Dream Broker donates to Sibelius Academy in recognition of the power of music as art and its positive therapeutical impact

L-R: Mika Ahokas, Emilie Gardberg, Niklas Pokki, Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen


Dream Broker has donated €10 000 to The University of the Arts, Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy in recognition of the power of music as art and its positive therapeutical impact. It is the company’s privilege to help Sibelius Academy in its continued dedication to musical, artistic, as well as academic achievement. The donation comes as part of the company’s wider plan for community support first laid down in 2021.

An internationally recognised centre for developing the musical arts, the Sibelius Academy is the cornerstone of music culture in Finland due to its expertise in teaching, research, and artistic activities. The Sibelius Academy is one of the largest music academies in Europe, with the primary mission of renewing and fostering the music culture. The love of music and uncompromising passion for their work is the driving force behind this mission.

A creative community of approximately 1,500 students and 500 teachers, the Sibelius Academy attracts the best from across the continent to study, learn and teach. The international nature of the institution is reflected in their research, teachings, concerts, and other institutional activities.

The Academy has also been focusing on research and teaching the relationship between music and the mind. Mental health and wellbeing have been areas of focus during the past years as the Dean of Sibelius Academy, Emilie Gardberg, explained.

“We are coming out of a very difficult time. The pandemic has been very challenging and difficult, especially for young people. The power of music and its universal language is now more important than ever. Music offers a way of expressing emotions and it also has a therapeutic effect. When rebuilding our society, music and the arts have great importance.” Emilie Gardberg, Dean of Sibelius Academy

Dream Broker remains steadfast in supporting their customers, employees, and the community. The company believes in building a better future for our community by supporting valuable and meaningful causes. As the company continues to grow in stature, it hopes to help their community grow together by contributing to these causes as much as possible.

“This donation is a symbolic gesture that we hope will inspire other growing and successful businesses to give back to the arts, culture and community through philanthropy. Music as art can heal and comfort us – the timeless and eternal language of our souls.” Mika Ahokas, CEO, Dream Broker


Additional Information:


CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, mika.ahokas@dreambroker.fi

PR & Communications: Alexandra Taimitarha, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 410 8188, alexandra.taimitarha@dreambroker.fi

Dream Broker continues to support exceptional athletes and community interests

L-R: Toni Nieppola, Marjut Hämäläinen

As a company, Dream Broker is committed to maintaining a positive standard of corporate social responsibility. Enabling athletes, who are performing at an exceptional level within their sport, are no exception. On this occasion, Dream Broker is privileged to shine a spotlight on young Finnish talent, Marjut Hämäläinen, who is one of the few female competitors in the male-dominated sport of shooting.

Dream Broker has partnered with the Ostrobothnia Academic National Defense Association – Pohjanmaan Akateeminen Maanpuolustusseura Ry (PAM ry) – to champion women in the sport of shooting and help the voluntary Finnish national defence efforts. The company is humbled to announce that a meaningful donation was presented to Toni Nieppola, Chairman of PAM ry, on 14.4.2022. The donation will be used to scale the foundation’s operations by purchasing new sports equipment and infrastructure.

The Ostrobothnian Academic National Defense Association (PAM ry) is a reserve organisation under the Finnish Reserve Officers’ Association, founded on March 22, 1961. It is currently one of the oldest recreational organisations at the University of Oulu and consists of over 300 active members from alumni, students, and staff. The association manages and organises activities that support and promote the mental and physical wellbeing of its members through sports, training and competition events. PAM ry also cooperates with other reservist organisations for students through the Student Reserve District (ORUP). 

Organisations that support the physical and mental wellbeing of grassroots communities align with Dream Broker’s core values. PAM ry provides opportunities for female shooting stars like Marjut Hämäläinen, to develop and succeed in a male-dominated sport. Therefore, it is a precious and meaningful partnership for the company to support the association.

For more information about PAM ry, visit https://www.pamry.fi/

Additional information:

CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, mika.ahokas@dreambroker.fi

PR & Communications: Alexandra Taimitarha, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 410 8188, alexandra.taimitarha@dreambroker.fi

Dream Broker makes 12 500 € donation to MIELI on their 125th anniversary

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Finnish Mental health Association (MIELI), Dream Broker has made another donation on behalf of all their customers to support mental health and wellbeing across Europe. As a company, Dream Broker is committed in a number of ways to maintaining a positive standard of corporate social responsibility.

Dream Broker is very humbled to announce that a donation of €12 500 was presented to Mieli at their 125th Jubilee event on 31.3.2022 in Helsinki, Finland.

