Great International talent leave Finland
of international students would like to stay and work in Finland "Eurostudent (2020)"
Finland needs aprox. 34 000 immigrants per year in order to meet the labor shortages
In 2018 there were 21,061 foreign students in Finland’s 14 universities and 23 universities of applied sciences. (International Student Barometer)
The extensive Finnish language requirements
Companies are hesitant to hire foreign workers because they are worried about using English in-company communication
Money and time
Companies fear to invest time and money to hiring candidates whose performance skills they do not know
Lack of networks
One key barrier for international talent is that they often lack the networks and connections in order to find jobs and internships
Trainee and company accelerator combined
Start/scaleups gain experience on working with interns
Interns have an access to hidden jobs in growth companies
Focus more on P2P coaching and individual feedback
The aim of the VTT case was
to help research groups to commercialize the tech faster, and generate growth
teach students the tech commercialization process
We had 6 students and VTT pilot research groups participating in the program
the students worked approximately 20-30 hours a week
key tasks included market research
Students especially liked the program and the coaching they received
Research groups received valuable help with finding potential customers
HOW DO WE COACH THE STUDENTS?
We have three general workshops to teach the specific skills to the students
Assignments & 1-on-1 meetings
When needed the students also have a possibility to meet us 1-on-1 to discuss their situation more in detail
We have weekly goal setting session, where we go through the weeks tasks and the student have a possibility to ask questions and assistance if needed
We follow up in smaller groups at the end of the week, where we review the tasks and evaluate the performance, and also give feedback
HOW DO WE COACH THE COMPANIES?
Target setting & Follow-ups
We set weekly clear targets
We monitor the companies success, give them individual feedback on the performance and suggestions on what to do better
We use advisors from our large network to teach the newest and most relevant practices to the companies
We help the company to work together with the intern
FEEDBACK FROM VTT LAUNCHPAD
Linh D. Nguyen
Rasmus is a supportive coach who always motivates you to go through any obstacles and achieve the final goals. I have learned a lot from his broad knowledge and practical experience in identifying business opportunities and commercialization options. Rasmus is the amazing advisor you definitely need for your success
Rasmus brings high energy and enthusiasm to his projects, and it was a pleasure to work with him. He challenged the project members to develop market research skills further, and he provided necessary feedback for development. He also used his strong business expertise to provide inspiration and ideas to overcome challenges in working with diverse stakeholders.
WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?
When an SME company seeks for growth and access from the local markets to the wider European market, this program helps to take the first steps. It helps find your new target market, partners, and market data.
Pirvola Maija, Yrityssalo, Salo
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