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Entre­pre­neurship and Innovations

Would you like to become an entre­preneur? Do you already have a business of your own? Karelia Entre­pre­neurship Path helps you to combine studies with devel­opment of your own business idea.

Karelia Entre­pre­neurship Path

Below you will find services and study possi­bil­ities available for all students. They are catego­rized according to the different phases of the entre­pre­neurship path:

  1. I need a business idea
  2. I have a business idea but I don’t know if it is realistic
  3. I have a tested business idea, but I haven’t started a business yet
  4. I have a regis­tered business

What is your path to entre­pre­neurship? Contact your study counsellor and find out how you can combine studies with entrepreneurship.

1. I need a business idea

Epic Challenge Joensuu Studies

Through Epic Challenge studies you will learn a set of team-based product devel­opment methods and techniques used at NASA. The studies offer a great possi­bility to find a business idea of your own.

Innovation Month® Studies

In the Innovation Month® study module you will develop a business idea together with your team.

2. I have a business idea but I don’t know if it is realistic

Draft Program®

From the Draft Program you can get funding for testing and devel­oping a business idea of your own. Appli­cation day is organized 3 times a year. The approved teams will receive EUR 1000 devel­opment funding each.

Joensuu Science Park Business Incubator: Business idea assessment

Business idea assessment involves exami­nation of the business idea in general and its maturity. Does the idea have business potential?

3. I have a tested business idea, but I haven’t started a business yet

Joensuu Science Park Business Incubator: Pre-incubator

A business plan based on describing the business model is drawn up for the business idea. The plan includes a description of the business and calcu­la­tions concerning the future of the business. If the simulation indicates that there is potential for profitable business, a company is estab­lished and activ­ities move on to the incubator phase.

4. I have a regis­tered business

Joensuu Science Park Business Incubator: Incubator phase

The company activ­ities are subjected to sparring, with assis­tance provided in marketing, sales, corporate finances and financing, admin­is­tration and other practical start-up matters. Diverse training gives entre­pre­neurs the skills needed for successful business. The incubator lays a strong foundation for devel­oping and growing the business. The incubator phase lasts 1-3 years.

Contact details

Heikki Immonen
Principal Lecturer of Entre­pre­neurship
heikki.immonen[at]karelia.fi
Tel. +358 50 310 9657

Students: Contact your study counsellor to receive more infor­mation about combining studies with entrepreneurship!