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“Think global, act local” from the Pamoja perspective

Hejsan, Siku njema, Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요), Hyvää päivää, Ywm Sʻyd (يوم سعيد.), Dobar dan (Добар дан) and Servus,

“hello” in all languages spoken in the Pamoja team…

I just realized this the other day, as I was receiving an email in finish again (not a single glimpse what it means) : We have quite a mix of languages in Pamoja . – Finish is always good for some real laughters. It looks and sounds so funny. Those tough guys…:) – Also, Peik and me, who are sitting in the Swedish office, often… Read more

SU Innovation

Our new office is in the heart of the Sthlm University campus

Pamoja moves forward with full speed in Sweden. During the last week me and Felix has relocated to SU Innovation offices at the Stockholm University campus. We are really satisfied with our new office.  SU Holding AB serves with experienced business expertise and broad networks, the working atmosphere at the offices seems to be really good as well. We are glad that the incubator has earlier experience to work with for profit social entreprenuership and personally I am really excited to design our social enterprise profile during the autumn. Read more

Stockholm, Helsinki, Seoul, Kampala and Shanghai

Our Pamoja team has as normally been spread all around the world. Felix left for Stockholm in the beginning of the week and arranged with housing and all practical matters important when settling in a new city. One of the first things he got his hands on was a new racer bike for instance.

Maria is in Shanghai to participate in a climate finance conference and hopefully we get an exciting report from there in the near future.

In Finland the team focused on preparing for future activites. Me and Irena met with the Hub Helsinki to discuss a co-hosted event in the planning. I also attended “Africa – continent of opportunities” TEKES seminar where Pekka Haavisto was one of the speakers. 

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Summer 2010 goes to history as the “Summer of Startups”

August turns to September and it is time to look back at an amazing summer of great experiences at the Aalto Venture Garage. It has been a summer full of great fun, fresh ideas and people. Working closely together with nine other start up teams offered an inspirational working environment indeed.

The Summer of Startups is an entrepreneurial program for startups aiming to become global growth companies. The program is first of it’s kind in Finland. Internationally it reminds of the model developed by Y Combinator – supporting early stage teams to go from idea to company.

To bring this concept to Finland was a brainchild of Project Manager Ville Simola at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society. It was a truly interesting process to watch how he managed to pull together the concept in the Finnish context. The Head Coach Ramine Darabiha was of great value to push the teams out of their comfort zone and grow as entrepreneurs and specially as public speakers.  Apart from having the great coaches at hand for input and instant feedback the Venture Garage was visited by a large number of the most interesting people in the Finnish entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read more

Pamoja one of the winners at Demo Day at Aalto Venture Garage

 Last Friday the Summer of startups program ended in a great gala show with all ten teams presenting their result in a pitching competition. The garage was packed with people and the atmosphere was comparable to any top start up event event at Silicon Valley, to quote Talouselämä the largest weekly  business magazine in Finland.  3 winners were chosen out of all the great teams:

Living Canvas offers exotic green walls for interior design in offices. The team was awarded for best demo pitch and the show delivered was truly entertaining and the prototype of their product catched a lot of interest throughout the summer.

Arada Services offers easy and affordable inter city transportation via monile phone in Ethiopia. They were chosen the most promising team of the program and won a trip to USA for their achievements. Congrats!

Pamoja was chosen as the team which developed most during the summer. Our team was really happy to gain this acknowledgement. We are now looking forward to carry on our establishment in the Nordic region.  Many thanks to all the people that have supported us along the way.

Pamoja and Summer of Startups featured in Talouselämä

Team Pamoja and Summer of Startups were featured in the Nordic region’s largest weekly magazine on economics Talouselämä. The magazine is read by more than 190 000 readers and 80 000 copies. The article praises the atmosphere at the recently held Demo day at the Aalto Venture Garage and compares it similar events in Silicon Valley. Furthermore, the article quotes Burton Lee, lecturer at Stanford Unviersity on European Innovation and Enterprises, who says Aalto Entrepreneurship Society is the best student association focusing on entrepreneurship in Europe that he has seen operating.

Among other startups Pamoja Innovations is mentioned as the team which developed most during the summer. The article touch upon the jury’s motivation, that in the beginning of the summer the team looked like a consultancy firm, at the end of it all the team was able to present a demo “The Power Stomach” – a compost like innovation which makes household bio waste into energy.

Working in the Garage

US Ambassador Smitten with Pamoja

The Aalto Venture Garage hosted a few high level visitors: the US Ambassador Bruce Oreck and the Embassy’s senior commercial officer Nicholas Kuchova. In their early days they had worked in clean technology, working in Panama with a company producing bio digesters! As we already have two prototypes up and going here at the Garage, one with cow dung and one with food waste,  we had the opportunity to showcase these – and to guests who already knew a thing or two about the work we do!

They were impressed and gave us good feedback and ideas about our next steps, including financing.

The work continues… One and a half weeks to go with the Summer of Startups program.

US Ambassador Bruce Oreck from Aaltoes on Vimeo.

Summer of Startups! update

It’s been almost a month since the Summer of Startups program started. During this time, we’ve realized that it’s time to take the whole project to another level and give it 120%. The Summer of Startups offers an interesting platform to shape our business model, narrow down our focus and take necessary steps towards approaching future investors. Surrounded by 9 other startup teams, it’s been an inspiring working environment – with everyone creating their own projects – all at the Aalto Venture Garage. Constantly being able to exchange experiences and ideas and bringing alive new ones is just another reason why I’m becoming a believer in open work spaces as entrepreneurs from a diverse range of businesses interact and innovate together! This is what the Aalto Venture Garage calls Open Source Entrepreneurship . I love the unexpected collision of ideas generated in a place like this!


Pamoja is Starting Off

Welcome to the new Pamoja page.

The Pamoja team

Pamoja for Energy

Energy alone accounts for 60% of the developed countries’ civilization. Yet, this precious commodity is so scarce in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, deforestation is rolling out from the South to the North of Africa as people cut down trees in search of firewood and charcoal. Most of Africa is dotted with economic trading centers with no economic life simply because there is no energy to drive them. This keeps a large percentage of the population dull and unproductive, ever increasing the cost of living!
Against this background, three visionary young men: Peik Stenlund, Felix Ertl and William Katende, while in Sweden in the summer of 2009, shared their passion to see the change of affairs in regards to this African predicament. As they cast their sight towards this mountainous African problem, what came to their minds was whether or not they had what it takes to create the change they so much desired! Guess what? Because of the passion in each of them, they confided in each other that as individuals they would not manage, but agreed that as a team, it would be possible. Hence, the name PAMOJA. Pamoja is a Swahili word meaning “Together as One”.

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