Kiuas

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Kiuas

Partners

Team

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KIuas

Partners

Team

FAQ

Kiuas exists to support early-stage startups in their journey from idea to first revenue.

History & Overview

In 2017, Summer of Startups and Team Up, originally organized by Aaltoes, were brought under one brand – and so was Kiuas founded. At the end of 2018, Kiuas departed from Aaltoes and started operating independently.

Over the years, we’ve organized a variety of different concepts ranging from weekend-long bootcamps to co-founder matchmaking and a year-long incubator program. In total, we’ve directly supported over 200 early-stage companies and teams in Finland and the Nordics.

Currently, we run 3 batches a year within our two core programs (2 x Kiuas Start & 1 x Kiuas Accelerator), helping over 50 companies a year in their journey to first revenue.

With a unique combination of top-tier coaching, networks, tools, free office spaces, and the community, we were chosen as Finland's Best Startup Accelerator in 2018.

All our programs and activities are free and zero-equity.

Team

Mari Liukkonen

Marketing

mari@kiuas.com

Niklas Hellström

Operations

niklas@kiuas.com

Rosalie Bergman

Program

rosalie@kiuas.com

Aaro Isosaari

CEO

aaro@kiuas.com

Find the list of Kiuas coaches here.

FAQ

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much everything in their early stages. Whether it is realizing your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, growing, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, design, or tech, we got you covered.

How does Kiuas differ from other accelerators?

- We take zero equity and our programs are free of charge.

- We embrace the "from founder to founder" mentality. We make sure that the people helping our startups have actually created successful companies themselves.

- We are well-connected. Our broad network consists of entrepreneurs, investors, clients, students, and all the relevant players in the Finnish startup ecosystem.

- We have a unique position in the scene. Unlike many accelerators and VCs, Kiuas supports founders in their most earliest stages, and in all industries.

- The level of the programs is always aiming for the stars. We carefully pick all our coaches and partners, and the programs are constantly developed.

- Kiuas is founded and ran by students.

Do startups receive funding from Kiuas?

Not directly from us - however, Kiuas has a broad network of both VCs and angel investors whom our startups can easily get to meet during our programs.

We also help our startups with figuring out the fundraising fundamentals and preparing for future funding rounds.

How come is this all free?

We believe that on the long run, it is our startups' interest to keep the programs non-equity and free of charge. Furthermore, our operating bases heavily on the giving back mentality - e.g. our coaches are all involved completely pro bono.

We are supported by our partners and various organizations.

What and who is behind Kiuas?

Kiuas was founded in 2017 on the legacy of Summer of Startups, which has been organized by Aaltoes since 2010. In late 2018, Kiuas started operating independently.

Our core team consists of 3 people. The startups are supported by our coaches, some of which are highlighted here.

We are always open to having a chat, so shoot us a message!

What does Kiuas mean?

Kiuas (in English: a stove) is a central and key part of a Sauna. Kiuas is the furnace that generates the heat. It makes the Sauna hot.

Who can apply to Kiuas programs?

Our programs are meant for any early-stage startups and teams from all industries. Most of our companies are based in Finland but we may accept foreign startups into our programs as well.

If you have trouble figuring out if you should apply to Kiuas, shoot us a message and let’s have a chat! Even if applying is not relevant for you at the moment, we are always eager to meet new founders and see if we can help in some way.

How does applying for Kiuas work?

Prior to each program, we run a 1-2 month long application period. During this time, startups can apply online and get selected for interviews determining which teams will be chosen. On average, 20% of the applicants will proceed to the interviews and 50% of the interviewed teams get accepted to the program.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

In Start, the focus is on validating your idea, building the early versions of your product, and securing your first customers. We don’t require an established company nor you being full-time on your startup yet. No idea is too early if you’re committed to put in the hours to take it forward!

In Accelerator, the focus is on further topics such as product-market-fit, sales, growth, marketing, scaling up, and fundraising. We also help the startups to gain visibility by utilizing our channels and getting them to pitch at the Demo Day. At least one of the founders should be working full-time.

Having trouble to decide which is the right program for you? Please apply anyways. You can also shoot us a message and we can together discuss which one suits you better.

Can our startup apply for both of the programs?

Yes! Kiuas Start alumni often proceed to the Accelerator program. However, a normal application procedure is always required.

How many startups are selected?

We choose 15-20 teams for each batch of Start and Accelerator.

I’m a single founder, can I apply?

Yes! In that case, make sure you're capable of taking the first steps yourself while not missing any crucial parts of your team (e.g. a technical person).

Where is Kiuas located?

Our programs take place in the Startup Sauna co-working space in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. Startup Sauna is open for everyone and you are always welcome to drop by! We share the space with Aaltoes, Junction & Startuplifers and a handful of startups.

You can find more info about the space here.

What would a typical week look like?

In Start, the program is organized during evenings and weekends.

In Accelerator, the program is organized mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours.

In both of the programs, there are 2-3 program days each week consisting of either 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes or weekly meetings.

In general, the programs are intensive but the focus is heavily on working with your company.

