Yrittäjät 9.12

9.12.2020 | Online event

Business Unplugged 2020

Welcoming words
Ali Giray

Welcoming words by Ali Giray, chairman of the Migrant Entrepreneur Network at Suomen Yrittäjät

Keynote by Migrant entrepreneur of the year 2019
Faisa Egge

Faisa Egge, owner of Amanihoiva Kotihoito and Migrant entrepreneur of the year 2019 will tell her story.

Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year finalists’ panel
Ioan Canta, Darja and Jean-François Flogny, Alexander Ivaine, Aicha Manai

Ioan Canta, BNA-Flonel Oy, Helsinki
Darja ja Jean-François Flogny, Koli Companies, Koli Active and Meanwhile in the North Oy, Koli
Alexander Ivaine, IGL Technologies Oy, Tampere

The three finalist will do a 3 minute pitching and then continue with a panel discussion

Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2020
Satu Huber

Short introduction by Satu Huber, the CEO of Elo.
Judges hand out the prize and the winner gives a speech.

Supporting entrepreneurship
Mikael Pentikäinen

Mikael Pentikäinen, the CEO of Suomen Yrittäjät 

Workshops #1 to support different stages of your business journey

DIY healthy mind! (45 min by ELO)

YEL - more than pension insurance (45 min by ELO) 

Starting a business (45 min by NewCo Helsinki)

Be found online and appear professional to your customers - Google My Business (45 min by Google)

#IamRemarkable workshop (90 min by Google)

Using Customer Experience to Improve Your Business (90 min by Pamela Spokes)

Workshops #2 to support different stages of your business journey

DIY healthy mind! (45 min by ELO)

YEL - more than pension insurance (45 min by ELO)

Be found online and appear professional to your customers - Google My Business (45 min by Google)


Faisa Egge

Founder and CEO of Amanihoiva Kotihoito Oy

Faisa Egge won the Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award. She is the founder and CEO of Amanihoiva Kotihoito Oy from Central Ostrobothnia. Her company offers home care services to seniors and personal assistance to the disabled in their own homes. Faisa came to Finland in 2008 from Kenya with just two suitcases. She started her career collecting bottles for refunds and working in a pizzeria. In 2012 she became an entrepreneur.

Ali Giray

Founder of Joensuun Tulkkikeskus Arife Oy

Ali Giray is a serial entrepreneur and the chairman of the Migrant Entrepreneur Network’s Management Team. Ali has worked as an entrepreneur in many different fields from the restaurant business to the world of digital economy. He is an active member of society and is not afraid to use his voice. Ali’s mission is to make Finland a more welcoming country to migrant entrepreneurs.

Mikael Pentikäinen, toimitusjohtaja, Suomen Yrittäjät

Mikael Pentikäinen has been the Managing Director of Suomen Yrittäjät since 2016. He took over the position after being the Editor-in-Chief of the Maaseudun Tulevaisuus magazine. He has previously worked as the publisher and corresponding Editor-in-Chief at Helsingin Sanomat. During Pentikäinen's term Helsingin Sanomat changed from broadsheet to tabloid. After his career at Helsingin Sanomat, Pentikäinen became an entrepreneur and wrote a book called Luottamus (Trust). In the book, Pentikäinen shares his views on what trust is and how everyone can build it in their own lives.

Satu Huber

CEO of Elo Mutual Insurance Company

I am currently the CEO of Elo, one of the largest Finnish pension insurance companies, with a broad customer base and investment assets of more than 23 billion euros. During my long career, I have worked in the private and public sector both with large and small companies and institutional clients.

Ioan Canta

BNA-Flonel Oy

Ioan Canta, BNA-Flonel Oy, Helsinki

Darja and Jean-François Flogny

Darja and Jean-François Flogny, Koli Companies, Koli Active and Meanwhile in the North Oy, Koli

Alexander Ivaine

IGL Technologies Oy

Alexander Ivaine, IGL Technologies Oy, Tampere

Event organizers

Heiju Simola and Aicha Manai

#IamRemarkable workshop

Yacine Samb, Google

#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and other underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. This interactive workshop is suitable to anyone who wishes to learn more on how to self-promote with confidence. Many of us struggle when it comes to talking about our own accomplishments. Cultural and gender modesty norms as well as impostor syndrome can prevent anyone from acknowledging their remarkable attributes and expressing their achievements.

DIY healthy mind!

Päivi Pärkkä & Noora Poussu, Elo

Continuously changing working life challenges our mind and mental health – the good news is that you can do something about it. 

In our workshop you get to hear about brain ergonomics, self-leadership and mental health issues in Finnish working life. Come and join us in strengthening your working ability now and in the future!

YEL - more than pension insurance

Maria Ihalainen, Elo

When calculating pensions, income from your initial entrepreneurial activities is taken into consideration.

YEL income has an impact on your life substantially long before you reach pension age. In the workshop we hear great real life stories and calculate case studies about social security for entrepreneurs. 


Starting a business

Elie El-Khouri

Are you considering Entrepreneurship? Start by participating in a Starting a Business Info!

In the info you will get basic information about entrepreneurship, which is useful to all who are considering starting own business.

What kind of entrepreneurship have you been thinking? Do you know what is the difference between acting as a light entrepreneur or starting on your own with ”toiminimi” or starting a limited company (osakeyhtiö)? What changes comes with the status of Entrepreneur? What kind of permits, insurance might you also need? How about taxation, VAT?

Using Customer Experience to improve your business

Pamela Spokes

This ambitious workshop looks to answer these 5 issues:

·       What is a good service?

Be found online and appear professional to your customers - Google My Business

Krista Pohjanlehto, Industry Manager, Google

The workshop includes practical tips on how to get your business in front of customers in Google Search and Maps - for free. Learn how to set up a free Google My Business account that allows you to interact with customers easily in one place. 

Contact information
I have some more questions - where do I get answers?

You can contact heiju.simola(at)yrittajat.fi