Startup Refugees Business Program 2019 is now open for all immigrants and asylum seekers living in Finland.

Check if the Startup Refugees Business Program is for you:

  • Would you like to start a company in Finland?
  • Do you have a business idea?  And would like to test it in practice?
  • Do you want learn from the best entrepreneurs and mentors in Finland?
  • Have you already started a business and need more support in running it?
  • You do not have a business idea yet but you are interested in learning more and finding out what it takes to become an entrepreneur?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have good news: Startup Refugees Business Program is your thing!

Startup Refugees network has more than 500 member ready to support newcomers in starting a business. Startup Refugees matches you with the best experts and companies in Finland who can offer support in starting and running your business.  For example companies like Supercell, Slush, Futurice, Palmu, Tieto and Flow Festival have offered their expertise and opportunities to our business teams. The program starts on 6 March 2019 and runs 3 months.

During the program you will get a chance to:

  • Build a network and learn from the best.
  • Meet business mentors and professionals from your field.
  • Learn how you can turn your idea into a profitable business.
  • Receive support in legal, administrative and financial issues.
  • Test your idea with real customers through the Startup Refugees Cooperative.
  • Sell your products through online store and events.

Apply by filling out the form (see below) by no later than Friday 22 February 2019.

The selected participants / teams will be contacted personally. For questions about the Business Program, please contact: [email protected] or tel. +35844 958 9097.

Apply for the Startup Refugees Business Program here

FAQ

Who can apply?

Startup Refugees Business Program offers support to all immigrants who are committed to turning their business idea into reality. You do not need to be a refugee. You might just have an idea or a dream of starting a business or you might be already running your own company. If there is  a way we can support you, the Startup Refugees Business Program is for you!

What is the program?
The program starts on Thursday 7 March 2019 and runs for 3 months. During the program you will get a chance to participate in workshops, business visits, coaching and mentoring run by the best experts in Finland. For example companies like Supercell, Slush, Future, Palmu, Tieto, and Flow Festival have offered their expertise and opportunities to our business teams. The program requires maximum of 20 hours of your time each month and most of the program will be held after office hours to avoid conflicts with school or work. You will also have an opportunity to test your idea in practise in many events, through the Startup Refugees Cooperative and the Fair Start web platform.

How much time does the Program take? Can I apply while I am working or studying?
The effort you put into the Business Program is up to you. However, starting a business requires motivation, dedication and attitude. The Program starts on Thursday 7 March 2019 and runs for 3 months. The Program requires maximum of 20 hours of your time each month. Most of the workshops and business visits will be held after office hours, so you can continue working or studying at the day time.

What is Startup Refugees?
Startup Refugees is a non-profit voluntary network supporting refugees and newcomers with employment and entrepreneurship. Our network consists of 500 parties, including companies, government officials, NGOs, universities, congregations, research institutes, communities and individuals who support immigrants with starting businesses and entering the Finnish labour market.