Business Unplugged meets Creativity
Business Unplugged Meets Creativity
Are you an entrepreneur or would you like to start your own business in Finland? Would you like to know more about doing business in Finland? Then Business Unplugged is the event for you!
We look forward to seeing you in the G18 ballroom on Saturday 16th March, where you can listen to inspiring entrepreneurs talk about their journeys to success, participate a pitching contest and check the newest modest fashion trends, buy creative entrepreneurs products at the market place and of course make new friends and business partners!
The event is in English and it is child-friendly, childcare is provided during the program.
Welcome to Business Unplugged meets Creativity! Our event is hosted by Afrah Al Bayaty, specialist in integration and employment of foreigners in Finland and an event hostess.
Do you have a business idea you have been working on your own? Are you ready to tell to the world about it? Are you looking for partners or financing for your idea?
Competition provides a platform to promote the ideas and innovations from the aspiring young migrant entrepreneurs.
We are looking for fresh, new migrant based entrepreneurship ideas that are ready to rock and roll. This competition is your opportunity to present your idea to potential investors, large interested audience and get presentation experience.
Edem Agbekey-Taylor, CEO at Inkuto Internationals Oy, tells us about her incredible journey to successful business owner! A native of Ghana, Inkuto’s founder, Edem Agbekey-Taylor felt an emotional and moral responsibility to help empower women and the wider community in this part of west Africa. Inkuto chooses to promote indigenous African natural resources that are culturally, spiritually, economically and ecologically sustainable.
And who is the winner? The jury has made its decision and the winner will be now announced. The winning idea receives a 500€ cash price* to support taking the idea to reality. Price will be paid to a company only.
Check out what our partners have to offer at the market place!
Sara Salmani is a producer and a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist. Her work ranges from producing creative marketing campaigns, events, and videos. She also trains modern leaders and employers on how to create an inclusive and diverse company culture, as well as how to produce internal and external marcom strategies that support it. Her worked gained recognition after creating and producing Finland's first Ramadan and Eid campaign held in shopping centre Itis. She is currently working at the largest communications and marketing agency in Scandinavia.
Rahma Hersi is the Managing Partner of Awal Consulting Limited the first Ethical Financial Advisory Firm in East and Central Africa. She is also the first Muslim woman to be appointed as a board member at a micro-finance institution in East Africa. Rahma Hersi is one of the few trained Islamic Finance Lawyers and the most recognized woman spearheading Ethical finance and financial inclusion discourse in Africa. Rahma Hersi has worked on developing the ethical finance industry and specifically Islamic finance by drafting regulations and policy documents across the Middle East and Africa. She has been instrumental in pushing the agenda of Women in Business and Financial Inclusion for marginalized communities in not only Kenya but other African countries.
Alejandro Reyes Alpízar from Migration Hub Network summarizes what we have learned today.
Now is time for networking! Check out also what our partners have to offer at the market place.
Fresh, new migrant based entrepreneurship ideas that are ready to rock and roll.
This competition is your opportunity to present your idea to potential investors, large interested audience and get presentation experience.
The winning idea receives a 500€ cash price* to support taking the idea to reality. Price will be only given to existing company or a company the presentator will set up during the next 6 months to follow up with the idea development. (Due tax ragulations it is not possible to pay the price to an individual.)
There are two rounds in the competition:
1. Make a short video (less than 2 minutes) about your idea.
Send it to us before 25th of Feb 2019 and use this link.
We’ll select the 5 best ideas and invite them to the live competition (by 1st of March 2019).
3. Live pitch competition will be held at 16th of March, during the main event.
Who can participate:
- Competition is open for everyone. You can be alone or with a team.
- You or at least one team member must have a migrant background.
- You don’t need to have company, but it’s possible. However, your company turnover for the last 12 months must be less than 10 000€ (this competition is for new and aspiring entrepreneurs).
Create a clear and interesting video about your idea. Please explain at least the following:
- One line description of your product or service (we are doing X for customers Y)
- What problems does your idea solve and why is this a problem? (We decrease the food waste in restaurants, because X kg of food is thrown away every day in restaurant X or restaurants in general.)
- Explain how can you do it. (We organize XYZ with the help of application that’s easy to use)
- Convince viewers that you CAN do it. (I have experience in restaurants and my team member is a programmer with X years of experience).
- You can use your phone to record and edit the video. We don’t expect professional videos (we rather expect the you are not a professional).
- Video must be uploaded to video service (like YouTube or Vimeo)
- Video must be visible without a login or password. (If you don’t like to publish your video you can set it as unpublished in youtube so no-one founds it and just send us the link.)
- We don’t share the videos in public without your permission.
- Video must be spoken in English.
- Use the following link to submit your video to competition: http://bit.ly/2FRD0Rb.
