PROGRAM


Silta is a program that takes early-stage founders from Finland to the San Francisco Bay Area for three months to build their companies and immerse them into the vibrant and lively culture.

Silta sets the scene for the participants to focus on building their companies and competences to become world-class founders. The program aims to provide the participants with custom activities that might help the participants with reaching their program objective - depending on the participation agenda this could mean anything from making necessary introductions to investors to organizing events for networking or a gathering of experts from a particular domain.


The program is a great opportunity to: 

Build: Focus on building your company during the three-month program.
Connect: Connect with ambitious, like-minded founders, investors and experts.
Level up: Develop yourself to become a world-class founder while building your company and connecting with relevant people.
The program is built on the following principles:

The SILTA participants know what’s best for them. We provide you with the opportunity to build your company in the SF Bay Area and we believe that you know what’s best for you and your company. 

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In order to keep track of your development, you need to have clear metrics to track your progress and keep the direction.

'There’s no silver bullet. Success doesn’t come overnight but you need to work consistently towards your goal. We are there to challenge and support you along the journey.

how is it done?

The three months in the SF Bay Area are devoted for the participants to build their company and to reach their objectives set for the program.

Program facilitated at the SF Bay Area

The participants apply to the program with an agenda related to building their company which is translated into an action plan with clear OKRs for the three months of the program.

Housing, flights & practicalities are taken care of

We will cover the flight and accommodation costs for 0-6 entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley to live at a rental house from the SF Bay Area.

KUMMI network ready to help

The participants get support both from the network of Silta program alumni as well as Kummis - SF Bay Area based mentors - who are able to help you with your program objective.

*The participation cost for the program is 700€/person.

The program of Silta consists of two parts

ORIENTATION

Orientation is the prepatory phase for the program. The phase consists of four workshops that are held on weekly basis in August during 1.-27.8.2022. The goal for the orientation is to prepare the participants to get most out of their time at the SF Bay Area.

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Kick-off session

Getting to know the participants of the batch and going through what needs to be done before leaving to SF Bay Area.

Goal setting

Setting the objectives for the program based on the agenda and constructing them into an action plan for the duration of the program.

Kick-off session

Getting to know the participants of the batch and going through what needs to be done before leaving to SF Bay Area.

Goal setting

Setting the objectives for the program based on the agenda and constructing them into an action plan for the duration of the program.

Orientation (16.1.-17.2.23)

Orientation is the preparatory phase for the program. The phase consists of workshops that are held on a weekly basis between 16.1.-17.2.2023. The goal for the orientation is to prepare the participants to get the most out of their time at the SF Bay Area. The workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

PROGRAM (19.2.-13.5.23)

The program has a light weekly structure consisting of 1) the weekly sync and 2) the Sunday dinner.

The weekly sync is devoted for the participants to share the status of last week's goals, setting goals for themselves for the upcoming week, and sharing any learnings made & challenges faced during the last week. The weekly sync is there to enable information sharing as well as peer support among the batch.

The Sunday dinner is a weekly shared meal held on Sunday evenings each week. The dinner is prepared by a randomly selected pair from the batch for the rest of the batch. The purpose of the dinner is to reserve time and space for the cohort to share how their week has been as well as discuss any learnings and experiences made during the week.

The monthly structure for the program is the following:

M1

The first month consists orientational sessions as well as the first reflections regarding the program. M1 is the time to get really going with your objectives for the program.

M2

The second month consists mostly of the batch participants working on their objectives. The halfway there reflection session is also held during M2.

M3

The 'final countdown' for the program. During M3 the participants should reach the objectives they set for themselves for Silta. The phase will be ended by Silta Demo Day, the final event, and the ending ceremony for the program.


Aleksi Päkkilä
Program Lead of SILTA S23 batch
aleksi@siltahouse.com
Introduction of S23 Program Lead
Hi! I am Aleksi, the upcoming Program Lead for the SILTA S23 batch. I have been building the SILTA project since the beginning of 2021 and am super excited to facilitate the next program. Here’s a bit about myself.

Relevant previous experience:
- Investment Manager at Wave Ventures (03/2022 -)
- Head of International Relations at Aaltoes (2021)
- Director at Fallup (2020), Head of Partnerships at Series (2021)

My specialities:
- Validating a business idea
- Fundraising process and the related materials (pitch deck, etc.)
- Creating a go-to-market strategy

Through the different projects I have built a broad understanding of how early-stage companies should be built and supporting early-stage startups comes naturally for me.

On my free time I enjoy spending time in the nature hiking, tenting or doing sports. I also love digging deep into the corners of the internet, e.g., through random Youtube videos and simultaneously learning about random new things.

I am happy to chat about any questions that you may have about the program or applying for it!

Ready for silicon valley? application is now open!