Are you one of the chosen ones?

Do you see a challenge where others see a problem? When something isn't working, are you the type of person who will fix it, instead of complaining about it? Do you like to push yourself to see how far you can go? If this is you, how would you like to go on a journey that will change your life next summer?

Startup Journey is a ten week long accelerator program for early stage startups. The journey won't be easy, and places are very limited, but if you are one of the chosen ones, by the end of the summer, you will know it has all been worth it.


Startup Journey 2016

Startup Journey is a program for teams with kick-ass attitude who want to make their idea reality. We are looking for teams with a potent business idea, skills to execute and willingness to commit to the program.

Here's what you need:

  • An idea for a business concept. Think growth potential and scalability.

  • A kick ass team that is ready and willing to commit and work hard.

From us you'll get ten weeks of:

  • The best coaches and mentors that will help polish up your idea.

  • Three weekend long training boot-camps.

  • Coaching on various topics such as marketing, legal issues, pitching and sales.

  • Full access to SparkUp co-working space.

  • The best community of like-minded people to surround yourself with.

  • Key-note events, social events, networking events and a lot more!

Application period for 2016 is open until April 15th.

The applications for Startup Journey are open from January 15th to April 15th. During the spring we will organize a lot of workshops and events that will prepare you for the summer as well as pitching opportunities for the teams that are applying. Keep your eye on our Facebook page for all the events.

Apply at

Any questions, just get in touch:, +358 44 0314097, +358 40 5073210

What Will Your Team Get?

The aim of Startup Journey is to provide teams with a mind-blowing experience in developing their own idea towards market traction and founding of a company.

As a part of the program you will get weekly intensive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, training in different topics, and the support of Boost startup community.

Who can apply?

The program is aimed at, but not limited to, students and researchers from Turku and Finnish universities. You should have a team with kick-ass attitude who wants to make your idea reality. Factors we look at when choosing teams are market potential, scalability and capability to execute.

Schedule for the Journey

Application period 15.1.2016 - 15.4.2016

Application pitchings 5.3.2016, 3.4.2016, 14.4.2016

Journey starts 10.6.2016

Demo Day 18.8.2016


Startup Journey is a program for teams with kick-ass attitude who want to make their idea reality.

African Effect

African Effect is an clothing line experience brought together by four Nigerians living in Finland. Last year, we tried to attend a wedding ceremony in our beautiful and colorful African print clothes but we failed (to attend in print clothes). We couldn't acquire print clothes from within Finland and could not get varieties online. We believe everyone deserves a medium through which they can express their "Africanness" and through our colorful print clothes we are doing this. At The African Effect, we express the African in you.


I want to make a restaurant management game located in the Underworld. To this end I assembled a team with different skill sets, each member passionate about creating games. Our motivations and goals started to evolve as we joined Boost. What if, instead of single project, we could become a game studio? One that focuses on emotions like the games of the past, the ones people enjoy years after? Even a Studio Ghibli of games? Our first game tells the story of a little demon Beelze. Boost and time will tell how our own story goes.

Binary Cat Games

Binary Cat Games

We are Binary Cat Games, and we’re making a rock-themed puzzle platform game for PC, called Synesthesia. In the game you step in the shoes of a rockstar who encounters a mysterious blackout, and journeys into the depths of his mind to find out what happened last night. The player has a special ability to blast sound waves with his guitar, and he uses this ability to solve puzzles in the game. But why this ability? The name of the game might hint at something, and might also explain why there are some other weird things going on.

Bonus Point

BonusPoint is a free online cashback service for the Russian market. It helps its users to save money while shopping online by paying back a part of their purchase value. At the same time, it provides advertising and promotion services for the major Russian online brands by driving users to make purchases on their websites.

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect brings butterflies and happiness to your garden! We want to bring piece of nature closer to our everyday lives by bringing butterflies to backyards everywhere. Our concept opens up a window to the world of butterflies with educational, fun, and inspirational approach and content. We combine interacting with nature to aesthetic design consumer good, which has built-in green values, and offers clean and easy user experience. Upgrading your backyard with this product gives memorable experiences as well as beautiful decoration.

Coded Potential

We at Coded Potential help you discover elite racehorses. We provide DNA tests that reveal information about the horse’s genetic traits linked to physical performance and metabolism. By profiling the horse in our database we can help you recognize the horse’s inherited traits, optimize the horse’s training and nutrition program, as well as minimize the risks in breeding selection. Our company uses the technology of DNA sequencing to analyze the horse genes, providing maximum amount of information at the highest quality.


