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Howdy,

we would like to share with you two stories, intertwined…. the story of Anna-Maija Sulonen (Ansku), one of the winners of the last Startup Weekend, and the one of BooknHeal, a company who won a place into Vertical during the latest Upgraded Life Festival.

Ansku is in her final year as a PhD student at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM). For her PhD thesis, she concentrates on the development and application of novel methods in molecular disease genetics, in particular the genetics of multiple sclerosis. Her personal interests in disease genetics are to enable efficient but accessible tools for studies of inherited diseases, with great emphasis on clinical use.

After experiencing major depression, she wanted to improve and ease access to mental health care and psychotherapy. Thus in the spring 2015 she joined a start-up called @Care with the same mission. Her responsibility in the company is to develop an innovative matching tool which makes finding the right therapist fast and easy.

This is what BooknHeal have to say about Ansku…
…“In spring 2015 the team was joined by Anna-Maija Sulonen (Ansku), an MD and a researcher. Ansku had participated to a Startup Weekend event in Vantaa and had pitched in a competition with her idea of using a matching algorithm to connect patients with the right psychotherapists. She won the competition and the news spread to Henri. It didn’t take long for them to decide to join forces”…

We are proud of Ansku too. We think she is a great example for all of our attendees, and that’s why she is going to be one of our speaker on Friday 12. She is going to talk about her experience with Startup Weekend.

We want you to be part of our Startup Weekend Helsinki too. You never know you might find your next co-founder, a business partner, or a friend with a bold idea that could change the lives of billions (with B).

What we know is that Startup Weekend fosters entrepreneurship. We facilitate the expression of all those awesome ideas that you always had, but never being in the right place at the right time to express. Or maybe it’s “just” a lot of fun, and you have to be there, if you happen to be in Finland.

Whatever the reason, let us share this story 😉

Mario Di Florio