Kasvu Open mentors growing companies

Kasvu Open is about encounters between the competence capital of more than 500 experienced executives and new, fresh ideas from 150 SMEs hungry for growth. Kasvu Open helps companies grow. The best growers are rewarded, but everyone wins. Now is the time to sign your company up for growth and networking at Kasvu Open.

We challenge all Finnish growth-oriented companies to renew and grow their business. Kasvu Open is an excellent opportunity for testing growth ideas and taking advantage of the best experts in growth. The toughest mentoring process in Finland will give rise to new companies and accelerate the growth of existing ones. This challenge is worth accepting!

Two routes to the finals of Kasvu Open

You can join Kasvu Open by taking part in the regional Growth Paths or by submitting an application to the Kasvu Open competition. Both options offer a route to the national finals.

Growth Paths will be organized during the spring across Finland, from Vaasa to Joensuu and from Kajaani to Mikkeli. Ten to twelve finalists will be chosen for each Growth Path, and they will be mentored by a number of the region’s experience leaders and sharpest business specialists by rolling up their sleeves for the companies. The winner of the Growth Path will be awarded EUR 3,000 and a direct place in the Kasvu Open finals. For more detailed locations and schedules of the Growth Paths, see www.kasvuopen.fi/kasvupolut.

Apply for the mentoring program and describe your own growth plan by completing the electronic submission at www.kasvuopen.fi/osallistu by June 13. All companies and business ideas can apply, regardless of industry and location. Describe your growth plan concisely and convince the jury. In addition to the Growth Path winners, the jury will select the companies and ideas with the most potential based on the applications. In all, 60 companies will continue the mentoring at the Runway-to-Growth event in the fall.

Kasvu Open climaxes in October

The national ecosystem of growth will convene at Jyväskylän Paviljonki on October 23–24 for the Kasvu Open finals, where the Runways-to-Growth of the Kasvu Open finalists and the Runway-to-Growth for all of Finland will proceed side by side. The finalists will be given an opportunity to pitch their own growth objectives in front of the large seminar audience, and the toughest growth experts in Finland will be there to mentor them. The climax of the finals will be the announcement of the Kasvu Open winners.

The nationwide Kasvu Open competition and mentoring process for growth companies has been facilitated by Nordea, Finnvera, and Technopolis.