In a post-Nokia era, startups are emerging among an “empathetic generation” as a means not to get rich but to solve social problems
- Tuukka Toivonen, Guardian Professional, Monday 8 September 2014 17.52 BST
Finnish gaming companies are having a moment. Just look at Rovio (Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of Clans), the rise of which has coincided with the unravelling of the once-unbeatable Nokia.
This surge in successful start ups reflects an emerging culture of young entrepreneurship in Finland. Sauna, a co-working hub startup, and Slush, a startup conference now said to be the largest event of its kind in northern Europe, are new staples of the Finnish entrepreneurial scene. And thousands of young Finns are beginning to identify themselves as entrepreneurs.
Finland is changing. What exactly has happened to foster a culture of young entrepreneurship in this frequently idealised “welfare state”?