TAMPERE STARTUP KIT
Ahoy you brave startup enthusiast! Great to have you found Tampere as a place to raise your startup with us!
This guide is aimed at international startup teams who are considering to move their startup to Tampere and international talents who are already residing in Tampere and interested in creating their startups.
This local Tampere version of Business Finland Startup Kit brings together the services of key actors in the Tampere region startup ecosystem to international startup entrepreneurs who have an interest in Finland with the start-up permit issued in 2018.
Finland’s Most Agile And Fastest Developing Startup City
Tampere offers an excellent setting for entrepreneurship and startups. The city actively invests in young entrepreneurs, and the strong local startup culture has created countless success stories in the video game and manufacturing industries as well as health tech, to name a few. The Tampere University and its cutting-edge research constantly bring new professionals and innovators to the region, where an active startup community offers plenty of relevant events.
The Tampere Startup Ecosystem Offers Every Key To Growth
Strong local networks will help your company find new professionals, customers and funding for growth. The Tampere startup ecosystem connects the region’s several hundred startups with investors, startup communities, higher education institutes and services that cover a startups’ whole lifespan. Startup Tampere and the active ecosystem facilitate many kinds of collaboration, such as product development, shared workspaces, investments and events.
We warmly welcome you to Tampere!
International Tampere Hub Team
Enter Finland freely without a visa or a residence permit.
If you intend to live and work in Finland for longer than 90 days, you need to register your right to reside in Finland at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) after your arrival.
Registering of right of residence
Click here to redirect to the Migri webpages for migration: Migri
Starting up smoothly
Chatbot service for foreign entrepreneurs in Finland http://www.startingupsmoothly.fi/
Citizens outside of EU
1) Submitting your eligibility statement request with your business plan
In addition to the regular immigration process, the Finnish Startup Permit makes it easy and fast for innovative entrepreneurs outside EU to build a startup company in Finland and to become part of Finland’s vibrant startup ecosystem.
Start your journey to Finland by writing your business plan and sending it to Business Finland with your Eligibility Statement request. All the necessary documents can be sent electronically. It takes approximately a month to get the statement from Business Finland.
Click here to redirect to the Business Finland pages for more information: Finnish startup permit .
2) Submitting your application for the Finnish Startup Permit
After receiving a favourable assessment from Business Finland, your next step is to apply for the Finnish Startup Permit from Finnish Immigration Service (Migri), with Business Finlands decision as an attachment.
Note that when you apply for your first residence permit for Finland, you can ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. This means that you will receive a Finnish personal identity code at the same time as your residence permit.
Migri generally grants the Finnish Startup Permit for maximum period of two years.
Click here to redirect to Migri pages for more info on the Startup residence permit: Startup residence permit
Here is the checklist for you to go through while planning to move to Tampere and further starting your social life:
- Finding accommodation and moving to Tampere
- Applying for personal identity code (when you have applied from inside EU / EEA)
- Registering your place of residence
- Opening a personal bank account
- Tax Card
- Getting health insurance
- Getting a telephone and internet connection and electricity contract
- Learning to get around in Finland
- Getting familiar with the community and social networks
For more detailed information, please do check Business Finland’s Startup Kit. Click here to redirect for more information: Startup Kit.
Questions regarding local personal living information contact Tampere Migration Info Centre Mainio. Click here to redirect to the city of Tampere’s webpages: Mainio.
Applying for “Finnish startup grant” – Startti-raha
As you are about to become an entrepreneur in Finland, you may be eligible for Finnish Startup Grant – a financial support provided by the Finnish government. Startup Grant is meant to support your income for ambitious entrepreneurs during the first months it takes to establish your business.
Check your eligibility for Finnish Startup Grant by contacting TE Office. Notice that it is important to apply for Finnish Startup Grant before registering your company. After a favourable decision you will start receiving the money after the company registration is completed.
Entrepreneurs’ startup grant: click here to redirect to TE services for more information: Startup grant
Contacts from Pirkanmaa:
- Jarmo Lepistö, firstname.lastname@example.org, puh. 0295 045 649
- Raija Vanhatalo-Heliniemi, email@example.com, puh. 0295 045 801
- Paula Yrjänheikki, firstname.lastname@example.org, puh. 0295 045 820
Finding a Workspace (click external links to redirect)
- Tampere Startup Hub http://www.startuphub.fi/
- Crazy Town https://www.crazytown.fi/english/
- Varma Works https://www.varma.fi/varmaworks/
- MOW https://mow.fi/en/hub/supernova-tampere
- Regus https://www.regus.fi/en-fi/office-space/finland/tampere
- Toinen toimisto https://toinentoimisto.fi/
Registering a business – starting up
All businesses in Finland must enrol in the Finnish Trade Register. This registration is subject to a charge. Before submitting your registration application, remember to check from National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland that your trade name is free.
