Problems and solutions
Validating and mentoring workshop
Satu Lähteenoja, Demos Helsinki
Tuuli Saukkonen, Gaia Consulting
Harri Hoivala, NewCo
Clémence Avignon, RePack
Paula Sarsama, Infinited Fiber
Opening weekend: Problems and solutions
Validating and mentoring workshop
By applying to this program the participant commits to follow the rules and regulations listed below.
Circular Economy Program Rules & Regulations
1. Application period for Circular Economy Sprint starts on 5th of September and ends on 28th of September. Organizers will inform the selected applicants by a phone call on 29th of September.
2. The program starts on 1st of October and ends on 25th of October. This includes the starting weekend (Saturday and Sunday 1st - 2nd of October), two workshops on Tuesday and Thursday next week, a final event on Monday 10th and a Next Steps session on Tuesday 25th of October.
3. Applicants for the program may be researchers, PhD researchers, degree students, startups, other entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs interested in the circular economy.
4. The participants are chosen based on their motivation and enthusiasm as well as competence and expertise relevant to the themes of the program.
5. Organizers of the program form multidisciplinary teams from the selected applicants.
6. As a participant you commit to attending in person at Helsinki Think Company’s space in Viikki to:
- Starting weekend day one on Saturday 1st of October, 10am-6pm
- Starting weekend day two on Sunday 2nd of October, 10am–6pm
- Workshop on Tuesday 4th of October, 6–9pm
- Workshop on Thursday 6th of October, 6–9pm
- Pitch final on Monday 10th of October, 6–9pm
- Next Steps session on Tuesday 25th of October, 6–8pm
7. The program is based on working in multidisciplinary teams and everyone is required to actively participate.
8. The program’s language is English.
9. Circular Economy Sprint takes no claim, equity or ownership on the ideas born or developed throughout the program.
10. The program is free of charge for all participants.
11. Helsinki Think Company and the University of Helsinki reserve the right to showcase the teams and projects in events and marketing.
12. Photographs will be taken during the program. Helsinki Think Company and the University of Helsinki reserve the right to publish this material. Inform the organizer if you wish not to be shown in pictures.
13. Organizers of the program nominate an expert jury that decides on the winner of the program.
14. Helsinki Think Company will store the contact information (name, email, phone number) of all team members to be used for program-related handling including: communications, team support and program impact research. The information will be handled with care and not be handed to any outside parties. All stored information will be deleted upon request.
15. Respect others. There is no tolerance for bullying, aggressive behavior or violence in this program. As a participant you commit to follow our code of conduct.
Code of Conduct – Circular Economy Sprint
- Respect each other the way they are.
- Avoid making assumptions, ask rather than assume!
- Keep in mind that everyone’s opinion is equally valuable. It is okay to debate and disagree but remember to engage with good intentions and an open mind.
- Acknowledge that we are all here to learn and grow. We are committed to being a considerate community but making mistakes is okay!
- Remember that many of us will be communicating in a foreign language and be patient with each other. Encourage others to speak up and listen with intention.
- Take breaks when you need them. Check in on each other in a caring way, and encourage each other to rest and recharge.
In the activities of the University of Helsinki and Helsinki Think Company we do not tolerate:
- Any type of bullying or discrimination
- Any type of violence
- Sexual or any other type of harassment
- Any discriminatory attitudes towards gender or sexuality
- Nothing comparable to the things mentioned above
There will be consequences in breaking the principles. In certain situations you might be denied continuing the program. The organizers will make sure these rules are being followed. If you need help, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!
We expect applicants to commit to attending all of the workshops. That way you get the most out of the experience! In case of sickness or other unavoidable absences, the participant commits to other team members developing the idea further.
The best performing team will be awarded with tickets to Slush 2022. In addition, all teams with a suitable idea have an opportunity to continue the development process in the Circulator-program.
The program will be held in English.
On the first day of the opening weekend teams will get to know each other and specify a problem they want to create a solution to. During the opening weekend the created idea will be developed at the workshops - therefore, you don't need to have a business idea when applying to the program. If you happen to have a preliminary idea, you are also welcome to channel it into the program's teamwork.
All of the workshops will be held at the Helsinki Think Company premises at Viikki (Latokartanonkaari 3, Helsinki).