About Us

What is StartUp School?

Haaga-Helia StartUp School is a mix of an entrepreneurship center, incubator and university development department.

Our aim is to make sure that all Haaga-Helia students are ready for future working life and that all the students who have a passion or a business idea get help and support to develop it further.

All Haaga-Helia students can participate into our actions and earn credits while developing themselves and their business ideas.
We support students who are interested in entrepreneurship, as well as students with business ideas or existing businesses.

In practice, we offer courses, events and coaching for Haaga-Helia students. Our innovative teaching methods are developed based on several research projects we participate.

We work together with several organizations in startup ecosystems so that we can make sure that our students get the best out of all of them.
StartUp School is a part of the UBI Global incubator network and we collaborate with companies like OP Financial Group, Tieto, Elisa and HRM Partners.
We recognize the benefits of collaboration and we love to help our peers to be the best in what they are doing.

StartUp School is also active in education export. Since we started organizing our yearly event, StartUp Week,
our concept has been sold to South-Africa and Ukraine.

We encourage students to find their passion and path to success on their way to future working life.


StartUp School success comes down to personal motivation. Set goals and deadlines for yourself – and we’ll support you on your journey.


We believe in learning by doing. At StartUp School you work on your business and put your knowledge into practice. If no action is taken, your business becomes dormant. Our study path is challenging, but also fun and rewarding – just like real entrepreneurship.


The right attitude and continuous action lead to success. Making mistakes, changing your business idea or deciding that entrepreneurship is not for you are all accepted parts of StartUp School life. Failure is an important step towards success.

We operate in a way that helps students increase self-understanding. We build mutual trust and work together to analyse business cases. Students will eventually create personal goals, understand what they know and what knowledge they are missing. We do not dictate courses of action to students – our main tool is supportive coaching.



Business cases may take from 6 months up to 24 months to fully mature. This is why we believe in total flexibility when it comes to study. Students can start at any time – there is no enrolment period. Students who do enrol get credits by building their business.



If you’re looking for a dynamic community that grows student businesses through unique teaching methodologies and access to high quality resources, look no further. The StartUp School – join us today.