Accelerator

program: 3.7.-29.8.2019

APPly: 12.3.-23.5.2019

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

Product
/ MVP
/ Go-to-market

Themes

Develop
Launch
Scale

Startups

15-20
/ batch

Industries

All

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 '18 alumni

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

- Kiuas Accelerator '18 alumni

Alumni companies

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

- Kiuas Accelerator '18 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 program

Weeks 1-3
Product-Market Fit

Validation
Customer development
Market entry

Weeks 4-6
Growth

Sales funnel & best practices
Growth hacking
Marketing & branding

Weeks 7-9
Scaling & Funding

Hiring 101
Scaling & international
Fundraising fundamentals

Each week consists of ~10h of program divided into 2-3 days.

Mentoring

Intimate 1-on-1 discussions with investors, industry professionals and experienced founders, organized throughout the program.

Workshops

Hands-on, interactive sessions on various topics.

Founders talks

Stories from seasoned entrepreneurs, sharing their learnings from founding and scaling companies.

Weeklies

Meeting fellow founders from the batch at the start of each week to discuss learnings & pain points, showcase achievements, and determine goals for the upcoming week.

Product sprints

Intensive product development hackathons with an aim of building your product and getting 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.

The application for 2019 batch is open.

Apply 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!