The startup journey begins

Group photo from the weekend. Photo: Boost Turku

The last weekend our project manager and creative director Wille Heino, producer Tipi Ilmonen and game designer Martti Kandelin took part in Boost Turku’s Startup Journey 2018 opening boostcamp.

The boostcamp took place in beautiful setting of Tuorla, Kaarina. All ten teams participating in the startup program were present for the weekend filled with a lot of work, information and support.

On Friday Boost Turku’s very own program managers Anssi Ketopakka and Liisa Lehtonen introduced what the Startup Journey 2018 is all about. After the first lecture it was time to get to know each other a bit more. In the evening we used the opportunity to talk with the team psychologists Mari Jokiranta and Mari Järvinen about our team cohesion and how we are approaching things.

Spending an evening with the coaches. Photo: Boost Turku

One of the most memorable moments of the weekend was Saturday’s 1-on-1 session with Aape Pohjavirta, the founder of Funzi and a famous entrepreneur from Finland. The help Aape was able to provide for the project both during the lecture and 1-on-1 session was invaluable. Needless to say, we had a lot of fruitful conversations after the coaching later that evening.

As the Sunday morning dawned it was time for Mike Bradshaw’s coaching lessons about pitching. Without revealing too much about the methods that Mike used, it’s safe to say that everyone in the auditorium had a lot of fun while useful skills were introduced to us. After Mike’s lesson it was time to pack the bags and head back home with a lot of new information and knowledge about entrepreneurship and teamwork.

The word of the weekend was why. Why we’re doing what we’re doing? From the beginning the reasoning behind creating our very first game has been clear: to make the players recognize something special in themselves. After our intense weekend it was clear that the path we had set for ourselves in November 2017, is a path we should truly stick to.

Wintersky‘s first game is a story driven 3D-platformer with emotional impact in mind.

Our journey has now begun and we’d like to wholeheartedly invite you to experience it with us!