Event in a nutshell

Welcome to Breaking boundaries for future careers!

The entire world of work is changing as technologies transform businesses, organizations, and even entire industries. In the years to come, we will witness disruptive moves as new ways of doing and thinking gain ground. And with disruption, we are likely to experience something new, something different.

The pace of change is rapid and the key to future success lies in collaboration, networking and constant renewal which demand a new kind of resilience both from organizations and individuals. Students need to gain skills with which they can successfully navigate in the changing landscape.

This Thematic University-Business Forum brings together speakers from universities, companies and regions/cities who present innovative ways in which they collaborate and promote entrepreneurship and new ways of operating in the transforming world. While involved in these activities, students learn valuable, timeless and robust skills that help them thrive in their future endeavors. Jointly, all these players form an ecosystem that offers a fertile ground for budding entrepreneurs.

The Forum is a joint effort of the European Commission, the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Arene, Universities Finland UNIFI, The City of Helsinki, Enterprise Europe Network and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.

The journey to future careers starts here:

Learn to create … aims to shed light on innovation pedagogy: what are the ways and methods by which students are exposed to creatively stimulating learning opportunities? How to approach challenges so that possible multidisciplinary and/or multicultural participants’ diverse backgrounds are best put to use?

Connect the dots… brings to the stage new ways of learning and the many ways in which students learn from companies and in companies: how can we integrate companies and other organizations in the day-to-day learning activities of students – and vice versa? How do we designing curricula that flexibly takes new ways of learning in its stride and accommodates them?

Build rootsfocuses on ecosystems – the important, yet often overlooked role of ecosystems that create a fertile ground for new innovations, business creation and growth. The ecosystem is made up of players that take many shapes and forms: well-established or transient, large or small, but always vibrant and buzzing with energy. What are the necessary ingredients for a flourishing ecosystem? How do you attract the right players?

Spread your wingsdemonstrates the many faces of entrepreneurship; both as a way of learning, a goal, and a mindset. Here we showcase stories of ideas that grew into businesses (or are just hatching), and ideas that have gathered speed in the process, and are now conquering the world. Visionary and aspiring students and entrepreneurs come together here to share their stories. What does it take to become an entrepreneur? Is entrepreneurship a state of mind? Is this just learning or more of a passion?