All entrepreneurs in Finland are liable to pay taxes once their company is established. For this reason, your business must also be registered for VAT at Finnish Tax Administration. This registration is free of charge.
Notice, that every company is required to have at least one board member who is a resident of European Economic Area.
Starting up smoothly
Chatbot service for foreign entrepreneurs in Finland. Have a go with the bot by clicking here: Chatbot
Registering your business (external links)
Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) (https://www.prh.fi/en/
Finnish Business Information System (BIS) (https://www.ytj.fi/en/)
Opening up a corporate bank account
After you have started the process to establish your company, you’ll need a corporate bank account. To open a corporate bank account, you are typically required to present an extract from the trade register and your personal ID.
Notice that there are differences between bank requirements and their processing times with new international clients. This is why you should confirm all the required documents prior to your meeting at the bank.
After you have opened your corporate bank account, you can finish the company registration process with PRH.
- OP https://uusi.op.fi/corporate-customers/become-our-corporate-customer
- Nordea https://www.nordea.fi/en/business/your-company/startup-and-growth-solutions.html
- Danske Bank https://danskebank.fi/en/for-businesses
Getting accounting services
All businesses have a legal obligation to keep accounts in Finland. In other words, as an entrepreneur you will need to take care of your bookkeeping.
Since you likely wish to focus as much of your attention as possible on building and developing your business, it can be worthwhile that you consider outsourcing your bookkeeping to an accounting service provider.
Notice that auditing is mandatory in Finland. Ask tips from your accountant – they are happy to help you.
Accounting services (external links)
Mentors, board members, advisors pool (external link)
- Boardio (https://www.boardio.com/ )
Applying to accelerator and incubator programs
Red Brick Accelerator
Click to redirect: Red Brick. Take your business idea from prototype to your first customers in just 6 weeks! Red Brick Accelerator is an intensive coaching program for early-stage startups. Its goal is to support development of your idea from prototype stage to your first customer.
Nordic Startup School
Click to redirect: https://www.nordicstartupschool.com/ Nordic Startup School is designed to help you gain traction and unprecedented access to networks in USA! At Nordic Startup School you can learn from the best and improve your ability to fundraise. You can leverage our global network of founders, investors and mentors to accelerate your business. The program culminates with a celebration at Demo Day! Best startup of the batch will be chosen for acceleration Phase 2: 200 000€ investment and 9 months hands-on acceleration in US.
Rapid Tampere Industry Accelerator
Click to redirect https://www.vertical.vc/rapidtampere/. Rapid Tampere is the first collaboration accelerator in the region and its launch is coordinated by the City of Tampere and Business Tampere, the Tampere region economic development agency. Sandvik, Kalmar, Caruna and Valmet, all high-class international industrial companies, have joined Rapid Tampere, the first collaboration accelerator in Tampere Region, Finland. A global search for top high-tech collaborators to spar these companies towards progress has started. The powerful ecosystem of mobile machinery and process machinery located in the area, is an ideal growth medium for the accelerator and will attract the best international players.
Click to redirect https://www.tampere.games/incubator/ Ten week course to hone your pitching skills, learn game business and get help from top gaming industry mentors!
- Get the best in business advice in hands-on sessions with veteran games industry mentors.
- Weekly crash course in all topics of game development; from idea to release.
- Learn to pitch and sell your games on any platform
- Critique and advice from the top VCs in the industry!
- Culminates in a public Mentor Day, where you get to pitch for both VCs and mentors!
Click to redirect: https://www.newfactory.fi/ Currently New Factory do not run an acceleration program but work with startups case by case. New Factory is preparing a new startup incubator called Spinoutlab in cooperation with Tamlink and Tampere University.
