Nestholma Oulu Startup Accelerator Program

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Nestholma startup accelerator program is a free, intensive three-month program in Oulu, Finland promoted by BusinessOulu. This is the fourth Nestholma batch in Oulu, and it will run in Autumn 2017 (1.9.- 1.12.). During the program B2B, B2C and gaming startups will get a unique opportunity to refine their idea and product, pursue new business opportunities and grow their network. The aim is to make the startup fundable and ready for international opportunities.

The accelerator takes advantage of Nestholma’s Lean Startup-driven venture accelerator model. During the program startups will develop their idea into a product that customers care about and a business opportunity that investors are interested in. You'll get lots of practical coaching on, for example, sales, marketing or how to collaborate with with investors. Also, the aim is help the startups to collaborate with large corporations in order to learn and find new business and partnership opportunities together.

See what startups have said about the previous programs in Oulu. Read stories in newspaper Kaleva on the Mentor Day and Demo Day during the previous programs with some comments from the startups (in Finnish). Check out also what startups have said about Nestholma's other accelerator program on the Testimonials page.

Apply

Application form is hosted at F6S.com

  • Mon 21.8. at 15:00 Finnish time. Q&A session for startups. Join hangout session
  • Fri 25.8. Application deadline. Shortlist announced Mon 28.8.
  • Fri 1.9. Pitching event for the shortlisted applicants (judges from Nestholma, Tekes and other partners). Accepted startups will be announced the same day. For startups from abroad we can consider pitch via video conference connection.
  • Monday, September 11th, Program begins

We are looking for companies in Oulu or companies willing to re-locate to Oulu. All companies need to be registered in Oulu to participate in the program. You also need a valid visa that enables you to work in the EU.

Some areas or themes we are interested in

We encourage both B2B and B2C (incl. games) startups to apply. Here are some ideas for the topics

  • Fintech
  • Insurtech
  • IoT and Industrial Internet
  • Gaming
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Smart City and Home
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health and wellness
  • Cloud services
  • Media
  • Edutech
  • Cleantech
  • Travel
  • Other digital solutions for consumers and businesses
  • Surprise us :-)

Comments about previous programs

We want to thank Nestholma for an excellent program! Instead of lectures, the whole program is built to be interactive. It also requires a lot of hands-on work from all participants. It has been very nice and fruitful to interact, co-operate and cross-coach with other startups.

From a blog post by Teemu from Techinspire about the learnings from the Nestholma program

 

Suosittelen lämpimästi, sillä Nestholman kiihdyttämö oli todella antoisa kokemus! Olipa mielessä uusi yritys tai jo vakiintuneen yrityksen uusi aluevaltaus, Nestholman kiihdyttämöohjelmasta irtoaa lisäpotkua!

--Risto Kauppi, Rugged Tooling Oy


Monidor osallistui Nestholma kiihdyttämöön tavoitteena saada uutta oppia ja sparrausta tuotteen kaupallistamisessa ja markkinoille menon suunnittelussa. Ohjelma sopi meille erittäin hyvin, koska olimme viimeistelemässä prototyyppiä ja tarvitsimme tukea tuotteen viemiseksi markkinoille. Lisäksi ohjelmassa oli meille sopivassa suhteessa intensiivikoulutusta ja etätyöskentelyä. Pystyimme hoitamaan yrityksen muuta toimintaa samanaikaisesti. Erittäin hyödyllisinä koimme 1-to-1 sparraus tapaamiset, jolloin saimme yksityiskohtaista ohjeistusta meille tärkeissä kysymyksissä. Opimme valtavasti lisää markkinoinnista ja myynnistä. Ohjelma oli erittäin inspiroiva ja hyödyllinen aloittavalle yritykselle!

--Mikko Savola, Monidor Oy


Nestholman ohjelma oli kattava ja valoitti yrityksen toimintaa käytännönläheisesti. Erityisen hyviä olivat opit miten omaa tuotetta myydään asiakkaille. Kouluttajat kyseenalaistivat positiivisella tavalla omat pinttyneet näkemyksemme yrityksen liiketoiminnasta ja tuotteista. Nestholman kouluttajat ovat todella pitkän linjan ammattilaisia, joilla on vahva käytännön kokemus yritysmaailmasta. Heillä on kyky tukea ja herätellä start-up yrittäjiä löytämään omat vahvuudet ja heikkoudet ja myös keinot parantaa omia toimintamalleja. Suosittelen vahvasti Nestholman kiihyttämöohjelmaa startup yrityksille, jotka ovat jo jonkin aikaa tarponeet yritysmaailman haasteissa ja lyöneet muutaman kerran päätä seinään.

--Ari Saartenoja, Radai Oy

 

Funding & partner deals for selected startups

Funding up to 150.000€ with good opportunities for additional funding
Nestholma may invest 6.000-150.000€ into some of the startups based on progress and agreed milestones. For the portfolio startups, Nestholma offers additional benefits, such as access to a wide network of mentors, additional partner deals, and wide support also after the program.

Nestholma does close cooperation with Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) and helps the startups to pursue relevant public funding instruments. Tekes assess the eligibility and funding need of each startup separately, and the companies must comply with the funding requirements set by Tekes (incl. company in Finland).

Nestholma also works closely with several angel and VC investors that will look into every startup's investment proposal when appropriate.

Program schedule

Nestholma’s three-month long accelerator model is based on three phases (Learn, Do, Pitch). During the program startups will get help in, for example, building products and services that customers actually care about and in preparing the company for growth and international opportunities. The aim is get the startup ready for additional funding by the end of the program

Nestholma Oulu scheduleOnsite workshops will be tailored to fit the participants maturity level. Also, industry-specific topics (for ex. for gaming companies) will be covered, as needed. During the program, there will also be guests (workshops, lectures etc.) from other startups, partner companies etc. These will be arranged online and/or on-site, as needed.

 

Nestholma in co-operation with

Business OuluButterfly VCELYLeverage from EUESR