TalentHUB & Kokka’s mission from the student’s perspective

TalentHUB South-Karelia & Kaakon KOKKA project’s mission & vision


These projects are doing relevant job for the needs of the companies and international students in Southern Finland.


Here our project-assistant, Pavel Briuzga describes our mission in his own words.


What is our mission?


Firstly, we need to explain a bit what actual problem of the international students in Finland is. The big problem of Finnish recruitment system that there is a big need for the international specialists, but same time companies does not accept people with low level of Finnish language so our international students are not even getting a chance to show their knowledge to them.

Also, another relevant point is much more challenging: how to get job without connections in the company? This makes a lot of motivated and trained graduated students just leave the country.


TalentHUB & Kaakon KOKKA projects are here to help to solve these problems. Core concept of these projects is to connect the local companies and enterprises with international talents and to grow interest in recruiting international specialists as they might have some unique knowledge. At the same time these projects are aiming to fix the problem of job hunting and recruitment knowledge of international student in Finland.


The main point of TalentHUB South-Karelia


In the author’s opinion main advantage of the TalentHUB is being focused on companies, and then can connect the students and companies in South- Karelia region. It is key to success in our region – still there are people ready to upgrade their business with help of international students. For international specialists may got job mostly in Helsinki region, so it will be our big decision to help to find the job for students specifically in South-Karelia region.


Entrepreneurship is relevant part of TalentHUB. Part of students wants to have their own business, but they are missing support and guidance in developing their business.  TalentHUB is working in collaboration with Business Mill, which assist on all the stages with developing own business idea.


It is key to mention is that TalentHUB is working closely with students of LAB & LUT as its services created specifically for them.


I hope you get inspired from our mission and vision

Nikita Uzhegov – Co-founder of SpinDrive

Nikita Uzhegov – Co-founder of SpinDrive

I came to Lappeenranta as a double degree program student in 2011. I’ve been studying electrical engineering at LUT University and after completing my Master’s degree I’ve got an opportunity to start a PhD researcher position in 2012. During my doctoral studies, I’ve been working on several industrial projects as an electromagnetic designer of high-speed electrical machines. I’ve been also taking part in the Research to Business (TUTL) project, where the goal was to commercialize special bearing technology for the high-speed machines – active magnetic bearings. Together with my colleagues, we noticed that our industrial partners are struggling to find an affordable and suitable commercial solution for the active magnetic bearings globally, that’s why in 2015 we decided to establish the company SpinDrive.


After completing my PhD in 2016 I’ve started to work full time at SpinDrive.


In SpinDrive we improve the energy efficiency of industrial processes by providing active magnetic bearings to equipment manufacturers. We democratize levitation by providing magnetic bearings affordable and easy to integrate across the industries. As our solution required significant investment to be developed, the Finnish governmental funding agency Business Finland played a key role in the development of our company. They provided crucial support at each stage in a very transparent and collaborative way.


”Business Finland played a key role in the development of our company”


In Finnish startups, it’s common to have English as a primary communication language as most of the startups are oriented at the international markets and they would also like to attract the best talents. However, the chances to get a position in a bigger industrial company are significantly higher with Finnish language skills. This might be the most crucial skill for the foreigner to increase her or his competitive advantage in the job market.


Finland provides great opportunities for a startup career

In addition to financial support by Business Finland, it’s very easy to start a company and begin operations. There is a special visa available now for the international entrepreneurs willing to start a company in Finland. Compared to many other countries, administrative work is more straightforward and management can focus on value creation and not on solving bureaucratic issues. There is a strong startup ecosystem in Finland that was successfully built several years ago with project examples like Slush and Startup Sauna. There is a good opportunity to raise seed stage funding in Finland from business angels and venture capital. The overall perception of working in a startup is very positive in society, which helps to attract the best talent.



Nikita Uzhegov

Nikita Uzhegov