WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

The stories behind Europe’s most successful clean mobility startups

Episode 1 : Mikko 🇫🇮

Meet Mikko, Chief Development Officer and Founder of Finnish startup Vapaus whose journey into fatherhood made him realise he had an obligation to his daughter; fight climate change. He decided to resign his job as the CEO of a major consultancy and start a business that would add one million bikers on the road within a few years. Was it easy? No. One fiscal decision almost made him close his business and fire all his people. Was it fun? Very much so. It still is, and he’s happy to tell us all about it. Here’s the story of Mikko Ampuja.

Mikko Ampuja
CEO at Vapaus

A podcast by EUSP

The European Startup Prize for Mobility is proud to present its podcast series, featuring the stories behind the women and men who won Europe’s largest acceleration programme for clean mobility startups. ‘What were they thinking’, moderated by our Managing Director, Dan Sobovitz in a one-on-one conversation with the founders and CEOs about the journeys that have transformed their professional and personal lives and that are about to transform European mobility as we know it.

What were they thinking? How did it feel to go the lonely road of an entrepreneur? Did people follow them easily or did they think they were crazy? Was it fun all along or mostly frustrating? Deep down, did they really believe they would make it this far?

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