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Aug 26, 2020

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Sleep tracking, future user interface & organic cosmetics

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Baby sleep tracker for modern parents (link)
  • The future wrist-based device controller (link)
  • A platform for planning non-motorised outdoor adventures (link)
  • Online Freelance Platform to sell your skills (link)
  • Revolutionary organic cosmetics (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

  • 6 new profiles (see all)
  • Top skills: Design, Product Development, Marketing, Software Development
  • Top fields: Education, Health, SaaS, Social

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • Demo Day 2020 is happening tomorrow at 16:00 EEST! The final show of Kiuas Accelerator will present the 16 most promising early-stage startups in Finland, and will be joined by nearly 1000 registrants – including dozens of top-notch VCs and a pool of international judges.


Lastly,

It's now been almost a year since we first spoke about Kiuas Inside in the public. Since our launch in October, we've grown to 1000+ members, nearly 200 projects, profiles, and resources published, and a handful of new connections happening on a daily basis.

We've improved the UI over time and added a variety of useful features – making the experience as seamless as possible for the users.

It's also the time for some changes in the Kiuas team. Personally, I will be stepping aside after nearly 3 years at Kiuas, while Patrik will take over my role as the CEO (and the Chief email sender) starting from next week. You'll hear more about that at Demo Day – see you there! 😍

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Jul 10, 2020

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Sensor technologies, creator tools & marketplaces

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Flow sensor for wind turbine blades (link)
  • Local digital farmers market (link)
  • Scalable online platform for wellness venues (link)
  • Sustainable Investment Platform (link)
  • Social marketplace where users can sell their digital content (link)
  • Social platform for creators to monetize their content (link)
  • P2P marketplace for goods delivery (link)
  • Signal analysis pipeline for UAV borne sensors (link)
  • Styluspen using learning interfaces for schools (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

  • 5 new profiles (see all)
  • Top skills: Design, Software Development, Product Development, R&D
  • Top fields: E-commerce, SaaS, Energy, Entertainment

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • Last week, we kicked off our flagship program Kiuas Accelerator with 16 amazing startups – chosen from record-breaking 159 applications. Check our launch video and blog post to discover the startups.
  • Some of you may have heard the rumors that the Kiuas team has been joined by a couple of new members (don't worry, you'll hear more about them soon), but we are still looking for a growth-minded person to take care of our marketing, communications, and brand activities. Read more here to see if you or someone you know could be a fit 🎯

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May 14, 2020

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Location based social platform | Open-source HR assessments | Air quality measuring

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Location based social platform for cities, people and businesses (link)
  • Open-source HR assessments for recruitment (link)
  • Gamified platform economy to measure air quality of entire cities (link)
  • Enriching shopping via dynamic personal sales (link)
  • Learning app for high-school students (link)
  • Reducing the returns of items purchased online (link)
  • Transforming Cars into Advertisement Carriers (link)
  • Web App for Sailing Yacht Design and Performance Calculation (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

  • 5 new profiles (see all)
  • Top skills: Marketing, Software Development, Business Development, R&D
  • Top fields: Health, Education, Energy, SaaS

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

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Apr 15, 2020

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Data-driven marketing personalization | Mobility platform | Media Relationship Management

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Marketing personalization based on data for B2B companies (link)
  • Media Relationship Management (MRM) for marketers and PRs (link)
  • Environmental management app for retail stores (link)
  • Mobility platform for peer-to-peer ridesharing (link)
  • A scalable web platform for repairing clothes (link)
  • Pet food subscription (link)
  • Live-stream at one tenth the cost with Vakaamo's support (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • A COVID-19 Survival Guide for Startups in Finland (link)
  • 1st 100 Users [Guide] (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • Despite the covid-19 situation, the Kiuas programs will continue no matter what. We believe that right now startups need more support than ever. Read our take on adapting to the current situation.
  • Our spring batch of the 3-week Kiuas Start was organized 100% virtually, and ended last Friday with excellent feedback and NPS of 100 😍
  • The application for our flagship program Kiuas Accelerator opened yesterday, and thus we've began the hunt for the 15-20 most promising early-stage startups in Finland. Are you one of them or know someone who is? Check: kiuas.com/accelerator

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Mar 6, 2020

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Computer vision | Ecological consumption | Beauty e-commerce

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Social e-commerce platform for beauty lovers (link)
  • Computer vision based positioning for navigation and wide-area AR (link)
  • A mobile platform for ecological consumption (link)
  • Sales-bot driven web-store with fundraising element (link)
  • Tripifier makes it easy to find climate smart holidays (link)
  • IoT solution for Fatigue failures of metal structures (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

9 new profiles (see all)

Top skills:

  • Business Development: 6
  • Marketing: 6
  • Product Development: 3

Top industries:

  • Health: 5
  • Manufacturing: 5
  • SaaS: 4

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • The cap table problem in the Nordics (link)
  • How to make everyone talk about your product (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • As a long-waited feature update on Kiuas Inside, users can now edit their projects & profiles directly on the platform, which means much more freedom for project & profile owners as well as 10x less admin work for our team 😍
  • Thanks to everyone who applied or helped us spread the word of Kiuas Start S20! We ended up with an awesome pool of applicants (+30% from last fall) and have chosen 20 startups into the program. You'll hear more about the teams during the next couple of weeks.

