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Hatching businesses – Case Visa Kiikka

Hatch Incubator was first organized in fall 2017. It was a pilot run of the program and we had 6 teams we coached for eight weeks. Here are the last year’s winner thoughts about bringing an idea into action in Hatch Incubator 2017.

Who are and what you do?

I’m Visa Kiikka, a second-year business student from Laurea Leppävaara and CEO of Gamers Cottage. I attended and won Hatch Incubator 2017 with my current business idea.

What made you apply?

I learned about Hatch from Suvi Lehtonen presenting LaureaES and Hatch Incubator in one of the lectures organized by LaureaES and other associations to freshmen. She made a compelling point about the values the program would give to me and my idea. I thought about it for a while and on the last day of participation deadline, I decided to go for it. Thinking back, I think that applying to Hatch was the single most important decision I made last fall.

“without hatch I wouldn’t have  met my co-founder or investor”


What Hatch Incubator 2017 was like?

Through Hatch, I gained the tools and information needed to start my own company. Hatch team and LaureaES as a whole took me with them with open arms and guided me through the startup scene.

Without Hatch, I wouldn’t have participated in Nordic Business Forum Live Stream in Helsinki, and I wouldn’t have met my co-founder there. I attended to Spotlight in Jyväskylä (Organized by LaureaES’s colleagues at JyväskyläES) and while networking there I found an investor to my business and new direction where I wanted to go with my company.

Hatch 2017 was in its pilot stage and the first time it was organized. I was surprised how well Suvi and the team managed to keep it all together after setbacks and how well the possible problems we had were solved. The program had amazing workshops we got the pleasure to attend. For me, the most important events were the visit to the Säästöpankki where we got to go to their office and they taught us all about the financial aspect of the business. Following close behind was the brainstorm/pitching workshop day in Turku organized in collaboration with Boost Turku.

Visa Kiikka pitching in Turku.

What would you like to say to those considering applying this year?

In the end, I don’t think I could have done as much as quick without the help of Hatch or LaureaES. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in starting their own company. All in all the program was a success and from what I’ve heard this year is going to be even more amazing! I hope that everyone with a business idea will consider Hatch a major stepping stone to kickstarting their business.

Are You ready to Hatch your full potential? Apply now here. 

Hatch Incubator Program is 8 -week business development program that will be organized during October and November. The application period is open until 23.9. All students of 3UAS; Haaga-Helia, Laurea & Metropolia can apply. You only need an idea. We will provide the rest. Winner will take home a 750€ pre-seed fund. 

Hatch your full potential

Last year around this time I was sitting on a coffee shop, working on a program that later would be called Hatch Incubator Program. We in LaureaES had seen a need for an early stage incubator; to help students to step into an entrepreneurial mindset and the startup ecosystem.

As I poured my ideas onto paper, I recruited a couple friends to help me to organize the matter. With a four women power team; Hatch Incubator ended up containing 8 weeks of workshops and lectures. We four completed all the tasks from marketing, event management, graphic design to production and partnerships. It was an intensive fall with lots of learning.

We targeted our program somewhere schools couldn’t help the aspiring entrepreneurs; the actual introduction to startup scene, how it works, how to get into it and how to gain the needed networks. No-one succeeds on their own and providing networks came quickly as one of our main goals.

With the resources and networks that we had, we poured them to the attendees; we wanted them to have the necessary information, skills, and networks to continue developing their business idea further on their own. We partnered with companies, cowering places, and other ecosystem partners to bring all that to the student. The programs winner launched his business last spring, you can check their website here. 

We targeted our program somewhere schools couldn’t help the aspiring entrepreneurs.

Hatch is coming again on this fall, and bigger than last year. This year a four-person team is not going to cut it.  We offer all the students from 3UAS now an opportunity to be part of one of the most inspiring programs in 3UAS, we are looking for teammates to be part of the fantastic power team.

I asked my teammates from last year what they gained and this is how they answered;

“Last year not only did you learn of all what the attendees did too, you also gained the same networks and even more on the organizing side.”

“The actual weeks of Hatch were so intensive period of time, I learned about startups, networking, event management and people management. Most importantly I learned to take responsibility and to trust in myself. “

To myself organizing Hatch was a turning point; I challenged myself to public speaking and hosted the finals of the program. Even more important I gained confidence in myself and learned that my anxiety cannot hold me back anymore. I then got selected to be the 2018 chairman of LaureaES but that is another story.

The point is that no matter what; If you are interested in the event management side, or marketing, or just to be a part a such a great opportunity, we want to give you the chance to develop your skills and reach your goals.

The team application is now open at Hatch.laureaes.fi or just email me to Suvi@Laureaes.fi

Are You ready to Hatch your full potential?


Hatch Incubator Program will be organized during October and November 2018. The application period for business ideas Hatch Incubator opens in September. All students of 3UAS; Haaga-Helia, Laurea & Metropolia can apply.

A Warm Welcome!


Anymore, entrepreneurship is not only about running your business.

Welcome to the brand new Blog by Laurea Entrepreneurship Society!

If you are not yet familiar with LaureaES; we are a non-profit organization, whose purpose is to lower the step to entrepreneurship. We operate mostly in Laurea but also in other Universities of Applied Sciences, Haaga-Helia and Metropolia,  in Helsinki Area. LaureaES aims to become the stepping stone between being a student and becoming an entrepreneur. In order to do so, we promote entrepreneurship not only as a possible career choice but also as a mindset.

LaureaES is lead by a group of volunteers, and actions are governed by yearly changing board, which consists of volunteering students and alumnus. Anyone interested in our activities can join to organize events and start the journey to become the best version of themselves.

Anymore, entrepreneurship is not only about running your business. It is not only a career, it is a mindset, a skill set, and most importantly it is the can-do-attitude. This actually something that employers now and in future are looking for. With us, you can develop yourself, your entrepreneurial attitude and prepare for work life. If you are interested in marketing or event management or public speaking or just want to hang around the great community, we welcome you.

LaureaES organizes different events throughout the year. Most know of our events is Yrittäjyystiistai, Entrepreneurship Tuesday, our oldest event concept that has provided experienced entrepreneurs and inspiring speeches since March 2008.

You might have also heard about Pitch&Beer, that brings business idea developers to the stage in front of a real crowd. This can be the first touch to the pitching stage or a chance to pilot your idea for the first time. As the name hints, beverages are included.

We also organize two programs; Hatch Incubator meant for early-stage business ideas as an introduction to the startup scene and Cambridge Venture Camp, which accelerates students business ideas one week in Finland and other in Cambridge, UK.

We warmly welcome you to our blog, and ask you to stay tuned for posts about entrepreneurship, self-development, startup community and interesting other topics from guest writers!