Young entrepreneurs awarded in Espoo

Best business ideas from participants from three educational levels were awarded on 25 March in an award ceremony of the Yrityskilpailut 2015 business competition in Leppävaara. Students from primary and secondary schools in Espoo and higher education institutions in the capital area participated in entrepreneurship competitions.

Awards were first given in a category for group assignments organised by Laurea University of Applied Sciences. The theme of the competition was to consider the characteristics of a responsible company. The competition was aimed at pupils in the 9th grade and above in primary schools.

A group consisting of students from class 9D of Olari School came out as winners of the competition. The group included Katri Haapalinna, Helene Nyländen, Vappu Reunanen and Anna Song. Their victorious assignment was a 'Responsible entrepreneurs' board game, which the judges found creative, funny and appropriate, a game offering an opportunity to get familiar with responsibility in business.

There were three categories in the 'What is a good business idea like?' competition of the Omnia Joint Authority in Education in the Espoo Region: upper comprehensive schools, vocational secondary schools and upper secondary schools, and universities of applied sciences.

The third competition of the event awarded those who succeeded best in the Rotary Start Up Challenge of the Leppävaara Rotary Club. All start-up companies established by students in universities of applied sciences and universities in the capital area were welcome to join the competition. In the competition, companies' business plans were assessed in terms of the feasibility to implement them.

Cuckoo Workout, a company founded by students at Laurea, was announced as the winner of the Start Up Challenge category. This is a game-like exercise service activating people to exercise during their workdays. Cuckoo Workout consists of Veera Lehmonen, Ida Mänty and Joonas Iivonen. Other prize-winning companies came from Arcada University of Applied Sciences and Hanken School of Economics.

The business competitions were organised in collaboration with the Leppävaara Rotary Club, the City of Espoo, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Omnia and Laurea. The Mayor of Espoo, Jukka Mäkelä, acted as the patron of the competition.​

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​From right to left: Joonas Iivonen and Veera Lehmonen from Cuckoo Workout and The Mayor of Espoo, Jukka Mäkelä.