Aalto University’s Small Business Center and Start-Up Center

Project information

Index: 1231R4
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location SUOMI / FINLAND MANNER-SUOMI Etelä-Suomi Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1997

Topic of the practice

Knowledge circulation to local industry

Good Practice Information

Aalto University School of Small Business offers creative solutions covering the whole life cycle of entrepreneurship for the development of SMEs and the creation of new ventures. The main activities include academic continuing education, development, innovation activities as well as the business incubator with pre-incubator activities. Aalto-Up Center is a successful and fast developing business
accelerator and incubator. Aalto University’s SBC and Start-Up Center operate in various EU-funded projects, which are an essential part of the funding structure. The uniqueness of SBC and Aalto Start-up Centre lies in its experienced staff, close cooperation with School of Business education and research as well as access to wide co-operation networks.

Evidence of success

With staff of 80 professionals, SBC runs on average 200 training programs annually with more than 3500 participants. In addition Aalto Start Up Center business incubator has 80 dynamic startups enlisted, of which some 30 represent creative industries. During its operation Start up Center has generated up to 170 companies and more than 700 jobs.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Project Director, Marika Paakkala

Aalto University, School of Business, Small Business Center


+358 40 829 2286

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