These guidelines are for the final five participants who pitch their ideas in live event.
Live pitch can be max 4 minutes long.
You can use visual aids like images, short video, sound and presentation. They are supposed to support your pitch, not be the main part of it. Powerful images can give listeners a message and clarify your idea, but remember that how you tell your story will convince the judges.
Pitch is short presentation of your idea (or company) and a good story why the investors should be interested in it.
Pitch requires planning, ability to summarise the core content and skill to tell a good story to the reader, but also keep the focus on the main issues.
Small details can be asked later on – think the Pitch as your personal invitation for interested parties to get to know more about the idea and potential business.
Include the same things as in the video + tell
- How is idea making money?
- What kind of help are you looking for?
- How much money you need to start your business?
- Other interesting thing about your idea (eco-friendly, who benefits if you start the company, possible competition
- Is there room for international markets?
You don’t need to be a business expert to participate, but you need an idea you believe in.
Modest Fashion Trends 2019
Finland's very first Modest Fashion Event is here! See the latest trends of modest fashion industry from Mirjam Yeboah, Queens, Ikhlas, Ina'Maaweel and La Majeste.
Mirjam Yeboah is a young and creative fashion designer talent to look out for. MY by Mirjam Yeboah is a fun and quirky collection that combines simplicity with innovative and beautiful details. Layering, mixing and matching these funky yet elegant garments allows for composing delightfully verstaile outfits – with a hint of African aesthetics. Mirjam Yeaboah has a B.A. in Fashion Design from the University of Lapland.
Ikhlas modest online store thе рrеmіum gеtаwау for good quality, contemporary modest fashion. IKHLAS products are еthісаllу manufactured in Dubai and Turkey. Our wоmеn’ѕ modest fashion features abayas, hijabs, dresses, skirts, and overalls.
Ina’Maaweel is a brand that creates elegant garment for women. This brand makes mostly evening gowns for special occasions. Its also possible to get other custom-made pieces . We want every single women to feel special in our desings that is perfectly fitted just for you.
La Majeste is in 2019 established oriental shop. You are special and La Majeste will create a special dress for you! Abaya is the chic style.
Queens is Helsinki based brand, which makes modest every day clothes. Their designs are steeped in Scandinavian design traditions. Queens embraces simplicity, timelessness, functionality, quality and of course dedication and attention to details without compromising Islamic tradition. They strive to make clothes that empower you in your daily life, to help you look modest yet sharp and elegant.
Market Place for Creative Entrepreneurs
Come to see what creative entrepreneurs have to offer! At the event is a market place, where plenty of creative entrepreneurs sell their products - clothes, jewellery and many more! At the market place you can find for example Mirjam Yeboah, Queens, Ikhlas, La Majeste, Aida Impact, Fit limah, Mellu Art, Inkuto, Sucdi's Kitchen and Sapun. At the market place you have also possibility to get a beautiful henna tattoo made by Rugta Cilansarka Mustaqbal!
Food and Drinks
Sura is going to keep your tummies full at Business Unplugged meets Creativity!
Sura is a Middle Eastern cuisine that introduces the rich Middle Eastern food culture to Finns that are curious to get familiar with the Middle Eastern food. Sura’s team is supported by Startup Refugees Business Program.
Startup Refugees is a non-profit voluntary network supporting refugees with employment and entrepreneurship. Startup Refugees network consists of 500 parties, including companies, government officials, NGOs, universities, congregations, research institutes, communities and individuals who support newcomers with starting businesses and entering the Finnish labour market. The network has created a low-cost integration model for fast-track employment and entrepreneurship for refugees and asylum seekers in Finland.
Please remember - card payments only.
The event is SOLD OUT!
Although it is no longer possible to register directly, we have started a waiting list. Please sign up as before, and we will let you know if there are any cancellations.
Behind the event
The original idea of this event came from fashion entrepreneur Fadumo Ali, who runs Ikhlas webshop. She wanted to create an own event for modest fashion. Turo Numminen from Nuori Yrittäjyys ry was planning a pitching competition to empower immigrant entrepreneurs and Kaisu Keisala-Kaseja from Suomen Yrittäjät was thinking to organize an english speaking event for all entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs in Helsinki, like she organized in 2018 under the name Business Unplugged. And so was Business Unplugged meets Creativity born!
For the partherships and fashion show:
CEO Fadumo Ali
Ikhlas, info(a)ikhlasonline.com, 040 199 3597
For stand booking:
For the pitching competition:
Future Maker Turo Numminen
Nuori yrittäjyys ry, turo.numminen(a)nuoriyrittajyys.fi, 050 517 1752
For the event registration:
Immigrant Entrepreneurship Coordinator Kaisu Keisala-Kaseja
Suomen Yrittäjät, kaisu.keisala-kaseja(a)yrittajat.fi, 050 326 9313