Building Tomorrow’s Smart City in Finland Capital Region

We are thrilled to invite forward-thinking growth companies around the world to join our exclusive Finland Capital Region experience! This program is tailored to help you scale your innovative solutions, help build future-proof urban environments and become a part of the thriving capital region startup ecosystem.

What you get

Experience Finland’s Capital Region like never before over 1 month

  • Facilitated matchmaking event with your target clientele
  • Free startup ticket and guided experience to Slush, the leading startup-investor conference in Europe
  • Introduction to available funding opportunities
  • Validate your business idea with local experts and potential customers
  • Curated deep dives to testbeds, open data and pilot environments
  • Fast track your startup permit application process to EU

In this program you get access to top-level coaching, a deep dive into smart city business opportunities, matchmaking with potential partners and clients and a crash course in everything you need to know before starting your business in Finland.

If you are a startup from outside of Finland, considering Finland as your startup’s future home, this program is for you.

Applicants must consider the program schedule and be able to commit to taking part in online coaching and travel to Finland for the onsite program 23.11.-1.12.2023 at their own expense (flights and accommodation).


Why Finland

Finland offers a real-world testbed for smart city technologies, both physical and digital, with its unique ecosystem of testbeds, innovation hubs, and a small yet highly connected country. Finland Capital Region (cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa) is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility, attracting environmentally-conscious startups and investors. Startups here benefit from hands-on collaboration with industry leaders, easy access to resources and mentorship, a culture of low hierarchy where innovative ideas are embraced and swiftly put into action. A transparent and business-friendly legal framework provides a stable environment for startups to operate and expand in.

Finland is highly innovative, digitally advanced, and offers a skilled workforce. With strong government support, strategic EU location, stable politics, and a great quality of life, it’s an ideal choice for international startups. The Capital Region consistently ranks among the world’s most livable cities. Its clean environment, low crime rate, and high standard of living make it an attractive place for talent to live and work.

How to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, apply by click Apply and filling in the application form, and your company information and contact person. You may also attach a more detailed pitch deck, a link to a video pitch and your website if you wish.


Program provided by

City of Helsinki


City of Espoo


City of Vantaa


European Union


Interested but want to know more?

For further questions and inquiries, please get in touch with us.