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

For more information about Innovate or Die in Finland please follow the link:

SeiES board member profile: Pauliina

SeiES Treasurer Pauliina

“you do not have to lock yourself in one role”

SeiES Treasurer Pauliina

Pauliina Mäntylä

For me SeiES means an opportunity to peek into the current and future business life with less seriousness. It has also taught me many things about entrepreneurship and working life that you do not learn at school.

I think the best part of SeiES is networking. I have met other active students from other entrepreneurship societies from all over Finland and many other interesting people who work as entrepreneurs, in businesses and organizations. These networks have been helping me throughout my current career and continue to do so even after my time at SeiES board.

I have not really considered myself as only the treasurer. That is also one good thing about SeiES – you do not have to lock yourself in one role. You can actually be a part of all associations’ activities if you want to. Together with other SeiES board members we have organized and visited awesome events and created a wide cooperation network for the association!

SeiES board member profile: Santeri

“If you ever think that you will be a entrepreneur consider joining SeiES.”

Hello my name is Santeri Kujanpää and I am the vice chairperson of SeiES. I am 21-year-old and second year international business student. If you want to get to know more international students or if you want to network I don’t think there is a better option then joining an entrepreneurial society. The time that I have spent on the board I have met many international student and gotten plenty of contacts. If you ever think that you will be a entrepreneur consider joining SeiES.


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.



Events and activities

Inspiring Quotes

A sneak peek into SeiES upcoming events and activities

We hope everyone had a nice and relaxing summer! Besides being on holiday, SeiES board has planned the events and activities of the upcoming academic year. We have also made many contacts with companies and organizations in the area of South Ostrobothnia as well as with other Entrepreneurship Societies all over Finland.

Join our events

The events and activities are there for you

We organize many kinds of events throughout the academic year. Seminars, trainings, competitions each have something different to offer you. You get to learn new skills, meet new people and challenge yourself. The events are held in English but it is also a great way to practice your language skills!

Everyone is welcome to join SeiES official opening seminar on 25 September. You get to hear more about SeiES, meet our cooperating partners and interesting speakers. The event continues with a cocktail party. We can reveal that one of the Dudesons has something to do with the event.

Our members can join our monthly member meetings. The meetings are organized on the second Monday of each month. SeiES invites a quest to each meeting to tell about an interesting topic related to the business world. These events have some food and beverages available. These meetings bring our members together and grows their network. Members are welcome to join our first member meeting at Tornisauna on 11 September. Not a member yet? Join at

Follow us on social media, that way you always know what is happening next! You are also welcome to visit our office on the 6th floor of Frami F building anytime.

Monthly Member Meeting Events

Compete with your business idea or problem solving talent

SeiES takes part into the upcoming GrowUp Students competition by organizing pre-coaching sessions for the students that want to participate. GrowUp Students is a growth competition and coaching process for the businesses and business ideas of higher education students in the area of South Ostrobothnia. The price for the winner is 1000 euros!

GrowUp Students Event

Innovate or Die is a competition where students get to solve real life problems for companies. This year 20 students, five fastest from each faculty of SeAMK, get to participate through SeiES. The competition is held in November at Himos, Jämsä. The best team is to be rewarded with 1000 euros. Stay tuned!

Innovate or Die Event

SeiES goes to other events

From our webpage you can also find the events we recommend. One upcoming event recommended by us is Harvest organized by Vaasa Entrepreneurship Society. It takes place in Rewell Center Vaasa on 22nd of September.

“Harvest is the biggest student seminar in Ostrobothnia. Harvest gathers together future-oriented companies, students from all the six universities and engaging keynote speakers.”

You can find all the upcoming and recommended events here:

I hope to see you at our events!

Best regards,



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)