Introducing Turbiini’s advisors!

Our group of experts is vast. Next we will introduce you two professionals with interesting backgrounds. One of them wasn’t planning on working at the office at all, and the other one is in charge of multiple operations. Both of them know how to handle things on a big scale, and how to focus on details.

Heikki Santti is the experienced, multitalented professional advisor at Turbiini Accelerator. He has studied in Aalto University, and worked for the University of Helsinki and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Heikki ended up to work at Turbiini as he has been working for Metropolia’s Electria-unit. In addition to development projects at Electria, Heikki is actively searching for new company projects and selling Turbiini’s services.

Heikki says that the traditional customer meetings and an open communication are still the ways to do the trick: “The platforms, channels and tools are developing, but the core elements of marketing and selling still remain the same.” Heikki is putting a high value on the ability of learning new things. Due to his work for Turbiini, he is learning something new every day, and likes to operate with a team that consists of people from different backgrounds. Heikki considers that it is essential to understand to put the information into a good use, and spread it to all operating partners. Combining the experience and the new information is the key to achieve a communicative and effective working-environment. He is putting his own expertise into good use by helping companies to find their core skills. “The idea of the whole thing is to be a part of the team, finding the competitive advantage and the things that are differing one from another.

Heikki is encouraging everyone to develop their communication skills and to keep the conversation going. The most important thing is to listen: “We should listen in order to understand, not in order to find the one thing that the opposite is probably missing or doing wrong.” Asking questions is also important. “With good questions we are going forward, and the core of the selling process lies in well-placed questions”, Heikki says. He mentions, that the biggest trigger for his communication skills to develop, was the time he spent as a training manager.

One of the earliest career plans was to become a forester, living in a castle, owning dogs and drinking good scotch. After five years it is possible that Heikki is retired. However, he likes his job that much, that he wishes to be able to continue working in a same kind of an environment. Develop his skills, avoid becoming too routined, and most of all, learn something new every single day.

Hannes Jesar is the innovative startup-professional, the advisor of Turbiini Accelerator. His job includes, as a matter of fact, all sorts of imaginable things. Hannes graduated from Metropolia Business School in 2015, and has a vast working experience; he has been working for a family company, for LaskIT with accounting and finance and with startups for HUB13.

The open position was easy to find just by browsing open working placements. Hannes has been starting to develop Turbiini right from the start. The rest is history, as Hannes started to build the new startup accelerator, boosting the culture of experimentation.

Hannes is in charge of the big things as well as the tiny ones. He is being in touch with the customers, keeping the processes going and coaching the interns into the Turbiini’s world. During these eight months, Hannes has learnt how a big organization is handling the processes, and which things should be considered as planning the operations. He says that he has been getting to know to Vantaa a bit better; “As a matter of fact, there is much more to see than just Myyrmäki and Tikkurila.

Hannes considers, that understanding the big scale with its’ many different aspects is vital:  “Many people are looking for a simple answer to fit into a simple question. However, this isn’t always possible. Things are rarely black-and-white, and we must understand that there are many operating parts to think through.” Hannes thinks that when it comes to business life we should aim to develop, and think differently, challenge the old patterns and increase our ability to do quick changes to our plans.  “We must adapt to changing conditions. Decisions we are making today, may require re-evaluation already tomorrow.

In the future Hannes wants to solve the big problems of our society. Well-being and environmental issues are the topics that he founds interesting and important. He is dreaming to be able to continue exactly the thing he is doing right now: building and developing new solutions.

Hannes Jesar & Heikki Santti. Kuva Mikko Taipale, Unionimedia
Hannes Jesar & Heikki Santti. Kuva Mikko Taipale, Unionimedia

Revolutionizing the indoor surveillance!

It is time to get going with our startup-show. Under Turbiini’s roof is a collection of innovative startups, aiming to change the world. Now we are going to introduce our first star: Arctic Robotics Oy.

Pauli, Niko, Petr, Artem, Bilal and Vinh, the team of Arctic Robotics Oy, are running a company providing innovative solutions when it comes to indoor surveillance. The team has developed a new way of taking advantage of the drone’s open source software and hardware. Their vision is that in the future, indoor surveillance will be based on the combination of fixed and mobile cameras.

We are the first company using open source drone software and hardware like this”, says Pauli Isoaho.  As Pauli and Niko started making plans in March 2015, they had to decide between three interesting and possible business options. Now they are putting their decision into practice. It might sound easy, but they had to consider the timing, current situation, the future and the evolution of markets. How to create a scalable service and how to revolutionize the surveillance field?  “We had to think it through very carefully. But right now the window for this is, how to say, open, and succeeding in this field is possible for us. Finland needs more of these experiment culture based projects, instead of years and years of preparation.

