Victor Cheng of HK EduCity, Henry Lin and Kevin Yeung of Education Bureau paid a visit to xEdu to get familiar with the accelerator program and meeting the teams. It is important for the teams to understand the very different learning environment they have to face in Asia to Finland. Takeaways were changed both ways. Polkuni and Stuart have been building awareness for Finnish startups for a while in HK and we are ready to take next necessary steps the coming autumn.
NowTV from Hong Kong visited Finland during spring to find out what is behind the success of Finnish education. (Link to document https://youtu.be/cCGqaQ2HOu8) One of the persons interviewed in the show was my son Arni presenting his self made gadgets. My message as a parent was that I'm responsible of my kids (three in total) happiness and I'm just trying to find out their passions and help them to follow it. I do not really care what they do in life as long as they are happ
Spending time at the Vertical accelerator offices is a great way to see what is new and trending in the startup health care sector in Finland, in Vertical terms, health care means health and happiness ideas. There are a number of progressive companies with great ideas coming through the accelerator, and as Polkuni we will actively work with some of these companies to develop the Asian market. Check out www.vertical.vc The good thing about Vertical is they are now getting on t
Giving overview of the general market place in China and SE Asia to some of the startup teams presently involved in the xEdu accelerator on the Helsinki university campus. Lots of great ideas and solutions being polished by the teams now almost at the end of their program. The range of products goes from coding for small children, to online degree courses for adults, there are some really interesting products around the area of self-esteem and confidence building of children
Polkuni sign an agreement to work together with Ace EdVenture, in a number of areas, but starting with their new RPG Chemistry game, the first of its kind in the world. The name of the new game is ChemCaper, anyone who has ever tried to grasp the big picture of Chemistry needs to take a look at this game (www.chemcaper.com). The ChemCaper team have made a great job turning a difficult subject into a fun learning experience, I never thought Chemistry could be cool !!
Slush Tokyo day 2: Case social and environmental returns for investments: Sometimes it is hard for investors to see the return of investment measured in something else than money. My question is if the only motive is to make money why should a startup accept it. I see other benefits than return of money being on the rise for the benefit of mankind, for example in education related products. Case startup culture development timeframe: It is clear that Japanese startup culture
Few themes of the day at Slush Tokyo 2016 with my brother Pekka (P-P): Case1 Culture change: One of the few Japanese female entrepreneurs Mari Murata, founder of iemo. College drop out who established a company while being home with her child and felt bored. Later she joined forces with DeNA group and now attracts others young entrepreneurs to join the group. She talked to at least 99% male audience. Case2 Fintech revolution: New innovative apps will change financing in big w
It's all about the culture. Here in Tokyo it somehow becomes very concrete. Japanese had a culture when we still hit each other with wooden sticks in Finland. Startup culture also needs its time to develop. It's sharing and reflecting ideas for bigger purposes in life value environment. It's a real test for old culture features for future sake.
Flight connection between Hong Kong and Helsinki is better than ever. Finnair just introduced a new Airbus 350-900 into the direct route. Combination of Finnish pilots and Hong Kong crew work like a clock. Late evening departure gives you the full day to work on both ends, gives room for jet lag recovery and smooth transits to further destinations. Using the northern Siberian airspace it is the fastest way to Europe. Try it out also in business class!