Colli provides cargo flow tracking and positioning systems for logistics hubs. Problem with many storage hubs today is that their tracking practices are decades old and do not meet the requirements of modern logistics processes. Colli's automated tracking system monitors logistics flow and cargo locations in warehouse which helps to recognize the bottlenecks in supply chains and makes the cargo movement more efficient.


CROWDTOD™ is “a crowd-source” based platform for micro web-tutorials. Individuals in the community make a request and a donationfor specific micro web-tutorials they would like. After generating sufficient interest and funds from the crowd, our selected experts create the tutorials and deliver them to our platform. This is a unique platform where experts can make repeated revenue and the crowd gets personalized tutorials for affordable prices. We bring a motivated crowd with demands to experts who produce high standard quality tutorials.

Dash Productions

Dash Productions is a game development startup company from Turku, Finland. Our first game, ”Walber’s Unit”, is a point and click horror adventure game designed for iOS and the mainstream gaming market for mobile devices. The main character, young Dr. Jane Walber, faces the dawn of the zombie apocalypse at the hospital ward where she works. The gameplay is based on solving tasks and puzzles in order to escape the ward in limited time, while avoiding the zombies. This game is filled with jumpscares and explicit visual and audio content.


We are doing a classic adventure game including weird tales, cosmic humour and shabby classical records. The game is heavily influenced by notorious Lovecraft stories, DOTT, Monkey Island, Vampyre Story and Monthy Python Movies. The core development team consist of game designer, 3 gfx artists/animators and a programmer. We also have an audio team of 3 talented musicians working to bring our demo on the next level. They have robust classical and electronic music backgrounds. find us on twitter: @keljaus or read our blog:


At FakeFish we share our love for gaming by developing games that make you want to explore the secrets of the game world while adding our own cultural and ethnic history into the mix. Our first game is called Northbound: It is an immersive adventure inspired by the Finnish national epic Kalevala and other Nordic mythology. Northbound is designed for the tablet platform and it features three legendary Kalevalan heroes, tactical and dynamic battles against mythological creatures and exploration of the magical lands of the North.

Fellow games

Fellow Games is small, but very ambitious indie game studio with passion for making cooperation games with beautiful experience to enjoy with friends. We want our games to be packed with memorable and challenging gameplay. Fellow Games believes that games worth playing is worth playing together, that's why the first product we create is tactical, cooperative turn based game with puzzle elements. Step Into the light is aiming for shorter levels with challenging and rewarding experience that you can play together with friends.


Fixis is a team of active designers and management professionals who have noticed how community work has changed these years. There is a growing need for meaningful tasks, but at the same time less effort is put in. We want to help community driven organizations and companies to familiarize themselves with service design. Why? Service design helps to simplify customer and service related problems and tackle them with the right tools. As a result our clients will reflect the improved service quality on to their customers. Find out more at


Our team is working on Smart Keychain project. The idea is to create a smart device which helps people to find and not forget their belongings. In general, people can find the application of this gadget in various areas of their lives. For example, one can use it for searching of lost keys, for preventing someone to take his luggage in the airport while he is away standing in the cue for cappuccino. The product is meant primarily for retail domestic use. The team has experience in software engineering and embedded computing.


At Identio we are developing an application that screens dyslexia. Our vision is to provide every school in Finland with our software, to give every school the opportunity to screen dyslexia effectively. Our application has the possibility to help tremendous amounts of people, and our goal is to reach every single one of them. No one should suffer from undiagnosed dyslexia; everyone should have an equal chance in our society. No more paper based testing – we are modernizing the way dyslexia is screened.

Ignite Design

The online community of IGNITE is a place where new artists, illustrators and painters, can showcase and sell their products, as well as gain visibility and make themselves available on the market for commission work. IGNITE creates a platform where artists and customers can connect; this grants the artist the opportunity to gain experience as professionals, and the customers get to immerse themselves in the next generation of art, one that they can affect and impact. We are IGNITE. We are IGNITERS.

Indium Game Stories

Indium Game Stories

We're a Finnish game development team, consisting of 2 artists and 4 programmers, all of whom are multi-talented rock stars. We're creating an open world survival RPG, where the playable character is turning into a zombie. Your choices will determine where in between a human and a zombie the character will end.


Infinify is a next generation collaboration software that runs in any browser, on any device, and free. It also helps that it's user interface is no more difficult to use than the all familiar whiteboard: a white surface with stuff on it. Real time collaboration, seamless sharing integration with cloud storage services, secure encryption and a powerful revisioning system makes Infinify a compelling choice for businesses and projects where efficiency and action are high priority.


