What is Ignite?

Ignite is a student startup accelerator focused on helping create the next generation of entrepreneurs. During the program, you will get the chance to build on your idea and make a real business out of it. 

When will Ignite be held?

Ignite is a 10-week accelerator starting on the 7th of June 2021 and ending on the 12th of August 2021. 

Where will Ignite take place?

Ignite will primarily be held at Startup Sauna in Otaniemi, Espoo. (Depending on the COVID-19 situation). Company excursions and other events will be held in the Helsinki area.

How to participate?

To take part in Ignite you will need to apply to the program. The application opens on the 14th of January and closes on the 28th of February. Please note that we accept teams on a rolling basis and the program can be filled before the end of the application. So apply quickly! 

Who is behind Ignite?

Aalto entrepreneurship society or more commonly known as Aaltoes.

Is this free?

Yes, Ignite is completely free. 

Can I apply alone? 

Yes, you can apply alone, but you will need a team of 2-6 people to take part in this program. So if you apply alone, you will need to find at least one other teammate. Ignite will also help you find a teammate.

Do I need an idea?

Yes. You need an idea or a problem that you want to solve. You don’t need to have done any work on your idea, that is what we are here to help with.

How does the application process work?

Fill in our application form carefully; you will find it under apply. If your application is good you will be invited to the second stage, which involves an interview and where you will get the chance to tell more about yourself and your idea. After this, the most suitable teams will be accepted to the program. Remember that we are looking for diversity. No idea nor problem is too stupid nor too hard. We are accepting teams on a rolling basis.

When will I know if I have been accepted?

We are accepting teams on a rolling basis. You will most likely know if you have been accepted within a few weeks.

Do I need previous startup experience?

No. We are accepting teams from all different backgrounds and no previous experience is required.

How many teams will be accepted?

We are looking to build a great community and get teams along that can work well and learn. Thus we will accept 10 - 15 teams for the 2021 batch.

I’m not a student at Aalto, can I still apply?

Yes. We would love to have you.

I’m not a student at a Finnish school, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, Ignites mission is to create new companies to Finland. That's why if you are planning to be an entrepreneur somewhere else after the program, we can't accept you. However, if some of your teammates will be staying in Finland, we can look that through on case by case.

I already have a company, can I still apply?

Yes, if you are at the starting phase. This program is designed as a pre-seed accelerator and we would love to help you get off the ground.

When does the application process close?

The final date for the application is on the 28th of February. But please note that we accept teams on a rolling basis, which means that all the spots can be filled before the end of the deadline. So go ahead and apply now! 

When does the program start?

Ignite officially starts on the 7th of June 2021. Before that, there will also be some options to learn more about startups, to validate your idea and to get to know the other teams.

How long is the program?

The program will run for 10 weeks between 7.6.2021 - 12.8.2021

What are the requirements to get the 10 credits?

There are only a few tasks to get the 10 credits but no exam nor any kind of reporting. You just need to actively take part and complete the program.

I’m not studying at Aalto, can I still get the 10 credits from my school?

Yes, as long as you can include courses from Aalto to your university curriculum, for instance through the flexible study right, JOO-studies. (https://haku.joopas.fi/index_en.html)

What does financial support mean?

Ignite will provide you with the monetary support to get you through the summer. This includes personal financial support for the whole team as well as for your idea. On top of this, you will also get access to different programs and software that will help you build your company. 

Can I have another job beside Ignite?

We strongly recommend that you do not have any other work beside Ignite. Each week will be fully packed with workshops, networking events and coaching. On top of this, you will also build on your idea and make a company out of it. But apply and we will check this out case by case!

How does a week look?

Each week has a specific theme that we will go through. During the week there will be workshops, networking events, coaching, 1-on-1 and excursions, held by the best professionals in that week's topic. 

What will I learn?

You will learn everything that you need to build a successful startup. On top of this, you will get connections to mentors, coaches, investors, other startups and the startup community in Finland. 

Will I get funding from Ignite?

Excluding financial support, Ignite will not fund you. But you will get in contact with a lot of investors and angels. We will also host a Demo Day where you can pitch your company to investors.

What type of people will I meet?

Apart from meeting our two fantastic creators of Ignite 2021 :), you will meet other people with the same drive and motivation as you. You will get hands-on advice from top professionals during mentoring sessions, workshops and 1-on-1s. On top of this, you will also get to know other founders and startups as well as the startup community in Finland. 

Is physical attendance required?

Ignite will be held physically at Startup Sauna in Otaniemi. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make changes if needed. 

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