Springboard Accelerators are intensive programs offering mentorship, education and networking necessary to jump-start growth - free of charge. There will be three programs during the project. The first took place in spring 2016, the second started in September 2016 and the last one will be organized during spring 2017.
Accelerators are open for startup companies, teams and applicants with a viable business idea. You will get the best mentors, training and guidance from Turku, Tallinn and Riga to start and grow your business. Official language will be English.
Do I need a permit for my advertisement?
If you want to place an advertisement on a land area that is owned by the City of Turku, you will need a permit from the city.
Permits for permanent advertisements
Permanent advertisements on city-owned land also require building and siting permits. These spots are rented for 5–10 years depending on the contract. The rent depends on the size of the advertisement. Apply for a permit with a free-form application that includes the following information:
Enterprise parking is used in six different areas. The areas are in the City Centre, Port Arthur, Pohjola, University Hill, and next to Samppalinna and the University Hospital. The same area division applies also to residential parking.
Terms and conditions of enterprise parking:
City plan areas
It is not permitted to work on the streets and other public areas within the city plan without a permit from the city. In this case an appropriate permit for the work must be acquired (permits for fences, digs, and/or siting).
Permits for areas outside the city plan
If the activity in question falls outside the public right of access, a permit from the landowner is needed for work in an area (such as a forest or field).
Turku Supplement for Employers is meant to support the intermediate labour market as well as help the long-term unemployed to find employment from the open markets. The supplement is paid to the employer and it is meant to be used for the costs caused by the employment.
Turku Supplement can be applied for by employers who hire a person who has been unemployed and received labour market subsidy for over 300 days. The working hours of the employed person must be at least 25h/week.
The City of Turku has sites available and suitable for business premises. The sites are mainly located in the precincts of Ohikulkutie (Turku bypass), Tampereentie, and the airport. The sites can be either rented or bought. A building obligation will be put on the site. The locations and prices of sites that are ready to be signed away can be found through the Turku City Map Service.
The partner organisations in Turku, Tallinn and Riga provide three international business acceleration programs and several occasions for match making during the project. Follow your local organisation's web site (see "Partners") and social media to update the time tables and coming events!
You can also contact your local contact person and ask more.
Central Baltic Startup Springboard supports the development of new startups in Turku, Tallinn and Riga and their cross-border collaboration. Springboard provides a supported path towards entrepreneurship by implementing three joint 10-week business acceleration programs and coaching for the most potential teams. Targeted B2B matchmaking activities will also be organised in order to support already established early-stage companies.
Turku Days will be organized in Saint Petersburg 20–22 October 2015. Business co-operation will be on display in a big way this year. The Turku Region Development Centre will organize a business-to-business event offering company visits, a networking buffet and theme groups from various fields for the registered companies. The event is organized in co-operation with the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce and their Finnish Business in St.
Taito Restaurants are a collection of independently operating and stylistically different educational restaurants under one roof. Come and enjoy a good meal at excellent value. We also serve drinks.
Our branches are:
Lunch cafeteria Taito
Come enjoy our delicious lunch buffet table, which includes a selection of starters, two possible main dishes and coffee or tea after. We are particularly suited to serving large groups like seminars and conferences.
Open Monday to Friday 11 AM to 2 PM, or by prior arrangement
Finland’s success in the future is seen as being based heavily on bio and circular economies, cleantech and green growth. According to a report from Sitra, a circular economy could offer Finland’s economy 1.5–2.5 billion euros a year in growth potential. Finland has technological expertise, and by utilising this we could be one of the leading circular economy countries.
The old henhouse in Kurala is available for hire. It is a unique place to host your birthday party, a conference, a lecture or a sporting event. You are free to organize your own catering and move the furniture around in the henhouse.
The venues include
- data projector
- mini kitchen
- coffee maker and kettle
You should check the validity of your vaccinations six months before your planned trip abroad.
You can get additional information about the vaccinations you need by calling the Vaccination Advice for Tourists help number +358 040 674 8822. The helpline is available on Wednesdays between 13.00 and 15.00. The helpline is closed during weeks 1, 8, 23–32 and 52.
Additional information about vaccinations and other health instructions for tourists are available in Finnish via the links on the right.
You can get guidance on infectious diseases from Infectious Diseases Monitoring. The operation of the unit is based on the Communicable Diseases Act and is strictly confidential.
You can visit Infectious Diseases Monitoring without an appointment and call a public health nurse specialised in infectious diseases during the opening hours of the unit. Infectious Diseases Monitoring looks into the following matters, among others:
Apprenticeship training is a flexible and practical form of education where the student and the employer together make a contract of employment and training. The student must find the apprenticeship job him/herself.
In the national core curriculum the schools and education institutions are encouraged to co-operate actively with companies and communities as a part of schoolwork and studying. The aim is to use multiform learning environments to increase know-how.
The management of the schools and education institutions as well as the teaching and education personnel need to be aware of the statutes concerning marketing and sponsorship when they are representing their school or education institution in corporate or community co-operation.
Organizations, communities, companies and private persons can rent school facilities outside teaching hours (mostly weekday evenings and weekends).
The costs for renting school facilities can be found on the application form. The principal of the school may also allow the use of school facilities for free or for 20% discount if the criteria mentioned on the application form are met. The renter must also pay for a supervisor if the principal demands that a supervisor needs to be present.
When does an event require permission?
All outdoor events and sales require permission from the landowner. If you wish to organize an event in a public area owned by the city, such as a park, street or market square, you must get permission from the city of Turku. Fill in the event announcement form below. The form is in Finnish/Swedish.
Market squares and selling spaces
The City of Turku rents selling spaces
The Employment Services Centre offers guidance and advice for young and long-term unemployed to help them find employment. Services are based on personal guidance with the aim of charting the initial situation, needs, wishes and goals. A personal employment plan will be made based on the assessment.
Services of the Employment Services Centre are primarily intended for unemployed persons who have raised Labour Market Subsidy for over 300 days. TE Services is responsible for other unemployed persons. Turku City Employment Services Centre serves only Turku residents.
Looking for a site or premises for your business?
The City of Turku has vacant industrial and office sites suitable for businesses. The mode of assigning may be chosen; either a purchase or rent. A building obligation will be put on the site based on negotiations.
Vacant sites of the Turku region may be browsed with the business sites search tool. You may apply for industrial and business sites with a free-form application without deadlines. The duration of the application processing is case specific.
Applications and enquiries may be sent to:
Strategic Procurement issues calls for tenders for all of Turku City’s procurements of goods and services that are required by the Public Procurement Act. Contract procurements are called for tenders by the public utilities making the orders. Collective supply contracts are in the use of all of city’s operators.
Separate procurements are called for tenders based on the commission of the division or unit making the procurement, and the division/unit is also responsible for making the decision about the procurement and for monitoring the agreement.
Change of ownership and change of generation
Changes of ownership should be initiated at an early stage so that everything can be done systematically and thoroughly. The process may take years, be the continuator from within or outside the family circle.
Change of ownership is one of the biggest events in a business’s life cycle. When done right it gives the business new steam, but if organized poorly it may interrupt the operations of even a healthy business.
A business mentor is a reliable partner for an entrepreneur
Every entrepreneur will encounter times when having a more experienced person to discuss business with would be a good idea. For an entrepreneur, or someone intending to become one, a business mentor is a confidential partner to develop ideas with. A business mentor is a sparring partner and a coach who observes from outside and brings out matters and circumstances that may have escaped the attention of the entrepreneur.