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Entrepreneurship Across Borders: Immigrant Self-Employment Opportunities

November 29, 2023, from 14:00 to 16:50, at Business Service Center Leija.

Have you moved to Finland and are looking for new opportunities in the world of entrepreneurship? Welcome to the free entrepreneurship event by UKKO.fi and YritysVantaa! During the event, you’ll have the chance to meet other entrepreneurs, gain valuable insights into various forms of entrepreneurship, and receive concrete tips to kickstart your own business in Finland or enhance your existing one.

What: A free daytime event that explores the opportunities that entrepreneurship brings to the Finnish job market. The program includes learning, inspiration, and cheerful encounters with fellow entrepreneurs!

For whom: For anyone interested in entrepreneurship – the program is designed with special consideration for the challenges of the Finnish working life from the perspective of immigrants. Welcome to learn something new, get inspired, and network!


Event program

14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and program overview
14:10 – 14:30 Introduction to YritysVantaa / Sari Söderlund
14:30 – 15:00 The Finnish working life is under transformation / Lauri Timgren, UKKO.fi
15:00 PM – 15:30 Why you should start a business in Finland / Abdirahman Mohamud Yusuf, Burgal Oy
15:30 – 16:10 Break with refreshments, networking & business consultation
16:10 – 16:40 Panel discussion: Building a business in Finland
16:40 – 16:50 Closing remarks & Thank you


The event will take place at the Business Service Center Leija, Elannontie 3, 01510 Vantaa. Participation is free, but we kindly request that you inform us if you cannot attend. This way, we can offer your spot to someone else!

During the event, you’ll get familiar with YritysVantaa‘s free business advisory services and find out how they can support your entrepreneurial journey. You’ll also get to know UKKO.fi‘s services and receive a great benefit for trying them out!

The program will cover the transformation of the Finnish working life and various forms of entrepreneurship, with insights from Lauri Timgren, the CEO of UKKO.fi, and inspiration from Abdirahman Mohamud Yusuf, the founder of Burgal Oy, as he discusses the opportunities that entrepreneurship brings in Finland. Further inspiration and peer support will be derived from a panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs, diving into the concrete aspects of growing a business in Finland. In addition, experts from YritysVantaa and UKKO.fi will be on hand to answer questions about entrepreneurship and provide valuable insights for business development. During the break, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and enjoy the refreshments provided at the event.

Get to know the panelists

  • Rémy Bertoli, a Marketing & Growth consultant, specializes in helping busy entrepreneurs and B2B brands grow sustainably.
    He offers training, consultancy, and keynotes in both English and French, focusing on Marketing, Branding, and Growth.
    Connect on LinkedIn for insights into growth mindset, and sustainable growth. His Motto: "Learn to dance in the rain"
  • Liisa Hiltunen.