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A perspective for younger people to break the chains of Covid-19

Slowly we are getting out of the immediate effects of the Covid-19 crisis, but the situation is far from being under control. We are still missing effective medication and vaccination. Also for mid to long-term effects on society, economy and labour markets we still can make informed guesses only.

What we already see is a sharp drop in new job opportunities particularly for younger people. Close to the end or having already finished education, apprentice ship, university they were eager to start a new chapter in life. But companies have stopped hiring and it is not to be foreseen when they will restart.

What to do now? Many younger and older people ask whether they have the right skills and competences for new realities today and even more for the future. Thus, it is helpful to look at a framework of principles developed by Adapt2Digital ( These principles can serve as a great anchor for orientation. They point to where we all should develop skills and competencies that help us for the future.

No surprise that DIGITAL is key! Not everybody can/needs to be a programmer. But everybody must have skills and knowledge about technologies and how they work. Above all how to create better outcomes and more meaningful experiences.

The current situation is a showcase for the need of being ADAPTIVE! There is never one way only to look at things. We are living in times where the „AND“ prevails. Who is able to use a classical/traditional AND a digital approach will be more successful. Resilience is an other key feature we need now, yet, it is not enough! For the future we need resilience AND skills to experiment. We got to improve our competencies that enable us to think big, start small and learn fast.

Staying CONNECTED and OPEN is another area to have a look at. It is about the connection between people and people, people and technology, people and things. For youngsters it seems to be much easier to connect to technology or to the internet of things than for older people (and I am aware of using a stereotype …). But, what’s about the connection to people? Getting information from people in the same social networks only is risky. In times like these nobody can claim to know it all. It is about diversity and collective intelligence. Learning means to get opinions and current knowledge tested, challenged, and adjust it. Being connected, is not enough by itself! It must go along with active sharing and collaboration, being open by default!

In our lives we always have to make decisions! Skills how to take decisions and being aware of the „human mechanics“ that influence this process, are critical. Yet, at the same time it is very important being DATA INFORMED. This means to make decisions on meaningful data. We are living in times of fake news and AI creating images somebody else wants us to see. Thus, it is a must to develop skills to and acquire knowledge how to analyse and validate data and find the true source.

We all to learn from situations in the past. But there are situations like Covid-19 that did not occur in the past. We are not to forget about the past, but to a much bigger extent must have a FUTURE FOCUS. Keeping an eye on what is ahead and having an outward and forward focus should be a better approach. We see the accelerating speed of how technology develops. How things were done in the past gets much less relevant for how things need to be done in the future.

Many younger and older people find themselves in difficult situations. Especially in those it is important to have an AUDIENCE FOCUS. Fight the „natural“ reaction of retreat! Get out and connect to all possible audiences. Let them know about your skills and competencies. Identify your potential customers and their needs in a broad sense. It is critical to connect to our humanity. What was called „soft skills“ in the past, will be „power skills“ in the future. This means communication, interpersonal skills, empathy continue to be important in any setting of human interaction.

With Nestholma’s new strategic direction there will be opportunities to utilize the described framework in the great new entrepreneurship program.  All designed to help young people building their solid basis for an entrepreneurial career.

Rudolf Vogl, Founder/CEO of Smartbird,

About the writer

I have spent my professional live in public service and then in three different types of industries. The last 15 years I was heading the corporate HR function for a big bank. Now with “smartbird” – still in formation – I have started my journey into the digital age. As a “baby boomer” I want to proof that a digital mindset is not matter of age. And with repositioning soft skills into power skills I want to develop managers and organisations for future and return and beyond.

