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Start Me Up business idea competition

Innovation utilising recycled material in water purification wins first prize in Joensuu Science Park´s
Start Me Up Business idea competition:

First prize EUR 15,000:
“Circular economy breakthrough product from waste´ – Apila Group, Mervi Matilainen

Read the press release and presentations of the winners here.

Thank you for participating! The next Start Me Up Business idea competition will start on 1 February 2018.

What is Start Me Up?

Start Me Up is a business idea competition held by the Business Incubator of the Joensuu Science Park. The objective is to find and reward individuals and companies whose idea has the potential to generate business in North Karelia.

Entries are welcome from individuals or teams, entrepreneurs or employees, students or researchers. Ideas are welcome in any field and industry – and you may send in one or five, or as many ideas as you like. Participation is easy. Read more here!


The competition period 2017 has ended

The next competition will start on 1 February 2018

A business idea competition is the solution

Sparred by a panel of experts, the competition ideas will be developed into a profitable business. Participate to gain access to our extensive partner network and the opportunity to develop your idea in an innovative environment. You will also have the opportunity to expand your team and accelerate your development by gaining new colleagues - if you wish.

You will have the chance to hone your idea and network. And more is yet to come: the winner of the competition will be rewarded with EUR 15,000, business premises for a year and legal services worth EUR 1,500! The total value of other prizes to be awarded is more than EUR 30,000.

In this competition, you will lose nothing but may gain a lot. So why not familiarise yourself with the rules and participation instructions immediately?

Turn your idea into a video for a chance to win EUR 1000

A picture is worth a thousand words and moving pictures are worth double that. Take the opportunity to submit a sales pitch on video in support of your business idea! A video is not mandatory, but is a useful way of demonstrating your groundbreaking idea to the jury. You can also enter your video to compete in the Some Awards category where the winner will be selected by the audience. The prize is EUR 1,000, not to mention fame and visibility!

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Our co-operation partnerts

Our jury will review your idea and help you discover the potential in your vision.

Our experts help you further refine your ideas and build networks with the right people.

The business incubator accelerates your progress from idea to business.

Our partners offer an additional boost on your development path.

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