New Factory can help your startup with the following:
- Lean Startup Coaching by serial entrepreneurs and industry experts
- Access to proven Service Providers
- Access to Tech Community
- Access to wide range of Industrial Partners
- Access to Mentors and Investors
- Co-working space in Finlayson area in collaboration with Varma
Programs – through application:
Business Mentoring Program
Click to redirect: https://www.tampere.fi/en/jobs-and-enterprise/individual-business-mentoring-program-for-entrepreneurs.html Mentoring provides advices to overcome obstacles in running a business. During mentoring period each entrepreneur receives needed guidance from local experienced business mentor and university student. Business mentor (senior mentor) shares his/her experience and junior mentor (university student) brings new, fresh ideas and practical approach to your business case. This successful cooperative approach helps you to develop your business. Content and objectives are tailored according to entrepreneur’s needs. Entrepreneur is expected to engage pro-actively to the mentoring program for 6 months and organize frequent mentoring meetings. Service is free of charge.
Click to redirect: https://www.y-kampus.fi/en/studies/c-lab/ C-Lab is an 8-week sprint in which you will learn how to get a product or service ready to launch. You and your diverse team will partner with a local startup, research team, or social organization to develop a real, implementable commercialization plan. If you don’t know what the word commercialization means or it sounds scary or corporate, worry not! Commercialization is simply the process of bringing new products or services to market. And C-LAB is an opportunity to do exactly that!
Click to redirect: https://www.growthmakers.fi/about Growthmakers is a Tampere3 program that trains students to lead, grow, and internationalize businesses. Local companies have the opportunity to hire a Growthmaker team to achieve their growth and internationalization goals. We learn from experts, partner locally, and impact globally.
Click to redirect: https://www.growthbuilders.net/ Facilitated co-creation between companies and international talents in Tampere region. Growthbuilders is a concrete and forthright way for businesses and international experts with valuable know-how to generate growth together. The program consists of one-month long collaboration periods taking place in VarmaWorks co-working space in Finlayson area in the city center. New Factory experts are facilitating the collaboration and taking care of all the practicalities.
Click to redirect: (https://www.demola.net/) Demola brings together students and leading brands. With Demola, global and local organizations challenge university students to create a better future. Today, our innovation challenges bring together over 50 universities, 750,000 students and the leading companies from around the world.
Pop-up info Desk
Click to redirect: https://tribetampere.com/pop-up/ The City of Tampere is promoting services and encouraging international background entrepreneurs in their business activity by organizing Pop-up Info Desk. Managing taxes, searching for funding, understanding the Finnish business culture and finding reliable information are the most common difficulties identified by entrepreneurs. At the Pop-up info desk you can receive advice, guidance or get practical help on business matters. Come by to share your thoughts or great idea with us! We want to hear from you!
Startup Tampere launches a new series of events in collaboration with Tribe Tampere. Sparring breakfast is aimed for entrepreneurs / interest on entrepreneurship and people working especially in startup / growth companies. Idea is to meet around specific theme and share knowledge and experiences as well as learn from each other. The best way to reach success and avoid mistakes that someone else has already done, is to openly discuss own challenges and listen what others have to say. Aim is also invite someone who is an expert on the theme to lead discussions event that the focus is on participants peer support.
Mix&Match Networking Events
Click to redirect: https://tribetampere.com/mix-match/ Did you know that finding a job in Finland goes through hard networking? You should join to find right people that could help you kickstart your career and succeed in Finland! How to find the right talent for your startup/SME/company? We have many talents in house seeking for their dream job so come and check yourself!
- Startup – Team: most startups fail. It is a fact. One of the most important reasons is the TEAM! It’s not easy to find a core team member or co-founder for your new business or idea from your friends circle often. Thus, you should be very open to meet various people in networking events to FIND THE ONE! If you are entrepreneurial minded person and love to be part of a startup but lacking a business idea, then just come and search for something that you would love to be part of!
- Networking: Love meeting new people and discovering new opportunities? Businesses are run with people and meeting people helps you reach new dimensions, sales targets and so on. Well, you’re in right hands because we have a relaxed networking event for people who just love to meet new people.
Click to redirect: https://businesstampere.com/entrepreneurs/startup-tampere/
- Tommi Uitti Startup Community Manager Tommi.Uitti(a) Businesstampere dot com
- Sami Puottinen Project Manager, Sami.Puttonen (a) Businesstampere dot com
- Tapio Siik Project Director, House Of Startups, Tapio.Siik (a) Businesstampere dot com
External links to Ensimetri’s services:
- List of experts: https://www.varaaverkossa.fi/places/uusyrityskeskus-ensimetri–288
Schools & Research (external links)
Tribe Tampere Entrepreneurship & Startup Community
Click to redirect: https://tribetampere.com/ Tribe Tampere is an open community consisting of people dedicated to serve Tampere startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Tribe operates as a platform. It means creation of value to organizations and individuals by making it easier for them to connect each other in a meaningful way. One way of saying it is it empowers those who try to help others achieve their dreams.
