Startup World Cup Finland

Startup World Cup Finland

The Startup World Cup Finland will take place on April 26 from 5 pm - 10pm at Pakkahuone in Tampere.

The winner from Startup World Cup Finland will be invited to compete in the Startup World Cup 2018 Grand Finale Global Startup competition in San Francisco on the 11th of May 2018. The global winner will receive a $1,000,000 investment prize.

Come to meet startups, investors and business leaders from around Finland! We are inviting you to enjoy to hear what the best startups of Finland are pitching. We will offer dinner at 5pm before the program and after the official program, there is a possibility for social networking. Note that there are only 400 seats available!

Please register here to attend the event:


Startup, do you want to become the Finnish startup champion and represent Finland among best startups of the World?

The deadline to apply to the competition is the 13th of April 2018. To apply, complete the online application at

The Startup World Cup will provide airfare and two nights hotel stay for the winner to compete in the Grand Finale in San Francisco.

Startup Tampere, Finland


There is more prizes to the winners of Startup World Cup Finland finale than tickets to Silicon Valley and Turku SHIFT Business Festival!

International technology conference Mindtrek will offer the winner startup 2-Day stand at the Mindtrek exhibition area and 2-Day VIP tickets to Mindtrek for the whole competing team. There is also accomodation during Mindtrek at the amazing Dream Hotel right across Tampere Hall and a few meters away from Tampere´s startup community space Tribe.

The second and third startup will get 2-Day tickets to Mindtrek for the whole competing team.

Mindtrek is an international technology conference organized annually in Tampere, which aspires to bring all fields of technology together under one roof and enable people and businesses to learn, meet and connect.

Mindtrek consists of around 70 different sessions that revolve around the most current and rising topics in the field of tech, across industry borders. You can expect to see high-quality presentations in 6 different “tracks” going on simultaneously during the two conference days.

West Coast calling!

Both the winner and the second of Startup World Cup Finland are invited to boost their business in West Coast. The winner will receive golden ticket to Silicon Valley and the second team to Turku SHIFT Business festival!

SHIFT Business Festival is held in 22th and 23th of May in Kakola prison. This year theme is Redefining normal and the program will handle the future of humans and technology.

SHIFT will round up all the professionals, influencers and startup-enthusiasts from technology and industry fields and enable conversations and co-operation for the future most interesting phenomena.

Who will rank startups and decide the winner of Startup World Cup Finland Nationale Finale?

In Pakkahuone you will meet jury members:

Riku Asikainen, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Riku is one of the founders of Finnish Business Angels ry, FIBAN. He has over 15 years experience as an investor and has started plenty of successful business in Finland and Europe.

Saga Forss, Founding Partner, Broadius Partner Oy and Angel Investor. Saga has an extensive background as a Corporate Finance adviser both domestically and internationally. She has a broad network in Europe, and especially in the Nordics. She´s also an investor, with a special interest in food, wellness, fitness and health sectors.

Mikko Kuitunen, Co-founder of Vincit Oy. Mikko has lead his game changing software development firm to win best workplace competition both in Finland and Europe. He is known as a passionate and motivational leader.

Sami Somero, Entrepreneur and Private Investor, Nurmiranta holdings Oy. Sami has strong knowledge about B2B-business and entrepreneurship. He is stakeholder in 12 startups at the moment and helps them to grow international business.

Carl Fritjofsson and Bill Reichert from Silicon Vikings. Silicon Vikings is a 40,000+ network headquartered in Silicon Valley with nodes throughout the Nordic and Baltic region.

Silicon Vikings mission is to build a borderless community supporting Nordic and Baltic innovation and entrepreneurship in accordance with global best practices, with a close connection to Silicon Valley’s unique and leading innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Event partners

Tampere Univestity of Technology
Univesrity of Tampere

Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have joined forces in order to develop a new kind of mode of operation in the Finnish higher education. A new higher education institution will start its operations on January 1 2019. The new university will provide a unique hub for the interdisciplinary research on the economy, technology, health and society. The Tampere3 project is being prepared in cooperation with the Ministry for Education and Culture.

Y-Kampus, Tampere

In Y-kampus we believe that bringing people together to exchange ideas is the perfect ground for entrepreneurship and innovation. Y-kampus is center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Platform and support to start up a company or develop a business. For students, teachers, researchers and other university staff.

Business Tampere

Business Tampere promotes and facilitates international investments in Tampere, Finland. We assist international companies that are looking to find partners, set up research collaborations and to find top level staff in the Tampere region. We build business ecosystems and help our startups to grow and go international. Whether you’re looking for expertise, support or various networks – we can help. All free of charge and with full confidentiality.

Tribe Tampere

Engaging entrepreneurial-minded talented people, startups and startup platforms first at Tampere, and beyond - and getting people to meet, learn and benefit to become stronger together.

Crazy Town is a community of growth-oriented freelancers, solopreneurs, microenterprises and startups, who want to go further together rather than alone.

We operate three locations in Finland with more than 150 member companies in Tampere, Jyväskylä and Hämeenlinna. We believe that an essential skill for any business is the ability to cooperate with others, share resources and learn rapidly new skills.

At Tampere Startup Ecosystem we want to enable the maximum startup ecosystem growth.

Council of Tampere Region

Supporting internationalization, growth and business reform.

Assembling and enriching skills for product and business ideas and to create entrepreneurial potential.

Startup-alliance Tampere is a set up to promote the local startup ecosystem and improve the vitality and services for start-ups.

Tampere Startup Hub

Tampere Startup Hub is a Non-Profit community built by Startups for Startups. It provides a platform for Startups to grow and collaborate with each other.

New Factory is the leading platform in Tampere Region for disruptive early stage startups to accelerate and advance their ventures into better products and companies.

Maccelerator helps media startups grow faster and bigger by providing them with the relevant know how, contacts and networks.


Anna-Elina Pekonen
Project manager, Startup World Cup Finland 2018
tel. + 358 40 663 8218