Jalomieli creates games that take over your spare time. We bring challenge and depth back into the Finnish gaming industry. As of Startup Journey 2014, we are working on our first game, a hex-based strategy game for the PC called Arcail: Of Mystic Engineering. Check out our website at


JULJA is a new Finnish womenswear label designed by Nora Peltoniemi. JULJA clothing is flattering, flirtatious, easy to wear and of high quality. The clothes are made in a way that fits and compliments different body types through its cuts and colors. JULJA’s target group isn’t defined by age, but more by personality. JULJA woman is outgoing, strong, independent, loves her body and is not afraid to show it. This spring JULJA launched its first ready-to-wear Fall/Winter collection that will be sold through company’s own online store next September.

Kuutti Entertainment

We’re a three person group of highly motivated students. Our mission is to build Finland’s next top-selling game company and we have a great passion towards game related technology and gaming itself. We consider our main assets to be our education, the curiosity to learn and iron-willed determination to make quality entertainment. Every one of us has had a dream to be a game developer ever since we were young. Now we have a chance to make that dream a reality.


Lakivälitys is Finland’s first online marketplace for legal services. We provide private persons and small and medium sized businesses with a tool to receive price quotes from lawyers or search for lawyers from our database. Posting a job on Lakivälitys is an easy way to map out the legal aspects of your case and conduct price comparison among lawyers. Lakivälitys is always free to use for our customers looking for legal help. We value our customers privacy and therefore all jobs on our site are transferred to the lawyers anonymously. More information (in finnish) @

NaNi Dogwear

NaNi Dogwear designs and makes clothing for small dogs. Our customers have been telling us about their unique needs, which is why NaNi is now introducing its Virtual Applications for Dogwear. With the new service, buying dogwear online will be elevated to a completely new level, where shopping online becomes a personalized experience.

NoName Games

We all love games and wanted to be more involved in the industry. The dream turned to reality in the spring of 2014 when we decided to start a game company. Our vision is to bring fresh game mechanics to classic game concepts and our first product will be out later this year. Our first game will introduce the player to a fast paced infinite runner with innovative control mechanics. Changing levels and different environment effects add up to fast, challenging and fun experience for all players.

Qaava Medical

Qaava Medical is a developer of mobile collaboration software for multidisciplinary clinical teams. Its focus is to streamline the overhead created by current analogue communication methods used within hospitals: face-to-face meetings, telephone calls and paper. Recognizing that Mobile and Social technologies have tremendous potential as a medium for promoting collaboration among healthcare professionals, the Qaava Medical vision is to make the collective expertise of clinical teams greater than the sum of individual members. For more:

Rockodile Games

Rockodile Games was founded in late 2013. We want to play our part in shaping up the future of entertainment. From the moment we decided to venture to the world of game development instead of just consuming them, we knew we had to make something unique and exciting. We feel that the mobile platforms are the ideal environment since they allow limitless creativity without massive funds.

Rosvo Society

Rosvo Society

The perfect leather jacket evolves with every different outfit, and effortlessly adapts to any scenario. We mix rock’n’roll aesthetic with modern design, combining the best of both worlds into one. The use of superior materials perfects our creations. Our jackets are handmade of reindeer leather. To all the other eccentric trailblazers, we welcome you. Rosvo Society is a most beautiful mixture of good manners and rudeness.


SIROIC opens microchip development for individual freelancers, enthusiasts and eventually everyone. In other words, we enable mass collaboration as an R&D asset for semiconductor industry. This is done by introducing a virtual workplace for microchip development. The workplace is in clouds and it extends and shrinks on demand. SIROIC is a team of 6 chip specialists who's expertise cover the full microchip development flow.


Sportout, a community for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Our team is obsessed with two things, curiously exploring the world and outdoor sports. When we go out and exercise we always have GPS-trackers and cameras with us. Using this data we can plan and show our sport adventures in beautiful ways. Sportout is a network for sharing adventures and connecting with other sport enthusiasts who wants to explore the world using their muscle power.


SportsChilla is a supernetwork, in mobile and web app form, of sports fans for interaction and fun activities such as Cheering, hooting, booing, gossips, challenges, quizzes and active engagements. Being a fan establishes an emotional bridge between the fan and his team, as well as, the emotion is shared by thousands of like minded people around the globe. SportsChilla Connects those people and provides them an instrument of interaction and collaboration. SportsChilla™ GET INVOLVED™

Tomodachi Software

We are a team of 3 nerds with varied experience in the field of information technology and business. We are currently trying to solve problems in recruitment process. Our lack of experience in the field of recruitment is our weakness as well as our strength. We'll see processes with fresh eyes and minds and have no mercy for "Because it's always been this way"- methodologies. Our core values are: Value for the user, Usability, Information Security and a Work Smart not Hard -attitude. Tomodachi Software, a friend for your need, is your friend indeed.


