The “I” Word.

The “I” Word.

As a project for one course last month I got the opportunity to design an innovation workshop for business students. The aim of the workshop was to make students break outside the box which their education is so carefully building for them. ”Thinking outside the box” simply isn't enough anymore! We must forget about the whole damn box! The school environment doesn’t exactly encourage to think differently and do extra work for one’s own benefit, but I believe and know that change can come from students themselves: if they want to do something…Read more
IBL at Fläsh

IBL at Fläsh

On Friday, 28.2.2014 there was a great youth entrepreneurship happening in Rovaniemi, called Fläsh. It lasted whole day, from 9.30 until 15.30 pm, where InnoBarentsLab group and Innovative Business students took part. Event was mainly in Finnish language, which was nice for our international students, because they had a possibility to network with Finns and the same time share information about Young Innovative Entrepreneur project. During the event we had our YIE and IBL stand, which more than 400 participants were able to visit and get more detailed information about Young Innovative Entrepreneur…Read more
Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the Unexpected

Barents Sea Youth Conference Hammerfest Norway April 2.-4. 2014 The adventure to the world's northernmost city Hammerfest Norway started with a bang as InnoBarentsLab's travellers Samir, Roni and Annika packed themselves snug into a minivan with 6 other people and said ”Andale!”. Bravely we set to face the unknown ready to take the engineer-dominated conference by storm. Joining us at the Barents Sea Conference we had engineer students from Norway and Sweden and students from the Technical Institute in Murmansk. Present were also some journalism students from Oslo and entrepreneurs. An interesting variety…Read more
The starting point of InnoBarentsLab

The starting point of InnoBarentsLab

The starting point of InnoBarentsLab (IBL) was to create an environment for students in a form of a physical and virtual entity where to experience entrepreneurship and to develop innovativeness, as well as to connect practical real-life experience with the university studies. As a method IBL reflects a blend of various existing models and practices of entrepreneurship development, such as Living Labs, business incubators, business hubs, while creating an approach most suitable for given circumstances. The target group of the IBL are mostly students of Lapland University of Applied Sciences, while keeping doors open…Read more
Working together

Working together

My tune of the day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6ebeEkuHYU The outer wall of our house has been under construction for a week now, and it just struck me in a very concrete way how thinking and planning seems a lesser job next to building at least when these different types of work are going on within 5 meters of each other. For example, the past week I have been doing mainly thinking, reading, knitting and writing while the construction guys start banging and sawing on my wall at 7.30am. The banging and noise itself doesn't bother me,…Read more
Koukussa – Hooked!

Koukussa – Hooked!

Here's an article about one of IBL's projects this spring, read on!  Hooked ‘em! It appears sometimes all you have to do is ask. At the beginning of this year I woke up to the fact that Arctic Design Week 2014 is soon approaching! I thought this year might just be right for being bold creating something new. Thanks to the project management skills acquired while studying at the Innovative Business Services and working with InnoBarentsLab I felt an urge to test these skills in reality. Having a background in art education I…Read more
IBL student leader of 2014

IBL student leader of 2014

Let this be my first blog post from IBL!! Playing right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XleaVcy4he8 I recently Googled myself out of curiosity and surprisingly found the YIE blog (http://yieproject.blogspot.fi/p/yie-finland.html) This is how I described myself there last November right along with a spiffy selfie taken at Kilpisjärvi last summer: Annika Konttaniemi: "I’m a last minute attendee of the YIE’s conference in Kirkenes. I have two interests in my professional life right now: handmade knit design + project work. I am a graduated MA (2009) from the University of Lapland and started last year to study at…Read more