Frequently asked questions

What is the Avanto Accelerator?

The Avanto Accelerator is a pre-startup accelerator with an arctic attitude, and a path for a person or a team interested in entrepreneurship. All its activities aim at commercialization of ideas. The goal is to advance the birth of healthy new companies and business aiming at the international level. The program is organized by the University of Oulu and The University of Applied Sciences and is funded by the EU.

When and where does the Avanto Accelerator take place?

The program takes place in Business Kitchen, the best coworking community in town (places differ), in Kotkantie (OAMK) & Linnanmaa (University of Oulu), 90014 Oulu - Tellus Innovation Arena at the Uniersity. The next program starts October 10th 2017.

Who is the Avanto Accelerator for?

The program is open for all, and especially for university connected ideas and people who are motivated and driven willing to build their idea into a business. The program is organized in the evenings so attendance is possible even when studying or working. Students from both universities will receive 5 ECTS upon completion of the program.

Do I need to have a business idea to join the Avanto?

Yes, but do join one of our many events, and our online portal connecting entrepreneurially minded people to find your team, and then continue on to the Avanto.

How does the program work?

It is a 8-week program with workshops, mentors and networking. Workshops are held in the evenings usually once a week. The participants also have to work in teams outside of the the program shedule developing their startups. Our coaches will support the teams all the time. In the end of the program the participants will pitch their startups to investors in a final public demoday.

How can I join?

Step 1: Join some of the kick-off events to meet others or come talk to our coaches:

  • Ideas & Introductions: Brainstorm ideas and meet new people who have similar dreams (organized occasionally).
  • Venturing Research Challenge: Turn research into business opportunities.
  • SMEhack: Challenge your ideas and develop them into a business.
  • Startup Weekend: Build ideas into startups with the aid of mentors.s

Step 2: Apply for the Avanto Accelerator program through the online application form.

Step 3: Show your drive and initial plans in an interview with our coaches.

Step 4: Join the 6-week program and let’s turn those ideas into a reality.