Previous Winners

Master Class started in 2012 as cooperation between University of Helsinki and LähiTapiola. In the years 2013–2016 three Master Class programmes took place with the theme ‘good society’. Under this theme Master Class teams considered issues such as the future of welfare state, services and structures within welfare state and how to create sustainable business surrounding these issues. In this page, you'll find short introduction to previous winners.

How to find help for your aging parents or grandparents? Mielenrauhaajat suggest you should be able to find all help and services, such as home help service, cleaning and hairdressing in one place. In addition, friends and relatives can use the website to communicate with each other. The shared calendar makes it easier to get organised as everyone can see physiotherapy has been booked but doctor’s appointment is yet to be made.

“I participated in Master Class mainly because I was curious. I got to challenge myself, hear different perspectives and widen my own. We discussed a lot during Master Class which really improves argumentation skills. After the class ended, we decided to take our winning idea – a website that rounds up companies that provides services for senior citizens – further and are now working on starting a company. That’s incredible, because when we started, none of us knew anything about our subject.”


Jani Varpa, member of the winning Master Class team, 2015–16


Career coaching concept in which foreign social work students run courses for immigrants during the summer. The aim of the courses is to help them recognise their potential and find a job. At the same time of course, the students themselves will get a job: at least for the summer. The idea behind it is that someone who recently moved to country is the best guide for someone who just arrived.

KEKOkodit solves several issues at once: house shortage, unused housing resources and youth at risk. The idea is that empty office buildings will be renovated into supported communal housing. This will be done by youth at risk of marginalisation for the youth at risk of marginalisation. Young people will be activated to take responsibility of their close environment. They will be supported by peer mentors, young people who managed to break their marginalisation process, and social janitors.