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Entrepreneurship and innovations - Laurea StartUp

 Entrepreneurship at Laurea means either establishing an enterprise, or simply utilising one's knowledge and skills in an entrepreneurial fashion, and an active and innovative approach to work.

 We offer information, skills, inspiration, networks, and various channels for entrepreneurship and the utilisation of innovations.

Learning - knowledge and skills on entrepreneurship

Varied studies for abilities linked with entrepreneurship and innovation activities are possible in separate degree programmes and study entities. If you like, you can build a study path for yourself out of these, which directly helps in setting up and developing your own start-up company, for instance. 

You can supplement your abilities also through different kinds of events, competitions, or possibly even by taking part in international entrepreneurship camps, research and development projects, and growth company programmes.
You can also study entrepreneurship in practice through different kinds of project work, or by completing your traineeship in a start-up company - possibly even your own enterprise.
Laurea campuses have different kinds of development environments and pre-incubators in which it is possible to learn from other would-be entrepreneurs, and get support, guidance, and advice on your own business path. Teachers and separately named experts also help in special field-specific questions. 

 Activation - inspirations, networks, and entrepreneurial attitude

We regularly arrange different types of networking events together with the Laurea Entrepreneurship Society (LaureaES).  At these events you can meet other students interested in starting a business, get to know start-up entrepreneurs, and possibly even present your own business ideas and get feedback for them from external corporate development experts.
The international Cambridge VentureCamp events have played an important role in the advancement of Laurea's student entrepreneurship for several years.  Already about 200 students from different institutions of higher education have taken part in the camps. Students participating in a Cambridge VentureCamp have proven to be very active in setting new start-up companies and have succeeded very well in different kinds of competitions for business ideas and growth companies. Student entrepreneurs from Laurea have established more than 150 start-ups so far. 
Teams taking part in the SENSE business idea competition, arranged by three universities of applied sciences are given guidance in the development of their own business ideas, presenting their ideas to the judges and competing for victory with their ideas in different series. Laurea’s new student enterprise of the year is also selected annually.

Entrepreneurship and innovation services - developing business ideas and businesses

After you have described and developed your business idea and your business plan during your studies, we will guide you with the next steps of testing and further developing your idea and plan and establishing your own startup. Your will get advice, for example, on various funding instruments that are available for you. Your can also submit an invention disclosure form and get outside help to further develop your invention. You might also be able to get risk financing from Laurea.  The most promising ideas and growth-oriented teams can apply to Spinno Enterprise Center or to other business accelerators that Laurea co-operates with. These accelerators will help you developt your business plan, to find seed financing and to start your business activities. At these accelerators the teams will get company-specific advice, tools, training and networks.



​Contact information:

Entrepreneurship Team

Erja Annola
Maija Huhta
Taina Kilpinen
Pia Kiviharju
Anu Lindström
Marjo Ruuti
Antti Sekki

Campus Contacts
Erja Annola (Porvoo)
Maija Huhta (Hyvinkää, Lohja)
Anu Lindström (Tikkurila)
Marjo Ruuti (Leppävaara, Otaniemi)

Email adddresses: first name.last name (at)




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