Start

program: 23.3.-13.4.2019

ApplY: 16.1.-28.2.2019

Turn your project into a company

Kiuas Start is tailor-made for ambitious teams that are looking to take their idea into a reality.

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

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 idea.

The program is completely free and zero-equity.

Application period closed

Kiuas Accelerator
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Length

3 weeks

Stage

Idea,
Prototype

Themes

Build
Test
Iterate

Industries

ALL

Teams

15-20

When?

Mar-Apr
&
OCt-Nov

"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.

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 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

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 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

Introductions + Goal-setting

Community evening

Sun 24.3

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Mon 25.3

Weekly + Founders Talk
Markku Mäkeläinen, Nexit Ventures

Tue 26.3

Wed 27.3

Mentoring (opt-in)

MVP Workshop
Mikko Honkanen, Vainu.io

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
Roope Heinilä, Smarp

Tue 2.4

Wed 3.4

Mentoring
B. Model, Financials, Funding options

Workshop

Thu 4.4

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
Nelli Såger, Fifth Corner Inc.

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

*Hosts for Workshops & Founders Talks are announced gradually.

The program

Mentoring

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

Workshops

Hands-on, interactive sessions on topics that are essential when building your company.

Founders talks

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

Weeklies

Each week, we gather all teams under one roof to showcase achievements, discuss learnings, and determine goals for the upcoming week.

Product sprints

Intensive, 24-hour product development hackathons with an aim of building your product and getting a lot of stuff done at once.

The application for spring '19 batch is closed.

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FAQ

In which areas can Kiuas help?

We support startups in pretty much anything related to early-stage. Whether it is realizing your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, marketing, or sales, 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 ones helping our startups have actually founded 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 it is the best for our 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 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.

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, 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, developing the 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.

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 our startup attend both of the programs?

Yes! Kiuas Start alumni 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 roughly 2-3 active program days each week consisting of 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes, weekly meetings, 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, at least one member from the founding team 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 there as long as you want. We are also able to offer office rooms for a very reasonable price.

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 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 anything related to early-stage. Whether it is realizing your idea, developing and launching your product, gaining traction, scaling your business, or specific topics like legal, fundraising, hiring, marketing, or sales, 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 ones helping our startups have actually founded 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 it is the best for our 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 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.

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, 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, developing the 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.

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 our startup attend both of the programs?

Yes! Kiuas Start alumni 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 roughly 2-3 active program days each week consisting of 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops, keynotes, weekly meetings, 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, at least one member from the founding team 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 there as long as you want. We are also able to offer office rooms for a very reasonable price.

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 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!