Metropolia, Arabia, Hämeentie 135 D, Helsinki XR Center, 3rd floor


Are you an entrepreneur or would you like to start your own business in Finland?

Business Unplugged is an event for all entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded people looking to grow their business and their mindset while being inspired by the entrepreneurial journeys of others. It is especially for those interested to develop their own business or business idea.

At the event held at Metropolia Arabia you will hear inspiring and funny keynotes about the entrepreneurial hustle and can take part in workshops about resilience and mental well being. Business advisors from NewCo Helsinki, networking, employment and business experts from Suomen Yrittäjät, the Shortcut and Startup Refugees will be present througout the event and you will get the chance to have one on one talks with these advisors to boost your own business journey. At the end of the event we will celebrate the Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 who will be awarded a 5 000 euro award by Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

Come and join to energize yourself and your (future) business! The event is organized by Suomen Yrittäjät.




WEDNESDAY 7.12.2022

Chairperson of the Migrant Entrepreneur Network’s Management Team will open the event and wish you welcome.

Kristina will focus on the thick and thin of being an entrepreneur in Finland. Those who have not been entrepreneurs do not always know the bravery and resilience it takes to be one. Kristina currently works as an investment director for Korkia Venture Insight Oy but she has been an entrepreneur in the past and previously held the position of CEO for the talent accelerator the Shortcut.

Workshops by Haaga-Helia and Elo and meet and Pop Up advice from partners NewCo Helsinki, Startup Refugees and the management team of Suomen Yrittäjät.

Workshop 1: How to boost your mental health skills?

Good mental health and work ability are key factors in your success as an entrepreneur. In our workshop you get to learn about the building blocks of work ability, work ability trends, self-leadership and mental health issues in Finnish working life. You will also reflect upon your own signals and factors of strain and decreased work ability and produce some tools on how to take care of your mental health.

Facilitators Päivi Pärkkä and Noora Poussu, Development managers/Work ability services, Elo Pension Insurance Company

Workshop 2: How to gain and maintain resilience in a forever changing world?

Resilience is the ability to adapt to difficult situations. When stress, adversity or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief and pain, but you’re able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically.

Learn how resilience can be created in companies. With the help of practical tools, we design activities that increase resilience in the workplace. The workshop suits to all kinds of companies that want to strengthen resilience on daily basis.

The educator, Mr. Eemeli Alanne an expert of entrepreneurship education in the city of Oulu, has an extensive experience in facilitating business skills for diverse target groups.

Pop Up advice and chat with Startup Refugees:

Explore entrepreneurship courses and training, test out your business idea and get solid business advice!

Pop Up advice and chat with Business Helsinki:

Go over you business plan, talk procurements or ask anything about the first steps of running a business!

Pop Up advice and chat with Suomen Yrittäjät:

Get into conversation with the management team for migrant entrepreneurs. Ask about building networks, sales, pitching and making a name for yourself in the Finnish business scene.

Interested in business transfers? Come and chat with our business transfer expert Arto Kämppi and learn more about purchasing an existing company!

Pop Up advice and chat with the Shortcut:

Startup recruitment: How to find the best employees and how to find the best place to work, the Shortcut will provide on-the-spot career coaching and advice to people interested in starting their own companies.

Short break before continuing on with the show!

Ali Jahangiri is a well known Finnish-Iranian standup comedian and entrepreneur. Get ready for some laughter and fun and hear about the entreprenurial hustle.

The ceremony will be opened by the CEO of Suomen Yrittäjät, Mikael Pentikäinen. During the award ceremony you will find out who takes home the 5000 euro award courtesy of Elo and the title of Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year 2022.

Come and dine with us and let’s get to know each other better!

Delicious Syrian food and Middle-Eastern flavours catered by Levant.




Ali Jahangiri, standup comedian and entrepreneur — We are still here

Ali Jahangiri, standup comedian and entrepreneur — We are still here

Ali Jahangiri rose to fame from Yle Puhe’s Ali & Husu Show, he was also the host of the Viidakon tähtöset program on Sub TV. Iranian-born Ali is fearless and boisterous on stage. With his charisma and wits, Ali manages to make the audience laugh while also provoking peoople to think about socially important themes through his comedy.

Päivi Pärkkä and Noora Poussu

Development Managers in Work Ability Management at Elo

Development Managers in Work Ability Management at Elo

Kristina Sweet

Investment director at Korkia

Kristina is an entrepreneur and a proactive leader with a rich background in working for large international corporations in the IT, security, and risk management sector. She is a gutsy individual who isn’t afraid of taking calculated risks and loves to handle difficult tasks by working on the big picture from the beginning.

Early in her career she took the leap of faith and moved to Europe for adventure and knowledge. What was meant to be a 3-year project has turned into nearly 20 years aboard, homes in 4 countries, children born in 3 and a lifetime of new experiences and perspectives. Kristina is a Canadian farm girl, with big city spirits. Her path has afforded her blessings of being an entrepreneur, working in large multinational firms and small impact organizations.

Nowadays she calls Finland home. Her own integration and finding purpose struggles have led her to champion a better path for others looking to call this great country home.

Pamela Spokes

Chair of Suomen Yrittäjät's Migrant Entrepreneur Network

Pamela Spokes is an entrepreneur, service designer, a facilitator, and trainer who is passionate about designing impactful user experiences and teaching others how to do the same. She is also the Chair of Suomen Yrittäjät’s Migrant Entrepreneur Network.



If you have some questions, please contact

Aicha Manai
Network Manager, Suomen Yrittäjät
Email aicha.manai(a)
Phone 044 555 3220