Human Accelerator -program

Human Accelerator is a program for the curious individuals who want to learn new and relevant work-life skills and do something meaningful. The eight-week program is open for all who are highly motivated in developing themselves. The accelerator program consists of 8 workshops, other small tasks and a couple of social gatherings for the participants.

The University of Oulu's Business School will provide 5 credits for university students that complete the program and write a learning diary about the learnings.

Each workshop will start at 16:30 and will last until 19:30. Language of the workshops is English.

The full program for spring 2019

12.2.2019 - Dreams & Goals @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room GALAXY

15.2.2019 - Public Speaking @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room TELLUS STAGE

19.2.2019 - Creativity @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room TELLUS STAGE

26.2.2019 - Science of Networks @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room TELLUS STAGE

19.3.2019 - Social Selling @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room TELLUS STAGE

20.3.2019 - Personal Finance @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room BUSINESS KITCHEN STAGE

26.3.2019 - Curriculum Vitae a.k.a Resume @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room BUSINESS KITCHEN STAGE

2.4.2019 - Entrepreneurship & Ending Party @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room BUSINESS KITCHEN STAGE

Register for the 2019 spring batch of the program HERE.

The full program for autumn 2018

25.9.2018 - Dreams @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room ASPIRE

2.10.2018 - Recognize my skills @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room ASPIRE

9.10.2018 - Public speaking @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room ASPIRE

16.10.2018 - Graphic design @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room GALAXY

30.10.2018 - Self-branding @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room GALAXY

6.11.2018 - Physical wellbeing @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room TELLUS STAGE

13.11.2018 - Entrepreneurship & Innovation @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room GALAXY

20.11.2018 - Motivation & ending party @ University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena, Room GALAXY

NY Start Up -entrepreneurship program

NY (Nuori Yrittäjyys, in English Junior Achievement) Start Up is a university course where you will form a student company (called JA Company). You create your idea and test that in the real market using real money. The company can be based on a new innovation or a concept or it can be about your own skills and passion, which you would like to monetize.

You can create a company that is developing the new cool app, it can be about offering a cleaning service, language or sports club for primary school students or design products for homeowners. YOU decide!

The company can be a team or you can set it up alone. To join the NY Start Up program, you do not have to have an idea beforehand. You just need to have entrepreneurial mindset and will to learn and try new things. This program is the first concrete step towards entrepreneurship and you decide the scale of it!

The goal of the program is to create and test your own idea or object of passion. You have an opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship without great financial risks. As a bonus you have a possibility to create a business operation afterwards or develop important networks for the future.


Why you should join?

  • Finland’s only national entrepreneurship program, which is used by +20 universities in Finland

  • The international program (JA Start Up) is running in 20 countries across Europe

  • Based on learning by doing – no long lectures about how to be an entrepreneur

  • Program is about YOU, you will create the business and implement it

National and international competitions

  • Best video competition in Finland (in the spring)

  • Best online presence competition in Finland (in the spring)

  • NY Start Up -finals in Helsinki in 8.-9.5.2019 (one team representing Oulu)

  • JA Europe Enterprise Challenge in Oslo in June (European final) (one team representing Finland)

You will decide

  • What your company will do;

  • How big your company will become;

  • Who are your partners;

  • How you will develop your idea and operations;

  • What will happen after the program (we have some suggestions for you).

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How does it work?

NY Start Up -program is designed to support your first steps in the world of entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement Finland has set up the rules for the program and here is the main information. 

Company format

  • We recommend that each JA company would have 3-8 people in the team, so one person’s absence does not hinder the company’s activity

    • The size of a group should not be an issue to implementing a good idea, so you can set up the company alone as well

  • A companies have no legal status and therefore do not have a business ID

    • According to the Finnish Tax Administration ruling, JA companies do not register as an official enterprise

    • JA companies however register to the NY Start Up -program database (

    • When students set up the JA company, each member will invest 10-100 EUR in the company, which will be company’s initial capital

    • The maximum share capital for one JA company is 1300 EUR


  • JA company does not pay taxes in itself. Instead, the profits of the JA company are divided among the stakeholders, when the company is closed down

  • The distributed profits are considered taxable earned income, which must be reported in the personal tax return in the “other earned income” field


  • If JA company’s annual net revenue is under 10 000€, it does not need to pay VAT.

  • If the net revenue is rising over 10 000€, an actual company must be founded and it must be registered as VAT obliged

  • JA companies are NOT allowed to do VAT deductions. This means that e.g. the VAT of purchased materials cannot be deducted

  • When a customer (concerns mostly companies) purchases a product, the sales price does not contain VAT. The company purchasing JA company’s products is not allowed to deduct VAT from the invoice

Safety and insurance

Students are covered by basic insurance as taking part in NY Start Up -company tasks. They are considered students participating in regular student activities. In general, schools assume the responsibility for minor accidents.

JA Finland has a liability insurance to cover non-company related accidents. We cannot insure the direct activities that the JA companies are performing due to the lack of information of the field, risk level and requirements for the activity beforehand.

Solely the JA companies registered with the program as JA companies are covered by the insurance.


Schedule will be tailored to the need of the program. If you are interested, please contact eemeli(a)


You can register to the program HERE.


Startup Weekend Oulu

Startup Weekend is about pursuing an idea or solving a problem. This is the event where to start and find people to start with. Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Event brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains. Your background does not matter, we need everyone's different skill sets. Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from a concept to reality within a weekend!

During the weekend you will...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,

  • learn the process for taking ideas into action,

  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job,

  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Finland,

  • join or build an all-star team, or

  • spend an amazing weekend with like-minded people

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch that on Friday. If you don't have an idea, that's all right!

Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers. If you have more questions, please feel free to reach us out.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including:

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,

  • developers and other tech-related professionals,

  • designers of all types,

  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, healthcare, education, finance, legal, etc.),

  • students from universities and even high schools,

  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,

  • passionate visionaries, and many more!

Why you should join?

  1. You will experience what it's like in the startup world, and learn first hand about every step of building a business. At the very least it'll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine.

  2. We take good care of you during the weekend. All you need to bring is yourself and your laptop. We’ll provide you with:

  • Meals, snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend

  • Startup Weekend Oulu T-shirt

  • Access to the best startup tools

  • Advice and coaching from some of the area's best startup mentors

  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni),

  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days

  • New awesome friends and connections!


The next Startup Weekend Oulu is organized in spring 2019. Follow us on social media so you will get the updates, when the date is confirmed.


 Django Girls

If you are a woman and want to learn how to make websites, we have good news for you: Django Girls an excellent programming workshop for beginners. We want to give you an opportunity to learn how to program and become a women programmer.

If you are a woman, know English and have a laptop, you can apply for our event! You don't need to know any technical stuff – our workshop is for people who are new to programming.

At Django Girls you will get to:

  • attend event during which you will create your first website

  • learn new and practise new skills to take back to your life

  • spend an amazing weekend with like-minded people


The next Django Girls Oulu is organized 2-3.11.2018 at Business Kitchen Kotkantie at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Read more and apply at


Do I need to know anything about websites or programming?

No! Django Girls is for beginners. You don’t need to know anything about it. However, if you have a little bit of technical knowledge (i.e. you know what HTML or CSS are) you still can apply!

Is it all free?

Absolutely ! Coaches and Organizers are volunteering to contribute their skills and time to the society. Sharing is caring :)

Should I bring my own laptop?

Yes. We have no hardware, so we expect you to bring your computer with you. It is also important for us that you will take home everything you’ll write and create during workshops.