Arctic Robotics Oy put a high value on sharing the expertise. “Sharing information and discussing with people from different backgrounds have had a vast impact on our business. Learning from other people’s experiences is important, and through that we are able to expand our own functions. As we are helping others to gain information, we learn something new as well.  It is an ongoing process.” The team has also learnt to make rapid experiments. Through these experiments they have achieved the courage to try, to fail, and to try again and succeed. “It is vital to see what works and what doesn’t, and to do it right now.

So what is so special about Arctic Robotics?  

Our team is unique. Our business and strategy are based on rapid experiments. We are using the open source software and hardware in a way which is special itself.” Many surveillance companies have already been very interested in Arctic Robotics Oy. With the attitude of these entrepreneurs, it’s  not hard to imagine their future; splendid success. “Only sky is the limit.” 

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Arctic Robotics team, from left to right; Pauli, Niko, Petr, Bilal and Artem


Get to know Turbiini’s industrial designers!

Our business ladies are introduced, so now it is time to learn about our designers. They are working with the visuals, virtual reality technology and with many other things, as you might soon discover.

Marjut Riihimäki is studying her fourth, and Elina Pätsi her third year of industrial design in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Marjut has a degree from Pekka Halonen Academy, as she graduated in 2011. Elina has graduated from Varia, and has studied multiple different fields such as animations and cartoons after that.

Marjut ended up in Turbiini when she was looking a good topic to write her thesis about. As Tiina Vuorio from Turbiini suggested a chance to work with virtual reality, Marjut was more than ready to join the team. Elina is a professional when it comes to working for Turbiini: she worked as an intern at Turbiini last year, and was hired for the job after that.

Marjut is working closely with Turbiini’s Unity-coder Minja Silvennoinen and Turbiini’s 3D-artist Marie Kumpulainen. The team is aiming to gather expertise when it comes to using 3D materials in marketing. Elina is working with SmartLab, and producing different visual marketing materials for Turbiini, that are used, for example, in social media.

So what have our interns learnt so far? “I have gained so much knowledge about camera technology and video production. I have also discovered that companies are actually very interested in VR and it should be seen as a great marketing opportunity!” , Marjut says. “I’m super excited about the practical tasks and more than willing to learn more!” Elina says that she has learnt a lot of the use of new technologies and the opportunities they have to offer. “I have also learnt to analyze my own style of working and well, about the working-life itself.”

Marjut Riihimäki

In the future Marjut wants to work with a team with a vast field of expertise. “Maybe something with graphic design as well? If I’m not able to become a well-paid trip advisor or something as cool as that!”  Elina says that “The job of my dreams is to be able to work in a place that has a positive atmosphere, and my skills and expertise would be in a good use. Something with visuals, but my options are wide open still.”  So in conclusion, after five years both Marjut and Elina are most likely putting their expertise into practice, with motivating and encouraging people.

And finally the question about the strengths. 

Marjut’s strength is the ability to consider the end user’s experience as planning different concepts. “I think that I’m also good with visuals. And correcting details when needed, no matter if they are pictures or words!”  Elina puts her strengths all together in one sentence: “I am the best me.”  

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Elina Pätsi

Get to know Turbiini’s interns!

A New Year, new goals, new people. After four months of official business, it is time to get you to know the people behind the operations. As we do things differently, we are going to start with our interns.

Turbiini’s co-working space is filled with students from different fields of expertise. Some of them are working on their thesis, some are doing their internships and some are doing both. Trainees are a part of the regular staff, and usually the internship time is from 10 to 20 weeks. We decided to get to know to our trainees a bit better, and find out about their background and future plans. As we are trying to make some business here, let’s start with our business women.

Sandra Lusmägi is studying her third and final year in Metropolia Business School. She is working with many different projects, project management and event production. Tuua Huuskola is studying marketing in Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. She is updating and coordinating Turbiini’s social media pages and writing blog posts, and trying to handle other projects on the side. Sandra and Tuua have been studying at the same campus, but they met the first time at Turbiini. Sandra ended up in here through her network, and Tuua started to put her thesis into practice.

The 20 weeks spent with the internship are supposed to give the students a good start with the working life of their own field. During the internship, it is vital to try, learn, get confused, try again and grow towards the professional way of working and get the hang of the right mindset.  Sandra says that she likes most the innovative startup-environment. There is a chance to learn something new every single day. Tuua says that that she gets motivated by the international environment and the big variety of the tasks.

How about the strengths?
Sandra is trusting on Albert Einstein with this one: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.“
Tuua says that her biggest strength is the ability to laugh at herself, and not taking life too seriously.

However, the internship is not going to last forever. We wanted to know, where are our trainees after five years? Sandra is aiming to move to Asia, and starting to get her own business running. Tuua wants to work internationally, with things that matter and are connected with something inspiring.

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Sandra Lusmägi and Tuua Huuskola