Apply in Kuopio

Step 1:
Register by
September 27, 2021

How to register?

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, alumni, staff or faculty member of Savonia UAS, UEF or Savo Consortium for Education.

Step 2: Present
your idea to the board on October 14, 2021.

Steps to follow

  • Teams with the most feasible ideas will be pre-selected to present their idea to the Draft Sparring Board.
  • Selected teams will be informed of how to book the session for the board. Link and instructions will be sent before the presentation day.
  • Fill in the Team Information Form and return it signed before your presentation to: tarja.tapaninen@savonia.fi.
  • Prepare a 5 minute presentation using the Presentation Template. You can make the presentation look like your own, but please don’t change the order of the slides.
  • To minimize technical problems, you can record your presentation beforehand, and send us the the link which can be used for the presentation. The preferred way, however, is a presentation on the spot.
  • Remember to arrive on location on time.
  • You have exactly 5 minutes time to present your idea and 10 minutes after that to talk with the sparring board.
  • You will be notified whether you’ll receive funding by the following Monday.

Selection criteria

Judges will evaluate the teams & projects applying for the first time from the perspective of three criteria:

  • Is there a real need for the idea?
  • How likely does the idea meet this need?
  • Does the team have the opportunity to develop the idea into a profitable business?

Teams applying for further funding will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • What has the team achieved so far and learned from demand and meeting it?
  • How clear are the steps for further development of the idea?
  • How well is the use of further funding justified?

Tips for the presentation

  • Use images and illustrations in your slides, not text.
  • Slides and speech should complement each other.
  • Practice 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?

You can get help & further information from Marja (marja.kauppinen@savonia.fi ).

  • NOTE! Also download and fill in this one-page business plan and attach it to your application!
  • Also reserve your time slot in front of the board for the application day.
  • 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.

Teams applying for further funding will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • What has the team achieved so far and learned from demand and meeting it?
  • How clear are the steps for further development of the idea?
  • How well is the use of further funding justified?