EdTech Incubator Helsinki

EdTech Incubator Helsinki is a free 20-week incubator program for the best educational and EdTech innovations. With the help of business and education professionals, you can grow your idea into a valuable, scalable and international business concept.

During the Incubator program you can test and develop your solutions with teachers and learners. Your team will also get a chance to collaborate closely with our EdTech community and showcase your idea in our premises at Helsinki city center. At the end of the program, all participating teams will have the chance to pitch their idea to leading professionals of educational innovations, investors and influencers.

After the incubator program we will help you to accelerate your business idea towards international markets. Through our network we will also enable connections into important stakeholders such as investors, who can mentor and guide you towards a next success story.

Ten teams have started in the first incubation programme

The incubator: develop your idea with the best professionals

The incubator program consists of 20 weeks and provides participating teams and companies a targeted path to profitable business in domestic and foreign markets. Program includes team workshops, mentoring sprint assignments and keynote speeches – and strong network support during the journey. The incubator is collaborated by an extensive network of business and educational experts.

The program starts with the basics of design thinking and ends with a final event where attendees get to pitch their idea to important stakeholders like investors, mentors and corporations. After each program attendees are guided into our deal flow services, targeted for startups in different stages from idea to innovation.

Weekly tasks and projects will be tailored for each group’s needs. We will provide workspaces and facilities to the incubator program attendees in Helsinki (Runeberginkatu 14-16).

The EdTech Incubator Helsinki program 2021

Week 1: Bootcamp (2 days)
Goals, orientation, the philosophy of agility and pitching.

Week 2: Defining the problem and the customer
Value creation based on identifying and empathizing with the customer.

Weeks 3–4: Validation and fast experimentation
Validating the customer’s pain points with practical experiments.

Weeks 5–6: Concept and business plan development
Concept and business plan development based on fast experimentation and validation. 

Weeks 7–8: Financial management
Implementation of the business plan, budgeting and cash flow management.

Weeks 9–10: Sales and marketing
Planning of sales and marketing strategies, sales processes and tools. Branding and marketing materials.

Week 11: Pitching
Updating the solution or company pitch. Creation of a pitch deck and presentation.

Weeks 12–13: Pedagogical design
The learning experience of EdTech solutions.

Weeks 14–15: Measuring pedagogical impact
The pedagogical impact of products and services and how to utilize it in sales and marketing.

Weeks 16–17: Funding
Utilizing public grants, funding and angel investors in internationalization. Meeting and collaborating with investors.

Weeks 18–19: Team and network
Building up a winning team and utilizing business support services in Finland. Global operations and cash flow management. 

Week 20: Wrapping up the Incubator and Finals
Creation and overview of an action plan for the future. Reflection and goal monitoring for the future. Feedback session. Networking event and pitching for the big audience and investors. Celebration of the growth journey!

Incubator batches in fall and spring

The incubator programs are organized twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Here are the upcoming batches listed for 2021 -2022:

2021
Autumn’s batch: 8.11.2021–31.3.2022 (Christmas holiday on 20.12.2021–2.1.2022), application period 23.9.–22.10.2021.

2022
Spring’s batch: 28.2.2022–15.7.2022, application period 10.1.2022-11.2.2022.
Autumn’s batch: will be confirmed

Requirements: teams, idea and participation

Apply with a team of at least two people and a well prepared business idea. If your team is located abroad, make sure your IPR is located in Finland.

Your team should also have motivation and some background work done. The business idea should meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • A new product or service that has novelty value in the education field
  • A business idea that is based on innovative technology
  • A clearly defined problem that your solution answers
  • A business plan with an implementation strategy
  • The motivation to turn your idea into a business and commitment to the 20-week program.

There will be plenty of program and support available each week. Minimum participation for the incubator requires half a day of attendance each week and completing the sprint assignments related to each week’s topic.

Applying: how can my team apply?

The next batch will be organized on 28.2.2022–15.7.2022. The application period: 10.1.2022–11.2.2022

Teams that fulfil the incubator criteria are invited to a short interview. We accept a maximum of 10 teams for each batch. If you don’t get in this time, you can pre-incubate your idea in a targeted manner in our pre-incubator and apply for the next batch. We are more than happy to tell you more during the application process.

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