Operating for 125 years, MIELI is the oldest non-governmental organisation dedicated to mental health in the world. In Operating for 125 years, MIELI is the oldest non-governmental organisation dedicated to mental health in the world. In addition to operating at an international level, they are also one of the largest mental health organisations in Finland, with 54 local member associations, being run by almost 150 professionals and over 3,000 volunteers. Their goals include promoting mental health and wellbeing, providing crisis support and preventing mental health issues.

Mieli’s 125-year anniversary slogan is “Jokainen mieli on tärkeä”, in Finnish, meaning that every ‘mind’ is important. The theme promotes and defends the universal right to good mental health, regardless of age or background. 2022 also marks 20 years of collaboration with the youth and children in schools.

Supporting customers, employees, and the community is a key tenet at Dream Broker. Therefore, it is a valuable and meaningful endeavour to continue supporting Mieli now and in the future. Mika Ahokas, CEO of Dream Broker, remains steadfast in encouraging everyone, as individuals and companies, to support the mental wellbeing and health of those around them.

From left to right: Mika Ahokas, Sari Aalto-Matturi, Kristian Wahlbeck
Photographer: Kalle Erkkilä

Additional information:

CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, mika.ahokas@dreambroker.fi

PR & Communications: Alexandra Taimitarha, Dream Broker Ltd, alexandra.taimitarha@dreambroker.fi

Supporting mental health and wellbeing at the workplace together with MENTUPP

Dream Broker is humbled to announce that it was chosen as one of the first companies to participate in a pilot programme to improve mental health in the workplace. MENTUPP (Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings) is a EU-funded research project. The project aims to increase mental health awareness and support those with mental health related issues in businesses. The research project is targeting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

The MENTUPP pilot programme focuses on firms and enterprises in 9 countries in 3 different sectors (Construction, Health and ICT) and has been conducted by the University College Cork in Ireland with the help of other contributors, many universities and research organisations, one of them being the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, THL. Due to the shift in modern ways of working in today’s society and global climate, the topic concerns most of us in businesses and public organisations.

The collaboration with MENTUPP has been effective in helping Dream Broker employees to open up discussions about their mental wellbeing in the workplace. “MENTUPP has helped to de-stigmatise mental health issues and provided opportunities for leaders to better understand the mental health and wellbeing of their employees,” states CEO Mika Ahokas. This in turn has helped to develop improvements in the workplace altogether, as well as allowed leaders and employees to act decisively to prevent any mental health challenges.

“We have received very positive feedback from the THL/MENTUPP research programme and internally from our employees. The experience has been smooth and easy to adapt from start to finish and we continue to benefit from the MENTUPP programme even after the project has ended. ” Emma Lounaskorpi, Executive & Personal Assistant of CEO and responsible for the occupational healthcare at Dream Broker.

Participants were guided through a step-by-step process which involves questionnaires and online materials that aim to support mental health and wellbeing. “The heart of the project is the MENTUPP Hub that provides educational material for managers, employees and colleagues within organisations about different types of mental health issues and their early signs.” Johanna Cresswell-Smith, Project Coordinator, THL explains.

Participating in this novel research project since 2021 fits well to the company’s core values and ongoing initiatives relating to mental health and healthcare, such as taking care of social responsibility and those in weaker positions. Mika Ahokas, CEO, highly recommends the MENTUPP programme and hopes other Finnish and European companies will follow suit.

Physical and mental health is taken seriously at Dream Broker. The video (see above) highlights testimonials from Dream Broker employees sharing their personal experiences with MENTUPP. Dream Broker would like to thank the MENTUPP Project Research Team for the unique opportunity to participate.

For more information about MENTUPP, visit https://www.mentuppproject.eu/

Additional information:

Dream Broker

Mika Ahokas, CEO, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 583 7782, mika.ahokas@dreambroker.fi

MENTUPP Project Research Team

Professor Kristian Wahlbeck, Project Coordinator, THL, Tel. +358 400 659 101, firstname.lastname@thl.fi

Johanna Cresswell-Smith, Project Coordinator, THL, Tel. +358 29 524 7351, firstname.lastname@thl.fi

Saara Rapeli, Research Officer, THL, Tel. +358 29 524 7102, firstname.lastname@thl.fi

A meaningful and lasting donation on behalf of all customers

Dream Broker wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to their customers, and this holiday season will be making a donation on behalf of all their customers to support the mental health and wellbeing across Europe. The donation will go to the Finnish Association for Mental Health (MIELI), to whom Dream Broker has already made multiple donations, and also, in recognition of the power of musical therapy and art, the Sibelius Academy as a part of the University of Arts.

Instead of sending physical gifts, Dream Broker wished to do something more meaningful and lasting. As a company, Dream Broker is committed in a number of ways to maintaining a positive standard of corporate social responsibility. Dream Broker has already donated to MIELI in the past and wants to continue supporting their work now and in the future.