Tampere Game HUB
Click to redirect: https://www.tampere.games/ Tampere Game Hub ry is all about promoting and cultivating the game development scene in Tampere. Any game development team and company working actively in the Pirkanmaa region can join. The goal of the organization is to unify the Tampere game development scene. The board members of Tampere Game Hub ry consist of game industry professionals as well as representatives from the educational and business sectors of Tampere.
Tampere Entrepreneurship Society (students)
Click to redirect: https://www.tampere.es/ Tampere Entrepreneurship Society is a non-profit, student-led open community where diverse people can meet and create their personal network.
Stream Startup Festival
Click to redirect: https://streamfestival.org/ The Event for Early-stage Startups. Stream Startup Festival is a not-for-profit startup event made to support the journeys of early-stage startups by giving them practical support and tools of growth. One-day festival brings you founder stories, workshops, panel discussions and of course networking at it’s finest.
Click to redirect: https://www.innoevent.fi/en/frontpage/ InnoEvent Tampere is a 5-day innovation festival in which brings together students and businesses. Multidisciplinary teams produce new ideas and solutions for the companies’ real commissions. This year the main theme will be circular economy. Theme will show in company commissions and at the event venue. The event protector is Ilkka Herlin. He works actively to prevent climate change, pollution of the Baltic Sea and the destruction of biodiversity. InnoEvent Tampere is a unique opportunity to work on real-life challenges and learn together outside the classroom. The event is both in Finnish and English.
Other events in Finland (list of external links)
- Slush https://www.slush.org/
- Arctic15 https://arctic15.com/
- Shift Festival https://theshift.fi/
- Ship* https://www.shipfestival.org/
- Polar Bear Pitching https://polarbearpitching.com/
- Kasvu Open https://www.kasvuopen.fi/
- Junction hackathon https://www.hackjunction.com/
Click to redirect: https://tampere.ai/ AI Hub Tampere is a new artificial intelligence research center hosted by Tampere University and funded by public instruments. The center organizes workshops, helpdesk sessions, experimental piloting and other support for adopting artificial intelligence in local companies. Our principle is to make AI easy to reach, affordable and all our services are free of charge, neutral and equal for all. The center is part of nationwide network of AI centers that is currently being built.
Tampere Ambassadors / Friends of Tampere
Click to redirect: https://businesstampere.com/talenttampere/networking/tampere-ambassadors/ Would you like to connect Tampere with your contacts from abroad? Are you interested in meeting internationally oriented people from Tampere Region? Are you living abroad and you would like to stay connected with Tampere? Would you like to help Tampere region become more international, and better known internationally? Business Tampere coordinates the Tampere Ambassador network which aims to help internationally oriented people promote Tampere abroad and to gather together internationally and business oriented people who love Tampere. This network is open for all people regardless of their nationality or professional background. If you feel love for Tampere and you would like to participate in the internationalisation and business development of the region, this is your chance to do it!
JCI United is an internationally oriented junior chamber based in Pirkanmaa area. We aim to offer our members opportunities for versatile and interesting learning experiences and project work. We are international by heart, and want to invite our members, local companies and community to join us in going forward and becoming truly global.
Click to redirect: https://www.yrittajat.fi/en Suomen Yrittäjät is an interest and service organization for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their owners. Our task is to improve the position of entrepreneurs and the conditions for entrepreneurship, and to make Finland an entrepreneurial society. Our member entrepreneurs share a passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, the freedom to do their work well, the willingness and ability to take risks and a sense of responsibility for themselves and others.The most important reasons to belong to our entrepreneur organization are lobbying and counselling services and a desire to be a part of the entrepreneur community and meet other entrepreneurs. As Finland’s largest organization, representing 115,000 enterprises, we work every day to support free entrepreneurship and an entrepreneur-friendly society.
Every entrepreneur with a freshly established business in Finland can apply for public funding matching to their own investments. Every company has an equal chance to get the funding – it’s all about the brightest idea and the great team.
Private investment companies and angel investors also have a lot of interest in collaboration with international startups in Finland. Ps. Do not forget the power of crowdfunding!