KASKI16 was organized on the 8.11.2016 at Musiikkitalo. Thank you to everyone who joined us! The event was dedicated to Northern European not-so-small-anymore growth companies, i.e., scaleups: what are they, why do they matter, and how are real-life success stories built?
These days we hear tons of talk about growth: where to look for it, how to stir it up, who to blame for the lack thereof. Kasvuryhmä is on a mission to shift Finland’s focus from talking to action and believes the answer lies within the unobvious backbone of Finnish and many neighboring countries’ economies: mid-sized growth companies.
Startups are crucial, but they are not enough: the most dire need right now in Finland is for established companies, who have already done many things right, to take it to the next level. Kasvuryhmä seeks to explore, understand, and support the path from “grownup” (=an established, well-off company with modest growth) to scaleup. We have been sharing best practices in a peer-to-peer community among 170+ Finnish grownups/scaleups for the past 18 months - and now want to use a day to explore what we've learned.
- What are scaleups and why are they so important for the economy?
- What are the major obstacles that scaleups face and how can they be overcome?
- What are the most inspiring scaleup success stories and what can we learn from them?
- What is the role of the government, if any, in creating scaleups?
- What does Kasvuryhmä do to push Finnish scaleups to the next level of growth?
KASKI16 was a full-day event, consisting of an afternoon of 1on1-meetings and roundtable discussions for 200 CEOs, entrepreneurs and chairmen of midsized companies, the first ever "North’s best mid-sized growth companies meet young doers" recruiting event for 80 of Finland's top students and recent grads, and an evening show where scaleups were championed into growth through keynotes and flashtalks.
Revisit the evening with these videos: