A total of 142 ideas were submitted to the Start Me Up business idea competition before the deadline at the end of March. The Start Me Up competition, organised by Business Joensuu, is seeking out brain busting ideas that can lead to new North Karelian success stories.

The two-month competition generated truly top-quality ideas, which are all now being assessed.

‘It can clearly be seen in the ideas put forward that a lot of work has gone into developing and refining them. Among the entrants, there are a number of future success stories. The jury now faces quite a task, says Business Coach Janne Pakarinen.

The ideas submitted for the competition are being assessed by a jury which includesDirector of New Business and Internationalisation Services at Business Joensuu Kari Melanen, Principal Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Karelia University of Applied Sciences Heikki Immonen, COO at Nolwenture Oy and Chair of Joensuu Entrepreneurship Society Antti Vikman, Business Specialist at North Karelia ELY Centre Päivi Vaarala, and CEO of Kontionloikka Ltd Annu Ahonen.

The jury is starting its work immediately and will reach its conclusions on 27 April. Business Joensuu will contact the winners no later than the week starting on May 4.

The winners of the Start Me Up business idea competition will be announced on Wednesday 13 May. The first prize is an award of EUR 20,000 as well as business premises for one year in the Science Park provided by Business Joensuu. The total value of all the prizes is EUR 60,000.

The Start Me Up competition is being held this year for the 19th time, and is one of the largest business idea competitions in Finland.

More information:

Business Joensuu

Business Coach Janne Pakarinen

tel. +358 50 575 8859

janne.pakarinen@businessjoensuu.fi