Finland Celebrates National Failure Day Today
HELSINKI, October 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Chairman of Nokia and Shell Jorma Ollila, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka and
other big Finns share their failure stories
During the times of difficult economic situation and aging population,
Finland is finding itself in the middle of need for new jobs for 4% of the
working force. This cannot be created by giant corporations anymore and the
only way to sustain the welfare state seems to go through new ventures and
Although, the Finns are by education very risk averse and the biggest
reason for not setting up a company is the fear of failure. This is the
reason why young entrepreneurs of Finland, lead by Aalto Entrepreneurship
Society and Boardman Tulenkantajat group, are arranging the National Failure
Day in order to change Finnish culture to be more embracing to failures as
part of creating new.
– Finland needs a new kind of entrepreneurial mind set and a culture of
failure. Our mission with this campaign is to arouse conversation around
failing and its importance to creating success stories, says Petri Vilen,
the leader of Boardman Tulenkantajat group.
The supporters behind the campaign include the Chairman of Nokia and
Shell Jorma Ollila, Minister of Economic Affairs Jyri Hakamies, the man
behind the success of Angry Birds, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka among the
support from great variety of Finnish student associations and Finnish
Rovio has been a lot in the news with Angry Birds. However, the company
was near bankruptcy before the game became a hit and had released over 50
games that weren’t successful.
– The most important thing is to keep trying. Sometimes you get it right
and sometimes don’t. Our basic attitude at Rovio is that we’re good in
learning, says Peter Vesterbacka in the video at the campaign site.
On Thursday, October 13th there will be a lot going on in Finland. Every
major university city will have their own events bringing entrepreneurs and
pop icons telling about their failures. Also other events will take place.
– We are actually amazed how the Finns have really taken the day by
heart. We have heard about people organising conferences, round tables and
events at large companies, all of which discussing the topic of failure.
This really makes us as organizers smile, says Petri Vilen.
The National Failure Day campaign has got a lot of attention in the
Finnish mainstream media and all of the largest web, TV, radio and print
media have noticed the campaign already before the actual date.
The videos of the supporters can be found from the campaign site. The
videos are made only in Finnish to get wider audiences and speak to the
regular people among crowds.
News story in English by the Finnish Broadcasting company Yle:
SOURCE Boardman Tulenkantajat