WE ARE IMPACT-DRIVEN

The Shortcut is an impact-driven non-profit organization dedicated to professional integration, career transformation and entrepreneurship in Finland. We are deeply embedded in the startup ecosystem, funded by the Startup Foundation and have the same parent organization as Slush, Maria 01 and Junction. 

We bridge the gap between job seekers and companies in Finland by providing in-demand training and fostering a growth mindset in the community. 

OUR IMPACT
(Since 2016)

249 Events

teaching about the Finnish job market and startup world.

40 Programs

for you to reskill & upskill or grow your business.

374 New Employments

from our program attendees and career coaching.

93 new entrepreneurs

from our program attendees and career coaching.

OUR VALUES

Yacine Samb Google Spark Academy Speech Program

IMPACT-DRIVEN

Making a difference is our goal. We choose our strategy and methods to get results.

Women Talking at The Shortcut

SUPPORTIVE

The Shortcut is a community that celebrates learning. There are ups and downs throughout the process and it is okay. Learning is never a linear process.

Innovative

We are at the forefront of teaching in-demand skills and growth mindset for the companies of the future.

Inspiring

Our team members, speakers and mentors walk the talk. We share the vital lessons we learned along the way.

These People Make It Happen

Our team is dedicated to help you with your business or your job seeking journey. You can book a meeting with each of us according to our expertise. 

Please keep in mind that meetings are meant to serve our community. If you want to talk about collaboration or a service/product you provide, please send us an email instead.

Riikka Loisamo (She/Her)

CEO

[email protected]

 

You can book a meeting with me about:

Startups, strategy, entrepreneurial mindset and Finnish society.

I Speak:

English and Finnish.

alexandra mihalache   (she/her)

Project Coordinator

alexandra.mihalache @theshortcut.org

You can book a meeting with me about:

Integration to Finnish job culture, presentation skills, mental well-being.

I Speak:

English and Romanian.

Anna Hiltunen  (She/Her)

Talent and Service Coordinator

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career change, adult education, organisational development, career in international development, work-family balance.

I Speak:

English and Finnish.

Vivian Maar

Vivian Maar  (She/Her)

Project Manager: Spark Academy

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career confidence, starting your company, business plan feedback, growing your company & acquiring first customers.

I Speak:

English, Finnish and Estonian.

Virpi Jalonen  (She/Her)

Career Coach

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career coaching, finding your strenghs, job search strategy, personal development plans, CV & LinkedIn & portfolio reviews, creative job applications, interviews.

I Speak:

English, Finnish and Spanish.

Anna Weissenberg About Team

Anna Weissenberg  (She/Her)

Career Coach

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career coaching, career change, career development, CV & LinkedIn profile reviews, cover letters, applications, Finnish society & media.

I Speak:

English, Finnish and Swedish.

Yvonne Westerlund Career Coach

Yvonne westerlund  (She/Her)

Career Coach

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career and leadership coaching, hands-on and strategic job search, clarifying your skills and strengths, professional communication, networking, Linkedin strategy, CV and application help.

I Speak:

English, Finnish and Swedish.

ROBERTO D'ABROSCA  (He/Him)

Career Coach

[email protected] 

You can book a meeting with me about:

Career and leadership coaching, executive coaching, goal and career path setting, servant leadership, team management, mock interviews, CV & Linkedin review, integration in Finland.

I Speak:

English, Finnish, Italian.

EVAN BUI  (He/him, They/them)

Administrative Coordinator

[email protected]

You can book a meeting with me about:

Presentation and communication skills, digital marketing, creative writing.

I Speak:

English and Vietnamese.

tom gammals  
(he/him)

Sales Director

[email protected]

I Speak:

English and Finnish.

Niels Marselis

Niels Marselis  (He/Him)

Project Manager

[email protected] 

You can book a meeting with me about:

CV advice, soft (presentation) skills, mock interview, integration.

I Speak:

English and Dutch.

Oana Vega   (She/Her)

Spark Academy Teaching Assistant

[email protected] 

You can book a meeting with me about:

Coursework advice, meditation instructor, cultural policy and integration.

I Speak:

English, Romanian, Spanish, Finnish, French and Portuguese.

OUR BOARD

Who supports us behind the scenes

Nelli Såger

Chairperson and Board Member

Abby Ridenour

ABBY RIDENOUR ERKINTALO

Board Member

Andrea Di Pietrantonio

Andrea Di Pietrantonio

Board Member

VILLE KARKIAINEN​ BOARD

Ville Karkiainen

Board Member

VILLE SIMOLA

Ville SIMOLA

Board Member

Amel Gaily

Amel Gaily

Board Member

IVAN LOPEZ BOARD

IVAN LOPEZ

Co-founder and Board Member

Chaiperson and Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

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The Shortcut is the place for meaningful professional integration and career transformation in Finland. We are an impact-driven non-profit organization that bridges the gap between job seekers and companies in Finland by providing in-demand training and fostering a growth mindset in the community where educated individuals can upskill and build meaningful careers.

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