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Competition jury

Competition jury's work

The members of the competition jury of the Start Me Up business idea competition are experienced experts in the education, business and financial world. The members of the jury will explore the preselected competition proposals in the competition system. During the jury working days, the Business Joensuu Start Me Up working group will present the business ideas to the jury. The jury may also decide to use external experts for the assessment if necessary.

The competition jury assesses the competition proposals and selects the winners based on the:

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

Competition jury members in the business idea competition in 2024


  • Chairman Tomi Haring, CEO, Business Joensuu
  • Seppo Tossavainen, Head of Economic and International Affairs, City of Joensuu
  • Jyrki Saarinen, Professor, University of Eastern Finland (Photonics)
  • Heikki Immonen, Doctor of Technology, Principal Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
  • Sanna Lappalainen, Project Specialist, Riveria
  • Antti Vikman, COO, Nolwenture Oy
  • Jorma Leitzinger, CEO, Partner, Board Member, Leitzinger Oy
  • Pekka Lemettinen, CEO, Board Professional, Investor

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