Helsinki Startup Day

12:00 - 18:00
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Meet the world’s happiest ecosystem in one place!

NewCo Helsinki together with Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) presents: the first Helsinki Startup Day! Meet startups, investors, accelerators and other ecosystem operators on May 29, the day before the official Arctic15 program at the Cable Factory kicks off. Helsinki Startup Day consists of startup pitches, investor and ecosystem presentations, workshops as well as face-to-face meeting opportunities on spot.

Helsinki Startup Day includes PitchHelsinki, presenting potential high growth startups chosen by the FiBAN investor screening board. The pitch event usually goes by the name PitchFinland, the leading regularly arranged pitch event in the Nordics. It is now open for audience, making it an exceptional chance to enjoy the pitches.

The event is held in English and is free of charge for all! Check-in opens at 12:00; please keep your name badge with you throughout the day. 

Official #hashtag of the event: #HelsinkiStartupDay. Feel free to post material about the event on social media with that hashtag.

Registration to the event (through the register button on Eventbrite): Please note that registration ends on May 22 at 16:00.

We reserve the right to changes.

Agenda & timetable:

12:00-17:00   Ecosystem operators presented at stands  

13:00-13:15   Opening words by City of Helsinki

13:15-14:30   Meet the World’s Happiest Ecosystem! Funding services and ecosystem presentations 

14:30-14:40   Inspiring Startups: Stephan Reckie

14:40-15:00   Break

15:00-16:00   xEdu Spring Batch

16:00-16:30   Break

16.30-16:40   Greeting words by Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

16:45-17:00   PitchHelsinki by FiBAN – opening and panel with Stephan Reckie and Marek Kiisa: International learnings for building a great startup-investor ecosystem 

Moderated By Helleke Heikkinen

17:00-18.00   PitchHelsinki 

19:00-22:00   Afterparty (more information at the bottom of the page)


There are four workshops in the event for startups and investors. There is a limited capacity to each workshop, so be quick if you want to participate! 

13:15-14:00   Agile Startup Boards by NewCo Helsinki

13:15-14:00   Why should you invest in education? by xEdu

14:15-15:00   How to lower the risk of your early-stage investments by #digirockstars

15:15-16:00   Cross-border investing from a Super Angel point of view

Startups and investors can sign up for the workshops when registering to the event.

Edit: The workshops are fully booked. If you have signed up to them and know for some reason you cannot attend, please cancel your registration to the workshop from your Eventbrite registration. 

Workshop Descriptions:

Agile Startup Boards
Facilitator: Teemu Polo, NewCo Helsinki business advisor 
How to make your board a strategic asset. A great board can help a startup avoid disasters and navigate the hardships of growth. 

Why should you invest in education?
Facilitator: Antti Korhonen, CEO of xEdu 
Investing in education: is the game worth the candle? How to spot a future unicorn? Come to xEdu’s workshop and get excited about investing in education!

How to lower the risk of your early-stage investments 
Facilitator: Oki Tåg, Co-founder of #digirockstars
You can lower your early-stage startup investment risk significantly even with no traditional business metrics (sales figures, CAC, LTV etc.). Join us in the session to learn how.

Cross-border investing from a Super Angel point of view 
Facilitator: Marek Kiisa,
Marek Kiisa is an accomplished business angel with extensive experience in cross-border investing. He will share his experience in the international field and shed light on the work he is doing with, which gives expertise as a value-add for your portfolio companies.

Helsinki Startup Day Afterparty at 19-22

Welcome to the Helsinki Startup Day Afterparty at Starter Restaurant in Maria 01 (Lapinlahdenkatu 16, Helsinki). Great refreshments and the best company! Music by DJ Särmä. 

Separate registration to afterparty through this link is required. 

You have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the afterparty (K-18)!
Access to afterparty with registration and name badge only.