Startup Express Pre-incubator
Turn your idea into a startup in 100 days with help of a community
Are you interested in launching your own startup in Oulu, but not sure how to get started? Startup Express is a pre-incubator program that provides skills, confidence and contacts to empower you on your journey.
Our mission is to help idea-stage startup teams to realize their dreams in Oulu in 100 days and build a kickass community to support them.
Never walk alone. You get a community of curious individuals, coaches and mentors to help you along the way.
Application is always ongoing → click here to apply!
You are free to join the Startup Express community whenever you want.
However, to boost your process from idea to business, we organize two 14-week program cohorts 10/2023 — 1/2024 and 2 — 4/2024, where we offer step-by-step support for you. This is when the magic happens.
Next cohort launches in beginning of February. Therefore, you should sign up latest by January 28th, so that you can have maximum benefit from all the workshop sessions and support.
At Startup Station in the city center of Oulu.
- Motivated idea-stage teams with scalable business ideas. Program suits both first-time founders and experienced entrepreneurs. We are more interested in commitment, ambition and willingness to learn, rather than the maturity of the business idea or model.
- Also curious individuals can apply to join our teams without their own idea.
Program is free-of-charge, offering you:
- 14-week pre-incubator program with workshops and 1‑on‑1 sparring sessions to take you from idea-stage to first customers and establishing business
- Access to Startup Station coworking space and facilities for working, meetings and Fablab
- Coaches, mentors and experts support you along the way
- Community: Peer-support and learning with other participants and experts
- Connect with other events and services offered by Oulu startup ecosystem
- Community manager to support your learning and development
(Dates are subject to change)
January 28th, 2024: Application to Startup Express is ongoing and you can apply at any time, but we recommend signing up latest by this date in the winter
Below you can find the Startup Express winter 2024 workshops. All events @ Startup Station. Teams are not expected to participate in all the workshops, but we recommend taking part into as many as possible to boost your progress.
Customer Problem: 22.2.2024
Business Model & Pricing: 1.3.2024
Growth Funding + Pitch Practice: 21.3.2024
Due Diligence & IPR: 4.4.2024
Demo day: 24.4.202
Apply, if you are
- Startup team with an idea (pre-y-tunnus) seeking confidence, skills, and mentoring: If you have a startup idea and need support to build your confidence, skills, and access mentoring, we’re here to help.
- Individual interested in joining a startup: If you want to be part of a startup team and have a can-do attitude, we can connect you with teams actively looking for enthusiastic individuals like you.
For ecosystem partners
We are are also interested in working with ecosystem players if you are
- A business angel or a venture capitalist seeking the most promising early-stage ventures in Oulu, we can provide access to such opportunities.
- Mentors, experts, and ecosystem players, who want to bring idea-stage teams to our pre-incubator to accelerate their growth. Alternatively, you can offer your services to support the incubator teams.
Contact our team
We are entrepreneurs and experts, who have walked the path before. Whenever you have questions, please feel free to be in touch with us.
Jan Schmidt, Community Manager
+358 46 661 3752
Mikko Korpela, Coach
+358 400 499 242
Toni Pienonen, Coach
+358 400 737 238