Startup Refugees Business Program summer 2019 is now open for all immigrants and asylum seekers living in Helsinki metropolitan region.

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?  Would you like to test it in practice?
  • Do you want to 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 for you!

Startup Refugees network has more than 500 members 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 4 June 2019 and runs for 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.

In addition to general topics on establishing a business, there will be special sessions for:

  • hospitality businesses (restaurants, cafés)
  • service businesses (hair dressers, cleaning companies etc.), and
  • creative businesses (crafts, designers etc.).

Apply by filling out the form (see below) by no later than Monday 20 May 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 4 June 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. You will also have an opportunity to test your idea in practise in many events and through the Startup Refugees Cooperative.

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 4 June 2019 and runs for 3 months. The Program requires maximum of 30 hours of your time each month. Most of the workshops and business visits will be held after office hours and occasionally on weekends, 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 in employment and entrepreneurship. Our network consists of 500 parties, including companies, government officials, NGOs, universities, congregations, research institutes, communities and individuals who support immigrants in starting businesses and entering the Finnish labour market.