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. Once the program starts, at least one member from the founding team should be located in Finland (preferably in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Do I have time to work on my company during the program?

For sure, and that's how it should be. Each week consists of max 10h of program divided into 2-3 days.

We aim to host only quality sessions that you will find useful, and make the program tailor-made for your startup so that it will fit your specific needs.

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! The Startup Sauna co-working space is open to everyone and you can stay there as long as you want. We are also able to offer office rooms for a very reasonable price.

What happens after the program?

We support our alumni in various ways. We are always eager to help and will stay regularly in touch - whether it’s an intro to a client or an investor, looking for more people to join your team, or just wanting to test new ideas with someone, we got you!

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much everything in their early stages. Whether it is realizing your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, growing, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, design, or tech, we got you covered.

How does Kiuas differ from other accelerators?

- We take zero equity and our programs are free of charge.

- We embrace the "from founder to founder" mentality. We make sure that the people helping our startups have actually created successful companies themselves.

- We are well-connected. Our broad network consists of entrepreneurs, investors, clients, students, and all the relevant players in the Finnish startup ecosystem.

- We have a unique position in the scene. Unlike many accelerators and VCs, Kiuas supports founders in their most earliest stages, and in all industries.

- The level of the programs is always aiming for the stars. We carefully pick all our coaches and partners, and the programs are constantly developed.

- Kiuas is founded and ran by students.

Do startups receive funding from Kiuas?

Not directly from us - however, Kiuas has a broad network of both VCs and angel investors whom our startups can easily get to meet during our programs.

We also help our startups with figuring out the fundraising fundamentals and preparing for future funding rounds.

How come is this all free?

We believe that on the long run, it is our startups' interest to keep the programs non-equity and free of charge. Furthermore, our operating bases heavily on the giving back mentality - e.g. our coaches are all involved completely pro bono.

We are supported by our partners and various organizations.

What and who is behind Kiuas?

Kiuas was founded in 2017 on the legacy of Summer of Startups, which has been organized by Aaltoes since 2010. In late 2018, Kiuas started operating independently.

Our core team consists of 3 people. The startups are supported by our coaches, some of which are highlighted here.

We are always open to having a chat, so shoot us a message!

What does Kiuas mean?

Kiuas (in English: a stove) is a central and key part of a Sauna. Kiuas is the furnace that generates the heat. It makes the Sauna hot.

Who can apply to Kiuas programs?

Our programs are meant for any early-stage startups and teams from all industries. Most of our companies are based in Finland but we may accept foreign startups into our programs as well.

If you have trouble figuring out if you should apply to Kiuas, shoot us a message and let’s have a chat! Even if applying is not relevant for you at the moment, we are always eager to meet new founders and see if we can help in some way.

How does applying for Kiuas work?

Prior to each program, we run a 1-2 month long application period. During this time, startups can apply online and get selected for interviews determining which teams will be chosen. On average, 20% of the applicants will proceed to the interviews and 50% of the interviewed teams get accepted to the program.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

In Start, the focus is on validating your idea, building the early versions of your product, and securing your first customers. We don’t require an established company nor you being full-time on your startup yet. No idea is too early if you’re committed to put in the hours to take it forward!

In Accelerator, the focus is on further topics such as product-market-fit, sales, growth, marketing, scaling up, and fundraising. We also help the startups to gain visibility by utilizing our channels and getting them to pitch at the Demo Day. At least one of the founders should be working full-time.

Having trouble to decide which is the right program for you? Please apply anyways. You can also shoot us a message and we can together discuss which one suits you better.

Can our startup apply for both of the programs?

Yes! Kiuas Start alumni often proceed to the Accelerator program. However, a normal application procedure is always required.

How many startups are selected?

We choose 15-20 teams for each batch of Start and Accelerator.

I’m a single founder, can I apply?

Yes! In that case, make sure you're capable of taking the first steps yourself while not missing any crucial parts of your team (e.g. a technical person).

Where is Kiuas located?

Our programs take place in the Startup Sauna co-working space in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. Startup Sauna is open for everyone and you are always welcome to drop by! We share the space with Aaltoes, Junction & Startuplifers and a handful of startups.

You can find more info about the space here.

What would a typical week look like?

In Start, the program is organized during evenings and weekends.

In Accelerator, the program is organized mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours.

In both of the programs, there are 2-3 program days each week consisting of either 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes or weekly meetings.

In general, the programs are intensive but the focus is heavily on working with your company.

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. Once the program starts, at least one member from the founding team should be located in Finland (preferably in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Do I have time to work on my company during the program?

For sure, and that's how it should be. Each week consists of max 10h of program divided into 2-3 days.

We aim to host only quality sessions that you will find useful, and make the program tailor-made for your startup so that it will fit your specific needs.

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! The Startup Sauna co-working space is open to everyone and you can stay there as long as you want. We are also able to offer office rooms for a very reasonable price.

What happens after the program?

We support our alumni in various ways. We are always eager to help and will stay regularly in touch - whether it’s an intro to a client or an investor, looking for more people to join your team, or just wanting to test new ideas with someone, we got you!