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Path to sparring your business idea and to entrepreneurship

Start-up entrepreneur sparring

We provide support for the early stages of entrepreneurship from the moment the company is still a dream, idea, hope or hobby. Our free service for start-up entrepreneurs is intended for everyone considering entrepreneurship and setting up a business in the Business Joensuu operating area.


What kind of help can I get?

  • Information about entrepreneurship
  • Coaching for business ideas
  • Assistance with creating a business plan and financial statements
  • Coaching for financial planning

This service is suitable for me when:

  • I am interested in entrepreneurship
  • I want to establish a company
  • I want to develop my already functioning business (0 - 3 years)

Contact for personal entrepreneurship sparring

Do not hesitate to contact us and request a personal entrepreneurship sparring and business advisory free of charge. You can reach out to our business coach Heli Saario for sparring sessions in English in Joensuu and business specialists in Heinävesi, Ilomantsi, Kitee, Outokumpu Polvijärvi, Rääkkylä, and Tohmajärvi. You can also contact us by leaving a contact request.

Register for the Building Your Entrepreneurial Route Group Coaching on July 24, 2024

Do you have a business idea in mind that you would like to develop further?

We are hosting a group coaching session, Building Your Entrepreneurial Route, tailored for new entrepreneurs on July 24, 2024, from 2 PM to 4 PM.
The coaching session will be held in the Business Joensuu Coaching Class room (Science Park, Building 3B, 4th floor, Länsikatu 15, 80100 Joensuu). You can participate on-site or via Teams.

In the coaching session, you will receive tools to develop your own business idea and gain basic information on starting a business in the Joensuu region. This free-of-charge coaching session is also a great opportunity to meet other new entrepreneurs from the region, and it is available for new entrepreneurs from Heinävesi, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Kitee, Outokumpu, Polvijärvi, Rääkkylä, and Tohmajärvi. Feel free to join!

Please register for the group coaching by sending an email to Heli Saario at or by phone at +358 45 880 0343. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Starting a business may seem challenging, and starting entrepreneurs are often concerned about similar things, such as finding customers, securing their livelihoods and imposter syndrome. However, the only way to succeed and overcome challenges is to try - that's why your courage and determination will lead you to a world of real opportunities. A start-up entrepreneur has a lot of new questions, which is why it is a good idea to discuss them with others. Following your dream may seem hopeless - which is why the most important characteristics of an entrepreneur are self-belief, courage and goal-orientation. 

Sparring your business idea  Plus sign

In addition to directing entrepreneurship in the start-up entrepreneur service, we assess your business idea, its potential risks, the profitability of the business, and funding opportunities. We help you get your business ideas on a clearly marked path from the start.

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Every entrepreneur is different, and in the future, different forms of entrepreneurship supporting employment will become more common. This is why we want to help you find the way to entrepreneurship that best suits you. You can become an entrepreneur through several different routes, and it can be your full-time or part-time job. For example, your path to entrepreneurship can begin little by little as a student or light entrepreneur or as a hybrid career that combines paid employment and entrepreneurship. Becoming a full-time entrepreneur is often a natural continuum on the path to entrepreneurship. 

We support different forms of entrepreneurship and want to help you find the right way for you based on your business idea, personality and life situation. Our business coach answers questions that are on your mind, helps you find a path to entrepreneurship personalised for you, and gives you ideas on how to plan your business activities. 

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Other entrepreneurs are important members in the support network of start-up entrepreneurs. From the first contact with us, you will start growing your entrepreneur network where you can share information, ideas and peer support with entrepreneurs interested and experienced in entrepreneurship. Come participate in the events organised by Business Joensuu and join us in networking with other entrepreneurs. Our events provide versatile information and coaching from different areas of entrepreneurship. 

Business coaches at Business Joensuu help everyone interested in entrepreneurship and starting a business personally in our area of operation in the Joensuu region and Central Karelia.

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We cooperate with the Riveria University of Applied Sciences, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland, the Eastern Finland Sports Institute and the Joensuu Conservatory in entrepreneurship studies. We also train and coach at various events and happenings. Please contact us if you want us to talk or coach at your event!