Startup Ski Academy

Join the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch side event SKI ACADEMY!


for TUTLI's, researchers and students

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch 2020 is a thrilling, two-day pitch event that pairs start-ups with investors, in a ski lift chair, for a chance to win a grand prize of 20,000 €. It all happens around the stunning slopes and laid-back, après ski atmosphere of the Tahko Ski Resort in Finland – Talk about a captive audience! 

An up-lifting educational experience.
Who says education can’t be fun? This engaging pitch event is an incredibly motivational and inspiring learning experience for students and TUTLIs with a taste for entrepreneurship. You will have a chance to see how start-ups, business leaders, and investors work together to get new business ideas off the ground.

Live a little.
You're at Tahko, after all. The resort's relaxing and reinvigorating after ski atmosphere is ideal for risk-takers. Working your way to the top is challenging enough already. Why not enjoy the ride a little while you’re on it?

The plot – choose from “All In” or “Day Care”

1) All in: April 1.-2.
Special price ONLY FOR TUTLI's is 149€ + VAT.
A deal for Wed 9:30 am until Thu 4 pm, 1.-2 April. Two days of maximum joy of networking and making business with after ski mood! In addition to Day Care programme on Wed, you will get access to Tahko Ski Lift Pitch competition (if you want), networking dinner on Wed and Thu lunch, you have time to ski (skiing ticket included) and enjoy the afterski and Panorama sauna. Ask the secret code for the special price from you contact person.
You have two options for an all in package:
a) to attend the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch competition for 20.000€ and the TUTLI programme for two days ->  TICKETS -> STARTUP -> give the secret code
b) not  to attend the big competition but attend the TUTLI programme for two days -> TICKETS -> EVENT -> give the secret code.
You need to be carefull with choosing the right ticket, because, for the competition, we will collect your company information for the judges.

2) Day Care, April 1. Free of charge.
On Wed at 9.30 am - 4 pm. Sign in: TICKETS -> choose Ski Academy.
Includes the special TUTLI programme.

Wed, 1st April
Special TUTLI Programme

9:30 Welcome! Keynote entrepreneur Tomi Kaukinen  
10:00 Reverse Pitch event at the stage
10:30 Networking game = speed meeting
11:15 Lunch Break, at own cost
12:15 Mini Hackathon, part I: A panel with corporations and universities
12:45 Mini Hackathon, part II: Workshop
(13:00 For Tutlis and researchers only, Berggren IPR clinic)
13:45 Mini Hackathon, part III: Pitching the ideas from the workshop
14:30 Investor* keynotes
14:50 Thank you for attending!
15:00-16:00 Investor & Tutli pitching and speedmeeting

Timetable might change a little.
Free bus shuttle Kuopio-Tahko-Kuopio on Wednesday.
*Investors will be the ones being also judges in Tahko SLP competition.
See the accomodation offer here.
This side event is organised by Kuopio Chamber, UEF and Savonia. P.S we dont´actually ski on Wed, don't worry / sorry.


Welcome to Kuopio Ski Academy!

NOTE! These are different events from the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch Ski Academy!

Startups play important role in every economic region. The objective of this project is to create and strengthen the startup community in Pohjois-Savo area. The idea game from the startups itselves, so there clearly is a need for getting together. The mechanism is to produce regular events that are easy to access for entrepreneurs of the area. In these events the startups or teams and all the parties that offer services for startups are meeting in relaxed way. Learning, networking and benchmarking are the ways to make Pohjois-Savo startup community strong. The themes are changing, based on wishes of the field. Important objectives are that startups will meet bigger companies in these events, idea being the future cooperation, that will give both the parties great business possibilities. 

Karolina Huuhtanen

Project Manager
Creating a succesful North-Savo startup community -project
Kuopio Chamber of Commerce

Next events in Kuopio 2020

12.3. Tahko Ski Lift Pitch boot camp
Register here.

1.-2.4.2020 Tahko Ski Lift Pitch Event

14.5. & 20.8. & 8.10. Keynotes and places TBC




Previous events

20.2. Ski Academy at Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

The superb pitch and what investors need to hear? / Sami Etula
The coworking situation in Kuopio now and in the future.

January, 16th, 2020 Ski Academy at Pannuhuone Gust Ranin

Previous Tahko Ski Lift Pitch winners interviews: How is it going now? 
Tuomo Nissinen, Biopallo - Anssi Suhonen and Heart2save - Helena Jäntti

 North Savo Startup Fund info -  / Juha Yrjänheikki, Nostetta Ventures.
All you wanna know about the fund!

November, 7, Thursday at 16:22 pm
at Lapland Hotels.

Tomi Kaukinen:
Preparing for Slush - How to make your pitch rock?
How to get everything out of Slush?
The newest LinkedIn gimmicks - Mikko Heiskanen, Myynnintuottajat.
The good news of our startups. 
Pitching competition.
Free food, lovely people.




Keynote Ricardo Patino, Creative Director, Oddy inc

The greatest startup misconception - Why brand marketing is useless for startups

In early startup efforts, it’s better to focus on the basics. Understand who are your users, deliver a great product to the market that grows organically and monetize, and most importantly grow your team. Let’s find out together what the roles of branding and brand marketing really are and how startups may benefit from them.


9.5.2019 at 16:22, Kuopion Saana 

Timo Joutsenoja, possibilities of IPR for startups

Lets continue skiing with a wonderfull lake view! The new Saana will be our next Ski Academy place. The subject will be IPR possibilities with Kolster´s Senior IPR Business Manager Timo Joutsenoja, DI, TkT, from whom you can ask anything about the matter. Don´t worry, we will have the session in english if there is just one, who's finnish is not fluent.
Check out more about Timo here.
Saana, Siikaranta 12.

Tervetuloa kuulemaan ja keskustelemaan asiantuntijan kanssa IPR-asioiden merkityksestä ja mahdollisuuksista start-up -yrityksille. Aluksi kerrataan lyhyesti IPR:n perusteita ja sitten käydään läpi käytännönläheisesti mitä IPR asioita aloittavan yrityksen on hyvä huomioida. Kannattaako patentointiin investoida? Mitä vaihtoehtoja on? Miten IPR vaikuttaa yrityksen arvonmuodostukseen?





14:00-16:00 Workshop - "Financing and valuation. How to get financing for my company? How does valuation work? What kind of investors are out there? What is a shareholder's agreement and what do I need to know about it?
At 16:22 Ski Academy at 16:22
Tomi Kaukinen: "From Helsinki to Real Madrid" -An inspiring story of how on earth a little startup from Helsinki ends up doing business with one of the world biggest sporting clubs in Spain? 
The pitching competition - the winner gets a ticket to Tahko Ski Lift Pitch!

Tomi Kaukinen is a serial entrepreneur and a speaker who has worked with the world's biggest sports teams and taken his companies all the way to Malesia. Now he focuses on mentoring startups and his License to Fail concept. Go check it out - lots of useful hands-on info about the startup world! (In Finnish)
He is passionate, knowledgeable, detail oriented, creative and committed to advising startups.



MR. Atte Penttinen

At 16:22 Ski Academy - Atte Penttinen will tell about Maria01 which is a community campus for ambitious tech startups. Home to the next generation of tech teams working side by side with venture capitalists, established companies, and the extended ecosystem to help each other succeed in the competitive startup environment.
Could we find a similar facility in Kuopio? We're here to find out.