These students created new open-to-all events at the university. Here is how!

During this spring semester, five teams of our students and staff brought their ideas to life with help and support from the Talent Boost Bottom-up Initiative support funding.

Here is what those organizer teams had to say about their experiences with the funding application and why they suggest you apply! Application is open until the 5th of May, instructions below.

"We are grateful for the support and assistance we received from the university in organizing this Iranian New Year celebration. Their commitment to diversity and cultural exchange has made it possible for us to share the joy and beauty of Nowruz with the wider community in Oulu. It has been a wonderful experience to collaborate with the university, and we hope to continue building bridges of understanding and friendship through cultural events like this."

- The organizing team of the Iranian New Year evening off-campus event this March.

"The Bottom-up Initiatives funding, together with the support from the Talent Boost Team, has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, discover my own strengths and weaknesses, as well as given me the unique opportunity to organise a fun Easter event at Kontinkangas that brings to University community closer together."

- The organizer of the the Easter Treasure Hunt community event at Kontinkangas campus this April.

“Establishing the Cycling Club at the university allowed me to contribute to cultures of health and wellness within our university community. It helped me make new friends and offer everyone a fun and inclusive way to stay active and engaged. I always received more support from the Bottom-up Initiatives team than I expected and I highly recommend applying if you want to bring your event or idea to life. “

- The organizer of the student-led Cycling Club launched this March, join the club here.

The second application round is now open!

Start planning your application today, involve your friends and colleagues, and apply here until the 5th of May.

The Talent Boost Bottom-up Initiative support grant is internal funding for developing community events and activities open to all the members of the university community. It helps our staff and students to plan and launch events and activities they think are missing now. The funding covers realised direct costs up to 1500€ at the maximum.

Read more about the grant on page here.

For information and inquiries: talentboost(at)

See pictures from the past funded events below.

Crowd of people from the Iranian New year celebrations.

Picture from the Iranian New Year community event.

People smiling and knitting in Tellus, Linnanmaa.

Knitting club in action in Backstage in Tellus, Linnanmaa campus.

Easter treasure hunt participants in a group picture wearing easter themed funny hats

Participants of the Easter Treasure hunt event on Kontinkangas Campus. Teams could get bonus points for wearing Easter-themed clothing or hats!

Last updated: 25.4.2023