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Impact Iglu makes a great entrance to startup scene
The kick-off event connected dozens of people interested in impact business
The official start for activities of Impact Iglu happened on December 15th in fully-packed Lavaklubi. In addition to the inspiring guest speakers, the newly recruited lead for Impact Iglu, Makeda Yohannes, introduced herself. The activities for Impact Iglu, co-organised with the community itself, will start in January 2015..
“Great speeches and valuable inputs in interesting presentations!”, “Good speeches, great ideas, excellent start” stated post-it notes left on the feedback wall.
André Noël Chaker, senior advisor to the CEO for Veikkaus Oy and Speaker of the Year 2012, moderated the event, where energy and drive to make things happen was tangible. Jani Alenius (Catalyze Impact) talked about differences between impact enterprises and business-as-usual from investor´s point of view. Omoniyi Olawale (IroFit Payments) and Kalle Määttä (Pure Waste Textiles) told their story of how to make an idea to real-life enterprise. The attendees, 90 altogether, representing several nationalities took actively part in discussions and networking.
“Kickoff meeting was full of active people wanting to drive social change and have an impact in Finland and abroad. The event was a great place to meet like-minded people and an important factor in building the impact community in Finland”, said Chris Holtslag, a Dutch entrepreneur taking part in the event.
Impact Iglu is AGI´s new initiative to widen technically-focused startup activities in Aalto University with impact business. It is a community for value-based entrepreneurs and students providing them with networking events, knowledge about high potential emerging markets, coaching for business development, and connections to African, Asian and Latin American partners.
Take a peek on the photos and atmosphere of the event in Flickr
This post was written by AGI