Start

Next program: 23.3.-13.4.2019

Application period: 16.1.-28.2.2019

Kiuas Start is tailor-made for teams that want to turn their project into a reality.

This intensive 3-week pre-accelerator is strongly focused on validation, product development, iteration, sales, and other topics that are crucial in the earliest stages of a startup's journey.

Our aim is to create the best possible environment for you to take your startup further. With program taking place during evenings and weekends, Kiuas Start is also easy to attend if you are not yet working full-time on your startup.

We’ll offer you the tools, support, and a perfect program to take your idea to the next level. The rest is up to you.

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Length

3 weeks

Stage

Idea,
MVP

Themes

Build
Test
Iterate

Industries

ALL

Teams

15-20

When?

March-April

"Propably the best value we have ever had on anything"

- Kiuas Start '18 alumni

9,39 / 10

Overall rating from Kiuas Start 2018 participans

"All the greatest startup talent in Finland gathered under one roof"

- Kiuas Start '18 alumni

1 / Coaching

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

50+ 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 renovated 1500 square meter co-working space in the heart of Espoo.

24/7 access with a keycard

Reservable meeting rooms, stages, and silent spaces

Kitchen, free coffee, fridge...

3 / Networks

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

Broad network of investors and clients to connect with

Ad-hoc support with recruitment

Help with any practicalities from the Kiuas team

4 / Tools

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

Free services from world-class partners

Up to $150k worth of credits and discounts for each startup

Set-up and onboarding support

Kiuas toolbox

Schedule

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Sat 23.3

Kiuas Start S'19 Opening

Kiuas Start S'19 Opening

Sun 24.3

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Mon 25.3

Weekly + Founders Talk

Tue 26.3

Wed 27.3

Mentoring (opt-in)

Workshop

Thu 28.3

Mentoring

Fri 29.3

Sat 30.3

Product sprint 1

Product sprint 1

Product sprint 1

Sun 31.3

Product sprint 1

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Mon 1.4

Weekly + Founders Talk

Tue 2.4

Wed 3.4

Mentoring (opt-in)

Workshop

Thu 4.4

Mentoring

Fri 5.4

Sat 6.4

Product sprint 2

Product sprint 2

Product sprint 2

Sun 7.4

Product sprint 2

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Mon 8.4

Weekly + Founders Talk

Tue 9.4

Wed 10.4

Mentoring (opt-in)

Workshop

Thu 11.4

Mentoring

Fri 12.4

Sat 13.4

Kiuas Start S'19 Debrief

Closing party

specs

Mentoring

Intimate 1-on-1 discussions with investors, industry professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. Mentoring sessions consisting of multiple 1-on-1s are organized throughout the program, typically 1-2 times a week.

Workshops

Hands-on sessions focusing on topics that are essential when building a company.

Founders talks

For each week, we invite seasoned entrepreneurs to share their uncensored stories and learnings along the way. The talks are always interactive with possibility to take part with questions.

Weeklies

At the start of each week, we gather all teams under one roof to showcase achievements and determine goals for the upcoming week.

Product sprints

Intensive product development hackathons with an aim of tackling a specific area on your product and getting a lot of stuff done at once.

The application for spring '19 batch is open.

Apply Here

FAQ

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much anything related to early-stage. Whether it is iterating your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, funding, marketing and sales, we got you covered.

How does Kiuas differ from other accelerators?

- We take zero equity and our programs are free of charge. We have no industry limitations either.

- 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 also in their most earliest stages.

- 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 angel investors and VCs who are regularly represented in our programs in terms of mentoring and hosting workshops.

How come is this all free?

We believe that it is best for the startups 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 public 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 as a separate entity.

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.

For whom is Kiuas for?

Our programs are meant for 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, 50% of the interviewed teams make the cut.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

- In Start, the focus is on validating your idea and developing your product. 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, and different aspects of raising funding. We also help the startups to gain visibility by utilizing our channels and gettingto pitch at the Demo Day. Your company must be registered by the time program starts.

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

How many startups are selected?

We typically 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).

Can we attend both of the programs?

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

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 in varied schedules, but mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours. In both programs, there are around 2-3 active program days each week consisting of weeklies, 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes etc.

In general, the programs are intensive but there is plenty of time to work on your company as well.

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. Once the program starts you should be located in Finland (preferably in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! The Startup Sauna co-working space is open to everyone and you can stay here as long as you want.

Read more about what happens after the program below!

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 an investor, help with recruiting or just wanting to test ideas with someone, we got you!

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much anything related to early-stage. Whether it is iterating your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, funding, marketing and sales, we got you covered.

How does Kiuas differ from other accelerators?

- We take zero equity and our programs are free of charge. We have no industry limitations either.

- 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 also in their most earliest stages.

- 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 angel investors and VCs who are regularly represented in our programs in terms of mentoring and hosting workshops.

How come is this all free?

We believe that it is best for the startups 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 public 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 as a separate entity.

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.

For whom is Kiuas for?

Our programs are meant for 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, 50% of the interviewed teams make the cut.

Should we apply for Start or Accelerator?

- In Start, the focus is on validating your idea and developing your product. 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, and different aspects of raising funding. We also help the startups to gain visibility by utilizing our channels and gettingto pitch at the Demo Day. Your company must be registered by the time program starts.

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

How many startups are selected?

We typically 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).

Can we attend both of the programs?

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

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 in varied schedules, but mostly on weekdays and inside normal working hours. In both programs, there are around 2-3 active program days each week consisting of weeklies, 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes etc.

In general, the programs are intensive but there is plenty of time to work on your company as well.

Is physical attendance required?

Yes. Once the program starts you should be located in Finland (preferably in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area)

Can we use the space after the program?

Yes! The Startup Sauna co-working space is open to everyone and you can stay here as long as you want.

Read more about what happens after the program below!

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 an investor, help with recruiting or just wanting to test ideas with someone, we got you!