Operating for over 120 years, MIELI is the oldest non-governmental organisation dedicated to mental health in the world. In addition to operating at an international level, they are also one of the largest mental health organisations in Finland, with 54 local member associations, being run by almost 150 professionals and over 3,000 volunteers. Their goals include promoting mental health and wellbeing, providing crisis support and preventing mental health issues. Their aim is to build a society wherein people can talk about mental health safely, confidently and without stigma.

An internationally recognised centre for developing the musical arts, the Sibelius Academy is the cornerstone of music culture in Finland thanks to its expertise in teaching, research, and artistic activities. The Sibelius Academy is one of the largest music academies in Europe, with the primary mission of renewing and fostering the music culture. The love of music and uncompromising passion for their work is the driving force behind this mission.

A creative community of approximately 1,500 students and 500 teachers, the Sibelius Academy attracts the best from across the continent to study, learn and teach. The international nature of the institution is reflected in everything they do, from research and teaching to concerts and other activities. One of their areas of focus is researching and teaching the relationship between music and the mind.

Dream Broker is a firm believer in supporting their customers, employees, and the community, and see that supporting these two organisations is both a valuable and meaningful endeavour. Mika Ahokas, CEO of Dream Broker, encourages everyone, as individuals and companies, to support the mental wellbeing and health of those around them.

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Additional information:

CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 583 7782, mika.ahokas@dreambroker.fi

PR & Communications: Alexandra Taimitarha, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 410 8188, alexandra.taimitarha@dreambroker.fi

Team Finland in the Nord Stream Race 2021 – powered by Dream Broker

About the Race

The Nord Stream Race is the largest yacht race in the Baltics, and pits the five best national teams from Finland, Denmark, Germany, Russia and Sweden against each other in an epic 1,000 nautical mile offshore race, visiting each of the participating countries along the way, to determine the ultimate title of “Best Yacht Club in the Baltics”.

Starting in Kiel, the teams will compete in identical, Finnish-designed ClubSwan 50 racing yachts in multiple legs, stopping in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. In addition to each of these offshore legs, there will be inshore races held at each of the stopovers, with the yachts racing close to the main harbours creating an exciting event for spectators to enjoy. The results of the offshore legs and inshore races will be combined to produce an overall winner.

Team Finland

Representing Finland is the sailing club of Esbo Segelförening with ten highly skilled young sailors supported by Dream Broker, the leading online video software company from Finland. Dream Broker is especially excited about supporting the race, as one of the crew members is Oliver Hartas, Content Producer at Dream Broker. An experienced sailor originally from Australia, Oliver was asked to join the team as Trimmer, and is especially proud not only to represent Dream Broker, but to have the opportunity to represent Finland as well.

Dream Broker is proud to support the team in their endeavour because it aligns strongly with the values and principles of the company. Making waves in the Baltic Sea and the software industry alike, the strong sense of ambition, passion and heart drives both entities, to new horizons that would not be possible without meaningful communication. Their online video software product, Dream Broker Studio, is leading the industry in revolutionising business communication with the power of video.

Now more than ever, maintaining great communication is key for every organisation and industry, and video is the most effective medium, making up of 82% of all internet traffic. Working remotely also relies heavily on cyber secure video communication, and Dream Broker Studio enhances all aspects of business communication in a fun, natural and productive way. The team will not only be using Dream Broker Studio to post live updates during the race, but as a case study, Oliver will continue working, even from out to sea, thanks to the power of Dream Broker Studio.

Additional information

CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 583 7782, mika.ahokas(a)dreambroker.fi

PR & Communications: Alexandra Taimitarha, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 410 8188, alexandra.taimitarha(a)dreambroker.fi

Dream Broker makes a general donation to MIELI Finnish Mental Health Association and tightens collaboration with Lapinlahden Lähde Oy

In December 2020, Dream Broker announced that it will donate 5 euros on behalf of each of its enterprise customer, directing it to MIELI ry. With the donation, the aim is to support the association’s valuable work in developing mental healthcare services. By exceeding the level of a thousand enterprise customers by the end of the year, Dream Broker promised to increase donated amount per customer to 10 euros. At the end of the year 2020, the number of enterprise customers grew to 1026, resulting in a total donated amount of 10 260 euros. The donation is considered a general donation and it was granted to MIELI ry in March 2021.

In addition, Dream Broker has started the collaboration this year with Lapinlahden Lähde Oy, a subsidiary of MIELI ry. Operating as their technology partner, Dream Broker provides its Smart TV technology, software solutions and expertise for their use. This enables Lapinlahden Lähde to stay more effectively connected through online video communication with their important stakeholders, especially during the corona times.

