Kumpula-based Pre-incubator for Deep Tech, AI, and Sustainability kicks off new Helsinki Incubator Programmes initiative

The first of many programmes under the University’s new Helsinki Incubator Programmes initiative launches on May 6th with a call for applications from interested teams and individuals open until April 24th.

The University of Helsinki’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Services Team announces the call for applications for its first pre-incubator programme produced in collaboration with the Helsinki Think Company and powered by the City of Helsinki. Applications are open until April 24th. The Kumpula-based Pre-incubator for Deep Tech, AI, and Sustainability calls on all members of the broader University of Helsinki community – be they students, researchers, professors, staff members, or alumni – as well as inquisitive Helsinkians to apply with their transformative ideas.

– So long as applicants are ready to continue onwards from the pre-incubator in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area with the solutions they’ll develop along with the skills and tools they’ll learn over the programme’s duration, all are welcome, says Project Manager and Incubator Lead Andrés Peña Archila.

– We believe that this programme is an easily accessible platform for passionate teams and individuals with a great idea to come learn everything they’ll need to develop an impactful solution and plan their next step, explains Project Coordinator and Pre-incubator Lead Sanna Kujala,

– This will be a place where participants will have the chance to turn their dreams into reality and help build a better world for us all.

Selected teams and individuals will benefit from 7 weeks of dedicated university support starting May 6th with workshops led by both internal university experts and visiting professionals, personalised guidance from hand-picked experts, and thought-provoking talks from inspiring speakers. At the programme’s final on June 16th, participants will present their solutions to a panel of industry judges, receiving valuable feedback and recommendations on how to continue their journey.

One option participants will be presented at the end of the programme will be to continue onwards to the Helsinki Incubator Programme’s Deep Tech, AI, and Sustainability Incubator starting in September 2022. The incubator will offer selected teams 6-12 months of dedicated, tailored guidance, mentoring, and support to help them fully immerse themselves in creating a start-up around their solution.

– We are excited to see what kinds of ideas people apply to our programme with. We are confident that this programme and all others under the Helsinki Incubator Programmes label will be the beginning of something great for not only the University of Helsinki, but for the world, affirms Senior Manager in charge of Innovation & Startup-Corporate Partnerships Alfonso Gutierrez.

About Helsinki Incubator Programmes

The Kumpula-based programme is the first in a series of incubators and pre-incubators organised by the University of Helsinki’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Services Team and relevant faculties in collaboration with the Helsinki Think Company, Helsinki Innovation Services, and the City of Helsinki under the Helsinki Incubator Programmes label. With these programmes, the University hopes to encourage all of its stakeholders to take the expertise and passions that unite them to create impactful entrepreneurial initiatives.

The Helsinki Incubator Programmes are part of the City of Helsinki’s broader Campus Incubators project, which is funding incubators at universities and universities of applied science across the capital region. The University of Helsinki’s activities in this project will include around a dozen thematic programmes spread out between the University’s campuses each year. And while programmes will be located at the most thematically appropriate campus, all interested parties are encouraged to apply, regardless of their own affiliations.

More information

Visit https://helsinki.fi/incubators

Or contact

Sanna Kujala, Project Coordinator & Pre-incubator Lead, sanna.kujala@helsinki.fi

Andres Archila, Project Manager & Incubator Lead, andres.archila@helsinki.fi,

Alfonso Gutierrez, Innovation & Startup-Corporate Partnerships, alfonso.gutierrez@helsinki.fi