Startups taking their ideas forward in Otaniemi

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2018-04-25 Melissa Hahl

People at sitting and working around the table

Why aren’t more people making their dreams a reality and building their own startups? Even with all the startup hype in Finland and the capital region right now, the number of starts hasn’t increased. Maybe it’s just too scary and difficult to jump head first into the world of entrepreneurship - this is why Kiuas was born a little over a year ago.

Espoo Innovation Garden is one of the main partners of Kiuas this year. Kiuas is an incubator program that aims to take early-stage projects and startups from idea to first revenue in 0-9 months, and the program is supported by the events Kiuas Team Up and Kiuas Bootcamp, as well as the summer program Kiuas Accelerator. Kiuas is powered by Aaltoes, the biggest student entrepreneurship society in Europe, which means that Kiuas and all of its events are organized by students.

The idea validation weekend Kiuas Bootcamp was organized for the first time 7th-8th of April at Startup Sauna in Otaniemi. 15 startup teams participated the weekend, aiming to learn something new about entrepreneurship and validate their idea with the help of workshops, one-on-one coaching and roundtable feedback.

The teams’ ideas ranged from a digital self-care tool for mental health ( to personal style profiles providing fully personal shopping experiences (Atlas) and surrounded themes like VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), IoT (Internet of Things) and online platforms and chatbots.

People at sitting and working around the table

Rudi Skogman, the Co-Founder and CEO of Blok, giving advice to Solip Park from Forethink.

Saturday was dedicated for workshops based on themes like sales, idea validation, team building and legal issues. Sunday focused on helping the teams on a more personal level. Each team had several meetings with coaches from the Kiuas coach pool to get one-on-one mentoring, and the day ended with roundtables where teams received feedback from experts focusing on different aspects of their business: product, team and monetizing.

The next Kiuas Bootcamp will be organized next fall, so if you have a business idea in the back of your head now’s the perfect time to start developing it further.

Melissa Hahl
Melissa Hahl
Head of Marketing at Kiuas