SPARK ACADEMY

The Finnish startup world can feel like a closed environment.

Our Spark Academy is pulling back the curtains of the startup ecosystem to make the world of entrepreneurship and innovation more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

In our meaningful, practical, and intentional program, you can learn the most important skills for entrepreneurship, marketing, and full-stack development to help you start your own business or kickstart your career in a startup or scaleup.

We want to teach the critical skill sets to build a solid pipeline of future female and non-binary founders and team members.

Applications for Spark Academy Module 3 in Full-stack Development are now open until 15th of June.

Max 80 Participants

8 Months

Entirely free

Spark Academy

The Finnish startup world can feel like a closed environment.

Our Spark Academy is pulling back the curtains of the startup ecosystem to make the world of entrepreneurship and innovation more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

In our meaningful, practical, and intentional program, you can learn the most important skills for entrepreneurship, marketing, and full-stack development to help you start your own business or kickstart your career in a startup or scaleup.

We want to teach the critical skill sets to build a solid pipeline of future female and non-binary founders and team members.

Max 80 Participants

8 Months

Entirely free

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applications for full-stack development are open

Did you know that women make up only one fifth of IT sector employees in Finland? 

We need the female perspective to create technological solutions that serve the needs of both women and men. 

The Shortcut Spark Academy wants to help bridge the gender gap in the tech industry and give you the opportunity to learn basic coding skills to build your own business or manage tech projects.

Join us for our full-stack development module in autumn 2022: 

What You Will Learn in our full-stack development module

You will learn front and back-end development, including building a website and performing tasks related to website architecture. 

These are highly sought-after skills, which will enable you to get started on developing your own product, or help you find a job in the ecosystem.

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What is the spark academy

The Shortcut Spark Academy is a free eight-month program for women and non-binary people who are interested in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation that started in March 2022.

We’re teaching the necessary entrepreneurial skills to open up the door to two paths: entrepreneurship and employment in the startup ecosystem.

Our participants will get the tools to start their own business but we are aware that entrepreneurship might not be for everyone. The skills we are teaching will also give our attendees a higher chance of getting employed in the innovation and tech industry.

Who is it for

If you ever felt like there is no entry point for you in a startup ecosystem, this is the program for you. We give you the skills, tools and network you need to start your own business or work with innovative products and services as a team member.

 

We invite anyone who identifies as female or non-binary to join this journey towards igniting your spark.

 

“The Finnish startup ecosystem is known worldwide for innovation and bravery. We have a responsibility to ensure our ecosystem reflects the world in which we live, holding our brand high, and innovations higher.”

– Kristina Sweet, CEO of The Shortcut

ONE ACADEMY - many options

Spark Academy is meant to be fitting to your needs and wants when it comes to entrepreneurship. You can apply to one, several or all of the academic modules.

In parallel with the academic modules, we are also offering career coaching sessions, emotional resiliency training, inspirational keynotes, mentoring and networking. We expect our participants to take part in both – academic modules and soft skill training.

All sessions are free of charge and require only your commitment to participate and make the most of the offering available to you.

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The schedule

21 March – 1 April: Orientation Weeks with Inspirational Coaching and Workshops

4 – 29 April: Module 1 – Entrepreneurship

2 May – 17 June: Module 2 – Digital Marketing & Growth Hacking

15 August – 2 December: Module 3 – Full-stack Development

Soft skill training and coaching sessions will run throughout the program.

Applications for Module 3 are open 23 May – 15 June.

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Got more questions?

Reach out to our Project Coordinator:
[email protected]