to support impact startups
In order to support impact startups globally, The Shortcut is partnering with Slush GIA (Global Impact Accelerator) to take its School of Startups internationally.
The Shortcut School of Startups x Slush GIA is a series of bootcamps in 6 pre-selected hubs. Its purpose is to deliver hands-on interactive workshops to the startup entrepreneurs in emerging markets. The learning by startup doers and experts can impact a bigger number of entrepreneurs by attending intensive bootcamps to prepare for the final selection to the Slush conference (Helsinki on December 4-5).
LIST OF COUNTRIES
Nigeria: 28-29 August 2018, Heartland Incubation Hub Tomi Kaukinen, Nina Martin
Kosovo: 11-12 September 2018, Innovation Centre Kosovo, Tomi Kaukinen, Nina Martin
Rwanda: 17-18 September 2018, Fuse Catalysts, Aape Pohjavirta, Michihito Mizutani
Botswana: 5-6 November 2018,Botswana Innovation Hub, Moaffak Ahmed, Michihito Mizutani
Namibia: 7-8 November 2018, FabLab Namibia and SAIS programme, Moaffak Ahmed, Michihito Mizutani
Moaffak Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience. He is one of the most active and respected technology focused business angels in Finland. Moaffak has been involved in establishing several companies, the most successful being financial software company Trema (today Wall Street Systems), which was founded Finland in 1992. Moaffak has invested in over 50 startup companies, including Smartly.io, Next Games, Kopla Games, Small Giant Games, Nosto, Vizor.io and Pryte, which was acquired in 2014 by Facebook. In addition to investing, he is very actively contributing pro bono in sharing best practices and mentoring startups at Slush, Startup Sauna, FiBAN and several international accelerator programmes.
Aape Pohjavirta is the Chief Evangelist and Founder of Funzi, a mobile learning and information service for the emerging markets. He is also an entrepreneurship coach and lecturer in Startup Sauna, Aalto University, DTBi and other institutions. Aape sits on advisory boards of multiple research projects and technology programmes. He has worked with digital since 1988 and in the mobile industry since 1997 in various management roles and has a solid track record of international business, product, and technology development including Inclusion.fi, Ympyra, Exomi Ltd., C&M Capital, Sofi Securities, Vineyard Ltd., Brossco Systems, and People Group.
Tomi Kaukinen is an ex-investment specialist turned serial entrepreneur. He knows best of both worlds and coaches the next generation of entrepreneurs on all the ins and outs of startup investments. He has founded GTFO Ventures, Sportacam, Camment, and has scaled his businesses globally. He does public speaking and mentoring, workshops to help start-ups for instance on go-to-market strategies, fundraising and business development.
Nina Martin, currently residing in Berlin, is the co-founder of initiatives like Bazaar and ICKE, and now Be’kech. She has been working with startups around the world as a coach helping them design, develop, and succeed. She is a designer by profession and by passion. Her expertise is in coaching, user experience design, design thinking and impact entrepreneurship.
Michihito Mizutani, is a Service and UX Lead at Siili Solutions, previously worked for Nokia and Microsoft as a Design Technologist. He is also a regular contributor to the School of Startups, and his workshops have been some of the highest rated we have had at The Shortcut. His expertise is interactive design, product, service and user-interface design. To put it in a service design perspective – the users want him!