The Innovate or Die experience

IOD – Innovate or Die experience
By Andres Mendez

When I heard of Innovate or Die for the first time, I felt that it was something I want it to do.
It really caught my attention the idea of working together with people from other universities in a project from a real company with a real problem. Also the chance to make some extra money seemed like a good idea.
So I signed up hoping to have a good time and to connect with new people.

And yes it was… The experience was great! I was so lucky to be able to work with an international team and to learn a lot from them.
The challenge was not only to be able to come up with a good idea for our company but to be able to function as a team.

Photo by: Lauri Kavio-oja

As a team we functioned well, we divided the different tasks and areas of work according to our gifts and expertise. The process of working together helped us to realise that even though we have such a different background and formation, all of our differences helped us to keep a good flow instead of tearing us apart.
We respected each other and and every idea was a good idea.

I believe every participant will give their own opinion according to their experience but something I take with me are all those things that I had to face, things that I was not comfortable about myself and I am happy to tell that I could overcome. It was a great experience and a honour to be part of one of the winner teams. As far as academically speaking, I earned 2 credits.

Photo by: IOD media team

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SeiES board member profile: Nora

SeiES Chairperson Nora

“open-minded and willing to learn”

SeiES Chairperson Nora

Hello everyone! My name is Nora and I’m currently the chairperson of SeiES. I’m 25-year-old and third year physiotherapy student. My first year has been very interesting and enlightening for me. I have learned lot of new skills for example, how to manage a board and organize events. I think that SeiES is really good for anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone, who are open-minded and willing to learn new things and skills. In the future I will be entrepreneur in someway because of SeiES.



Greetings from the President

Welcome to blog of Seinäjoki Entrepreneurship Society!

Blog of Seinäjoki Entrepreneurship Society

Hi, my name is Nora Yliviikari and I am the president of Seinäjoki Entrepreneurship Society – SeiES. Before telling you about SeiES, I will say a couple of words about entrepreneurship societies. The first one was founded in 1992 in the Silicon Valley, USA, “by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals (”.  Step by step similar societies have been founded all over the world. In Finland the first entrepreneurship societies were founded in 2009 by students of higher education. During that year, AaltoES and Boost Turku were founded. Today we have 19 entrepreneurship societies in Finland and our SeiES is the youngest one of them.

Our story started at the beginning of 2017 and we have been a registered society since 21.4.2017. We are a non-profit association for students of higher education in area of South Ostrobothnia. We accept also alumni and support members. We co-operate with local companies and organizations. SeiES is run by students and its board is multidisciplinary. At the moment, we have students from five different bachelor level degree programmes and three faculties. Our vision is to be known as a local startup factory.

We want to encourage students to become entrepreneurs and inspire, develop and help them discover entrepreneurial thinking and mindset. Even if a student does not plan to become an entrepreneur in the future, we believe that it is very good to own an entrepreneurial mindset. This kind of mindset helps the student to stand out from a mass in both life and working field. It also brings extra value to their future employer. In the future, we will offer seminars, trainings, boot camps, mentoring and many other interesting events. We hope to see many of you in our upcoming activities. For students, we offer an environment where they can enhance their English skills and develop different kind of skills for their future career. Our events and projects will give work experience to volunteers. We want to create a community where people want to dream, innovate and give birth to new ideas.

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Our board will use the summer to plan upcoming events and activities, so remember to follow our social media channels to see what we are planning. Take time to do something that you enjoy, charge your batteries, walk your head high in the clouds and dream big. I want to wish you all a warm, beautiful and relaxing summer full of adventures!

Best wishes
Nora Yliviikari
President of Seinäjoki Entrepreneurship Society – SeiES

P.S. Don’t hesitate to contact me: nora(at)