HAMK’s master students learning from business experts at Urban Mill

On a sunny Friday 27.4.2018, Urban Mill got visitors from Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), when its students from the Master’s degree programme in Business Management and Entrepreneurship spent the last contact day of their spring semester in Otaniemi.

During the day, the students had the pleasure of listening to lectures from experts from very varied fields of business. Lars Miikki from Urban Mill was kind enough to tell the story and mission of the Urban Mill Innovation Platform (Public-Private-People-Partnership), and Mikael Virkki came to give a lecture about the global operations of Business Finland. Teijo Räsänen and Tommi Gustafsson from Innotiimi International Ltd Oy talked about their company, change leadership and the many different styles of leadership with real life examples, and Perttu Karjalainen from Entocube gave a lecture about the global environmental problems the food industry causes, and gave an introduction into a possible solution: edible insect farming.

All of the subjects were very interesting and got a lot of discussion going on among the students. None of the lecturers was spared from sharp questions. The students got real treats, since Perttu from Entocube brought some tastings from their own production: crickets! How yummy! For lunch, the students visited the beautiful Fat Lizard restaurant and bar, which was conveniently in a walking distance. There they enjoyed a company introduction and a buffet – and also some more crickets.

At the end of the day, the students had a workshop, where they discussed the day’s topics and presented their own ideas and thoughts about change management and modern trends in food industry.

All of the students enjoyed the day at Urban Mill greatly, and the facilities got many praises for their innovative and refreshing atmosphere. The students were impressed also on the fact that the surrounding Otaniemi is full of companies with the same start-up mindset as Urban Mill. Lars Miikki mentioned at least Urban Mill’s neighbours at Otaniemi Innovation Alley: Startup Sauna and Aalto Design Factory with all its innovative students. Such a creative place!

Thank you for the awesome day, Urban Mill!

Text and photos: Terhi Tammivirta, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).

MashUp pre-Vappu party at Maria hospital’s hidden underground tunnels on Saturday 28 April

Lauantaina 28.4 Marian sairaalan tunneleissa järjestetään unohtumattomat bileet, kun Euroopan suurin opiskelijoiden yrittäjyystapahtuma FallUp järjestää MashUp’in, joka kokoaa yhteen Aalto-yliopiston ja Hankenin opiskelijoita.

Ennennäkemättömässä tapahtumassa on paikalla mm. glitternisti, Singa-karaoke sekä dj:t Yeboyah ja Koponen. Tapahtumaan saa tuoda omia juomia, mutta lipun hintaan sisältyy myös muutama virvoke.

Aika: 28.4, 22-04
Paikka: Maria 01 tunnelit, Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Dresscode: MUSTA (ei haalareita)
Hinta: 9€ (sisältää narikan, lippuja rajoitettu määrä)
Liput: https://holvi.com/shop/aaltoes16/product/8801d608378da77e0a662ba4661c34e6/

In English:

MashUp is a party organised by FallUp (Europe’s biggest entrepreneurship event for students). This party gathers students from Aalto University and Hanken on 28th of April, 2018. Held in the underground tunnels of an old hospital Maria 01 – this is an experience you won’t see again! We have free face-glitter-applying, Singa-karaoke, and dj’s Yeboyah and Koponen. You’re allowed to bring your own drinks, but we also have some in store for you!

Time: 28.4, 22 – 04
Location: Maria 01 tunnels, Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Dresscode: Preferably BLACK (NO overalls)
Price: 9€ (includes coat-fee)
Tickets: https://holvi.com/shop/aaltoes16/product/8801d608378da77e0a662ba4661c34e6/
(limited amount, buy yours beforehand)

Organisation behind FallUp:

Aalto Entrepreneurship Society

Join 6th‭ ‬Global Future Center Summit Copenhagen‭ + ‬Malmo‭ + ‬Lund‭ 6-8th May 2018!

The theme of this Summit is Bridges: Co-Creating Impact Across Borders.

In this nomadic, three-day prototyping Lab, we will visit and experience several world class Future Centers and Innovation Centers to explore and co-create new ways to drive impact in diverse settings, using insights and learnings from the places we visit, the Future Center operating principles, and the multi-intelligence that you and other participants bring.

