Northbound Startups is officially over

Northbound Startups project is finished. Many thanks/paljon kiitoksia/suured tänud/tack så mycket for all stakeholders including the startups involved, organizers of the project and all the followers and supporters along the way. However, as we used to say in NBS, there’s more to come! NBS will level up…Stay tuned and follow the news in News | … Continued

Northbound Startups HackWeek introduced the concept for pre-accelerator

We were testing a new concept of coaching founders in the third NBS hackathon. Instead of 24 hour uninterrupted hacking the event was spread to four consecutive days with solid themes each day. Six teams from four different countries were ready to defend their ideas of Tech me Together. Seldom have the hackathon teams had … Continued

Northbound Startups Final Event 24-25 May

Northbound Startups Sails with Å Pitch Set your course for Turku and Å pitch & Final Event of Northbound Startups.  In Northbound Startups, we are focusing in bringing the investors and startups together and making the startups more investment ready. Our themes in the Final Event are the success stories and continuum of the project activities. … Continued

More IRP certifications for the Northbound Startups 2nd batch

Sauti Kitabu, Story Blanket and Lawato have completed the Investment Readiness Process for founders and are thus IRP certified by Beels. Congrats for the founders Markku Liukkonen, Amirhossein Arabzadeh, Salar Mahdavi, Roman Ivanushkin and Anton Taraskin. Well done.  Investors ahoy, these startups have done their financing design and have a clear investment offer for you. Learn … Continued

Northbound Startups HackWeek is coming

Do you have a budding business idea and a mate or team that could make it a reality? Do you still ponder if your idea is worth implementing, or would you like to get one more round of validation before taking the next step? Do you wish to try out our idea in practice with … Continued

The NBS Demo Day registration is open

Northbound Startups Demo Day meets New Nordic Leads speed-dating When EstoniaMarch 15, 15:00 – 17:00Erinevate Tubade Klubi (Website)Address: Telliskivi 60-A1-65, Tallinn FinlandMarch 17, 15:00 – 17:00Vintti, Korjaamo (Website)Address: Töölönkatu 51 A, Helsinki What Welcome to the Northbound Startups and New Nordic Leads joint matchmaking event. The event will include the Northbound Startups Demo Day, elevator pitches … Continued

Northbound Startups DEMO DAY 2022

This year will be different. Demo Day, the culmination of the NBS accelerator program is split into two. There will be two physical pitching events for startups with the matchmaking dinner in between. The first event will take place on the 15th of March in Tallinn and the second event on the 17th of March … Continued

Visual Brand Identity webinar 9th of March

Welcome to the Visual Brand Identity webinar on March 9th at 9:00-10:15 EET and learn what makes a brand great and how you can achieve one yourself or improve your current one. The webinar is organised by Turku Science Park Ltd, it’s free of charge but requires registration. Register here by March 6th. With over 30 years … Continued

The Northbound Startups Investor Workshops are back!

The series of investor training workshops will continue In early 2022 Northbound Startups offers two exclusive workshops on pre-money valuation for early stage investments. Next level for investors Have you invested in startups and want to learn how to calculate your potential return on investment although the startup is pre-revenue? We introduce a straightforward calculation … Continued

Glostars has been IRP certified by Beels

Glostars by Expli has completed the Investment Readiness Process for founders as the first team of the 2nd batch of Northbound Startups. Congrats to the founders Sajib, Akbar and Anastasiia. Investment Readiness Process will continue in January 2022 with the other NBS teams of this batch. And there’s something cooking for the investors as well… … Continued

Meet the Teams vol. 2

Teams of the 2nd batch of the Northbound Startup accelerator got together the first time on September 2nd in the Tech Me Happy Revisited – event. The picture below is taken during the Stoyan Yankov’s session about the team performance. The actual program will start with a double workshop on 24-25 September and in the … Continued


Tech Me Happy International Hackathon 2nd September 2021 Tech Me Happy is back! The first hackathon for tech-dreamers was organized a year ago and now we will revisit the theme. Only this time we will do it with the superstars of our coming accelerator. Venue This is an online hackathon, just like the first one. … Continued

Northbound Startups meets sTARTUp Day and SHIFT BUSINESS FESTIVAL

What a week we’re entering into! Starting from Wednesday we can experience two great business events, the SHIFT BUSINESS FESTIVAL in Turku, Finland and the sTARTUp Day in Tartu, Estonia. The cool thing is that Northbound Startups will be participating in both events, live and virtually. You can reach us in many ways this week; … Continued

TECH ME HAPPY will be revisited

Can you remember the first Tech Me Happy event? The hack will be revisited on 2nd of September, 2021. Stay tuned!

