Apply in Joensuu

Step 1:
Register

How to register?

  • Fill in the application form.
    (You can change the language in the upper-right corner of the form)
  • You can ask for feedback and tips by phone: Heikki Immonen, 050 3109657.
  • All applications are handled confidentially and won’t be published anywhere.
  • Read the privacy statement of Draft Program.

What kind of ideas are suitable?

  • It can be a new product, service, app, business model etc.
  • We don’t accept ideas that are being developed for an existing company.
  • Best ideas are realistic.
  • Take a look at the ideas of previous teams.

Who can participate?

  • Teams that have at least two members can apply.
  • At least one team member must be a student, staff or faculty member of Karelia UAS, University of Eastern Finland, Savonia UAS or Riveria.

Step 2: Present
your idea to board

Steps to follow

  • Teams with the most feasible ideas will be pre-selected to present their idea to Draft Board at Joensuu Science Park during the application day at 09:00 – 16:00.
  • Reserve your time slot in front of the board by contacting draft@karelia.fi, +358 (0)50 310 9657.
  • Fill in the Team Information Form and return it signed before your presentation.
  • Prepare a short (5 minutes) presentation using the Presentation Template. You can make the presentation look like your own, but please don’t change the order of the slides.
  • Remember to arrive on location at least 20 minutes before it is your turn to present.
  • Bring the slides you’ll be using on a USB memory stick either in Powerpoint or in PDF format.
  • You have exactly 5 minutes to present your idea and 10 minutes after that to talk with the board.
  • You will be notified whether you’ll receive funding by the following Monday.

Selection criteria

Draft judges will evaluate all ideas and teams using the three following criteria:
  • Who cares? Is there a real need for this idea? How big is the need?
  • Will you be able to deliver? How convincingly does the idea address the need? Short-term and long-term plans.
  • Is it worth it? Is it possible to build profitable or sustainable business out of the idea?

Tips for the presentation

  • Use images and illustrations in your slides, not text.
  • Slides and speech should complement each other.
  • Practise your presentation several times, for the 5 min time limit is absolute.
  • With every slide, try to offer some evidence to support your message.
  • If you already have a demo or a prototype, you can take it with you if possible.
  • Think in advance what kind of questions the board might ask and include answers to these questions to your presentation.
  • If members of the board can google a similar or better version of your idea during the presentation and you didn’t mention those ideas in the presentation, then it means that you didn’t prepare well.
  • After you’ve finished your 5 minute presentation, focus on listening what the board has to say.

REMEMBER TO CHECK THE THEMED FUNDING CALLS, TOO!

Is your team already in the Draft Program?

Apply for next round funding by presenting your plans to Draft Board in connection with the next Draft application dates.

How to apply for next round funding?

  • Inform us about your plans to apply for next round funding by January 14, 2019: draft@karelia.fi, +358 (0)50 310 9657.
  • Also reserve your time slot in front of the board for the application day, January 29, 2019.
  • Fill in the Team Information Form for Next Round and return it signed before your presentation.
  • Prepare a short (3 minutes) presentation using the Presentation Template. You can make the presentation look like your own, but please don’t change the order of the slides.