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Janne Kouri

Founder & President of NextStep; Disability Activist; Entrepreneur

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 Janne Kouri Biography

Janne Kouri is the president and founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. NextStep believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities.

NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the United States to offer Locomotor and activity-based training at its state- of-the-art facility in Los Angeles and continues its vision to expand across the U.S. The organization's other initiatives are participation in cutting-edge research, education, and awareness programs that are focused on enhancing the lives of the 6 million people in the U.S. living with paralysis. NextStep is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Program.

In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach left Janne paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. He proved them wrong, and it was documented on ABC's "Good Morning America."

From 2004-2006, Janne was the North American Director for Sulake Corporation, a world leading online community entertainment and media company. Janne was responsible for Sulake's overall North American business strategy and management of its property Habbo, a new type of youth brand, which is based on one of the world's fastest-growing online communities and virtual worlds for teenagers. Prior to Sulake, Janne was an associate at Monrepos LLC, a venture capital firm. Monrepos LLC is a venture capital company that creates, manages, and funds technology-based start up companies, focusing on communication technology and software. Janne was the co-founder of Orchimedia LLC, a mobile gaming pioneer. Orchimedia was a leading Finland-based wireless entertainment company. Orchimedia launched some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games in the Nordic countries.

Janne graduated from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team. He was the 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1996 Team MVP, 1st Team All Conference in 1995 & 1996, and an All-American in 1996. Janne also holds the Hoya All-Time and Single Season Sack Record with 16 and 31.5, respectively.

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  • Life of an Entrepreneur: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    We are all capable of achieving greatness in the face of adversity, but the path of an entrepreneur is riddled with challenges. In part, measurable success requires the individual to learn from mistakes, adapt, and strategize to maintain forward progress. Through his personal and inspiring journey, Janne Kouri shares the lessons he has learned and difficulties he continues to face while pursuing his goal of building a NextStep facility in every community across the country to ensure a lifelong continuum of care for people living with physical disabilities.

  • When Life Changes in an Instant: A Proactive Perspective

    After the accident that fractured his c-5 and c-6 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, everything in Janne Kouri's life changed in an instant. Instead of falling victim to his circumstances and allowing doctors and situation to dictate his future, Janne decided to take a proactive position and regain control over the trajectory of his life. Whether it be difficult life transitions, a failed business venture, or even financial trouble, Janne provides concrete techniques that have proven successful in his own struggles to illustrate the importance of never allowing outside influences define individual potential or worth. His optimistic and confident attitude towards life’s greatest obstacles will transform how you approach the hurdles in your own life.

  • Sisu: Acting Rationally in the Face of Adversity and Never Complaining

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Founder & President of NextStep; Disability Activist; Entrepreneur

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 Janne Kouri Biography

Janne Kouri is the president and founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. NextStep believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities.

NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the United States to offer Locomotor and activity-based training at its state- of-the-art facility in Los Angeles and continues its vision to expand across the U.S. The organization's other initiatives are participation in cutting-edge research, education, and awareness programs that are focused on enhancing the lives of the 6 million people in the U.S. living with paralysis. NextStep is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Program.

In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach left Janne paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. He proved them wrong, and it was documented on ABC's "Good Morning America."

From 2004-2006, Janne was the North American Director for Sulake Corporation, a world leading online community entertainment and media company. Janne was responsible for Sulake's overall North American business strategy and management of its property Habbo, a new type of youth brand, which is based on one of the world's fastest-growing online communities and virtual worlds for teenagers. Prior to Sulake, Janne was an associate at Monrepos LLC, a venture capital firm. Monrepos LLC is a venture capital company that creates, manages, and funds technology-based start up companies, focusing on communication technology and software. Janne was the co-founder of Orchimedia LLC, a mobile gaming pioneer. Orchimedia was a leading Finland-based wireless entertainment company. Orchimedia launched some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games in the Nordic countries.

Janne graduated from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team. He was the 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1996 Team MVP, 1st Team All Conference in 1995 & 1996, and an All-American in 1996. Janne also holds the Hoya All-Time and Single Season Sack Record with 16 and 31.5, respectively.

  • Life of an Entrepreneur: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    We are all capable of achieving greatness in the face of adversity, but the path of an entrepreneur is riddled with challenges. In part, measurable success requires the individual to learn from mistakes, adapt, and strategize to maintain forward progress. Through his personal and inspiring journey, Janne Kouri shares the lessons he has learned and difficulties he continues to face while pursuing his goal of building a NextStep facility in every community across the country to ensure a lifelong continuum of care for people living with physical disabilities.

  • When Life Changes in an Instant: A Proactive Perspective

    After the accident that fractured his c-5 and c-6 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, everything in Janne Kouri's life changed in an instant. Instead of falling victim to his circumstances and allowing doctors and situation to dictate his future, Janne decided to take a proactive position and regain control over the trajectory of his life. Whether it be difficult life transitions, a failed business venture, or even financial trouble, Janne provides concrete techniques that have proven successful in his own struggles to illustrate the importance of never allowing outside influences define individual potential or worth. His optimistic and confident attitude towards life’s greatest obstacles will transform how you approach the hurdles in your own life.

  • Sisu: Acting Rationally in the Face of Adversity and Never Complaining

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Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Janne Kouri or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
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  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

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