Paths to entrepreneurship are limitless. Get inspired by real life stories told by entrepreneurs who run their own businesses.



Anttoni Aniebonam


co-founder & CEO of Veri (Human Engineering Health Oy)

"I think the people you work with are at the centre of everything."

Arto Sivonen


Måndag, Founder

“The myth about entrepreneurship being rough is false. It can be if that is what you want to make it.”

Carita Peltonen


Metsä/Skogen, Founder

“Sustainable business is the only option for the future.”

Cyrus Jebraeil


Polaris Kielipalvelut Oy, Founder & CEO

“It's rewarding to successfully build something of your own that benefits the entire community.”

Dakota Robin


Diversity & Connection Expert

"Anyone can be an entrepreneur. If it sounds like something you would like, just go for it and try."

Faisa Egge


Amanihoiva Kotihoito Oy, Founder & CEO

“I want to have an influence on things every day.”

Jenna Venäläinen


Pikku Gubbe Music Club, Founder

“Entrepreneurship is a personality, a state of mind and a passion.”

Jenni Alava


Alava Shop, founder & CEO

"There are entrepreneurs in my family and my desire for entrepreneurship has always been strong and it did not disappear when I went bankrupt on my first attempt."


founder & CEO of Kokku

"It is easier to paddle in a storm if you know which way you are going."

Jukka Jokiniemi


Innojok, Founder & CEO

“Getting fired eventually proved to be the biggest stroke of luck in my life.”

Karin Nars


Dinolift Oy, CEO

“Everyone can be an entrepreneur.”

Laura Vatanen


Partners at Noste, Founder & CEO

“In entrepreneurship, only the sky is the limit – and your own courage.”


Dagsmark Petfood Oy, Co-founder & CEO

“Without crazy courage, nothing new would ever emerge!”

Naomi and Wanda

Naomi & Wanda

Ataá Agency, Co-founders

"Representation and different role models are the key to young people being able to pursue bigger dreams."


Seidat & Buorre, Founder, CEO & Co-founder

"As an entrepreneur, you have a different kind of an opportunity to change the world."

Pinja Ekola


Siivouspalvelu Ekola, Founder

"Not all of this has been easy, but blimey, those successes feel good when they come."


student, entrepreneur, co-founder, The Modest Online

"We live in such a fast-paced world that if we don’t take action right away, someone else will get there first."

Priscilla Osei


Studiopeee, Founder

“Don’t wait till you know Finnish before you start your own business.”



Gubbe, Co-founder & CEO

"The idea for senior services stemmed from my own grandmother, who is over 90 years old and lives alone."


founder, Vöner

"I wouldn't change a day."

Tarnjit Saini and Sanni Ishfaq

Tarnjit & Sanni

StepOut, Co-founders

Entrepreneurship was the only way forward for us to be able to make a difference while creating value.

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Why did you become an entrepreneur? What entrepreneurship means to you? What’s rewarding in entrepreneurship and what’s difficult on the other hand? What is driving you forward? Have you faced any stereotypes or myths about entrepreneurship that you would like to change?