• Would you like to start a company in Finland?
  • Do you have a business idea?
  • 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.

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.

The course has been designed to allow participants to work or study full-time at the same time as participating in the course.

The application period for summer 2020 course has ended! All applicants will be contacted.

We’ll open the application period for the autumn course during June 2020.

For questions about the Business Program, please contact: [email protected] or tel. +358 44 2379 572 or [email protected] or tel. +358 44 9740420.

FAQ

Who can apply?

Startup Refugees Business Program offers support to immigrants who are committed to turning their business idea into reality. You might just have an idea or a dream of starting a business or you might be already running your own company. You do not need to be a refugee but those who struggle to get similar information and service elsewhere come first when we select the participants.

How does it work?
The program runs for 3 months in total. The course starts with workshops, business visits and homework. The participants who show high motivation will be also offered coaching and mentoring 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 with the support of Startup Refugees in events and other pop-ups.

How much time does the program take? Can I join if I’m working or studying?
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 on weekends, so you can continue working or studying at the day time. The effort you put into the program is up to you. However, starting a business requires motivation, dedication and attitude!

What is Startup Refugees?
Startup Refugees is a non-profit organisation 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.