Kickstart 2020

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Kickstart is a business idea competition organized by Oulu University of Applied Sciences, the University of Oulu and Oulu Vocational College. Participants get to perfect their business idea, practice pitching and get feedback from local entrepreneurial experts. The best ideas win great prizes.

You can participate from any field of study on your own or as a group, in either Finnish or English. The competition has two stages: each organization holds their own semi-finals, and the best ideas from those semi-finals go forward to the shared Grand Final.

Kickstart has been held every year since 2007, first as an event for Oulu University of Applied Sciences and since 2016 as a collaboration between the three organizations. If you have a great idea you don’t have to stop working on it after Kickstart. You can easily continue developing that idea further with our professional business advisors.

You can participate in Kickstart on your own or as a group, either in Finnish or English. You can take part from any field of study. This year you apply to Kickstart by sending a short video describing your business idea.

Check out the Kickstart website at and apply here before the 3rd of November. The Grand Final will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of December.

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Last updated: 1.10.2020