Turn your idea into a startup in 100 days with help of a community

Are you interested in launching your own startup in Oulu, but not sure how to get started? Startup Express is a pre-incubator program that provides skills, confidence and contacts to empower you on your journey.


Our mission is to help idea-stage startup teams to realize their dreams in Oulu in 100 days and build a kickass community to support them.

Never walk alone. You get a community of curious individuals, coaches and mentors to help you along the way.


Application is always ongoing → click here to apply!

You are free to join the Startup Express community whenever you want.

However, to boost your process from idea to business, we organize two 14-week program cohorts annually. Next cohort launches in February 2024. This is when the magic happens. Apply latest by end of January 2024, so that you can have maximum benefit from all the workshop sessions and support.


At Startup Station in the city center of Oulu, Hallituskatu 36 A, Oulu (1st floor).


  • Startup team with an idea (pre-y-tunnus) seeking confidence, skills, and mentoring: If you have a startup idea and need support to build your confidence, skills, and access mentoring, we’re here to help. Program suits both first-time founders and experienced entrepreneurs. We are more interested in commitment, ambition and willingness to learn, rather than the maturity of the business idea or model.
  • Also curious individuals can apply to join our teams without their own idea. If you want to be part of a startup team and have a can-do attitude, we can connect you with teams actively looking for enthusiastic individuals like you.


Program is free-of-charge, offering you:

  • 14-week pre-incubator program with workshops and 1‑on‑1 sparring sessions to take you from idea-stage to first customers and establishing business
  • Access to Startup Station coworking space and facilities for working, meetings and Fablab
  • Coaches, mentors and experts support you along the way
  • Community: Peer-support and learning with other participants and experts
  • Connect with other events and services offered by Oulu startup ecosystem
  • Community manager to support your learning and development


Application to Startup Express is ongoing and you can apply at any time, but we recommend signing up for next cohort latest by January 2024.


We are entrepreneurs and experts, who have walked the path before. Whenever you have questions, please feel free to be in touch with us. Click here to apply >>

Jan Schmidt, Community Manager
+358 46 661 3752

Aku Forsman, Community Coordinator
+358 40 0496763

Mikko Korpela, Coach
+358 400 499 242

Toni Pienonen, Coach
+358 400 737 238