New Factory at Finlayson is probably the best-known community operator in the Tampere Region. The New Factory start-up programme is designed to help start-up teams clarify their idea, enter the market and find financing. Anyone can apply to participate in the New Factory activities.
Assistance for starting a medical business is provided by FinnMedi Oy’s Innovation service; it providers new entrepreneurs help with evaluating the business idea and determining commercial potential, guidance with starting a business and finding the right financing as well as support with utilising research results through licensing and research collaboration.
Educational organisations have their own communities for promoting entrepreneurship:
- Tampere Adult Education Centre TAKK’s Hiomo (page in Finnish) offers TAKK students free advice for taking their business ideas further. Hiomo helps test business ideas and determine the competence required for the business activities as well as the financing options, permits and notifications, a suitable form of incorporation and other necessities. You may contact trainer Elisa Haikala tel. 044 7906 460 or trainer Anne-Maj Linna tel. 044 7906 410, e-mail addresses in the format firstname.lastname(at)takk.fi.
- Tampere3 (Tampere University of Applied Sciences TAMK, Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere) entrepreneurship and innovation services is now Y-kampus. Tampere3 Y-kampus service points are located at all three campuses - Hervanta, Kauppi and Keskusta. More information: www.tampere3.fi/en/education/y-kampus/ and www.facebook.com/ykampus/
- Aimed at new entrepreneurs, Yritystehdas (business factory) is an operating environment of Tampere Vocational College Tredu (page in Finnish) Companies can rent premises that suit their business idea, complete with equipment, with a Yritystehdas contract in various Tredu buildings. There, a new entrepreneur receives concrete support with creating a business idea, designing products and manufacturing as well as entering the market. The entrepreneur can start a vocational degree in entrepreneurship at Tredu concurrently. You may contact Project coordinator Sami Hasila, tel. 050 441 8819, sami.hasila(at)tampere.fi.
- Ylöjärven Koulutuskeskus Valo hosts Tredu’s Ylötehdas premises (page in Finnish) – there, you can find all training and development services connected to entrepreneurship in one place. Ylötehdas offers entrepreneurship training, support for clarifying a business plan and marketing advice. In addition to entrepreneurship studies, you can also try out entrepreneurial activities through a co-op, for example, and Ylötehdas also provides the same facilities and equipment rental services. You may contact Mr. Kimmo Kumpulainen, tel. 040 830 6724, e-mail kimmo.kumpulainen(at)tampere.fi.