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Jan 28, 2020

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Gamified guide tours | Debt collection | Real estate usage tracking

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Modern debt collection and payment reminder service (link)
  • Virtual Sets library website for filmmakers (link)
  • Uncover stories behind places - gamified service for guide tours (link)
  • A free universal translator using pictures (link)
  • Boosting the most valuable assets - Usage tracking of Real Estate (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

Top skills:

  • Product Development: 6
  • Software Development: 4
  • Business Development: 4
  • Marketing: 3
  • Engineering: 3

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2019 (link)
  • Guide to Finding an Angel Investment (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • Application for Kiuas Start Spring '20 is open, with 24 days left to apply. Currently starting a company or know someone who is? Check out the trailer and kiuas.com/start to find out more!
  • On Kiuas Inside, we added a new "Fields" -tab, which you can use to discover both projects and profiles based on different industries 😍 Health, for example!
  • Niklas from our team wrote a blog post about Starting Up – an online course we launched a couple months ago. Read it here.
  • Lastly, take a look at our 2020 plans!

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Dec 18, 2019

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Social Shopping | Predictive risk rating | Blood sugar monitoring

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Cleantech startup bringing plastic recycling to public spaces (link)
  • Predictive risk rating to growing markets (link)
  • Social Shopping (2.0) (link)
  • Helping young visual artists earn a decent living (link)
  • A Live Streaming Video Recruitment App (link)
  • Platform for distributed clinical trials (link)
  • GIS Webservice for architects (link)
  • Making it easy to get professional cleaning occasionally (link)
  • Blood sugar monitoring for non-diabetics (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

Top skills:

  • Product Development: 6
  • Software Development: 4
  • Design: 3
  • Marketing: 3

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • Best fundraising & legal tools for startups (link)
  • Free Online Course on Startup Entrepreneurship (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • A couple of weeks back at Slush, we launched a new initiative called Starting Up – an online course covering the fundamentals of startup entrepreneurship. The course contains 200+ pages of practical advice from top Nordic entrepreneurs and is supported by 25 global supporters including Nokia, Microsoft, Northzone, and UC Berkeley.
  • For us, 2019 has been a year of growth with more startups than ever and two new initiatives launched. Read about our year in our recent blog post!
  • Also: we implemented a bunch of new changes to the Kiuas main website to start the next year with a fresh look 😍 Check it out!

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Nov 19, 2019

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New sensor technology | eCommerce platform | Portfolio optimization

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • New sensor technology to improve the accuracy of wearables (link)
  • Innovative eCommerce concept for selling preowned furniture (link)
  • Modern portfolio optimization and risk management as SaaS (link)
  • Optical wireless link with fiber like capacity (link)
  • Companies production is slow to improve and apply. Until now... (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

Top skills:

  • Business Development: 8
  • Product Development: 4
  • Marketing: 4

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • Best fundraising & legal tools for startups (link)
  • What Makes The Top 10% Of Founders Different? (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • We, together with three other entities, will be launching a new initiative on the Slush Founder Stage, Day #1 Nov 21st, at 14:15. Join us for the launch & find out if entrepreneurship can be taught.
  • For the 2nd year in a row, Kiuas was chosen as the best accelerator in Finland. We'll continue to Copenhagen for the Nordic finals in December. Thanks to everyone for voting us 😍
  • Our last program of the year, Kiuas Start Fall 19, finished last Saturday. In total, 52 startups have participated in Kiuas programs in 2019. You'll hear more about our year soon!

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Oct 26, 2019

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Carbon offsetting | IPR marketplace | Recruitment platform

Aaro Isosaari

πŸ”₯ Projects looking for co-founders

  • Service for creating learning paths for specific job offers (link)
  • Marketplace for crowd-investments in intellectual property (link)
  • Platform for finding financial service providers (link)
  • App for connecting events & visitors at the right time (link)
  • Carbon offset broker for forest owners and consumers (link)
  • Recruitment platform for software developers (link)
  • Team celebration app to Slack/Teams with a sustainability twist (link)

πŸ‘₯ People open to joining a project

Top skills:

  • Business Development: 11
  • Design: 8
  • Software Engineering: 8

πŸ“‚ Resources to help you with starting up

  • The Tools Startups Need to Understand Their Customers (link)
  • Why You Should Tell Everyone Your Startup Idea (link)
  • Do Things That Don’t Scale (link)

πŸ‘‹ Other updates

  • We finally launched last Tuesday, and are already close to hitting 500 members. It's been especially great to see people outside the traditional "startup bubble" join the platform and engage with projects and profiles. Keep it up 😍
  • Our 3-week pre-accelerator program Kiuas Start started last Saturday. Get to know the participating startups! (link)
  • Last day to vote Kiuas as the Best Accelerator in Finland at Nordic Startup Awards!

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