Kickstart Business Idea Competition

Kickstart’s objective is to promote a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship, to create a platform where students could connect with entrepreneurs, expand their network, apply their knowledge, skills, and talent in the field of entrepreneurship by experimenting with their business ideas. The competition is not bound to any particular field of education and it is organized both in Finnish and in English. You can gain experience in developing a business idea, and we hope the competition can ignite a spark for entrepreneurship. You can participate alone or as a team as long as all team members are from the University of Oulu.

During the two steps of the competition, the business ideas are polished up. The first step is organized within the University of Oulu where the best business ideas are ranked in the Univeristy's final. The top three teams move forward to the Kickstart grand final where the best idea is chosen from the pitches of all three participant schools.


What? Kickstart is a business idea competition organized by the University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and the Oulu Vocational College. The application period for the University of Oulu is 1.10. - 31.10.2018. The Kickstart Grand Finals is held on 16.01.2019.

Why? You get the opportunity to learn about what you should consider when you're developing a business idea, get valuable feedback from experienced mentors and entrepreneurs, and also win great prizes. By participating, you can only gain! 

Who? If you're a student at the University of Oulu, join alone or with a student team. If you're participating with a team, all of your team members should also be students at the University of Oulu.

How? You can take part in the competition either in Finnish or in English. Fill in the application here: The competition is two-stage; every school sends their best qualifying ideas to the finals, where the winning ideas will compete.

Good luck! Develop a business idea with a kick!

Last updated: 12.10.2018

Main partners

Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Oulu Vocational College
Oulu Innovation Alliance
Avanto Accelerator