We believe that the swelling immigration figures in Finland present certainly a challenge, but more importantly a massive growth opportunity. How?
Inclusive society – In many societies, including Finland, there are great groups of people with underutilised skills and resources.
These include 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, foreigners, international students, multicultural youth, and anyone trying to integrate into Finnish society. If they were better included, they could rise to their full potential and would benefit society as a whole.
An area particularly suitable for people who are not well-rooted in the local society, due to its international character, cross-cultural markets and mobility of applications.
No colour no boundaries. Tech startups have a high multiplier effect in terms of revenues and employment, and there is growing demand from Finnish technology companies for new talent.
Emphasising Finnish societal values – In times of crisis, great things have consistently emerged from Finland.
Since the financial crisis of 2008, one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in Europe has been created and we want to extend this community to be more inclusive by lowering the barrier of participation.
are willing to change;
seek new skills;
need to find your place in society;
want to utilize your full potential;
want to add value to the community;
We lead you through a journey that empowers and inspires new people to join the startup community.
We are the safety net where testing ideas (and failing) is part of the development process.
We welcome and cherish diversity as engine for growth.
For you who are the change.
We welcome you to The Shortcut.
“Successful societies are able to integrate people from all walks of life to discussion and creation of tomorrow. The Shortcut is making sure that everyone also has this possibility in the future.”
– Marianne Vikkula, CEO,SLUSH
“Today, the best way to change the world, is to become an entrepreneur. At the same time, we desperately need all possible talent to solve our global problems. The Shortcut is a strong community, signalling that entrepreneurship and global talent hunt can and will be combined”
– Riku Asikainen, angel investor, EBAN Vice-Chairman
“Democratising access to new skills like programming creates new kinds of problem solvers, more diverse solutions and eventually a better world.”
– Linda Liukas, Tech Author, Hello Ruby
“I’m really glad to see the startup community in Europe grow and become more diverse.
The Shortcut is an important initiative in driving through this change in Finland.”
– Miki Kuusi, Co-founder & CEO, Wolt, former CEO Slush