Entrepreneurship and startups

Entrepreneurship and startups

Entrepreneurship infuses everything at Aalto. Whether you’re a student interested in entrepreneurial education or a startup looking for an accelerator – or something in between – join our community!

Slush 2017. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto/ Mikko Raskinen

Community of game changers

Our energetic community consists of both student-led and university-run entrepreneurial activities. For example, Europe's leading startup event Slush was born at Aalto's student community.


MIT has rated Aalto's ecosystem among the top-5 rising stars in the world. 



70-100 companies are founded every year in our ecosystem. 


Entrepreneurship raises more interest than ever – in the last six years, over 3000 students have studied through the Aalto Ventures Program.


50% of Finnish startups that originate from universities come from the Aalto community. 

Join the entrepreneurship community and events

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A Grid

A Grid is one of the largest centers for growth companies in Northern Europe, housing e.g. startups and accelerators. Find a space for your company!


Aalto Entrepreneurship Society

Europe’s largest and most active student-run entrepreneurship community.

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Europe’s largest entrepreneurship event for and by students, founded to inspire future entrepreneurs.

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One of the world’s largest hackathons where the teams have 48 hours to create solutions to real-life challenges.

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HEL Tech

Monthly tech meetup that brings together experts and startups from different fields.

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Hackathon for design-minded people, focusing on the design process at its purest.

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A world-renowned startup event, attracting over 20 000 participants and 2 000 startups.

Take part in entrepreneurship education

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Aalto University Developing Entrepreneurship

Provides educational programs for established entrepreneurs, aiming to help businesses thrive.


School of Business

Department of Management Studies provides entrepreneurship education and a research programme on entrepreneurship.


Aalto Ventures Program

The program prepares students for high-growth entrepreneurship through top-level education and curricular activities.

Find an incubator or accelerator for your company

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Aalto Startup Center

Runs a business generator programme, helping research-based and other startups to scale their businesses.

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Helps startups forward with its incubator, accelerator and bootcamp and is run by Aaltoes.

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European Space Agency Business Incubator

Operating at A Grid, the incubator supports startups that develop or utilise space technology.

Apply for an internship at a startup

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An internship program that provides students a unique chance to work in startups in Silicon Valley and Asia.

Stories from the Aalto community

Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Elisa Luoto & Heidi Maria Huovinen, HE Design Helsinki/muotoilun opiskelijoita / kuvaaja: Sinikoski

Elisa Luoto & Heidi Maria Huovinen

We noticed that everything went well whenever we worked on projects together, so we decided to set up HE Design Helsinki. It feels important that we can take time to define our own identity and mission, before the markets or someone else comes and does it for us.

Entrepreneurship and startups
Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Jesse Miettinen, Aaltoes, Vice President / kuvaaja: Sinikoski

Jesse Miettinen

It has been neat to see the work ethic and enthusiasm found in these 14 start-ups. For those with enthusiasm and a great business idea, I would even go as far as saying that Finland's best summer job is here in Otaniemi, at Startup Sauna.

Entrepreneurship and startups
Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Pyry Taanila, muotoilija, Catchbox / kuvaaja: Sinikoski

Pyry Taanila

Quite a unique concentration has grown around Design Factory and Startup Sauna. This is where the Catchbox microphone was born. Our work has been supported here, and we have benefited from this place in many ways, so it felt right to also set up our office here.

Entrepreneurship and startups
Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Anna Brchisky, Head of Marketing & Comms, Junction / kuvaaja: Sinikoski

Anna Brchisky

I’ve been involved in the Junction hackathon for the last three years. It has become much more than just a job for me. However, my New Year’s resolution is to take a leap into the unknown and vacate my spot for a fresh pair of hands.

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