Kiuas exists to encourage people to start building their own ventures and to support early-stage startups in their journey from idea to first revenue. The home of Kiuas is the Startup Sauna co-working space in the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland.
Our renowned summer program Kiuas Accelerator (previously known as Summer of Startups) is a 10-week sprint to reach a goal, whether that’s getting users or raising investment. Our recently launched pre-accelerator Kiuas Start takes your startup from zero to one in three weeks, and is tailor-made for students who want to turn their garage project into a company and become entrepreneurs by doing what they love.
During the year Kiuas also organizes several events that support entrepreneurs and startups. Nordic Roadshows are a series of fundraising events taking place in different Nordic cities, making cross-border fundraising as easy as possible by gathering Nordic startups and VC firms together for one evening in each city. Kiuas Bootcamp is an idea validation weekend tailored for teams that want to take their business idea forward, giving the teams the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new tools for starting a company.
Kiuas has a small but dedicated organizing team full of enthusiastic students from Aaltoes, the biggest entrepreneurship society in Europe. Aaltoes is a non-profit organization, which means that we in Kiuas don't take equity from the startup teams and all of our programs are completely free of charge.
The mission of the Kiuas team is to make Finland the country with the highest amount of self-sustaining startups per capita in the world. This means creating a place where students and entrepreneurial-minded people can experiment, learn and become startup founders.
The co-working space of Startup Sauna is open for everyone, so don’t hesitate to pay us a visit if you are interested about Kiuas and our programs!