- Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow hosted at Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki
- Stanford University Visiting Scholar
- The Royal Society and British Academy Newton Fellow
- The Shortcut, Member of the Board
A curious scholar who is…
Dedicated to work between communities in uncertain territories.
Fascinated to co-create at the intersection of science & practice.
Inspired to share knowledge with diverse audiences.
Committed to deliver high-quality content.
Jukka-Pekka is interested and invested on building impactful and novel platforms, in the fields of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and recently in arts. Particular expertise is rooted to co-created volunteer initiatives that apply self-organising governance models. Currently Jukka-Pekka is based in Helsinki, Aalto University, and in the Bay area as a visiting scholar at Stanford University and occasionally in Berlin and Beirut.
His main focus is on supporting women´s empowerment via entrepreneurship in the Middle East, for more see WTSUP!. In Finland, the focus has been work in the Aalto University and with The Shortcut, a sister organization to Slush that aims to empower immigrants and underprivileged people towards tech entrepreneurship. The Shortcut research was part of Aalto University social value creation research group.
During 2018 Jukka-Pekka launched ambitious Burning Man research project, Burning Stories, that is currentlly scaling as platform that combines science, arts and technology in novel ways. See more about the aim and the team from Burning Man Journal and the forthcoming Conference on Participatory Cultures: Organization & Leadership. The 2018 pilot data was used in Burning Man’s major cultural correction posting, featured in New York Times.
Launched in 2017, the Startup Circus, was an event that for the first time combined entrepreneurship education from different institutions in Helsinki area. For 2019, the event is scaled full blown spectacle of pitchings and arts. 2016 highlight was Pyongyang Startup Week (featured in Financial Times), the first startup and science diplomacy event in North Korea, where Jukka-Pekka was a visiting professor of management between 2012-2017 and taught the country`s first entrepreneurship courses.
Jukka-Pekka has a over ten years of teaching experience with a variety of courses ranging from Venture Ideation, International Management to IT-related topics. He has been co-leading participatory culture projects such as Steam of Life, featured in Arc Daily and Space on Fire (2017), a combination of space tech & wood architecture and co-creating Koulu School (2016), a peer learning education for low infrastructure environments.
The cross-disciplinary approach Jukka-Pekka applies in his work is based on a extensive expertise of combining scientific and practical fields in novel ways. His earlier experience, PhD research, was one of the first ones focusing on the intersection of IT and HR (Human Resources) which dived especially to to the standardization and localization dilemmas of MNCs and applied future studies in one of its methodical approaches. Following this path, exploring the unknown intersections a scientific field or a community and communicating it in a meaningful manner, has been going on in since 2006.
WTSUP! and Burning Stories platforms are open for co-creation and support, feel free to reach out via project websites. The Shortcut in Helsinki is continously looking for talents, contact the organisation via their website.
Passion on communicating science in a non-scientific way
Speaking & events
Science, peer-reviewed science and disseminating for those who benefit from it is more important than ever. Jukka-Pekka is a seasoned speaker for commucating cutting edge science with passion in a new format, with visuals and sound, and apply it to the organisational context. Background as a academic and deep involvement with practice have resulted in a novel understanding of both worlds. Ability to understand research, the journals and find the relevant research for a particular audience is Jukka-Pekka`s core skill. This is a topic that he not only speaks about but also uses on building the WTSUP! platform and Startup Circus. For knowing more, feel free to contact or see below past and forthcoming events. For corporate inquiries, contact speaker agency MySpeaker
Upcoming talks & events
(winter 2019 – spring 2020)
5th May, Helsinki: Session co-host on Participatory Extreme Environments and SDG #9 and #11s. Sustainability Science Days 2020: Destruction & Creativity. More here
31st of March, Helsinki: Leading organizer of Participatory Cultures: Organisation and Leadership Science Conference with the theme of Rebooting Capitalism. Aalto University. More here
16th – 21st of March, Beirut: Leading organizer of WTSUP! entrepreneurship education event. More here
Recent selected talks & events
(autumn & winter 2019)
12th December, Helsinki: Opening keynote on building art-supported startup ecosystems at Startup Circus
10th December, San Francisco: Salon DPRK Entrepreneurship & Tech Scene Update w/ Will Scott
5th December, San Francisco: Salon Burning Man – Latest Research & Lessons Learned On Participatory Cultures
22nd November, Helsinki: Keynote and panelist at Peace & Entrepreneurship
20th November, Helsinki: Building equality-driven and more inclusive startup cultures across borders
15th November, Stanford University: A platform to explore the intersection of science and arts: The story of Burning Stories
10th October, Helsinki: Puheenvuoro – Tutkimustiedon viestiminen käytännön ammattilaisille. Esimies & Henkilösto – tapahtuma