The Summit is like a pop-up prototyping lab, testing new ways of thinking and working, using real world challenges as an agenda, and real world locations as our playing field. Themes we expect to explore include:

  • How to leverage cross-cultural diversity, creativity and passion for societal change
  • How to use a visioning process to bring 2050 up close and personal
  • How to orchestrate cross border collaboration to deal with boundary-spanning issues
  • Wise places: How to create 3rdgeneration Future Centers which put knowledge into practice and strive to achieve wisdom

Each Future Center Summit is a journey, and for the first time this Future Center Summit will be a cross-border journey both geographically and metaphorically.

Download Summit flyer from here (pdf)

More information, prices and registration: http://www.futurecenteralliance.com/summit-2018

The relationship between fear of failure and entrepreneurs’ well-being examined through procrastination in Master’s thesis by Kasper Suomalainen

Master’s thesis, Kasper Suomalainen, Aalto University School of Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Fall 2017

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this thesis is to examine fear of failure, procrastination and wellbeing in entrepreneurs by studying the relationship between the variables through quantitative research methods. This paper focuses on (1) defining and scoping procrastination and fear of failure and how these relate to well-being, (2) forming 3 hypotheses based on existing literature, and (3) finding out how fear of failure, procrastination and well-being interact with one another. This was done through surveying 71 entrepreneurs through a questionnaire.

Kasper Suomalainen acted as the Director of Community at Startup Sauna 2016-2018. www.linkedin.com /in/kaspersuomalainen/

The study found out that (1) fear of failure is negatively related to subjective wellbeing, (2) fear of failure is positively related to procrastination, and (3) procrastination does not moderate the relationship between fear of failure and subjective well-being in a statistically significant way.

The biggest limitation in this domain is that existing literature involves multiple perspectives, definitions and measures of the construct of fear of failure, and the fact that procrastination is only measured on a general level with no real categorization.



TIIVISTELMÄ: Tämän gradutyön tarkoitus on tutkia epäonnistumisen pelkoa, viivyttelyä (procrastination) sekä hyvinvointia yrittäjissä analysoimalla näiden muuttujien keskenäisiä suhteita kvantitatiivisesti. Työ keskittyy (1) määrittelemällä epäonnistumisen pelon ja viivyttelyn liittämällä nämä hyvinvointiin, (2) kolmen hypoteesin muodostaminen olemmassaolevan kirjallisuuden pohjalta ja (3) tutkimalla miten epäonnistumisen pelko, viivyttely sekä hyvinvointi vaikuttavat toisiinsa. Tämä tehtiin kvantitatiivisen tutkimuksen kautta johon osallistui 71 suomalaista yrittäjää.

Tutkimuksen aikana selvisi, että (1) epäonnistumisen pelolla on negatiivinen vaikutus hyvinvointiin, (2) epäonnistumisen pelolla on positiivinen korrelaatio viivyttelyn kanssa ja (3) viivyttely ei moderoi epäonnistumisen pelon ja subjektiivisen hyvinvoinnin suhdetta tilastollisesti merkitsevästi.

Suurin haaste tutkimuksen saralla on se, että epäonnistumisen pelkoa tutkitaan monesta eri perspektiivistä eri määritelmillä ja mittareilla, ja viivyttelyä tutkitaan yleisellä tasolla ilman kategorisointia.


Spanish Students from Mondragon Team Academy @ Urban Mill: WE WANT YOU TO MEET US!

This previous week just two young startups came to our Hub: Neemboo and 840 projects.

35 Spanish students from Mondragon Team Academy (MTA) are forming on the degree of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (LEINN). The students have their home base in Urban Mill in Espoo Innovation Garden during the weeks in Finland.

As part of their degree, they will be spending a month and a half in Finland, learning about the Finnish market and economy in order to create a bridge between both countries and have a social impact. As well as, in order to learn more about its educational methodology, innovation processes and entrepreneurship.

For them to join our lovely community with a good step, they have decided to prepare an event for them to present us their learnings, by doing different projects they have and are working on since September. This Event will be taking place on Friday 23rd February at Urban Mill from 13:00 to 15:00 that will include a Spanish Food tasting for all the people that attend it. To be sure you get your place on this great event, you can confirm the attendance in here: https://goo.gl/forms/FivMwSfaMKvmgLli1

840 Projects

840 Projects mainly focus in the development of sustainable products that tries to fix the damage of one of the problems that has a big impact in the world right now, Over Consumption. For this, they have been working in projects like:

AATMA that means soul in Hindi, is a project that creates unique handbags that are made of recycled clothes that have a personal story that comes from the users of those cloths.

