WE CONNECT EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS WITH EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES
We are curious 'grownups' who believe the future of work is for everyone.
We explore this new world of work and enable each other to try out and discover exciting opportunities from finding a new project or team, starting a business - or both, or even going on a big adventure.
What have Grownups been talking about and doing?
How to make the jump? - Collecting & sharing Grownup stories
"How to...?" - a series of workshops
Creating new ideas in startup events
Getting into the new game - a personal, hands-on opportunity mapping
What is the 'future of work'?
The digital world, a global mindset & new networks
Entrepreneurial & co-creating ideas and solving real problems in diverse teams
Less 'work' and more 'projects that matter to me and to others'
GROWNUPS FOR STARTUPS IS NO LONGER ACTIVE.
We still believe that the future of work is about startups and entrepreneurs, and about diversity to create growth. However, the timing was not right and we did not find a viable business model. When active, we tested meetups and other events as a platform to share ideas, stories and co-create new opportunities.
25 March, 2015
How to Turn Megatrends into Opportunities? Trends for Growth: Mobility & Urbanisation in Africa
At Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund) premises a studio discussion about how to create opportunities in Africa based on the mobile way of life and the increasing role of cities?
Themes: Mobility and Urbanisation. Heikki Mäkilä shared his personal experiences and learnings of doing business in Africa. Aalto University students Zita Floret and Marleen Wieringa discussed about their project Sanitation Improvement and Social Enterprise in Dar es Salaam.
21 October, 2014
Meetup: Follow-up on Exploring the New Game - Crafting you Future Work Opportunities
Helsinki Think Company, Vuorikatu 5
Networking and sharing ideas.
7 October, 2014
Exploring the New Game – Crafting My Future Work Opportunities - How do I find my place in the new work life as a grownup?
One-day workshop at Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund), Helsinki
Finland and its grownup talent need to join forces to find new perspective, inspiration and models. Grownups for Startups initiated and designed a workshop to encourage talent from diverse disciplines to start co-reating personal work opportunities and new businesses with creative, disruptive methods.
Experts and Facilitators:
Grownups for Startups: Tuija Pulkkinen, founder and a Helsinki-based innovation consultant, and Tuula Angervuo
Lieselotte Nooyen, an Amsterdam-based facilitator of creative processes and an improvisor
Heather Moore, a Berlin-based futurist, transformation catalyst, innovation consultant and startup founder
Mercedes de Miranda, a Stockholm-based mentor, Acceleration Team of THNK, business & career coach
17 June, 2014
Tribes, Treehouses & Travel Startups with Ben Keene
MEET THE GROWNUPS
Growing up from Corporate to Creating Opportunities
When the global recession hit in 2009 Tuija lost her childhood career dream, working as an expat executive. She tried to get it back but soon realised that she was pigeonholed as 'too experienced' and labelled as "Sales only".
Slowly Tuija discovered she wasn't the only one feeling disconnected and discarded and decided to do something about it. That decision was the beginning of a new working identity but a whole new era too.
Growing up from Lifelong Corporate to New Topics & Multiple Projects
"I had the luxury of a long, multi-layered career in a single company. This is something not many will have in the future. But the future will open up completely new paths and possibilities. I have a huge opportunity to get into projects that interest me, learn new skills, and do as much as I choose "
Growing up from a 'Telecom Marketing Executive'...
"My employer decided to cut investment in the innovation space around big data. I started looking for jobs to see whether I could drive my vision with other companies. But I soon found out that hiring was conservative: I would only be considered for jobs such as I had just left. I was not interested. So I did not find an employer with the right context for what I wanted to do.
So I decided to give it a go myself."
Grownup from Lawyer and Nonprofit Director to Healthcare Startup
"I realized at 49 that I had to remake myself and open my eyes to the new world of possibilities. I had to create my future and job opportunities. I wondered could I apply these skills to becoming a real innovator and entrepreneur..."
Growing up from Technical Problem Solver via Startup Founder to Public Sector Innovator
"At the moment I feel I have achieved a next level, where I can do what I am compassionate about, what I believe in. I also want to leverage that excitement, confidence and desire to engage others - customers, partners, suppliers".