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Bizzare Business Ideas in Lapland

by Tiina Mäki-Petäjä

“What does it take to start your own business?”
” How can a washing machine and a deck of cards can help you solve your (business) problems?!”

These questions were answered in the Bizarre Business Event English track hosted by Skills2Scale project. The event encouraged and inspired students from University of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences to become future entrepreneurs. The event encouraged and inspired students from University of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences to become future entrepreneurs

The event started with a motivating speech by Anthony Okuogume “From Idea to innovation and kickstarting the entrepreneurial journey”. Then followed by Skills2Scale and the Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland workshop on creating futuristic business ideas. The workshop utilized ideating washing machine method and a card game for imagining preferred futures (Alhonsuo, 2022 & Sitra, 2023).

Bizarre elements such as a rumbling washing machine in the background, a deck of cards, Post-its and LEGO blocks were brought to the table to ignite inspiration among students to start thinking about unusual business concepts. Ideas such as milk on Mars as well as data usage and learning experiences after encountering extraterrestrial life were discussed. The workshop was a success. There are not many chances we get to play with LEGO these days!


Alhonsuo, M. (2022). Ideating washing machine. In B. Smit, M. Alhonsuo, E. Björn & F. Melissen (Eds.), The SmartCulTour Toolkit (pp. 48-51). Deliverable 7.3 of the Horizon 2020 project SmartCulTour (GA number 870708). Published on the project web site on (30-11-2022): http://www.smartcultour.eu/deliverables/

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. (2023). Cards of Hope. Game for imagining preferred futures. Helsinki: Sitra. 

Networking event organized by Skills2Scale project: Bizarre Business event, 11th of April, 2024, University of Lapland, Finland.

🌐IDEATHON 5G/Digital Health at the Technical University of Liberec, the Czech Republic

🌐On Friday, 6th October 2023, almost 30 students from the Faculty of Health Studies, the Faculty of Mechatronics and the Faculty of Economics gathered at TUL in the amazing and inspiring environment of the studio of Building A to participate in the Ideathon on 5G/Digital Health as part of the EIT HEI Skills2Scale project.

The students worked on three project challenges under the supervision of Jana Vitvarová and Lenka Kosková Třísková from the Faculty of Mechatronics and Antonín Ferdan from ImpactHub. 

Many thanks to Vendula Macháčková from the Regional Hospital in Liberec, Vít Karvay from Linet, Lukáš Abazid from T-Mobile and Jakub Reček, a paramedic, for setting the challenges and providing great mentoring. 

But watch out❗ – this 3-hour Ideathon was just the beginning – the students will work on their projects throughout the semester and present their results on 23rd November 2023.

🌐 5G INNOVATION WORKSHOP at the Technical University of Liberec, the Czech Republic

🌐 On Friday, 8th September, 2023, TUL held an innovative workshop on 5G private networks at the Technical University of Liberec on the occasion of the opening of the only 5G testbed with Open Core & Ran technology in the country so far. We would like to thank Jakub Kopecký and Lukas Abazid from T-Mobile, Michal Sedivy from Mavenir and Petr Vítek from the 5G Alliance and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic for their inspiring presentations. 

🌐 Best practice from the Skills2Scale project – 5G Interdisciplinary Innovation Lab – presented by Jana Vitvarova. Jindrich Cyrus presented 5G use case – the autonomous guided vehicle of the AnteTUL project.

🌐 Thanks to all participants for the great atmosphere and nutritious networking!

📌 Recording from the event: https://youtu.be/J0vTH3SlESY?feature=shared

IVAP Workshop of the EIT HEI Initiative – Prague 2023

The EIT’s HEI Initiative 2023 Innovation Vision Action Plan (IVAP) Workshop took place on 31 May and 1 June 2023 in Prague, Czechia, bringing together project members from Cohorts 1, 2, and 3, along with key stakeholders. The workshop aimed to foster community among the selected Cohort 3 Projects and the previous cohorts. It was structured to create an environment in which the selected projects could discuss and collaborate with each other to improve project implementation.

Participants left the workshop invigorated and better equipped to execute their IVAPs. They gained a strong appreciation for the inputs and desired outcomes of the Initiative’s projects.