Emma Huovinen
Co-Founder and CEO of MyNextRun
Finland

© Maija Saarema

Q: How do you deal with stress?

A: I deal with stress by going to the gym to train with my friends.

Absorb as much information from others as possible!

I took a leap of faith and became a founder out of sheer curiosity. I wanted to do something new and see what the world of entrepreneurship could offer me. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into, but that was part of the fascination. I wasn’t afraid and prepared myself to learn on the go. Because I was still a student, my studies had to be put on hold for me to focus fully on starting a company. Although raising money is typically an issue for founders in the beginning, we were lucky to get backed by top-tier investors quite early on. This gave us the chance to start scaling our business quickly.

The people I’ve met over the years of being a founder have been my biggest influences. I’ve had the pleasure of working with and gaining support from some of our experienced investors, who have been an invaluable help in sharing their entrepreneurship expertise. I believe it is very important to absorb as much information from others as possible. Everyone has their own experiences, and with those experiences their unique ideas and thoughts. These mentors have increased my understanding of entrepreneurship in its many forms and put me on the right path to success with my own company.

Emma Huovinen, 29, lives in Helsinki and was previously a student at the Helsinki School of Economics and an e-commerce entrepreneur. In 2010, she founded MyNextRun, the online destination for running. MyNextRun helps runners to discover their next running adventure by listing over 10,000 running events worldwide in a calendar. MyNextRun also provides running-related content such as articles, blogs and social media coverage.

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This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.