Venture Hub training will provide you with Lean Startup methodology, coaching and network creation with potential team members and business advisors.

The training is targeted for students, new entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who want to develop new business ideas, as well as anyone interested in startup development. Students of South-Eastern University of applied Sciences (Xamk) will get study credits (2 ECTS) of their participation (elective entrepreneurship and innovation studies).

The training will be held from October 26th till November 23rd between 5-8 PM online (Zoom). The language of the training is English. You can participate the training with or without a business idea.

Expert of LEAN and AGILE methodologies, Markus Mäntynen will be in charge of the training. He has over 20 years of experience as a startup entrepreneur and coaching new ventures into commercial success stories.

Schedule and Themes:

Oct 26th Startup Entrepreneurship

  • Traditional Business vs. Startup Entrepreneurship
  • Why do startups fail?
  • Lean Startup

Nov 2nd Love Business, Not Your Business Idea

  • From Developing Product to Developing Business
  • The Importance of Early Customer Validation
  • Agile Development

Nov 9th Marketing and Branding

  • Building a Brand and Networks
  • Whose product are you selling?
  • Trademarks and Patents

Nov 16th Sales and Pitching

  • Pitching New Ideas for Investors
  • Product Description and Value Proposition for Customers

Nov 23rd Investors in Finland and Abroad

  • Defining the Owner Strategy
  • Exit and Investment
  • Crowd Funding, Loans, Business Angles and Venture Capital Investment

The participants will be informed about the details of the training by e-mail before the start of the training. All the materials and other information concerning the training will be collected on the Xamk Open Learn platform.

By registration the participants will commit to participate all the trainings. Participants will receive a certificate of completion of the training. The training is free of charge.

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Elina Pöllänen
040 144 7150


The training is organized by The Third Wave of Entrepreneurship project, which is funded by South-Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment through European Union Social Fund.