Startup Sauna for #100 Finnish Startups
Europe's leading accelerator, Startup Sauna, is coming to Vaasa on 23.8. to find best #100 Finnish startups outside of Helsinki to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary. The event is organized together with West Coast Startup.
15 best startup teams will be selected for the event. Apply here: http://startupsauna.com/local-event/vaasa-finland
The day includes pitching, 1on1-coaching sessions with Startup Sauna coaches and roundtable discussions that are open for everyone. The event both for founders and community builders and it’s a perfect opportunity to gain valuable feedback and advices from experienced coaches.
The best teams will get shortcut to the final interviews, the very last step of Startup Sauna’s application process. Winning team gets ticket to Slush.
Startup Sauna fall 2017 acceleration program will take place in Helsinki from 16th October until December 1st. The teams get to demo at Slush and the best ones are taken to London and Berlin to meet the angels and VC’s.
09:30 – Doors open
10:00 – Introduction of Startup Sauna and the coaches
10:30 – Startups pitch (3min/team + 2min Q&A)
12:00 – Lunch break (Lunch on Sauna!)
13:00 – 1on1 coaching (selected startups)
13:00 – Talks/roundtables (rest of startups)
15:00 – Wrap-up
Local startups attending the event get:
• Honest feedback on their business potential and pitch
• Coaching from serial entrepreneurs, investors and other professionals
• A great network of startups and global connections through the coaches
• An opportunity to be selected to the Startup Sauna accelerator and Slush
• An opportunity to gain access to the Startup Sauna trip to Berlin & London
The event is held in English. After the event there’s a chance for mingling and sauna. Also, there will be a chance to chat with the people from Startuplifers (see introduction below).
Registration form for non-startups:
About West Coast Startup:
West Coast Startup is a joint business incubator of VAMK University of applied sciences and University of Vaasa. West Coast Startup offers sparring, facilities, and networking in order to start and grow your business. Services are free of charge for students and faculty. West Coast Startup does not take equity.
About Startup Sauna:
Startup Sauna is an accelerator for top-notch tech teams that focuses on business development. The program runs twice a year on Aalto University’s campus in Otaniemi.
In practice, Startup Sauna is an intensive 7-week accelerator program. It focuses heavily on business development: from pitching to putting together an investor deck and from finding a
scalable business model to understanding the target market and customers’ needs.
Hands-on help in areas such as legal, marketing, branding and PR is also available.
The best teams of each batch are brought to Berlin & London after the accelerator program to get understanding of the market, i.e. to meet investors, customers and partners. In addition, once a year selected, A-round ready alumni are taken to Silicon Valley on a similar trip.
Startup Sauna has 222 graduates who have raised over $200M USD in funding. Startup Sauna takes no equity and the program is free.
Startuplifers is a nonprofit, student-driven internship program that sends Finnish students to work at startups in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The application rounds run twice a year. Read more on the opportunities for the ambitious at http://startuplifers.org/.