Get a kickstart for your business idea!

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A business idea competition that encourages entrepreneurship and new business creation. Kickstart is a brand new concept that brings the three faculties, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, University of Oulu and Oulu Vocational College together to compete with business ideas from all different study fields! 


Kickstart provides you the possibility to validate your business idea, receive valuable feedback from esteemed, local business experts and the possibility to win a great price! 


Students from all study fields can participate either alone or in teams, and either in Finnish or English.


The competition is organized in two phases.

Phase 1: Apply to the Kickstart competition of your faculty from the website: You will proceed to a faculty-final, where you will compete against other business ideas from your faculty. If you place in the top three business ideas in your faculty, you move on to the next phase. 

Phase 2: The top business ideas from each faculty compete against each other in the Kickstart grand final. In the grand final, teams deliver 5 minutes pitches to a panel of esteemed judges, who then determine the winner.


After participating in Kickstart and finding a whole new passion toward your business idea, you have a chance to keep working on it with coaching and support by applying to our other events and programs that suit your startup needs.

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