is our coordinator at Y-kampus city center and we think she's rad. Here, she tells us more about herself:

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Meet the Student Activator team

Meet the Student Activator team 2019-2020!

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How to Network Like a Pro

Whether you are going to STREAM, SLUSH, TRIBE or Business Tampere events, or other opportunities to mingle, meet new people, and potentially make mad career moves, YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO NETWORK!

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Meet the C-LAB Expert: Teea Mäkelä

We are so excited to introduce commercialization expert Teea Mäkelä, who brings a world of experience and intellect to the upcoming C-LAB course! Read on to learn more about who she is and what she's excited about.

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Meet a Junior Mentor: Sean Cappone

Today, meet Sean Cappone. Sean is a student, entrepreneur, and served as a junior mentor last spring. Read on to hear about his journey and experience in the Junior/Senior Mentoring Program!

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Stories from a Senior Mentor: Markku Saarinen

Markku is a local businessman who has retired but keeps his passion for people and business alive by mentoring. He is wisdom, kindness, and has a sparkle in his eye. Today, he shares a little bit of his story and what mentoring means to him - he also shares the value for students to get involved in mentoring now!

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An Entrepreneur’s Story: Erick Anez

Erick of EuroBol Trucks recently took part in the Junior/Senior Mentor Program. Here, he shares his lessons from his entrepreneurial journey and his experience in the Junior/Senior Mentor Program.

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How You Can Connect with People & Businesses Who Are Making A Difference

They say that the people you surround yourself with, you become.  So take a moment - who do you want to become?

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7 Ways to Practice an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Are you ready to develop your entrepreneurial mindset? Here are a few practical ways to try it out!

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What is an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Whether you choose to be an entrepreneur or you choose to be a doctor, nurse, accountant, or teacher, your mindset is important. Thinking like an entrepreneur and having a mindset that is resilient, accountable, flexible, creative, adaptive, and ready to take initiative will make you a desirable employee, excellent manager, and leader that people want to follow.

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Meet Y-kampus: Marika Vuorenmaa

Every once in a while we like to highlight a member of our AWESOME Y-kampus team so you can get to know us a little bit better. This week, meet our fearless team leader Marika Vuorenmaa!

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What is Entrepreneurship?

At Y-kampus, we are driven by our desire to train the next generation of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded people. Yes, it's an awesome mission! But you may be wondering - what is entrepreneurship, exactly?

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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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