Congratulations for selected startups starting in spring 2019 batch. Next program starts autumn 2019.

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Nordic Startup School is designed to help you gain traction and unprecedented access to global networks.

At Nordic Startup School you can learn from the best and improve your ability to fundraise. You can leverage our global network of founders, investors and mentors to accelerate your business. The program culminates with a celebration at Demo Day! Winner of the batch will experience the big boys and girls league first hand. Grand prize is 4 weeks trip to Austin Texas: The Next Silicon Valley. Trip includes valuable mentoring at Capital Factory, the best place to start your path of conquering US markets and meeting local investors. – all without any exchange of equity.


Accelerate Your Business

We help with your fundraising strategy and building a kick-ass pitch deck. Learn how to communicate your vision and how to meet with investors, partners and other key stakeholders who can help shape your future.


Grow Your Network, Go Global

We are building the ecosystem of visionaries, future leaders, international mentors and investors, your peers. You will connect with our family of founders that will be incredibly valuable during and after the program.


Mentors As Your Secret Weapons

Mentoring relationships can be powerful and increase your odds of success more than almost anything else. Learn essential skills, get validation, feedback and tactical advice from someone who’s “been there”.


Grand Price For Winning Team

On top of free access to resources and networks, there is a grand prize worth to compete. 4 weeks trip to Austin, US with mentoring at Capital Factory. Most of the local angel investors are mentors you’ll have a chance to meet.

Is Nordic Startup School right for me?

Run by entrepreneurs, our 10-week bootcamp-style program is for ambitious startups and founders who are dedicated in taking their startup to the next level. Startups that are driven, persistent and have a growth mindset. Big vision, passionate and ability to execute. We work intensively with your team to get the company into the best possible shape and refine the pitch to investors. We require the same level commitment in return.

We look for startups that:

  • Can commit to the 10-week program, put in the work, and join us in Tampere every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm (exceptions in Vappu and Demoday). Many founders say that working with peers side by side is the best part of any program
  • Have great founders. After all, it is the team that executes your ‘best laid plans’ and determines their fate
  • Have proven traction, revenue and customers. And ambitious goals. We have mentors from all industries so all industry startups are welcome to apply

Next batch will start in autumn 2019

Program begins September 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

Application dates will be updated on this page in late spring.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to drop us a message.



Mentors have track record of building successful companies

Our Mentor Network is made up of dedicated entrepreneurs, investors, technical, non-technical — who generously offer their time, wisdom and connections to our teams. Meet some of the mentors:

Meet some of our mentors:


Aki Luukkainen

Early stage investor and board professional. Focuses on helping growth companies building sales and traction especially in US market. Aki has already made a few exits as an entrepreneur.


Will Cardwell
Courage Ventures

Early stage investor, board professional, mentor and coach. Will has a hands-on approach on investing and helps companies with their investor relationships.


Prashant Fonseka
Monday Capital

Early stage investor and advisor working together with Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington @ Monday Capital.


Moaffak Ahmed
Nordic Makers

Serial entrepreneur and early stage investor with over 25 years of marketing and business development experience in Europe, North America and Asia.


Mikko Alasaarela

Founder of Inbot, a creative entrepreneur and an occasional angel investor focusing on disruptive innovations like Artificial Intelligence and Cryptocurrencies.

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John Livesay
The Perfect Pitch

John helps companies develop their story. His book “Better Selling Through Storytelling” shows you how to learn how to become magnetic to your ideal clients.


Jasmine Bina
Concept Bureau

Brand strategy and communications professional, focused on growth stage startups entering the U.S. market.

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Ari Tulla
Quest Analytics

Startup entrepreneur and early stage investor in many great potential startups like Oura.


Tomi Kaukinen
Licence to fail

Tomi Kaukinen runs Licence to Fail, Finland’s number one resource for start-up tips and tricks, extensive public funding help and stories from the world of entrepreneurship.

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Mårten Mickos

Mårten Mickos is an angel investor, mentor, board professional and currently works as a CEO of HackerOne. Mårten was the CEO of MySQL, when it was acquired by Sun for $7.4B 2008.


Zack Urlocker
Serial Entrepreneur

Zack has led software companies to billion dollar exits 4 times: Duo Security, Zendesk, MySQL, Active Software –generating more than $10 billion in shareholder returns. He works as an advisor and board member to high-growth venture-backed software companies.


Meet our awesome team

Nordic Startup School is organized in cooperation with Golden Gateway and Business Tampere, powered by the city of Tampere and 6Aika – Ecosystems of Growth: Enabling the Growth of Companies through Collaboration -project.

Together, we have the expertise and resources to help you build a great company. We have the connections to get you top quality investor meetings and grow global.


Tomi Terentjeff

Tomi is a startup coach, mentor, consultant and investor working with seed phase startups. Tomi has specialized in fundraising and go-to-market strategies, both crucial for scale-up startups. He likes to call himself a fixed-term founder, solving problems together with the founding team.


Pekka Pärnänen

Pekka is a startup guru focused on Business Development, Marketing and Channel Development for early phase startups. ‘Pekka has a hands-on approach, helping his customers with both sales and fundraising in US.

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Sointu Karjalainen

Sointu has a multi-disciplinary business profile and brings her ten years of startup experience in Tampere. Startup Tampere Project Manager, founder of MelloVR, worked with international startups and investors, now paying it forward to the local startup ecosystem.


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Tommi Uitti

Community manager of Tampere Startup Community, co-founder of Tribe Tampere startup community, Kasvu Open coach. Tommi’s role is to provide value for business development through mentoring, introducing meaningful encounters and startup community building.


Still have questions?

Join Startup Tampere Slack and #nordicstartupschool channel for more information,
discussions and application tips.


6Aika – Ecosystems of Growth: Enabling the Growth of Companies through Collaboration

The project aims to generate new business activities in city regions and support growth oriented companies to better access networks and innovation ecosystems that support their needs. Project is a joint effort by the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Turku and Oulu, together with the Council of Tampere Region. The idea of cities having a significant role in developing and activating networks to support innovation in companies, guides project implementation.

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