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Updated on 24.07.2019

Finland offers a vibrant and friendly startup ecosystem with accelerators, angel investors, venture capitalists and strong innovation support by the government. Nordic region is the fastest growing startup region in Europe and one of the fastest in the world. One of the engines behind the growth of the Finnish startup scene has been the hugely successful gaming and software industry led by companies such as Supercell and Rovio. Today, startups’ business areas range from gaming, software, ICT and digital services to health tech, environmental and energy industries.

Startup Tampere – Finland’s most agile and fastest developing startup city

Startup Tampere exists to make running a startup easier together with a network of people. As part of Business Tampere, we offer support for your business, helping it grow faster and scale up. The strong support from our team as well as the startup mentors of the Tampere Region, international investor contacts and the tightly knit startup community speed up the growth and success of your company.

Click here to relocate to Startup Tampere and discover more about Tampere’s startup scene.

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Startup Tampere helps companies grow and go international.


The Finnish Startup Permit by Business Finland

The permit is meant for innovative startup founders coming from countries outside the European Union, who want to establish a growth company in Finland. It is issued by the Finnish Immigration Service, but the founders must apply for an Eligibility Statement from Business Finland before submitting the residence permit application.

Business Finland assesses, whether the business model, team and resources shows potential for rapid international growth. After the assessment the applicant will receive an Eligibility Statement to be attached to the Startup Permit application.

“The process is very fast. After receiving all the necessary information from the applicant, we will make the assessment in approximately ten days”,

tells Executive Director Jukka Häyrynen from Business Finland. The Eligibility Statement is valid for 2 months. It does not involve any investments or financial support.

After founding a company in Finland the startup can benefit from the versatile services of the Finnish innovation ecosystem. The company can, for example, apply for Business Finland’s Tempo startup funding (click for link).

The criteria for Tempo funding are close to the startup permit criteria, so the application process will be fast and smooth, if there hasn’t been any major changes to the team, business plan or resources. To be eligible for Tempo funding, Business Finland expects a 30.000€ equity investment by third party or entrepreneurs.

Here are the most important things you need to know about the Startup Residence Permit. More information can be found from the Business Finland websites.


Business Tampere Startup Meetup Tribe event
Business Tampere Startup Meetup Tribe event. Photo: Laura Vanzo

More information

Kagan Özkan

Project Coordinator / Startup Activities - International Tampere Hub

kagan.ozkan (at)
+358 41 730 0461

Eero Miettinen

Project Coordinator / Talent attraction activities - International Tampere Hub

eero.miettinen (at)
+358 44 481 1652
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