Our startup’s story began one evening in a small student apartment in Matinkylä. Taru, my friend and future co-founder, had invited me over to discuss a business idea. A glass of wine, a short discussion and four hours later we finally got through all the required online forms to incorporate our business. Four months and two new co-founders later Lääkärihinta.fi i.e. “doctorprice” was launched to help consumers compare private healthcare prices.
About ten years ago I attended Nanotech Tokyo for the first time. We had a group of some 10-11 Finnish nanotech companies going to the trade fair at Tokyo Big Sight, the stand was called FMNT Finnish Micro Nano Technology -joint stand. At the event there was a lot of buzz and high expectations in the air. Carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanowire forests, nanothinfilms. There was a lot of excitement.
A vision of growth requires the right attitude, and any company can be a growth company. Examples include the guys at lääkärihinta.fi that were part of Summer of Startups, as well as the brave migrant restauranteur who has just expanded my favourite lunch restaurant Zava. It’s all about choosing between the willingness to create new things and simply trying to survive and defend the current position.
Imagine a group of young students creating a program that helps connect people who are interested in creating or joining a startup. The plan was to gather and connect people who share the same passion and ambitions towards startups as we do. The participants would form new teams and start to develop their idea to startup with help from our coaches and workshops. TeamUp, as we decided to name it, would be the program giving the tools and knowledge so that the next Rovio or Supercell could born.