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Enter your business idea - Start Me Up business idea competition 2024
Seeking future business ideas for North Karelia. Submit yours from February 1 to March 31, 2024!

Start Me Up 2024 business idea competition

Start your success with the Start Me Up business idea competition!

Get ready to launch your success by participating in the Start Me Up business idea competition. This is your opportunity to turn your business plans into reality and take your idea to new heights. Join the competition from February 1 to March 31, 2024.

Showcase, for example, a new product, service, solution, operational model, science or research-based innovation, or technology that creates or expands business. The grand prize awaits, with €35,000, and the total prize pool exceeds €90,000 across all competition categories!

Start Me Up is more than just a competition – it's a chance to receive expert support, coaching, and visibility for your business idea. The competition provides a unique opportunity for growth and networking to develop your idea, launch your business, and increase visibility. Collaboration with Business Joensuu, regional and national partners, and the business community in North Karelia strengthens your entrepreneurial journey.

The Start Me Up business idea competition is dedicated to promoting growth entrepreneurship and startup culture with the goal of fostering sustainable, internationally expanding businesses in North Karelia. The competition welcomes participants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals, companies, and research groups, not only from the North Karelia region but also from across Finland and worldwide. You can participate with multiple ideas, either individually or as a team.

All business idea proposals submitted by March 31, 2024, will compete for both the main prize and other excellent awards in various categories.

Participate now and let your ideas shine! Start Me Up eagerly awaits your business idea. Don't miss this opportunity – turn your idea into reality and join the competition in creating the next success story!

Submit your idea

Assessment of business ideas

After the competition period ends, the expert jury will carefully assess participants' proposals based on the following criteria and select the winners:

  • novelty value and innovativeness
  • feasibility
  • market potential
  • sustainability
  • business vision.

Start Me Up Award Gala on May 15, 2024

The winners of the Start Me Up business idea competition will be announced in the Award gala, on May 15, 2024, at the Joensuu Science Park. Award Gala programme will be published soon.

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