SadBoysClub have high quality hoodies with a exclusive and unique drops of limited new designs. This focuses more into everyone having their own unique style and at the same time feel that they are part of a community.


Neemboo is basically a close entrepreneurial enterprise of project management willing to learn more things everyday. They believe in innovative ways of helping people to change what they are used to, to motivate them to leave their comfort zone.

Closer and Hoop, with a sustainable style, are representing the authentic and simple design of comfortable accessories. They make sure that women’s empower is taken into account as well as equality and justice between all of us.

EXEX, with a brand new concept of exclusive experiences and products. It is platform that gives light to rural entrepreneurs that hold up great stories within them. It makes the customer feel this experience and focus on why they buy, making the world a more human place.

We encourage you to come and visit them! Do not hesitate to contact them:

840 Projects
+358 414722020

+358 46 5506376

Jouluiset terveiset Urban Millistä – Christmas wishes from Urban Mill

Kumppaneillemme, jäsenillemme, asiakkaillemme, ystävillemme; Dear Partners, Members, Customers, Friends;

Kiitämme hyvin sujuneesta yhteistyöstä kuluneen vuoden aikana ja toivottamme Hyvää Joulua ja menestyksellistä Uutta Vuotta 2018!

Thank you for your co-operation, we wish you Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2018!

Jouluisin terveisin,

Kari & Lars ja muu myllyn väki!



VUODENVAIHTEEN AUKIOLOAJAT: Urban Mill siirtyy itsepalvelumoodiin 23.12.2017 – 7.1.2018. Avaimen haltijoille tila on auki 24/7, muille vain kumppanien vieraina. Olemme avoinna normaalisti taas ma 8.1.2018 lähtien.

JÄRJESTÄ TAPAHTUMA URBAN MILLISSÄ: varauskalenterimme on hyvä apu kun suunnittelet tilaisuuden järjestämistä tai haluat seurata mitä myllyllä tapahtuu. Katso tilojen kuvaukset tästä.

TILAVARAUKSET sähköpostilla osoitteeseen varaukset@urbanmill.fi tai ota yhteys puhelimitse: Lars Miikki, 040-5036630. Tee vuoden 2018 varauksesi ajoissa, sillä varauskalenteri täyttyy. Aloita järjestäminen valitsemalla itsellesi sopiva tilapalvelu tästä.

SEURAA URBAN MILL -BLOGEJA syöttämällä sähköpostiosoitteesi pääsivumme http://urbanmill.org kohtaan ”FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL” (löytyy oikealta sivun yläosassa).

URBAN MILL ON MYÖS FACEBOOKISSA: Facebook-sivuiltamme löydät lisää ajankohtaista urbaanin kehittämiseen liittyvää tietoa meiltä ja maailmalta. Käy tutustumassa ja tykkäämässä: www.facebook.com/UrbanMill/

Osallistu pääkaupunkiseudun Make With the Six Cities -tilaisuuteen 16.1. Otaniemessä!

6Aika AIA Espoo, Helsinki ja Vantaa tiedottaa:


Pääkaupunkiseudun Make With the Six Cities – 6Aika avoimet innovaatioalustat tilaisuus järjestetään 16. Tammikuuta 2018 Otaniemen Dipolissa.

Tule mukaan osallistumaan mielenkiintoiseen ohjelmaan sekä luomaan uusia menestystarinoita parhaista raaka-aineista ja törmäämään erilaisiin verkostoihin. Kutsumme mukaan kaikki, jotka haluavat kehittää uusia asioita ja saada aikaan tekoja!

Tutustu tilaisuuteen alla olevan linkin kautta, jaa kutsua verkostoillesi ja ilmoittaudu tilaisuuteen! Paikkoja on vain rajoitettu määrä, joten ole nopea!


Odotamme innolla näkevämme sinut! 

Ystävällisin terveisin,

6Aika AIA Espoo, Helsinki ja Vantaa