Draft info

You can get up to EUR 4000 of funding for testing your business idea

To whom?

Draft Program is available for students and staff of Karelia UAS, University of Eastern Finland, Riveria, Savonia UAS and Savo Consortium for Education.


You can apply for Draft Program three times a year. New teams and current teams looking for next round funding have their own application dates.



You can participate in the program in Joensuu or Kuopio. In Joensuu the program is managed by Karelia UAS and in Kuopio by Savonia UAS.


Foundation for Economic Education, PKO and the participating educational organizations. Contact us, if you want to support innovative ideas through Draft Program.


Experiment without financial risk

Meet people and create networks

Best-case scenario: Your idea works and you can create your own career path

Worst-case scenario: You will learn something new


How does the
funding work?

EUR 1000 at a time

Teams in the Draft Program can get EUR 1000 of funding during the first 8 months.

Use of funding

Funding can be used for various purchases such as materials, supplies, equipment, marketing expenses, travel expenses, etc.

Change of idea

If the original idea of a team isn’t working, any leftover funding can be used to test a different innovative idea the team might have.

Next round funding

A team has a possibility to apply for additional funding (EUR 1000 at a time) by presenting their plans to Draft board in connection with the next Draft application dates.

Become our financier!

In addition to the participating organizations, the financiers of the Draft Program since 2012 include:

  • William and Ester Otsakorpi Foundation
  • Foundation for Economic Education
  • CONNAX Ltd
  • Pohjois-Karjalan Osuuskauppa PKO
Experimental culture to educational institutions

Draft Program®, developed at Karelia UAS, initially supported the ideas of students and staff of Karelia UAS and the University of Eastern Finland. Later on, Riveria, Savonia UAS and Savo Consortium for Education joined the program, which has proven to be an excellent low-threshold tool to try, test and develop business ideas.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you want to implement Draft Program in your organization as well.