Team Academy (Tiimiakatemia)


Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom


A Team Academy is a learning community created with the specific aim of giving young adults the skills, knowledge and personal qualities required to run their own businesses while at the same time getting a university degree.


Team Academy (Tiimiakatemia) was born in 1993 in a small town in central Finland at a time of crippling unemployment and the collapse of traditional industries. The brainchild of a maverick marketing lecturer with a passion for making a difference, it has earned its founder Johannes Partanen the Finnish equivalent of a knighthood and attracted interest from educators across the world.

A Team Academy looks nothing like a traditional academic institution. At its heart is a three year bachelor’s degree programme but there are no classrooms, no lectures, no exams. Within the first two weeks of enrolling on the programme, teams of 20 students are formed and given the task of developing real businesses which will generate income. Working on a variety of projects – anything from organising events to running retail outlets – the students learn finance, marketing, leadership and strategy.

Nor does this concept of the highly networked, collaborative entrepreneur fit the ‘Apprentice’ mould. In Team Academy, young people are expected to develop the capacity to work with others and use the creative power of the team to build value for customers.

There are undergraduate Team Academies and post-graduate spin-offs in Finland, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Hungary as well as the UK, and adult education programmes in 10 countries with more than 10,000 people using Team Academy methods worldwide.

In Latin America, India and China team coaches are being trained with a number of initiatives under way to launch degrees, high school courses and team learning programmes.


Tiimiakatemia® is a coaching method that is used to educate teampreneurs. It has been developed for almost 25 years. The method is a positive virus: it has over 10,000 different kinds of users in over ten countries.

Numerous learners have discovered the joy of learning and become entrepreneurs by using the method. Those learners who are in working life have developed their managerial skills and have been able to build and lead teams in success. 


Tiimiakatemia Global is a company that trains professional team coaches. It has been established in 1993 by teamwork, team coaching and team learning experts. The main purpose of the company is to boldly train team coaches. They are coaching professionals who have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience to coach individuals, teams and communities to work and learn in teams.

The company offers both short and long-term coaching programs to progressive and inspired professionals both from the worlds of education and business. In addition to the programs, the company consults organisations to use team coaching methodology and build learning organisations.

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