Young Entrepreneurs Nordic Meetup


What is the event about?

Young Entrepreneurs Nordic Meetup or YENM is a 30-hour bootcamp for young entrepreneurs from Finland and Sweden to network and develop their business skills. YENM is specifically targeted at entrepreneurs in the beginning of their journey. 

This year's YENM takes place in Helsinki on the 26th and 27th of November and offers inspiring speakers, useful workshops and unique chances to develop one's entrepreneurial skills. 

The number of participants is limited to 30 in order to ensure a high-quality experience. The attendees are selected based on the application criteria below. A maximum of 15 entrepreneurs from Finland and 15 entrepreneurs from Sweden will be able to attend. 

The event costs 50 euros per person for the selected participants and it includes meals, accommodation and transportation within the event. Swedish participants will have their travel expenses covered from and to Stockholm. 

YENM is organized jointly by Federation of Finnish Enterprises (Suomen Yrittäjät), Swedish Federation of Business Owners (Företagarna Young) and the Swedish Embassy in Finland. 


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Why apply?

YENM is an exclusive once-in-a-career experience that will give your entreprenurial journey the boost it needs. 

The event creates valuable peer networks among the next generation of high-performing Nordic entrepreneurs and business professionals, all that will become useful as you expand your business from the Nordics to global markets.  

Who can apply?

YENM is open to participants from startups and companies representing all walks of business. The focus is on new and upcoming entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journey. 

Candidates are expected to fulfill certain criteria:

The entrepreneur is less than 36 years old

The entrepreneur is a member of the Federation of Finnish Enterprises or Företagarna. Not a member? Join here or here. 

The company is relatively new (the entrepreneur has been doing business full time for less than a year or two)

The company is looking to reach a certain critical mass in terms of operations and turnover 

How to apply?

Applicaton period has ended.

No more than 30 entrepreneurs will be selected: a maximum of 15 from Finland and 15 from Sweden 

The selected participants will be notified in the middle of October


The when and what


10-17.30 Terkko Health Hub, Event Square, Haartmanninkatu 4, 00290 Helsinki. 


10-16 The Shortcut, Lapinlahdenkatu 16, 00180 Helsinki

Accommodation booked at Scandic Meilahti, Tukholmankatu 2, Helsinki. 

Welcome to YENM
Heiju Simola, Aicha Manai, Frida Carlsson

Getting to know each other and team building. 


Lunch break at Suomen Yrittäjät 

Pitch your business part 1
Marjanah Sadiq

Only a handful of business pitches are truly great. What sets those excellent pitches apart from the rest? Learn from expert entrepreneur and coach Marjanah Sadiq on how to write and perform the best pitch possible. The next day you'll have the chance to pitch to actual investors. Get ready! 


A break to network, eat something, check your e-mail or do whatever you please! 

An introduction to Terkko Health Hub

Terkko Health Hub is a startup community, a co-working area and an event space. 

The story of World of TRE
Tanja Sipilä

A talk on changing trends concerning the retail industry and internationalization as well as the challenges of small retail businesses. 

Sales workshop
Tan Lay

Entrepreneur and audiovisual expert Tan Lay will guide you through the philosophy of selling through video.

Transfer to hotel and free time

Hotel rooms booked at Scandic Meilahti, Tukholmankatu 2, Helsinki. 

Dinner at the Embassy of Sweden in Helsinki

Dinner at the Swedish embassy, Pohjoisesplanadi 7 B, 00170 Helsinki

Welcome to the Shortcut
Lis Balaj, Galina Leväsluoto

The Shortcut is a community-driven organisation that promotes diversity as an engine for growth. The Shortcut is a talent accelerator and its goal is to help people improve their skills and acquire new ones. 

Pitch your business part 2

Use yesterday's pitching workshop to your advantage and pitch to actual investors. The more feedback and tips you get the more you improve your skills!


Lunch at the Shortcut 

Go to market Talk
Lis Balaj

How to enter a market, the kickoff and the strategies used

My entrepreneurial journey
Tiia Keskinen

Tiia Keskinen, founder and CEO, Vantaan Tulkkikeskus

Wrapping up YENM
Aicha Manai, Heiju Simola, Frida Carlsson

Summing up the two days spent together and saying our goodbyes. 


Marjanah Sadiq


Startup knowledge and experience since 2015, multiple accelerator programs behind. Business development consultant. Expert on international business. AI and cyber security as core interests.

Galina Leväsluoto

Programs and Partnership Lead at The Shortcut

Lis Balaj

Program and Community outreach Lead at The Shortcut

Experienced Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Intercultural Communication, Translation, Program Evaluation, and Strategic Planning. Strong consulting professionalwith a European business administration focused in Business/Managerial/Luxury Marketing. 

Aicha Manai

Network Manager, Suomen Yrittäjät

Aicha has been in charge of the Young Entrepreneurs network at Suomen Yrittäjät since the beginning of 2018. At the moment she coordinates several networks and will therefore be hosting you during your two days stay in Helsinki. 

Heiju Simola

Network coordinator at Suomen Yrittäjät

Heiju has been working at Yrittäjät since the beginning of 2018. At the moment she coordinates several networks and will therefore be hosting you during your two days stay in Helsinki. 

Tiia Keskinen

Founder, CEO Vantaan Tulkkikeskus

Full-time entrepreneur in the interpreting and translation services field since 2012. Innovative YES-woman involved in companies from multiple industries. An avid entrepreneurial activist whose heart belongs to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs! Vantaa Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

Tan Lay

Entrepreneur - Video Marketing Consultant and Producer

Tan studied Film Production in London and began shooting and editing news and commercial content for local TV in Manchester.

Tanja Sipilä

CEO, Founder, World of TRE

CEO and founder of World of TRE, a retail platform for Finnish and Nordic lifestyle and design

Tanja Sipilä is a designer and entrepreneur. She has over 20 years of experience working with design and retail. 

Contact information
Suomen Yrittäjät and Företagarna Young

Suomen Yrittäjät

Network manager Aicha Manai



Network coordinator Heiju Simola 



Företagarna Young

Project manager Frida Carlsson