Accelerator

Next program: Summer 2020

Apply: Spring 2020

Take your startup to the next level

Our flagship program Kiuas Accelerator (prev. Summer of Startups) is the go-to-place for your early-stage startup.

The 9-week program provides your team with a unique recipe for product-market fit, customer acquisition, growth, marketing, branding, team building, and scaling.

Kiuas Accelerator is completely free and zero-equity.

Apply Here

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Length

9 weeks

Stage

Go-to-market

Themes

Develop
Launch
Scale

Startups

15-20
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Cost

Free & zero-equity

When?

3.7.-29.8.

"I’ve gone through three accelerator programs, and Kiuas was by far the best organized, toughest and most rewarding"

- Kiuas Accelerator alumni

"We could not even think everything will be this good"

- Kiuas Accelerator alumni

Alumni companies

"Great program, great coaching and mentoring with solid actionable connections and contacts. Just perfect"

- Kiuas Accelerator alumni

"When they say "From idea to first revenue", it is not just a marketing slogan. They really mean it."

- Kiuas Accelerator '18 alumni

"One of the greatest experiences in my life"

- Kiuas Accelerator '18 alumni

Alumni companies

"If I could go back in time and apply for the accelerator a year earlier, I'd do it in a heartbeat."

- Kiuas Accelerator '18 alumni

9,73 / 10

Overall rating from Kiuas Accelerator 2018 participans

1 / Coaching

Our coach pool consists of some of the most well-known entrepreneurs, investors, and experts in the Nordics.

100+ coaches from various industries

1-on-1 mentoring on a weekly basis

On-demand matching with coaches for specific needs

2 / Working space

All programs take place in Startup Sauna, a newly renovated 1500m2 co-working space in the heart of Espoo, Finland.

24/7 access with a keycard

Reservable meeting rooms, stages, and silent spaces

Kitchen, free coffee, fridge...

3 / Networks

We help our founders connect with other relevant startups, investors, potential clients, and talent.

Broad network of investors and partners to connect with

Ad-hoc support with recruitment

Help with any practicalities from the Kiuas team

Coach pool

4 / Tools

With the help of our partners, we offer exclusive deals and services for the startups participating in our programs.

Free services from top-tier partners

Up to $300k worth of credits and discounts for each startup

Set-up & onboarding support

Kiuas toolbox

The application for 2019 batch is open.

Apply Here

The program

Mentoring

1-on-1 discussions with experienced founders, investors, and industry experts.

Workshops

Hands-on, interactive sessions on various fundamental topics.

Founders talks

Stories from seasoned entrepreneurs who share their learnings from founding and scaling companies.

Weeklies

Group meetings with other founders from the batch at the start of each week in order to discuss learnings & challenges, and to determine goals for the upcoming week.

Product sprints

Intensive product development hackathons. Develop your product or improve your service and get a lot of stuff done at once.

Demo Day

On the 29th of August, we will gather over 600 people, consisting of investors and entrepreneurs, in Tennispalatsi to witness the startups of Kiuas Accelerator.

BBQs

Traditional startup ecosystem gatherings organized every other Wednesday throughout the summer.

+ Ship Festival

All Kiuas Accelerator startups will be invited to the Ship Startup Festival on 1-2 August to compete for the main prize of 5000 euros.

+ Slush

3-4 of the Accelerator startups will receive free tickets and demo booths to Slush 2019.

FAQ

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much any areas where they need help and guidance.

Whether it is validating your idea, developing your product, gaining traction, market entry, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, marketing, design, or tech, our coaches 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 built successful companies themselves.

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

- We have a unique position in the scene. Unlike most VCs and other accelerators, Kiuas supports founders in their 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 that our startups can easily get to meet during the programs.

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

How come is this all free?

We believe that in the long run, it is more beneficial for our startups to keep the programs non-equity and free of charge. Our operating is heavily based on "giving back" -mentality - e.g. our coaches are all involved completely pro bono.

We are supported by our partners and various other organizations.

What and who is behind Kiuas?

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

Our core team consists of 4 people. The startups are supported by our coaches, some of which are highlighted here.

