Series1 – Not a competition, but a community

Together with Aaltoes, we are collaborating on an innovation program Series1 for creative problem solving, bridging the gap between the entrepreneurially minded communities of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. ‍
By
Venla Parkkila
Maija Leermakers
July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021

Series1 – Not a competition, but a community

Together with Aaltoes, we are collaborating on an innovation program Series1 for creative problem solving, bridging the gap between the entrepreneurially minded communities of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. ‍
By
Venla Parkkila
Maija Leermakers

Giving people the power to design their own future


It often feels like the young generation is forced to just sit back and watch their future be decided by someone else. In just the past 1,5 years, we’ve come face to face with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, human rights problems all around the globe, and the climate crisis – just to name a few. With the launch of Series, Aaltoes wants to empower and encourage students to shape our shared future.


Series is a community for impactful creators founded by Aaltoes. Series is a space where students with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets can come together to make a difference in the world. Through multidisciplinary collaboration and the help of mentors, Series will help people take their academic skills to action and create solutions to the most current societal problems. Everyone is welcomed to join just as they are – what matters the most is their will to solve the wicked problems of the world.

“Creating Series came from a genuine excitement in building a community where young entrepreneurs & different fields can connect globally. Every field is needed and every background is appreciated.”

– Mona Ismail, Founder of Series & President of Aaltoes

Not a competition, but a community

Taking place in November 2021, Series1 is a two-week program for multidisciplinary teams of students from all backgrounds. Helsinki Think Company is collaborating with Aaltoes on creating the innovation program and bridging the gap between the two entrepreneurship societies.

The themes of Series1 (S1) revolve around the future of education, health care, transportation and fashion technology. During the program, each team will first validate a problem related to the topic they’re focusing on. Teams will then create a solution that has both impact and entrepreneurial potential. 

“With Series1 we aim to bring a bigger flux of students with the same intention, even from overseas, around the same table.”

– Lahja Vierimaa, CMO of Helsinki Think Company

We welcome curious minds from all universities, fields and backgrounds – what matters is your interest in solving societal problems and making the world a better place. Series1 seeks to build participants’ personal competence and inspire them to take action. The program provides the participants with entrepreneurial skills as well as a memorable, exciting experience.


“We will create a community where every point of view is valued. Although diverse ways of thinking are the key to solving societal problems, an accepting and inclusive community is essential as such. We want to diversify the discussions around entrepreneurship and challenge outdated startup stereotypes.”

– Venla Parkkila, Head of Community at Series & Project manager at Helsinki Think Company


Collaboration between two entrepreneurship societies


For years now, Helsinki Think Company and Aaltoes have been working side by side with similar goals in the same entrepreneurship ecosystem. We both want to support those who want to make an impact by providing them with entrepreneurial tools and the know-how needed.

Series1 innovation program is the first time we’re creating something together. Our shared purpose is to build bridges between the different disciplines and backgrounds of two universities. Series1 offers a space where students with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets can come together to make a difference in the world.


‘’This is a unique collaboration between the two entrepreneurship societies. We’re creating a truly diverse community of changemakers”

– Sofia Leinonen, Marketing at Series & Chair of Helsinki Think Company board


Applications open in September


Applications for Series will open in September 2021. To stay up-to-date on the latest Series news, find us on social media (@series.global) and stay tuned for details.

Creators

Venla Parkkila

Molecular biologist in the making. Working with communications and community, currently curious about all things software and design. Fan of books and pancakes.

Maija Leermakers

Content creator, Instagram manager and cultural studies major. I sometimes dabble in website design and am very fond of breakfasts.

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