Conquer the world with the support of our start-up community
Are you aiming at rapid growth of business operations and international markets? Are you looking for other enthusiastic and innovative partners for your team or do you want to polish your idea with professionals? Do you see yourself as a start-up entrepreneur or would you like to be one?
In SparkUp you will find Turku Science Park Ltd’s services for new enterprises as well as student-driven entrepreneur society Boost Turku, Humak Creve incubator for creative industries, the Junior Achievement Finland service that offers entrepreneurial education, and Shift Business Festival.
We gather start-up companies, networks and events in the Turku region under the same roof. For example once in a month SparkUp pop-up advisers brings experts from different fields to meet for free of charge. At our premises on the ground floor of ElectroCity (Tykistökatu 4 B, Turku) you will also find open working space.
Our services are free of charge and confidential.
When and where to join?
Our idea is to provide a path from idea to teaming up, starting a business, and growing internationally – so if you are just dreaming big, have a startup or an established company (new or old) we are there for you!
In the StartingUp workshops you will learn what start-up entrepreneurship means and how you can tell whether your idea is feasible. There are comments on the subject and support from experts as well as other entrepreneurs. The workshops are open the year round and offer help for developing your idea, identifying your customers, marketing, sales and financing.
The TeamingUp workshops aim at bringing ideas and people together. Workshops are arranged under different themes ranging from recruitment in start-ups to various meetings with experts. Join the workshop with an open mind – maybe you will find just the right team for dreaming big time!
Arranged twice a year, the BusinessUp accelerator programme looks into building and crystallising the value promise of growth-seeking start-ups, as well as other subject matters important to start-ups. You can apply for the programme with a ripe idea or an existing new company. In addition to the shared programme, each team is coached by its dedicated mentor. You can also ask about accelerators for a specific line of business or, if you are a student, keep in mind SparkUp’s student accelerator programme Boost Turku Startup Journey that runs in the summer.
LevelUp offers support in business development, enhancing of R&D activities, and arranging financing for companies in operation. We will help you with building partnerships and finding knowledgeable employees. We work in close co-operation with and as a messenger between the local enterprises, universities, universities of applied sciences, financiers, and R&D organisations. Your company has access to our broad local, national and international networks.
Venues and meeting rooms
SparkUp offers almost 800 m² in two floors: a big event space, 3 meeting rooms, and cafeteria at upstairs. SparkUp is open on weekdays from 8.30–16.30, but activities and events are often arranged in the evenings, too.
The event space can be booked free of charge for activities, meetings and events associated with entrepreneurship and startups. All events that are held at SparkUp must be free or charge, and open for everyone. Meeting rooms can be booked only by early stage companies.
The event space is perfect for workshops, keynotes, lectures, demos, hackathons and for other similar events. The space is equipped with screen and audio system among all the other equipment great event space needs. The maximum capacity of the venue is 100 people.
Meeting room Silo is located at the second floor of SparkUp. The space is optimal for meetings, lectures and negotiations for groups of up to 25 people. The room is equipped with projector, projector screen and audio system.
Meeting room Trikoo is located at the first floor of the SparkUp and suits best smaller meetings and negotiations for up to groups of six. Trikoo is equipped with television and a whiteboard. Sulo is located at the first floor of SparkUp and is equipped with an tv and a whiteboard. The meeting room accommodates up to four people.
Bookings and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address and location
SparkUp is located at the heart of Turku Science Park in ElectroCity.
Address: Tykistökatu 4 B ,20520 Turku