Helsinki Startup Kit With Slush Node

Startup Kit to Help You Succeed


Helsinki has a unique and internationally recognized startup ecosystem. Here, you can easily establish networks and access both funding for your startup and talented workforce. Helsinki has other perks, too. We are an international city with high quality life.

Now, the City of Helsinki has joined Slush in developing a startup kit for startups working remotely. These valuable tips and resources help you and your startup access this exceptional ecosystem.

The City of Helsinki works towards making Helsinki an increasingly business-friendly platform and offers a variety of services for startups willing to succeed, grow, and develop. Below you’ll find the best resources for remotely establishing and running a growing startup in Helsinki.

Helsinki Startup Database

Helsinki joins a pan-European network of startup ecosystems, powered by Dealroom. Initiated by Business Helsinki, the new startup database maps 1,857 startups, 106 VC investors, 30K startup jobs, and 224 corporates in Helsinki, cataloguing every funding round, acquisition, and much more. Explore the database.


Forum Virium Helsinki is the City of Helsinki Innovation Company. It co-creates urban futures with companies, universities, other public sector organizations and Helsinki residents. Forum Virium Helsinki’s aims to make Helsinki the most functional smart city in the world.

Testbed Helsinki – Through the website you can comprehensively find development and testing opportunities for new products and services offered by the City of Helsinki.

Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab – Helsinki’s testbed for smart mobility. They enable piloting of new smart mobility solutions in real environments.

HUS Testbed – HUS Helsinki University Hospital offers health technology companies the possibility to develop and validate their devices and services in an authentic hospital environment.

Soft Landing in Helsinki

Business Helsinki together with its partners provides soft landing services designed to help you explore new business opportunities. The soft landing services support you in setting up your business, growing your company, building your network, and settling into Helsinki.

Helsinki Business Hub offers services for foreign owned businesses considering establishing operations in the Helsinki area.

The Spouse Program supports spouses who have moved to Finland together with their partners who have been hired to work here. The program offers networking possibilities, guidance, events, and more.

Incubators, Accelerators and Hubs

The City of Helsinki has launched a new incubator and accelerator service for startups. The main target group for the new NewCo Accelerator services are high-potential startup companies looking for external financing, but which are unable to find a suitable service provider due to the financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus.

Find more information about the incubators and accelerators below. 

Aalto Startup Center

Aalto Startup Center is a hybrid accelerator that offers both incubation services and an accelerating program aimed for startups at the beginning of their journey.

Epicenter Helsinki

Epicenter Helsinki helps startups, corporates and scaleups accelerate growth.

Health Incubator Helsinki

Health Incubator Helsinki is a three-year incubation program for research-based health sector teams and startups.

Helsinki Business Hub

Helsinki Business Hub is the international trade and investment promotion agency for the Finnish Capital Region. Helsinki Business Hub helps foreign companies to set up and grow their business.


Kiuas supports early-stage startups through their accelerator programs and online services.

Maria 01

Maria 01 is the leading startup campus in the Nordics. Maria 01 hosts startups, venture capital firms and other ecosystem players under the same roof.


 Turbiini Accelerator supports early phase startups in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Turbiini also acts as an in-house business accelerator for student-driven business ideas of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

VTT Ventures

VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions. VTT supports researchers in commercializing their deep-tech innovations. VTT LaunchPad is a deep-tech incubator combining research, technology, mentors and investors.


xEdu is a business accelerator for edtech startups.


Public domestic funding: Business Finland

Angel investors: FiBAN – Finnish Business Angels Network

Loan funding: Finnvera, Nordea Startup, Fundu (crowdfunding)

European Union grants and others: Please contact us at

Crowdfunding: InvesdorFunderbeamMesenaatti, SeedrsIndieGogo and Kickstarter

Startup events

Slush is the world’s leading startup and tech event that brings together startups, venture capitalists and investors.

Arctic15 is a matchmaking startup event with a focus on making deals and ensuring quality networking.

SHIFT brings together innovators and decision makers to develop intelligent businesses.


The Hub – Find the most exciting startup jobs. The Hub is a free-of-charge community platform tailored to the needs of growth startups.

Co-working Spaces

In addition to catering to sporadic and permanent working space needs, co-working spaces offer a variety of other services from coffee and printing to business support for startups. You can find a list of co-working spaces in Helsinki from the Helsinki Business Hub website.

Entrepreneurship society (ES)

Are you a student? Your university or college might have its own Entrepreneurship society (ES) that organizes events and projects.

Why Helsinki?

We are an international city with great balance for entrepreneurship and living a high quality life. Our startup ecosystem is internationally recognized and you have easy access to experienced and talented founders and employees. Helsinki functions well for companies, founders, employees and families. You can easily manage by only speaking English.



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