Building an impact-driven start-up requires a combination of different skills and competences: Refining a technological solution with a possible Minimum Viable Product, coming up with a viable business model, and generating considerable impact in our modern society. These are all important parts of a formidable mission, where both expertise and the supporting community can provide encouragement, advice, and inspiration. Our commitment is to provide your team the best possible support, helping you to navigate through the challenging early phases, reduce risks, and increase the chances of avoiding the initial pitfalls of an entrepreneurial journey.
By taking part in Biosphere, you'll have an opportunity to develop the necessary know-how thanks to training and mentoring, become a member of a community of change-makers, and extend your network to include professionals committed to catalysing the green transition worldwide. You'll also receive assistance in positioning yourself in the value chain of the bio- and circular economy sectors.
At the end of the programme, you'll have obtained both enhanced expertise in business development and impact creation with aspects of environmental, financial, and social sustainability. You'll also become a part of the community of bio- and circular economy professionals and be able to widen your network. These will increase your in position in the value chain and pave your way to raise funding and monetary from the public and private sources and take your business onwards and upwards to accelerators and start-up hubs like Maria01.
Biosphere is proudly powered by the City of Helsinki.
Biosphere will start with 2 free & open pre-launch sessions on December 15th & 20th. The programme will then continue and begin in earnest on January 19th, and end on June 12th. The programme will be held both in-person and in English, and be hosted by the institutes of the University of Helsinki's Viikki campus and other partner institutes.
The pre-launch sessions will be for interested individuals to come learn about fundamental topics & familiarise themselves with the programme prior to the applications closing on January 9th. These sessions are:
In addition to the University of Helsinki's units, during the activities you will be introduced to the several partner institutions and key influencers working towards to a greener and more sustainable future. You will also learn about the possible funding mechanisms and instruments for your team and startup, and how to position your startup in the emerging value-chains.
A more in-depth programme schedule can be found below.
Applications for the 2022-2023 batch are now closed. More information about the next Biosphere call will be published in late Spring 2023.
Biosphere welcomes applications from teams and individuals with an idea with impact potential in the bio- and circular economy sectors and drive to develop their idea into a sustainable growth company. Examples of idea subjects include:
Applicants need not be affiliated with the University of Helsinki to apply, meaning that they can be either University students, researchers, staff, or alumni, or simply be enthusiastic innovators from the broader Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Prior to applying, we ask you to remember that while the programme is free of charge, active weekly onsite participation is expected from each selected team.
To apply, we ask you to fill in the application form below, preferably attaching a business plan or business model canvas. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and selected participants will be notified shortly before the start of the programme.