Turku, Finland

March 31, 2017

At a Startup Sauna Local Event, early stage startups will receive honest feedback and advice from coaches who are experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors. By impressing the coaches, attending startups have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Startup Sauna spring 2017 acceleration program held May 2nd – June 16th in Helsinki, Finland.

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Details & Schedule

  • Deadline:
    March 24, 2017
  • Contact person:
    Juha-Matti Santala, juhis@boostturku.com
  • Selected startups will be notified at least four days prior to the event.

  • Schedule:

    15:00-17:15

    15:00 1on1 coaching (3 startups)

    16:00 Break

    16:15 1on1 coaching (3 startups)

Coaches

Chris Thür
Entrepreneur

CEO and Co-founder of Yousician - World's Largest Music Educator. Founded in late 2010, the mission of Yousician is to make musicality as common as literacy. Using cutting edge audio signal processing, games, real musical instruments and a lot of re-thinking and overcoming the limitations of traditional music education. Yousician makes it fun, easy and motivating to learn to play an instrument. With over 40 million users worldwide, Yousician is today the largest music educator worldwide.

The team raised a $1.5M seed round from Silicon Valley based True Ventures and has since built a profitable business with a team of over 50 people in Helsinki, Tampere in Finland and in Sydney Australia. In 2012, Yousician was chosen the hottest start-up in Finland (WIRED magazine), and Yousician apps have won over 30 international awards and prizes (SXSW, Launch.edu, European best learning game,…). Yousician was one of the Winners of Start-up sauna Spring 2011, so Chris is both a Startup Sauna coach and alumni.

Prior to Yousician, Chris was working as a Laser scientist and was a guitar and piano dropout. Chris holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Switzerland and a M.Sc. in Industrial Management from Finland. When not working, Chris spends his time hiking, kayaking, climbing, cycling, cooking vegetarian food and reading about technology and society. And yeah, playing the piano of course!

Juha Ruohonen
Venture Capital

The Drill Sergeant

This tough cookie’s got experience from both sides of the table, with vast expertise ranging from software to electronics and optics as well as health tech. He’s been fiercely learning the tricks of the trade as a VC, and pushed businesses into global markets as a CEO of venture-funded companies.

You might want to take the former Head Coach of Startup Sauna seriously, because this hardy chief makes business rookies go through blood, sweat and tears in order to learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

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