Prize drawing of “Share Your Story” campaign took place today, December 20th 2013, at 10.00 in Technopolis Espoo, Innopoli 1, Tekniikantie 12. Total of 19 success stories were sent by companies participated in Technopolis events during this year. Nespresso Business Solutions / Premium Coffee Oy Managing Director in Finland, Ville Melkko, has drawn the prize in the presence of Technopolis Events Team. The winner was the company named Oppifi Oy from Espoo, Finland. We warmly congratulate Oppifi Oy and wish the company all the best for the coming year.
See video here: https://www.dreambroker.com/channel/99qt53jb/7ivbzagz
Story shared by Ilkka Tiainen of Oppifi Oy:
A story of stories..
I think it was a Technopolis Event. A few years back. It took place in Innopoli 1 near the staircase. I gave a short presentation on the idea of the Epooq service and there was very little time for it. Tuomas was clocking the speech and I was already behind schedule. So, my story did not get to finish when the bell already rang.
I suppose I learned something about the importance of timing. Content-wise, I learned much more. To tell you the truth, I still do not like it that you have to present your business idea based on some tight framework. This kills the personality. You have to be able to bring out the identity of a young company in your own way.
There was another presentation on a business idea, probably sometime around 2010. It was Mindtrek. Again, I followed the instructions the organizers had given to us. I focused on the wrong issue. I concentrated too strictly to the given framework. I suppose I sounded too serious. I should have been more like the Epooq service – memories and stories, wisdom based on experiences. The audience noticed that as well. Including Peter Vesterbacka, who noted: “Your service is better than your presentation…” He was right. We did not win that pitching competition.
Well, the presenter who enthusiastically talked about his idea did not win either. He did not follow the given framework. He did not answer to the questions set. He was being himself, in good and bad. The idea was Star Wreck. The speaker was Timo Vuorensola.
The power is in the way to tell your story. To be yourself.
Ilkka Tiainen, Founder & CEO, Oppifi Oy
Written by Outi Raekivi, Technopolis Director, Legal Affairs, also responsible for HR, Environmental & Sustainability
This year, Technopolis has implemented its growth strategy with four major property and business acquisitions with an astonishing total value of EUR 325,6 million. Two of the acquisitions were made in Finland (in Oulu and Otaniemi in Espoo), one in Lithuania (in Vilnius) and one in Norway (in Oslo). Completing these acquisitions was very challenging in many respects for the organization. They also bring new co-workers to our organization from countries that are completely new to us.
Integrating these campuses into our Technopolis concept will require a systematic and determined integration process. Our aim is that also our new campuses will meet the external hallmarks and functionalities that are part of our concept, and that our key internal processes and operating methods will also be adopted by our new employees. So, there is a lot to do from the point of view of HR as well. We have had the chance to learn about the rules of labor law in new countries, ranging from the terms and conditions of collective labor agreements to practices related to pensions and insurance, as well as getting to know different cultures.
With the company growing, duties become more diverse, sometimes also more complicated. Even larger perspectives must be taken into account in internal and external reporting, while the planning of the company’s business includes the impact of the local features of different countries in the everyday operations of space and service sales. In addition to the new business units, the company’s growth results in some other recruitment needs, and at the end of the year, there are already 187 Technopolis employees in five countries. Our organization has also grown to a size that has allowed us to offer our employees new career opportunities within Technopolis. The most recent example of this is the post of Integration Manager, recruited internally, whose task is to manage the integration of the Fornebu campus in Oslo to become part of Technopolis. The open internal search for Integration Manager raised a lot of interest, and several applications were submitted for this six-month posting in Oslo. Karita Huotari, head of our Matchmaking services, was picked for the task from among the three high-quality final candidates.
I firmly believe that this arrangement will provide considerable added value to Technopolis as well as our Norwegian colleagues. At Technopolis, we continuously measure our success, not only in our customer relationships but also in the cooperation of our different functions, and naturally without forgetting our financial objectives. We have emphasized the Five Star Service Experience exceeding all expectations in everything we do. There are lots of challenges, but we will assess our success in Oslo from this point of view when the summer is near.
Walkbase, the Helsinki-based marketing optimisation platform for brick & mortar retailers, announced that it has reached an agreement to raise €3 million in Series A funding from SBT Venture Capital and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, former CEO of Nokia. Walkbase will invest the funds in strengthening its sales, marketing and customer-insight teams, as well as accelerating its growth strategy to become the leading marketing optimisation platform for omni-channel retail in EMEA and Russia.
Did your company find a customer, a partner, a financier or a new talent at Technopolis Events?
Share your story before Christmas and win a trendy Nespresso coffee maker for your office!
All emails with success stories shall be sent to email@example.com until December 16th 2013. The prize drawing will take place at Technopolis Events Team office location, Innopoli 1, Espoo, on December 20th. The prize drawing will be handled by Technopolis Events Team. Only companies‘ representatives who shared their success stories are eligible for the drawing. The winner will be informed personally. The prize will be sent to the winner after Christmas 2013 and can’t be changed for money.
Just a few short months ago, Andrew Stalbow, formerly in charge of partnerships, licensing, animation and distribution at Rovio, and Petri Jarvilehto, Rovio’s former EVP of Games, announced a new mobile gaming venture called Seriously. According to the Tech Crunch article about the company’s launch, “the major difference between Seriously and Rovio is that Seriously is taking a hard line on free to play mobile games, and banking everything on the entertainment experience that follows, whether it be merchandise, movies, TV series’, etc.”
Yesterday the company just received a serious boost as it announced it had received $2.35M in seed funding from Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP) andSunstone Capital, a Danish company. The company plans to announce new hires in the next months and begin launching games next year.
For the full article about the investment, click here.
Many of the event participants stopped at Dream Broker interview stand to tell about their business.
- business angel
- business deal
- life sciences
- social media
- TPO research
- venture capital
- video tutorial