What is this thing called Innovate or die?
Innovate or die! is an innovation competition for students in higher education, where students from different study areas generate new, out of the box solutions for the clients business challenge. With their ideas, the winning team can win up to 1000€. Innovate or die! provides students a new and effective form of learning, as well as a one of a kind opportunity for networking with the client companies and students from different educational backgrounds. For clients Innovate or die offer the opportunity to find solutions to the business challenges effectively in a short period of time. Our purpose is to add co-operation between universities and bring them closer to the business world by real life projects.
Who can participate?
All the students studying in the universities listed below. The students can participate by themselves or in a team of 4-5. If your team does not have enough members – don’t worry! We will just add solo participants to the teams to reach the ideal amount of team members.
What is Innovate of die all about and what I will get from the event?
- You learn to create solutions to business challenges with a new way of thinking
- You will get a chance to create unique contacts
- You can prove your skills straight to the client.
- You will enhance your working tools.
- Unique option for regular courses.
- A chance to win 1000€ for your team
- 2 academic credits!
So you will get a business challenge from one of the client for your team. Your team has only 24 hours to solve the business challenge. It will be challenging, intensive and nerve wrecking – for sure! But in return you get a chance to show how tough you really are! Do you have what it takes to overcome this challenge?
“An extraordinary way to push yourself to the limits, experience something different and challenge your way of thinking for real”
“I am definitely taking part again next year! It is a great chance to improve your skills as a performer and a
You have a remarkable opportunity in your hands to build your future networks with other student and
companies. Innovate or die! consist one coaching day and main event. The mandatory coaching day will
prepare you for the main event.
2015 client companies and winning teams
Helsingin Sanomat, abbreviated HS and colloquially known as Hesari, is the largest subscription newspaper in Finland and the Nordic countries, owned by Sanoma.
Henri Mäyrämäki (JAMK/Restonomi)
Semmi-Heikki Siltala (JAMK/Restonomi)
Heli Penttinen (JAMK/Restonomi)
Karoliina Pitkänen (JAMK/Restonomi)
Mari Myllylä (JAMK/Restonomi)
In Finland and the Baltic countries Paulig is the market leader and in Russia it is the second-largest supplier of roasted coffee.
Ville Jurvelin (Laurea)
Mikko Selander (Laurea)
Saki Salomäki (Laurea)
Jussi Ritaluoma (Laurea, Tradenomi)
Sakari Jokinen (Laurea)
HimosLomat has been building and developing the Himos Holiday Centre for over 20 years. From the beginning, operations have concentrated on the accommodation, safari, programme, and restaurant services in Himos, all year round.
Tuomas Laesterä (Laurea)
Jesse Korhonen (Laurea)
Kalle Ranki (Laurea)
Vasili Simanow (Laurea)
Konrad Halsas (Laurea)
If is the Nordic region's leading insurance company with approximately 3,6 million customers. If offer a wide range of insurance for individuals and global corporations.
Jussi Kämäräinen (JES ry.)
Jussi Venäläinen (JES ry.)
Sasu Louke (JES ry.)
Emmi Kärnä (JES ry.)
Ville Linnanen (JES ry.)
Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland
Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland is part of the broader Orkla Corporation and a Finnish producer of delights. The company was formed by merging the Finland’s first potato crisp producer Chips Ab and the second largest producer of sweets in Finland, Oy Panda Ab.
Iida Turunen (Kuopion Yliopisto, Innovation Management)
Lindell Mulenga Vlahakis (Kuopion Yliopisto, Innovation Management)
Hanna Palm (Kuopion Yliopisto, Innovation Management)
Nguyen Thi Mai (Kuopion Yliopisto, Innovation Management)
Kastriot Hasani (Kuopion Yliopisto, Innovation Management)
Finnair is one of the worlds most innovative, safest and oldest airline in the world with uninterrupted existence. Five years in a row passengers has chosen Finnair as best airline in North Europe.
Ly Kieu Diem (Arcada AMK, International Business)
Dao Nhat Diem Phuong (Arcada, International Business)
Nguyen Minh Phuong (Arcada, International Business)
Kim Dung Tran (Arcada, International Business)
Thien Nguyen Truong (Arcada, International Business)
Sanoma Lifestyle is business unit of Sanoma Media Finland’s Sanoma magazines which focuses on serving finnish woman, families and 55+ customer segment with contents, services and commercial solutions. Sanoma Lifestyle offers entertainment, benefits, knowledge, experience and sense of community to their customers. Key content areas includes women’s topics, food, parenthood, well-being, health and beauty.
Nikita Salnikov (JAMK, International Business)
Nho Phuong Anh (JAMK, International Business)
Lam Bao Tran (LAMK, International Business)
Pham Le Quyet (LAMK, International Business)