Kiuas Accelerator is an award-winning 10-week program designed to enable early-stage founders to build world-changing companies.
The program sessions are hosted fully online and can be completed without in-person participation. However, some optional side events take place in person in the Helsinki region.
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On February 8th Kiuas organizes two events at Startup Sauna for those interested in the Accelerator program:
At Kiuas Accelerator, the sessions you attend and the coaches you meet are selected depending on your needs. With this tailored approach we make sure you get to focus on the things that move the needle for your startup.
100+ Top entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from around the world that guide you on the challenges that you are facing. You will get to meet the best coaches based on your needs.
Access to potential partners, investors, and talent - along with a community of over 500 Kiuas Alumni founders. By joining Kiuas Accelerator our network becomes your network for years to come.
Numerous cloud, analytics, and marketing tools along with other online and offline services from the top service providers - exclusively for Kiuas startups.
The program sessions are 100% online and are organized Mon-Fri during EET working hours. There are weekly recurring sessions but most of the program contents are tailored to your needs. On average you can expect to spend around 10h per week working on the Kiuas Accelerator program.
1-on-1 discussions with experienced founders, investors, and relevant industry experts.
Interactive dialogue sessions exploring startup-related themes hosted by specialists in the field.
Personalized feedback sessions, aimed at creating the perfect story for your startup and connecting you with investors
Early-stage founders working to solve actual problems. We accept startups from all industries, regions, and stages. However, there are some critical aspects we pay attention to:
Is the problem that you are solving significant and urgent? What is the global potential for solutions to the problem?
Are you and your team committed and looking to grow as founders? What is the passion and level of dedication to solving the problem?
Can we together with our coaches help you? Will you be able to commit to the program and participate in the sessions?
Why should I apply to the Kiuas Accelerator program?
The program content is tailored to meet your current needs. We offer support where you need it the most, provide the right tools, and connect you with the right people. Furthermore, you become a member of our over 500 startup founder community.
Every coach you meet and the sessions you participate in are selected to address the most urgent issues that you are dealing with. You will receive support for industry-specific issues as well as for general issues related to running a startup.
Here are some of the topics that are addressed during the program:
Kiuas is the fastest way to grow your network of relevant industry experts and investors in the Nordic ecosystem. Having them teach you the fundamentals of building startups supercharges your progress by letting you avoid the mistakes they’ve made. Furthermore, we at Kiuas are passionate about our mission to empower the next generation of leaders and are committed to challenging you, asking the hard questions, and pushing you forward.
Who can apply to Kiuas Accelerator?
Early-stage startup founders that are building globally scalable solutions.
If you are wondering whether you should apply to Kiuas Accelerator, send us a message, and let’s talk! Even if applying is not relevant to you at the moment, we are eager to get to know you and see if we can help in some way.
The application period for the Kiuas Accelerator is closed, can I still apply?
Unfortunately not. We run two programs per year, one in the spring and another one during the fall. The application period is open for about 4-weeks and typically closes at least one month before the program.
You can leave us your email on the Accelerator page to receive a notification when the next application period opens.
I’m working on my startup alone, can I apply to Kiuas Accelerator?
However, please make sure that you are capable of building the first solution (prototype/MVP) out of your idea by yourself (without missing a developer, for example).
If you are looking for a co-founder, you can use our online platform Kiuas Co-Founder to look for a co-founder for your startup!
How do you rate the Kiuas Accelerator applications and select the teams?
In the online application, we address the most important topics related to running startups, such as the problem, the solution, the market opportunity, and the business model. At the interview stage, where we meet online with the most potential applicants, we focus more on the founders and the team. Roughly 20 teams will be selected for the program.
To ensure anonymity and to avoid any biases when we are rating the applications, we do it without knowing your personal information, company name, and location.
What kind of feedback has Kiuas Accelerator received so far?
We are proud and humble of our track record of creating value for founders. We always ask the Accelerator program participants if they’d recommend the program to other founders. So far, 100% of them have said yes. Here are some examples of the feedback:
“This kind of accelerator should be a must-have for any founder. The topics that are picked for the program fill in 100% of what a founder should consider when planning their growth.”
Participant of Accelerator 2021
“An amazing experience that took us 6 months ahead of time than we would have without the program. The mentoring were mind-blowing and really challenged to look at our business from a more advanced point of view.”
Participant of Accelerator 2020
“Being accountable for the team goals to the Kiuas team made the weekly work very fruitful. What I found especially helpful was that the Kiuas team really familiarised themselves with our specific pinpoints and steered us to the professional who most likely could help us to solve that problem.”
Participant of Accelerator 2022
What does a typical week during the Kiuas Accelerator program look like?
During the program, sessions are organized 3-4 days a week. They take place on weekdays within normal working hours.
Typically you can expect to spend about 10h per week working on the program. The program content is tailored to your needs and consists of mentoring, workshops, talks, weekly meetings, etc.
Overall, the program is intensive but the focus should be on working on your startup.
Does the Kiuas Accelerator program require in-person presence?
No. The program sessions are hosted fully online and can be completed without in-person participation. However, some optional side events take place in person in the Helsinki region.
What happens after the Kiuas Accelerator program?
We typically meet you a couple of times within the following months to discuss your needs and reflect on the program. Also, you maintain access to the services and software of the Toolbox.
Furthermore, you will become a member of the Kiuas Slack community where over 500 other founders can help and share advice with you.
In general, we are eager to help with anything - whether it’s an intro to a client or an investor, finding talent, or just testing new ideas with someone!
Why does the Kiuas Accelerator program cost 1%?
As a participation fee, we ask for a small stake in your company. This commits us to help you even after the program ends, as our financial incentives are aligned: we benefit only if you succeed. We are happy to sell our stake in any future funding round, or exit, whichever is convenient for you.
We've settled on 1%, as it is enough to cover our expenses, yet small enough that we don't mess up your cap table or investability in the eyes of investors. One percent is not much, but it enables us to help startups like yours in the future as well.