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BusinessOulu Startup

Business development in the Oulu way

More than 100 new companies are established in Oulu annually. During its first year of operation, Business Kitchen baked 30 ideas into running businesses. In five years, Yritystakomo has served as starting platform for more than 70 companies. Not only the companies and success stories but also the active networks serve as indicators of Oulu’s active business culture.

Get more acquainted with Oulu’s start-up community and make use of the Yritystakomo network of fellow entrepreneurs, the Business Kitchen service – a living room shared by students and entrepreneurs – and BusinessOulu’s Finnish Business Hubs and comprehensive services for start-up companies.

Business Kitchen

Business Kitchen is a joint startup center of the University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences, which seeks to promote student and researcher-driven entrepreneurship. Business Kitchen also helps companies to refine their business ideas and develop their business operations with the support of its wide range of services. In addition to this, it helps companies to utilize the competence of students. An important part of its operations is the OuluES (Oulu Entrepreneurship Society), an open community of students interested in entrepreneurship.
Business Kitchen also accommodates the advisory service for start-up companies maintained by Oulun seudun uusyrityskeskus, BusinessOulu’s business and business development accelerator services, and other private business service companies.

Butterfly Ventures

Butterfly Ventures Oy is an Oulu-based company specialized in the development of early-stage start-up companies and the management of capital investment funds investing in them. Butterfly Ventures Oy has offices in Oulu and Helsinki.


Duunaamo is a showcase bringing together the competencies, employees and employers in the Oulu region. The purpose of its operations is to put the competencies of as many professionals as possible to proper use to create added value. Duunaamo provides you with details on the available experts at your service and open jobs posted by companies. The service is entirely free of charge.

Kielo Growth

Kielo Business Incubator for Garage Startups

Kielo Growth is an incubator company for startups with hardware prototyping requirements. Typically these companies start from home garages or university laboratories. This is why Kielo is seen as a ”garage incubator”.

To accelerate member startups, Kielo provides premises, facilities, business services, seed funding, business advisors, networking opportunities, and startup community. Kielo builds on both knowledge of seasoned business experts of Kielo staff, but also on the shared knowledge pool of member companies. Goal is to build new international success stories to the Oulu region. Hot topics currently at Kielo are Cybersecurity, UAVs and drones, Robotics, Sensors, Measurement devices, Embedded, Games and Gamification.

Njetwork Inn

Njetworking is a community of companies offering office and open work space in the center of Oulu. The premises also have sauna facilities and a fireplace room. Members of the Njetworking community may network with the help of Njetworking both at a local level and internationally in London.

Njetworking also arranges events such as Socializing Friday and Mobile Monday.


Starttaamo is a community of high-tech start-up entrepreneurs that accelerates the creation and growth of new innovations and companies. The community is a non-profit background organization that serves as a platform for interaction between companies, for the promotion of entrepreneurship and for other activities supporting entrepreneurship.

Behind Starttaamo are experienced start-up entrepreneurs and product developers. Starttaamo operates in shared and open facilities near Oulu city center. The facilities accommodate more than ten start-up companies and several temporary operators. Operations are currently being expanded and new active people and companies are invited to join.

Starttaamo is the first community of entrepreneurs that develops and supports start-up entrepreneurship and the creation and growth of companies.

Oulun Yritystakomo

Oulun Yritystakomo Oy is an innovative workspace for all those who want to take part in developing new business and product ideas. Takomo serves business idea developers and young professionals as well as seasoned experts of various fields.

Takomo is intended for everyone interested in developing new ideas. At Takomo, the idea is processed into a preliminary concept and tested as promptly as possible without causing any direct risk to the entrepreneur. At Takomo, you may find a team to work on your idea or become an essential part of such a team yourself, thereby finding your way towards a future success story! Takomo is continuously searching for available experts to work on various interesting projects.

Hannu Hiltunen

Hannu Hiltunen

Advisor, Business Development and Financing

+358 44 703 1394

Helena Poukkanen

Helena Poukkanen

Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurship Education

+358 44 703 1656