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.

Sign up for more info about Spark Academy 2023 and get an email notification when applications open: 

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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Bridge the gender gap

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.

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 is running yearly in 2022 and 2023.

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 the 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.

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.

Sign up for more info about Spark Academy 2023 and get an email notification when applications open: 

Join SPARK LITE

Spark Lite is a well-being program that is open to anyone, not just Spark Academy participants. You will get priority access to the same soft skill courses as our Spark participants without having to be part of the full Spark Academy and can connect with likeminded people in our Spark Lite Facebook Group.

In Spark Lite we offer free life and career coaching workshops or mental wellbeing sessions to help you support your well-being. Wellness is much more than sleeping well or eating healthy. Our workshops help you to learn emotional resilience skills so that you can face challenges in your life with confidence. 

Our soft skill workshops run every Friday from August 19 until December 2. You will get an invite straight into your email two to three weeks in advance with the invite to the workshop and get priority access to join. 

Sign up now and prioritize yourself:

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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.

A new round of Spark Academy will run in 2023.

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Got more questions?

Reach out to our Project Manager: 
Vivian Maar, [email protected]