Startup Ski Academy



Welcome to Kuopio Ski Academy!

Startups play important role in every economic region. The objective of this project is to create and strengthen the startup community in Pohjois-Savo area. The idea came from the startups itselves, so there clearly is a need for getting together. The mechanism is to produce regular events that are easy to access for entrepreneurs of the area. In these events the startups or teams and all the parties that offer services for startups are meeting in relaxed way. Learning, networking and benchmarking are the ways to make Pohjois-Savo startup community strong. The themes are changing, based on wishes of the field. Important objectives are that startups will meet bigger companies in these events, idea being the future cooperation, that will give both the parties great business possibilities. 

Karolina Huuhtanen

Project Manager
Creating a succesful North-Savo startup community -project
Kuopio Chamber of Commerce

Next events in Kuopio 2020

Let´s meet once a month online until live. After that every other month online and live.
Great plan. Keynotes TBC.

Next Startup Ski Academy

June 11th, at 4:22 pm - 6:00 pm

Berggren IPR gurut Marjut Lattu-Hietamies ja Suvi Julin avaavat mahdollisuuksia teollisoikeuksien kaupallisesti tehokkaaseen käyttöön

Register here. Q & A of IPR possibilities.
This time we will speak finnish,
for english session possibilities, send me a message

Ski Academy meetings also:
August 13th / September 10th
Keynotes TBC.



Previous events

Thursday, May 14,
The Ski Academy with Peter Vesterbacka

The mighty Peter Vesterbacka joined our Ski Academy! It was a great session!

Thursday, April 23 
Keynote - Riku Asikainen

Riku Asikainen - an angel investor and founding partner of EVLI Growth Partners. He is EBAN Vice President of the Board; FiBAN Co-Founder; Startup Sauna Accelerator Head Coach; Slush Co-Founder and of course Tahko Ski Lift Pitch judge! Let´s ask Riku´s feelings about the current situation. What has changed in investing during the corona time? Has the philosophy of investing changed? What is the next normal in angel and fund point of views? What industry will get new investments? How could a startup adjust their activities during the abnormal times?

Keynote - Heidi Ahonen, Nostetta Ventures

Nostetta is the main owner of Nostetta Ventures, which will be managing North Savo Startup Fund, when the fund will start its operations in spring 2020. The fund invests in early stage growth companies mainly situated in Northern Savo region in Finland. 

20.2. Ski Academy at Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

The superb pitch and what investors need to hear? / Sami Etula
The coworking situation in Kuopio now and in the future.

January, 16th, 2020 Ski Academy at Pannuhuone Gust Ranin

Previous Tahko Ski Lift Pitch winners interviews: How is it going now? 
Tuomo Nissinen, Biopallo - Anssi Suhonen and Heart2save - Helena Jäntti

 North Savo Startup Fund info -  / Juha Yrjänheikki, Nostetta Ventures.
All you wanna know about the fund!

November, 7, Thursday at 16:22 pm
at Lapland Hotels.

Tomi Kaukinen:
Preparing for Slush - How to make your pitch rock?
How to get everything out of Slush?
The newest LinkedIn gimmicks - Mikko Heiskanen, Myynnintuottajat.
The good news of our startups. 
Pitching competition.
Free food, lovely people.




Keynote Ricardo Patino, Creative Director, Oddy inc

The greatest startup misconception - Why brand marketing is useless for startups

In early startup efforts, it’s better to focus on the basics. Understand who are your users, deliver a great product to the market that grows organically and monetize, and most importantly grow your team. Let’s find out together what the roles of branding and brand marketing really are and how startups may benefit from them.


9.5.2019 at 16:22, Kuopion Saana 

Timo Joutsenoja, possibilities of IPR for startups

Lets continue skiing with a wonderfull lake view! The new Saana will be our next Ski Academy place. The subject will be IPR possibilities with Kolster´s Senior IPR Business Manager Timo Joutsenoja, DI, TkT, from whom you can ask anything about the matter. Don´t worry, we will have the session in english if there is just one, who's finnish is not fluent.
Check out more about Timo here.
Saana, Siikaranta 12.

Tervetuloa kuulemaan ja keskustelemaan asiantuntijan kanssa IPR-asioiden merkityksestä ja mahdollisuuksista start-up -yrityksille. Aluksi kerrataan lyhyesti IPR:n perusteita ja sitten käydään läpi käytännönläheisesti mitä IPR asioita aloittavan yrityksen on hyvä huomioida. Kannattaako patentointiin investoida? Mitä vaihtoehtoja on? Miten IPR vaikuttaa yrityksen arvonmuodostukseen?





14:00-16:00 Workshop - "Financing and valuation. How to get financing for my company? How does valuation work? What kind of investors are out there? What is a shareholder's agreement and what do I need to know about it?
At 16:22 Ski Academy at 16:22
Tomi Kaukinen: "From Helsinki to Real Madrid" -An inspiring story of how on earth a little startup from Helsinki ends up doing business with one of the world biggest sporting clubs in Spain? 
The pitching competition - the winner gets a ticket to Tahko Ski Lift Pitch!

Tomi Kaukinen is a serial entrepreneur and a speaker who has worked with the world's biggest sports teams and taken his companies all the way to Malesia. Now he focuses on mentoring startups and his License to Fail concept. Go check it out - lots of useful hands-on info about the startup world! (In Finnish)
He is passionate, knowledgeable, detail oriented, creative and committed to advising startups.



MR. Atte Penttinen

At 16:22 Ski Academy - Atte Penttinen will tell about Maria01 which is a community campus for ambitious tech startups. Home to the next generation of tech teams working side by side with venture capitalists, established companies, and the extended ecosystem to help each other succeed in the competitive startup environment.
Could we find a similar facility in Kuopio? We're here to find out.