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Ahjo accelerator program

Definition of the Ahjo accelerator program

Ahjo (’forge’ in English) helps you in validating and developing your business idea. If you have an idea, we make it happen together. If you don’t a team around, we help you find one. If you don’t have contacts, we help you find them. We help you also to raise funding to your idea.

Schedule

Ahjo is up and running from Monday 29th of September and the Grande Finale will take place on Friday 21st of November. So we have eight weeks to go with fantastic teams and ideas.

Weekly scheduled exercises on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will light up your idea. On every Monday we have a get-together and your team has a sparring session with our Mighty Coach Petri Vilén. On every Wednesday afternoon we have star guests giving useful hints and do’s & don’ts. On every Friday we will meet each other to have the weekly pitching session (demo) and a casual after work (retro).

Timeline

Week 1

29th Sep. Kick off

1st Oct. Inspiring stories by local startup entrepreneurs

3rd Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 2

6th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

8th Oct. Linda Liukas & Monty Widenius as guest stars

10th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 3

13th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

13th Oct. Fail Day in Mikkeli – Mikkelin Mokapäivä

15th Oct. Mike Bradshaw as a guest star – ”How to give a great pitch?”

17th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 4

20th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

22nd Oct. Growth story by a guest star

24th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 5

27th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

29th Oct. Panel on Funding – guests from crowd funding companies, TEKES and startups. Also business angels will give some comments.

31st Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 6

3rd Nov. Monday meeting + sparring session

5th Nov. The most important legislative issues for Startups presented by representatives from law firms Fondia and Lexia.

7th Nov. Demo + Retro

Week 7

10th Nov. Monday meeting + sparring session

12th Nov. Inspiring speech by a surprise guest star

14th Nov. Demo + Retro

Week 8

17th Nov. Monday meeting

18th-19th Nov. SLUSH

21st Nov. Grande Finale

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