When Konstantinos Karatsevidis embarked on his studies at Haaga-Helia, he had no plans to start his own business. However, life took a surprising turn for the Greek-Ukrainian student: Konstantinos now runs his own company making smart devices alongside his studies.
Konstantinos has had an interest in IT and business since he was at school in Ukraine. After upper secondary school, he decided to look for a study place abroad.
He had been interested in Finland ever since visiting the country as a child. Finnish mythology was not the only thing that captured his imagination.
"Finland and the Finnish education system enjoy a good reputation in Ukraine, although I did consider other options, too. In the end, I chose Finland and Haaga-Helia because of that reputation," says Konstantinos.
He enrolled at Haaga-Helia in January 2012. By the time he had been at Haaga-Helia for two years, Konstantinos had launched Eve-Tech Oy with a business partner.
"The work placement period of my degree programme was a great opportunity to start a business. I received a lot of support from Haaga-Helia, including the StartUp School,"
In 2015, Eve-Tech launched its first product, the Eve T1 tablet, which attracted interest internationally. The company has secured heavyweight partners including Microsoft.
EVE-Tech's approach is crowd development, a form of crowdsourcing that draws heavily on user feedback. Konstantinos encourages everyone at Haaga-Helia to participate in the development of Eve-Tech products.
"We want to make products that are suitable and available for everyone. Our aim is to create a product that combines the lightness of a tablet with the performance of a laptop," says Konstantinos.