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Our Story

In the hustle and bustle of early childhood education, professionals often grapple with multiple challenges. Between ensuring children's safety, fostering their curiosity, and supporting their unique developmental needs, there's a lot on their plate. Taina Mikkola, having witnessed these challenges firsthand in 2015, saw an opportunity. With the foundation of understanding that each child's journey is unique and recognizing the significance of child-initiated education, TinyApp was born.


Child-initiated early childhood education is pivotal. It revolves around the principle that children learn best when they are intrinsically motivated. When a child's strengths and interests are placed at the center of their learning experience, they are more engaged, curious, and eager to explore. This form of education is not just about imparting knowledge; it's about nurturing a lifelong love for learning.


TinyApp is not just an application; it's a philosophy transformed into a tool. It's a beacon for educators, shedding light on the areas where a child shines the brightest and indicating paths that might best resonate with a child's natural inclinations.


The Team Behind the Vision

To turn such a profound philosophy into a tangible product requires expertise, dedication, and passion. The TinyApp team is a melange of individuals who bring in-depth knowledge from the fields of education and technology. These experts ensure that the app is not only functional but also intuitive and impactful. They are driven by the belief that every child, irrespective of their background, deserves the best start in life.


Taina Mikkola

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CEO, Founder


Heini Mäntynen

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Pedagogical Specialist

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Filipe Wesley de Souza

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Head of Product


Mayra Alejandra Hoyos Girón

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Pilar Gaitán Carrizosa

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VP Strategic Partnerships Latam

Vice Presidenta Alianzas Estratégicas América Latina

Global Ambitions

While TinyApp's roots trace back to Finland, a nation renowned for its educational excellence, its vision is global. The challenges faced by early childhood educators are not confined to one geography. Every corner of the world has children with boundless potential waiting to be tapped into. With TinyApp, the team aims to transcend borders, bringing their pioneering approach to classrooms and homes around the globe.


In Conclusion

The story of TinyApp is one of passion, vision, and unwavering belief in the limitless potential of children. As the app continues to grow and influence early childhood education, it stands as a testament to the idea that when you merge expertise with passion, you can truly change the world.


Someone once remarked, "If we change the beginning of the story, we can change the whole story.” At TinyApp, we don't just believe this; we live it every day. Join us in reshaping the narrative of early childhood education, one child, one teacher, one classroom at a time.

Backed by investors and partners

Angel investors from Finland, Sweden and KSA

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