Small and medium-sized enterprises are the fastest growing sections of our economy, but new graduates often lack the skills and confidence to flourish as entrepreneurs.

Now an innovative degree programme which puts running a real company at the heart of the learning experience is changing the face of business education in the UK.

Promoting resilience, self-reliance, innovation and ingenuity; putting students in charge of their own learning – that’s the aim of Akatemia CIC, a not-for-profit company formed to bring a radical approach to entrepreneurship from its heartland in Finland into the UK. It’s called Team Academy and it has a simple philosophy: Learning to work entails working to learn.

Join us: learning Journey Tampere, 15 – 18 November 2016

Akatemia has run a number of learning journeys to Jyväskylä, but for the second time Tampere will be the focus of our attention as we travel to Finland in November to learn how this particular model can be adapted successfully for the UK education system.  Our programme will include opportunities to meet team entrepreneurs, team coaches and alumni, and will enable us to gain personal experience of these learning methods and see for ourselves the impact it has made on the local business community.  For details read more …..

Train as a Team Academy coach

The fourth UK team coach training programme has now started but a further opportunity to train as a Team Academy coach will begin in late2016 or early 2017 and two ‘open’ places are available for prospective coaches, or those interested in applying the methodology in either an academic or work environment.  For details read more ……

Film – Team Academy comes to the UK

Learning from their Finnish counterparts is taking UK academics to Jyväskylä to see for themselves the impressive results achieved by these methods (see film below). In 2013 student companies generated over 2.6 million euros in turnover, and within three years of graduation almost half of graduates are running their own businesses. Employment rates for new graduates are a healthy 91%.