The Start Me Up business idea competition is organised by Business Joensuu. The purpose of the competition is to discover and reward people or companies who embody North Karelian entrepreneurship. The competition also has a separate category for students.

Main prize of over EUR 60,000!

This year, the main prize of the Start Me Up competition is bigger than ever before in the history of the competition. The main prize includes EUR 30,000 in cash, the use of facilities provided by Business Joensuu, and expert services worth EUR 31,400!

The main prize in the student category is EUR 9,000.
Who can participate?

The competition is open to persons and companies whose business idea has the potential to promote North Karelian entrepreneurship. In addition, it must be possible to implement the business idea in North Karelia.

The student competition is open to persons studying at the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences or Riveria. One entrant can participate in the competition with several ideas.

Read the competition info!


How to participate?

Read the competition information carefully, fill in the electronic application form and send it. You may also attach a one-minute video to your electronic application.

A panel of experts assesses the potential of all submitted ideas and rewards the most mind-blowing ones. After the competition, all participants can continue to refine their ideas together with the Business Joensuu experts.
Competition schedule:
The competition period runs from 1 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.
The panel of judges will assess the ideas between 1 April 2021 and 30 April 2021.
The competition winners will be contacted at the latest during week 18/2021.
The winners will be published on 19 May 2021.




Further information and contact person:

Business Coach Janne Pakarinen