This post was long overdue. When I started this blog about six months ago, it was quite hard to find information and contacts from Finnish web startups and I foolishly felt that I was quite alone in my interest. The situation was not that bad before but it has improved quite a lot during this time. Nevertheless, more could be done.
Blogs and events
Around the same time that I started this blog, another blog about Finnish startups, Arctic Startup was established. They have gotten a very good start and are now organizing events for Finnish startups: the next one will be held May 8. These events are Helsinki OpenCoffee events (without the Open Coffee name, apparently to simplify things.).
Also the startups are organizing events. After releasing a new improved version of their site, Scred is doing their share of community-building by hosting the first Night of Code this Friday. I’ve also heard that some web startups such as Floobs, TripSay and Scred get together once in a while very informally for a beer without any outsiders (vc’s, consultants etc.) so they can talk freely about the life in startups.
More networking online
It would make sense that most of the networking around Finnish startups would happen online. There’s the StartupHelsinki group, created by Ville Vesterinen, who is also behind the OpenCoffee Events (which is using Meetup). Here’s a group about entrepreneurship in Finland.and here’s another. But that’s it. Not too many really useful places to exchange ideas and make new contacts. There must be more that I’m not aware of. Should you know any, let me know in the comments.
In Sweden they have created a networking site for Startups using Ning. Anyone interested in doing the same in Finland? Would there be any use for it or are the current networking events and sites already enough?