Dream Broker’s collaboration with MIELI ry and Lapinlahden Lähde will tighten in other areas as well. In April 2021 Dream Broker will become one of the tenants in the Lapinlahti Hospital, where the rented facilities are dedicated to support research and development projects of Dream Broker and activities related to art, science and culture.

In the meanwhile, Dream Broker is actively working to secure the future of Lapinlahti area and its historical hospital together with other collaboration partners. As soon as the ongoing investigation of the future of Lapinlahti Hospital is completed, the ultimate goal of Dream Broker is to join forces with other like-minded stakeholders to secure the future of the hospital.

Additional information:

CEO, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 583 7782, mika.ahokas(a)dreambroker.fi

Dream Broker makes a donation to support work amongst mental health for MIELI Mental Health Finland

Instead of giving traditional Christmas presents this year, Dream Broker donates 5 euros on behalf of each of its enterprise customer to support mental healthcare. Today Dream Broker has 974 enterprise customers. Dream Broker is a rapidly growing company which wants to give back from its success to the ones who need it the most. The amount of Dream Broker’s customers has grown during the year 2020 from little over 800 customers to its current volume and therefore Dream Broker wants to thank all the customers for the collaboration during the past year.

Additionally, Dream Broker wants to challenge positively its customers and employees to reach the limit of 1000 enterprise customers by the end of the year 2020 and when succeeding in this, Dream Broker increases the donation per customer to 10 euros.

With the donation, Dream Broker wants to support the MIELI Mental Health Finland association’s valuable work in developing the mental healthcare services and mental health. The amount to be donated will be announced during January. We wish all lovely waiting of Christmas, safe rest of the year and happy New Year!

Additional information:

CEO
Mika Ahokas
Dream Broker Ltd
Tel. +358 40 583 7782
mika.ahokas(a)dreambroker.fi

New Foundation to Support Work for Mental Health at Lapinlahti Area

MIELI Mental Health Finland ry and Associations Pro Lapinlahti mielenterveysseura ry, as well as Dream Broker Ltd, a Finnish growth company in software business, are going to set up a foundation with other interested parties to support activities contributing to mental health work at Lapinlahti area, which is cultural-historically important area in Helsinki. The foundation wants to honour the architectural and cultural history of Lapinlahti and the values of its natural surroundings. The aim is to secure the future of the Lapinlahti area and its historical hospital. Meanwhile, the foundation will enable preservation of the hospital building complex for future generations by restoring the buildings and further developing the area into lively and active centre of mental health.

“Non-governmental organisations, individuals, professionals from different fields and cultural practitioners have put valuable efforts to foster the Lapinlahti area and to support mental health. It is an honour for us to declare that we will protect this valuable work. Our company is committed to support the foundation financially, to take a long-term role in it and lead the fundraising”, says Mika Ahokas, the CEO of Dream Broker Ltd.

One element on the background for setting up the foundation is the increasing concern of the rapid growth of mental health issues. In May this year, UN warned about the potential mental health crisis caused by the pandemic.

Currently, 70 companies, 20 organisations and 90 independent artists and researchers are operating at the Lapinlahti area. “A number of people have conducted very valuable work towards Lapinlahti 360 project and to support mental health. We are glad to state that Dream Broker as a private company has pledged to take significant responsibility to enable this work financially”, says Kristian Wahlbeck, Director of Development of MIELI Mental Health Finland.

Also new partners are warmly welcome to join both the foundation to be established and also to develop Lapinlahti and secure the future of the area.

”With the cooperation we want to secure the future of Lapinlahti and preserve the cultural-historically valuable area as a source of culture and mental well-being which is open for all citizens, as well as to engage in even broader work to support well-being”, states Pentti Arajärvi, Chairman of Pro Lapinlahti ry.

”Dream Broker wants to be an example in encouraging everyone to take part in supporting the work for mental health, for example, by helping in the fundraising of the new foundation. Even a small action can have a major impact on mental health. We will approach actively actors from different fields to whom Lapinlahti and mental health could be matters of the heart”, says Mika Ahokas, CEO of Dream Broker Ltd.

Additional information:
Chairman of the Board, Mika Ahokas, Dream Broker Ltd, Tel. +358 40 583 7782, mika.ahokas(a)dreambroker.fi
Development Director Kristian Wahlbeck, MIELI Mental Health Finland, Tel. +358 400 659 101, kristian.wahlbeck(a)mieli.fi
Chairman Pentti Arajärvi, Pro Lapinlahti mielenterveysseura ry, pentti.arajarvi(a)iki.fi