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Northbound Scaleups helps startups go international

Northbound Scaleups, a new program aimed at helping startups scale up their business, has officially launched this March. The joint initiative by Turku Science Park, Movexum (Gävle, Sweden), and Tehnopol (Tallinn, Estonia) offers international workshops and mentoring sessions, free of charge, to help participating startups gain valuable knowledge of new target markets and learn new skills from top-notch internationalisation experts.

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The program’s sprint days will be held over the course of 2023 in three cities: Turku (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), and Gävle (Sweden). It provides hands-on support modules for developing the most essential skills for scaling up a business, including adopting a growth mindset and knowing relevant processes, learning strategies for entering foreign target markets, planning for future investment rounds, data gathering and market analysis, and much more.

Northbound Scaleups offers personal growth mentoring for each startup. The startups can also expect discovery missions focused on relevant target markets, and getting into meetings with potential clients, investors, and other relevant players in the target ecosystems.

Scaling up great ideas

The program is open to Finnish, Estonian, and Swedish startups that have been operating for under seven years. The startups are expected to have already launched their products or services and gained some traction in their home country.

The application period is open until April 4th, after which the organizing parties will select up to five startups per country to join the program. The selected participants will show a true interest in scaling their company’s business and in investing time for pursuing the program and the development process.

The Northbound Scaleups program consists of eight workshop days, starting in Tallinn on April 24–25, with a second part in Turku, May 16–17. The rest are held in August and November in Gävle. Travel and accommodation costs are covered for 1-2 participants per company for these workshop days. To apply for the program, interested startups can send in their application by April 4, 2023, at the latest.

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More information

Johanna Puhtila
Growth Advisor, Project Lead
+358 400 247 023

For Finnish startups interested in applying:

Niko Karinen
Growth Advisor
+358 44 7699 704