Rudolf Vogl, Smartbird
& Nestholma Mentor

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We at Nestholma have always valued changes and for that exact reason, we are happy to announce our new direction. In the new online-embracing-world we live in, we are shifting our direction towards HR and will be focusing even stronger into:

  1. Providing virtual entrepreneurship accelerators for laid-off employees to create new businesses, as we’ve done in the past with Nokia and Microsoft
  2. Helping HR departments turn the cultural transformation into reality by giving an entrepreneurial boost into the organization
  3. Bringing new innovation into your company by finding high potential startups around the world

For driving this new direction, Virpi Jalonen has been nominated as the new CEO, bringing over 10 years of international HR, talent acquisition and entrepreneurship experience aboard. At the same time Daniel Collado Ruiz, the previous CEO, moves into a new role focusing on building sustainable and green technology companies at Fairforce, remaining as part of the Nestholma community. In addition, Raquel Ortega Gómez will continue as the Ecosystem Orchestrator leading Nestholma’s business development and projects further, supporting Nestholma’s wide variety of startups.

Virpi & Raquel (Photo: Distrito Digital)

Daniel has been successfully leading Nestholma and expanding the business globally, ramping up Nestholma’s Spain office in Alicante and together with the team has been creating great new business opportunities for both Nestholma, its partners as well as for Nestholma’s startups. 

“It has been a pleasure to guide this ship during the past years, and I’m excited to see what this new focus will bring to our customers and startup companies.” says Daniel.

Virpi has been part of Nestholma’s office since the beginning in Alicante as Renewal Strategist and earlier this year has taken the role as COO of Nestholma. She is experienced in leading strategic HR projects, driving cultural transformation and as the founder of The Career Atelier is also expert in building new online business and coaching people towards new beginnings in their careers. From the background, she is an HR and talent acquisition expert and has worked in gaming and tech companies such as Wisar, Hatch, Rovio and Nokia.

“Nestholma’s core is renewal, innovation and collaboration – we are experts of turning challenging situations into new business opportunities and have the expertise to bring new innovations inside the organization. 
I’m excited to have the chance to develop Nestholma further and continue building on the great foundation that Daniel, Antti Kosunen and the whole Nestholma team have created.” says Virpi.

Does your company take social responsibility seriously, taking good care of your employees also in challenging layoff situations? We are happy to work either directly with you or partner with your existing outplacement partners providing entrepreneurship accelerator support as additional service for those employees who are interested to start new business.

We are also experts in bringing innovation inside your organization – whether it would be training programs for your people or finding the best startups to collaborate with.

Contact for more information

Virpi Jalonen, CEO

Spain +34 69 445 1550

Finland +358 50 487 2578

[email protected]

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Looking back at 2019’s biggest fintech convention of the year.
Source: @money2020 Twitter

…And it’s a wrap! The European leg of Money 20/20 in Amsterdam was a wild success. The world’s largest marketplace for fintech ideas and innovations grew in maturity. Fintech scaleups seemed to outnumber startups. A sign that the fintech industry is growing and developing.

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It is hard to think of a better time to be a bank, insurance company or other corporation who wants to work with startups. Over the past years, companies specializing in organizing hackathons, incubators, accelerators or any other kind of startup related programs and services have sprung up like mushrooms. And that’s why regardless if it is the first time an organization is embarking on the journey to work with startups or already have well-established systems and processes, they can easily find whatever help they need.

At the same time, there are so many players that finding the partner (or partners) for your organization and your specific goals is definitely not the easiest task. And that is why we created this guide to help you find the right partner for you.

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The rapidly changing world requires corporations to re-think all aspects of their organizations. They need to renew their strategies, operations and the way they organize their resources. Some of the most successful companies have realized startups are a good tool for fostering organizational renewal. They understand that in today’s world, they cannot only rely on their in-house resources.

By building relationships within a broader ecosystem of organizations, corporations can mobilize relevant expertise and talent to address unexpected challenges whenever they arise. Bill Joy, the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems once Read more »

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It’s clear that for startups, having a big bank as a partner is crucial. And that OTP Bank is such a partner. It can make it or break it. It makes your startup bank-validated. But collaboration is not a one-way street. Tweet this. You also need to understand your partner and their motives; why they want to collaborate with you. After all, those are the things that will shape how the future collaboration will really be in practice.

We had a chat with key people in OTP Bank to find out and share with you. And let me tell you, startups are in for a treat. Read more »