Northbound Startups second accelerator is CLOSED for applications

Looks like we have to start online again which gives us a bit more time to collect the applications. So, you have one more week to prepare your submission for the Northbound Startups second acceleration program. Link to the application form below. — Join us in the second phase of Northbound Startups! The application period … Continued

NBS Demo Day 2021 feedback

Did you attend the Northbound Startups Demo Day 2021? What was it like? Your opinion matters. As part of the coming Northbound Startups Investor Hearing we are now gathering feedback from the Demo Day and would be most grateful for your participation. Below please find the link to a brief questionnaire.   Link to the … Continued

Investor Hearing 2021

The Northbound Startups invites all investors involved in our workshops and matchmaking events to the first Investor hearing webinar. This is the time for ✅Telling us what kind of startups you are looking for in the next batch of the NBS acceleration program✅Giving us feedback of the program for investors and hints and tips for … Continued

Did you miss the Demo Day?

Did you miss the Demo Day? Or do you want to relive the moments? No worries, the event is preserved for good and you can find it in YouTube. Just follow the link and enjoy. By the way, did you know that in the Turku Science Park YouTube channel at you can also … Continued

Cross-border Demo Day of the isolation age

The future didn’t look that bad when the Northbound Startups acceleration program started in autumn. Sure we had to start online with the workshops but we knew that when the spring comes we have defeated the pandemic, borders are open again and we can all get together for good old matchmaking and celebration for the … Continued

International Demo Day deserves international panelists

I don’t even guess how much cumulative experience of startups this panel possesses but it’s hard to imagine that anyone could get off light with them. Please meet Liina Laas, Founding Partner at The Better Fund,, Patrick Halford, Vice President for Digital Industries at Spinverse, and Björn Larsson, Founder of The Investment Readiness … Continued

Northbound Startups DEMO DAY 2021

On 3rd of March 2021 ten startups in three different countries will deliver their pitch in the grand finale of the NBS Acceleration program. We invite You to join us in hearing their story and seeing them pitch about the new concepts and applications for fashion, transportation, healthcare, recruitment, and many more. When? Wednesday 3.3.2021 at … Continued

Few seats available in the free investor training workshop

Northbound Startups organizes three investor training online workshops in January and February on portfolio strategy, investment process, deal flow, valuations and DD. All sessions are identical with a limited amount of participants and there’s still room for few more people especially in February. Our coach is Björn Larsson from Beels, the developer of the Investment Readiness … Continued

Northbound Startups free investor training workshops will begin

Time to fly together! We invite you to an investor program with the aim to make startups fly – and you with them! Northbound Startups is a project that provides a path towards entrepreneurship and supports the already existing pre-seed stage startups in Finland, Estonia and Sweden to find their first customers and investors. Now … Continued

Northbound Startups goes SHIFT

NBS will be present at the SHIFT Business Webstival next week. How cool is that! You can find our avatars at the Turku Business Region virtual booth. If you have received an invitation from us, take your chance and ask for the ticket and if you haven’t, it’s not too late to get in touch … Continued

Meet the teams

Teams participating in the Northbound Startup accelerator started their evolution on September 9th. Practical workshop event concentrated on business models and result management. For the next 6 months, these startups will get a chance to develop their product or service, sharpen their marketing and selling activities and become investment ready. Experienced mentors are going help the … Continued

NBS first accelerator is about to start

The first accelerator of Northbound Startups is lurking behind the corner. Twelve teams from three different countries have been selected to speed up their business. In the coming six months those teams will be pumped up with details of running a successful business and also geared up to meet new investors. The accelerator will begin … Continued

Northbound Startups Accelerator submission period extended

We will extend the submission period of the NBS accelerator with two weeks. Since the program will start online, there’s no need for travel arrangements and we wanted to use that excess time in favor of those teams which are still getting their act together after the summer break. The new submission date is 23.8.2020. … Continued

Northbound Startups Accelerator goes online

The first NBS Accelerator goes online. Program will start in September as planned but due to Covid-19 the workshop sessions of 2020 will be streamed online preventing the need for traveling abroad. For more information of the accelerator program please visit News and events. Link to the Accelerator page. The accelerator will start on the 7th of September … Continued

Presentations of the local NBS Investor meeting in Turku

In the beginning of June the Northbound Startups project provided an investor meeting for Finnish investors. The meeting was jointly organized by Turku Science Park and SHIFT and arranged in connection with the NBS cross-border investment meeting. The event took place in the TScP premises and was streamed in Zoom. It merrily topped off the … Continued

Northbound Startups first accelerator is open for applications!

The application period for the first accelerator of Northbound Startups has started! The deadline for applications is 9th of August but there’s no reason to wait for that. We will review the applications continuously so apply now! Link to the application form. Switch your business to the acceleration line NBS organizes two accelerators within two years … Continued

Online hackathon 11-12 June 2020

Hackathon teams selected Hackathon teams which have been approved in Tech Me Happy can be found from the following link. Link to approved submissions. Thanks for all the applicants. Tech Me Happy website is alive and kicking and will be updated all along the hackathon. Check the latest information and agenda in there.

Northbound Startups Investor meeting on the 1st of June 2020

The Northbound Startups project kicks-off the series of investor meetings with a cross-border event in the beginning of June. Investors in Estonia, Finland and Sweden will gather together in a webinar presenting the startup scene of the Central Baltic region. The session will introduce a cross-border panel of investors and entrepreneurs talking about the startup … Continued