World-class support for EdTech business ideas – the application period for EdTech Incubator Helsinki is open

Yazeed Maswadeh giving his pitch at the EdTech Incubator Gala
Yazeed Maswadeh giving his pitch at the EdTech Incubator Gala

EdTech Incubator Helsinki is the first business incubator program in Finland focused on supporting young growth companies in the field of education technology. The application period for the program is once again open.

Ten early-stage teams showing the most potential will be selected for the Incubator program. The city’s experts will help to fine-tune the business ideas of the teams selected for the program and work together with the teams to turn them in to commercialisable, scalable and international business concepts.

EdTech Incubator Helsinki is an 20-week program that focuses on the sales and marketing of companies, financing, building a team and network and enhancing pedagogical impact. You can apply for the Incubator program by 5 June 2022.

Helsinki embodies the same level of expertise and support for companies as Silicon Valley, but here everything is so much more personal,” says Yazeed Maswadeh, the founder of Beesh and EdTech Incubator Helsinki participant.

Some concrete examples of achievements the Incubator teams have highlighted after the program:

  • Founding the company
  • Finding a Co-founder
  • Building a business- and product plan
  • Building a Pitch Deck
  • Elevating the pedagogical impact of the solution

The EdTech Incubator Helsinki program includes workshops, mentoring, speeches by experts in the field and strong network support. The teams have the opportunity to co-create their products and solutions together with learners and pedagogical experts as part of the Helsinki Education Hub’s Testbed services. All work will be aimed at optimizing the business plan and success.

At the end of the program, the participants will have the opportunity to pitch their innovation in front of key influencers and investors in the field. Additionally, the participating teams have the chance to access the inspiring co-working spaces and the opportunities of a vast EdTech-network in the city center of Helsinki.

Market potential and motivation essential

Does this sound like everything you need to develop your idea into something concrete? Check out these requirements and apply:

  • 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.

In addition, for international teams looking to participate from abroad, these requirements apply:

  • 30 000€ existing funding
  • MVP of the solution
  • Market pull identified and need validated
  • A team of preferably at least 2 persons

Upon completion of the program, the teams are directed to the startup-services of Helsinki Education, for example acceleration of business and advancement of research. Through our network, we offer introductions to EdTech investors and in order to scale up in other markets.

The third application round of the EdTech Incubator Helsinki program is open from 9 May to 5 June 2022. Potential teams meeting the Incubator criteria will be invited for an interview to share their ideas. The program is free of charge for the participants, and the maximum number of teams per application round is ten.

Apply now!

The next batch will be organized on 8.8.2022-23.12.2022. Apply for the upcoming program by filling the application form below and by sending it to Application closes on 5.6.2022. The application form open as a docx-file:

Read more about EdTech Incubator Helsinki, the application criteria and application process on this program page.

For more information on the Incubator program, please contact Mia-Stiina Heikkala, Lead Advisor,