We are always open to having a chat, so feel free to 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 projects from all industries. Most of our startups are based in Finland but we may occasionally accept foreign startups into the 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 to Kiuas work?

Prior to each program, we run a 1-2 month application period during which startups can apply online. After that, we invite around 20% of the applicants for interviews which will determine the ones that get chosen.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

In Start, the focus is on validating your idea, building the early version of your product, and securing your first customers. We don’t require an established company or you being full-time 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 showcasing them at the Demo Day. The founding team should be working full-time.

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

Can our startup apply to 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 select 15-20 teams to each batch of Start and Accelerator.

I’m a single founder, can I apply?

Yes! In that case, make sure you have the capabilities of taking the first steps of your startup yourself (in terms of e.g. building an MVP and interacting with customers).

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.

How does a typical program week look like?

In Start, the sessions take place during evenings and weekends.

In Accelerator, the sessions take place mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours.

In both programs, we organize coaching sessions on 3-4 days each week, consisting of either 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, weekly meetings, or other program elements.

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

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. At least one member from the founding team should be attending the sessions.

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

For sure. Each week consists of max 10 hours of program divided into 3-4 days.

Furthermore, we aim to always tailor-made the program for each startup so that it will fit everyone's specific needs.

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! You're free to use the Startup Sauna co-working space after the program. We are also able to offer office rooms for startups that have participated in our programs.

What happens after the program?

We support our alumni in various ways. Each startup will have 2-3 check-up meetings with our team during the following 6 months after the program, and we also throw in a couple of alumni-only gatherings annually.

We are eager to help and will stay regularly in touch - whether it’s an intro to a client or an investor, helping with finding talent to join your team, or just wanting to test new ideas with someone!

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much any areas where they need help and guidance.

Whether it is validating your idea, developing your product, gaining traction, market entry, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, marketing, design, or tech, our coaches 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 built successful companies themselves.

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

- We have a unique position in the scene. Unlike most VCs and other accelerators, Kiuas supports founders in their 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 that our startups can easily get to meet during the programs.

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

How come is this all free?

We believe that in the long run, it is more beneficial for our startups to keep the programs non-equity and free of charge. Our operating is heavily based on "giving back" -mentality - e.g. our coaches are all involved completely pro bono.

We are supported by our partners and various other organizations.

What and who is behind Kiuas?

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

Our core team consists of 4 people. The startups are supported by our coaches, some of which are highlighted here.

We are always open to having a chat, so feel free to 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 projects from all industries. Most of our startups are based in Finland but we may occasionally accept foreign startups into the 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 to Kiuas work?

Prior to each program, we run a 1-2 month application period during which startups can apply online. After that, we invite around 20% of the applicants for interviews which will determine the ones that get chosen.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

In Start, the focus is on validating your idea, building the early version of your product, and securing your first customers. We don’t require an established company or you being full-time 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 showcasing them at the Demo Day. The founding team should be working full-time.

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

Can our startup apply to 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 select 15-20 teams to each batch of Start and Accelerator.

I’m a single founder, can I apply?

Yes! In that case, make sure you have the capabilities of taking the first steps of your startup yourself (in terms of e.g. building an MVP and interacting with customers).

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.

How does a typical program week look like?

In Start, the sessions take place during evenings and weekends.

In Accelerator, the sessions take place mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours.

In both programs, we organize coaching sessions on 3-4 days each week, consisting of either 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, weekly meetings, or other program elements.

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

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. At least one member from the founding team should be attending the sessions.

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

For sure. Each week consists of max 10 hours of program divided into 3-4 days.

Furthermore, we aim to always tailor-made the program for each startup so that it will fit everyone's specific needs.

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! You're free to use the Startup Sauna co-working space after the program. We are also able to offer office rooms for startups that have participated in our programs.

What happens after the program?

We support our alumni in various ways. Each startup will have 2-3 check-up meetings with our team during the following 6 months after the program, and we also throw in a couple of alumni-only gatherings annually.

We are eager to help and will stay regularly in touch - whether it’s an intro to a client or an investor, helping with finding talent to join your team, or just wanting to test new ideas with someone!