Treamer is a peer to peer connection and payment platform that allows students to reach the short time employment in the neighborhood at the time of need. In addition to the cash earning the students get connected and gain valuable, validated and variable experience. We all remember how hard it was to find a job at first if not having prior work experience in the old meaning of the word, or knowing someone important. The pool of tasks consists of any pending tasks at households or companies, the unwanted and unexpected to-do list fillers that with traditional means would require costly help hiring.

Startup Journey is a program for teams with kick-ass attitude who want to make their idea reality.


Startup Journey is a program for teams with kick-ass attitude who want to make their idea reality.

Will Cardwell

Currently a senior lecturer on venture capital and entrepreneurship at Aalto University Executive Education and a mentor in several accelerators Will also does some angel investing. Before that, he ran Finland's largest Technology Incubator, Technopolis Ventures, with over 200 customers large and small around Finland as well as St, Petersburg and Estonia. Will has been working either as an investor, entrepreneur or CEO in Finnish startup’s since 1996.

Wili Miettinen

A serial entrepreneur and an angel investor. The last couple of years he's been particularly interested in crowd sourcing, cloud labor, and human computation - disruptive technologies transforming the way people work all over the world. A hacker at heart, Wili spent way many years banging out code in assembler, C, and other languages used by real cowboys. With a long background in computer graphics he was one of the founders of Hybrid Graphics and co-author of the SurRender3D engine as well as the Umbra visibility optimization middleware.

Reko Ukko

Reko is currently the Lead Game Designer and co-founder at Seriously and has worked on game design professionally for 10+ years. He has shipped successful titles at Bugbear, Digital Chocolate, Remedy and NaturalMotion in Oxford, where he was the Head of Design and worked on world-class titles such as Clumsy Ninja.

Petri Lehmuskoski

Founder of Gorilla Ventures, Petri is an investor who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He is a strategic thinker and an advocate of the lean methodology. As an entrepreneur since the age of 18 he knows what it takes to grow a company to success. Today he invests in 2-6 companies yearly and enjoys helping startups build their businesses and achieve better results.

Niklas Kiviluoto

With a Masters in marketing and a Doctorate in growth entrepreneurship by the age of 26 Niklas is familiar with research. As a visiting scholar at Stanford he was introduced to design thinking. Struck by this customer/end-user centric way of developing products & services he left academia and started at Palmu where he has gotten experience in developing businesses – among others in media, banking, universities, travel, accounting, IT, and security.

Mo El-Fatatry

Mo's decade-long entrepreneurial career includes founding award-winning companies (Best Startup 2009), raising millions in funding and taking them international. He was the first immigrant to receive the "President of Finland’s Internationalization Award" by President Halonen and was among 200 business leaders recognized by President Obama at the “Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship”. More at

Mikko Kämäräinen

As a design thinker at Infinity he is passionate about the promotion of creative thinking. Furthermore, he also focuses on Open Innovation and strategic design as a business tool. With a background in both design and engineering, he was a co-founder of Infinity, which is a design consultancy business currently active in Finland and Estonia. Mikko is one of the writers of The Changing Role of Design report.

Mike Bradshaw

Mike is known for; drinking the occasional beer at Startup Sauna and other startup venues (and on occasion helping the residents at these places with their pitching & presentation skills). The one true way to annoy Mike is to attempt to pitch with bullet point slides. Mike is also a co-driver with the Travelling Salesman, has been a host at Hub Helsinki, dis-organiser of BarCamp Helsinki & other un-conferences, and is a holder of a British passport.

Mika Marjalaakso

Mika was the founding CEO of Viola Systems, the company which was selected as the best European startup in 2001. Mika has personally raised, and helped fellow entrepreneurs raise over 10M€ from prominent angel investors in Finland, USA, and Russia, and advised countless startups over the last 15 years. You can follow Mika on Twitter @mmarjala.

Esteve Pannetier

Esteve has been involved in making the magic happen between people for many years, first as commercial ethnographer in the field of design and an entrepreneur, as marketing strategist, and more recently as a speaker, lecturer and coach in organisational change. To learn more, visit!

Aki Järvinen

Aki Järvinen, Ph.D., is a 10+ year game industry veteran and noted speaker in both industry and academic conferences. His background is in design, but in recent years Aki has been leading teams in creating state-of-the-art mobile and social games. His credentials include number of mobile and online games, and a doctoral dissertation on game design and emotions. Currently Aki works as Product Lead at Grand Cru, leading development on an ambitious iOS game.