Get started and boost your early business stage.

Sometimes it’s just time to try something new. Business Turku’s free advisory services are available to everyone dreaming of successfull entrepreneurship.


One person may become an entrepreneur after long consideration, while another does so quickly after a spark of inspiration. Sometimes, entrepreneurship is worth considering during career changes. We support you in starting your business and throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

On these pages, you’ll find information related to starting and launching a business. As you browse, you’ll find our services for startups seeking strong growth.

1. Already founded a business?

We’re happy to hear that you’ve decided to become an entrepreneur! Companies operating in the Turku region can benefit extensively from the free services offered by Business Turku.

We accompany you as you seek momentum for the early stages of your business, aim for growth domestically, and plan to expand internationally.

2. Haven’t founded a business yet?

Already got a viable idea? To establish a company, you need a business ID (Y-tunnus). Submit your registration notice via the Business Information System (YTJ) website.

You will receive your business ID after signing the notice, paying the Trade Register processing fee, and submitting the notice online.

Once you have the business ID, you can benefit from Business Turku’s free advisory services and support.

3. New entrepreneur? Follow these steps:

The Guide to Entrepreneurship is an informative booklet that contains all the essential information an entrepreneur needs to know.

The guide is created in collaboration with the network of the Enterprise Agencies and its member companies and organizations.

The Start Info (in Finnish) is a comprehensive information session of about an hour designed for those considering starting their own business.

After this session you will have a solid foundation to move on to the next step, the Start Workshop.

Check the date of the next Start Info session in our event calendar and sign up!

In the Start Workshop, you will delve deeper into the topics covered in the Start Info session. This two-part workshop supports the further development of your idea and allows you to meet others who are planning to start a business.

After completing the Start Workshop, you will have the tools and knowledge to create a business plan and financial projections. You will also gain new contacts and information on networks to build a solid foundation.

Check the date of the next Start Workshop in our event calendar and sign up!

Now that you have attended the Start Info and Start Workshop sessions, it’s time to deepen your reflections with a one-on-one discussion with a Business Turku business advisor.

You can also call directly at 010 321 8888. If you don’t get an immediate response, our advisors are likely helping another entrepreneur get their business up and running.

Book an appointment and let’s talk!

Once you have completed the initial steps on your entrepreneurial journey, you may need to discuss your business plan in more detail. This will help you get the most out of your meeting with a business advisor.

Services for startups

Business Turku is a regional growth accelerator. We provide the best support for companies aiming for growth and international markets. Read more about our services below.

In the early stages of a business, the importance of networks cannot be overstated. Business Turku’s extensive networks are available to you, helping you reach the right partners.

You might have a great business idea but need a co-founder with specific skills. We organize events to connect the right people or can otherwise assist in facilitating these connections.

Is your business idea scalable and are you interested in international growth? The StartingUp workshop for aspiring startup entrepreneurs helps you advance your idea with the help of our coaches.

Why the StartingUp workshop?

StartingUp consists of two workshops conducted in English. After the workshops, you will have:

  • A better understanding of customer needs
  • A well-defined value proposition
  • Readiness to test your value proposition in real life

When can I sign up?

We will announce the date for the next StartingUp workshop shortly after the summer months. Stay tuned!

Tested a top-notch business idea? Check! Next, it’s time to invest in growth readiness. The best way to start is to apply for Business Turku’s BusinessUp accelerator program.

Why choose BusinessUp as your accelerator?

The highly praised BusinessUp is an intensive program offering mentorship, training, and networking essential for kick-starting your business growth—all free of charge!

Eligible applicants:

  • Startups, teams, or individual applicants
  • No industry restrictions!
  • You just need a viable business idea

After the eight-week program, you and your team will be ready to launch your business. In BusinessUp, each team gets their own mentor, along with peer support and international mentor connections. This collaboration provides participants with new perspectives and significantly expands their networks.

Whether you are on the brink of growth or already well established, our experts offer free and high-quality support for the sustainable development of your business.

We also provide various financial support opportunities for business development. Solutions include a €10,000 voucher for collaboration with local universities, or even 100% support for digitalization efforts.