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Register for the Start Me Up Business Idea Competition Award Gala on May 15, 2024

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Which business idea will win the Start Me Up 2024 Business Idea Competition? And which ideas shine in other competition categories? Come join us, get excited, and listen to the best ideas of the competition while being inspired by Riikka Pakarinen, CEO of the Finnish Startup Community, and her tips for startups and growth companies!

The Start Me Up 2024 Award Gala will be held on May 15, 2024, at Joensuu Science Park's Temple of Challenge hall (Building 3A, 4th floor).

The keynote speaker is the charismatic CEO of the Finnish Startup Community, Riikka Pakarinen. She will open up the environment of growth and startup businesses and provide valuable guidance to Start Me Up competitors, businesses, and anyone interested in the topic.

The event is open to everyone and free of charge. However, seats are limited, so secure your spot by registering for the Gala well in advance, by May 10, 2024, at 16.00 at the latest. Register your participation here!

Award Gala program

14.00–14.05 - Opening of the event, Joona Kotilainen

14.05–14.10 - Welcome to the Gala, CEO Tomi Haring, Business Joensuu

14.10–14.25 - Start Me Up case: From VTT's idea to research and business, CEO Mikko Utriainen, Chipmetrics Oy

14.25–15.00 - Keynote speech: Growth Entrepreneurship and Startups, CEO Riikka Pakarinen, Finnish Startup Community

15.00–15.10 - Break

15.10–15.20 - Introduction to the Start Me Up 2024 Business Idea Competition: Statistics and presentation of the jury, Joona Kotilainen

15.20–16.50 - Announcement of the Start Me Up category winners and the winner of the main prize

16.50–17.00 - Winners on stage and closing remarks, Joona Kotilainen and Tomi Haring

Start Me Up Afterparty from 17.00 to 18.00:
The celebration continues casually at the Start Me Up Afterparty at the adjacent Serendipity Café:

  • Start with welcome drinks and delicious cocktail service.
  • Network - meet competitors and others attendees, exchange thoughts and ideas, and build new collaborations!
  • At the Afterparty, the media will have the opportunity to interview winners and get firsthand information about the competitors and their business ideas!
The event ends at 6:00 PM.

Partners of Start Me Up 2024 Idea Competition:


For further information:

Tanja Immonen
Marketing Specialist, +358 50 545 2519

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