In mid-December 2019, Oulu Business School's faculty members Sari Perätalo (Martti Ahtisaari Institute) and Jan Hermes (Department of Marketing, Management & International Business) visited Kemmy Business School, the University of Limerick, in Western Ireland. Kemmy Business School is one of Ireland’s leading business schools with an AACSB accreditation.
In the middle of November over sixty Spanish and Finnish female leaders and entrepreneurs gathered together for an intensive three-day leadership camp in Oulu and Ruka, Kuusamo. The camp was part of the fPlaza joint project between Oulu University of Applied Sciences and University of Oulu.
How do you know that you are creating something new?
During my path in life, I have found one common factor that has followed me. It was there when I was a researcher, entrepreneur, project manager in Business Kitchen and it is here now, when I am heading the Tellus Innovation Arena activities.
It is the fact that one must continuously re-define and re-think. What are those words and sentences that I can use to describe as well as possible, what something is?
The University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and BusinessOulu have been collaborating on the project “Higher through academic collaboration” (KoKo) since the beginning of 2015. The gain of the project is to support and advance entrepreneurship, new business and the growth and internationalization of small and medium enterprises. The project started when people wanted to tackle the both ongoing structural changes in local business and the high youth unemployment in the Oulu area.
About one year ago, in September 2012, Business Kitchen opened its doors in the center of Oulu. We asked everyone to join by bringing a cup for drinking coffee or by painting Kitchen Art canvases. We were about to build an entrepreneurship center, which would be a joint effort by the Universities in Oulu; University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.