Grand final guidelines

The rules for the final are simple:

  • You’ve got 5 minutes to pitch.

  • Your pitch may be in English or in Finnish.

  • You may use presentation materials (e.g. PowerPoint).

The Grand Final is open to public and you will be ranked by our esteemed judges. The panel of judges consists of entrepreneurship experts from a variety organizations within the Oulu region. The evaluation of the pitches focuses on the business potential, competitive advantage, innovativeness and customer orientation.

The Kickstart Grand Final will be held on January 16, 2019! The best idea will win 1500 euros.

Ready, set, pitch!


The previous Kickstart grand final

The last edition of Kickstart was the second of its kind, as it combines the brilliant business ideas of students from three faculties: the University of Oulu, the Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Oulu Vocational College. The first phase of the competition was held within each facility, and the best ideas moved onto the second phase of Kickstart, which was the grand final. It was an awesome event held at Njetwork Inn with 9 teams in total from the faculties competing against each other by pitching their business ideas in front of a panel of esteemed judges consisting of local business experts!

2018 Kickstart grand final winners:

1st place: OSMO – A digital ordering system for the construction industry.

2nd place: Monitoimiväännin – A new kind of a tool for the automotive industry. 

3rd place: Team Amis –  A idea of a phone warmer with a heating feature and a travel charger all in the same packet.

Photographer: Sini Kekäläinen

Photographer: Sini Kekäläinen