Q&A with Petra Sundell
Founder & CEO @ Upbeater
What are your plans for the future?
We want to keep doing what we are doing, but on a larger scale. We are currently entering into an exciting phase of expansion with planned re-launches in the Nordics, and an official launch in Lisbon in March 2019. Where to next? We'll let you know when time is right!
Why did you become an entrepreneur?
I've always been an entrepreneur in the sense of activating my own ideas and executing my own projects. I've also always had a huge imagination and lack of ability to see limitations. I learned early on that if I want something to happen, I need to be responsible for seeing it through. I guess the real question is why I like it? My answer would be that I enjoy the rollercoaster ride. Or maybe, now that I think about it, it could be a side effect of impatience, being curiosity and an overload of energy.
Aside from achieving commercial success, what do you see as your startup’s mission?
We're on a mission to help students get #onestepcloser of reaching their dream careers, AND to help startup companies and innovation projects reach their goals faster and more confidently. We have found a great model for it, and we'll keep iterating on it to find new innovative and successful way to support this mission.
Describe your perfect day at work.
We are lucky to get to work with two groups of people who are very eager, passionate, progress and purpose driven which in itself makes most days very interesting and inspiring. The peak is definitely when a student call and say they have been offered a dream opportunity, or when a startup calls and tells us they've just landed a key investment/customer, and that it wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration with Upbeater.
What is your best advice for entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
1. Just do it. I mean, if you wait for the perfect time you might end up waiting forever. 2. Don't be afraid of failure. Instead turn it into experiences and learning that will get you closer to your dream. 3. Share your ideas. Ideas are great but it's what you do with them that counts. I guarantee that if you share them, you'll gain more than you'll loose.