StartUp School in Research Projects


StartUp School is part of Haaga-Helia’s Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) department and exists to support entrepreneurial activities and studies. StartUp School is involved in many research and development projects. We believe in life-long learning and participation to research and development projects ensures that we have the most cutting edge knowledge from the field of entrepreneurship, and startups in general.


Also, our research projects are one way to make sure that our service offering for the students is up-to-date and meaningful. Research and development projects are also one way to grow our international partner network.


If you are interested in collaboration with Startup School in research and development projects, please contact our collaboration manager Timo-Pekka Uotila (timo-pekka.uotila @

Ongoing Projects


3AMK Entrepreneurship Society Alliance


Through the collaboration of three entrepreneurship societies (LaureaES, Xes Helsinki and MetES) in major universities of applied sciences, the project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial atmosphere and create a community of able future entrepreneurs in Helsinki and the larger urban area. The project is funded partly by cities of Espoo, Helsinki and Vantaa.


10 days 100 challenges


10 days 100 Challenges is a unique 10 days open innovation program where you learn new work-life skills and solve challenges together with leading innovative companies, professional experts and inspiring coaches. 2-weeks program is open for everyone who wants to earn credits for their curriculum, find meaningful activity for the summer or is looking to connect with talented individuals and build professional networks.




The concept of Corporate Entrepreneurship (CE), where established companies team up with creative entrepreneurs, forms the basis of the project. In bringing together different actors to formulate new thinking, the CORSHIP-project aims to turn the challenges of disruptive innovations and digitalization into opportunities. Core results of the project are a MicroCredential world-wide pilot on CE, a MOOC and a unique CE toolbox to facilitate the collaboration.


MEGE – Multicultural encounters, growth, entrepreneurship


The project’s main objective is to increase the number of growth companies established by international professionals by offering a service package for the validation of a business idea, launching business operations, and business succession situations. The project partners include Aalto University, Helsinki Business College and The Shortcut. The project receives ERDF funding from Uusimaa Regional Council.


NOCCA – Novel Opportinities for new Company Creation and Accelerated growth


With NOCCA – Novel Opportinities for new Company Creation and Accelerated growth – a new innovation curriculum will be jointly developed and implemented in Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga comprising of three consecutive multidisciplinary and intergenerational hackathons and idea camps that mix students from the participating countries and organizations with the purpose of creating new cross-border companies and further engaging the innovation ecosystem further.


SUN – 3AMK Sparraa Uuteen Nousuun


Pääkaupunkiseudun kolmen ammattikorkeakoulun liittouma 3AMK – Haaga-Helia, Metropolia ja Laurea – tarjoaa maksuttomia koulutus- ja coaching-palveluja pandemiakriisistä pahasti kärsineille matkailu- ja ravintola-alan yrityksille. SUN – 3AMK Sparraa Uuteen Nousuun -hankkeessa yrityksille laaditaan osaamisen kehittämissuunnitelma, jonka pohjalta tarjotaan erilaisia maksuttomia koulutusvaihtoehtoja. Lisäksi osallistujille räätälöidään yrittäjän jaksamista ja osaamista tukeva coaching-prosessi, johon kuuluu sekä yksilöllistä että ryhmävalmennusta.


Yritysten tukemisen ohella hankkeessa kerätään tutkimustietoa kriisin vaikutuksista koko toimialalle. Samalla kootaan hyviä käytänteitä kriisiajassa selviytymiseen ja tulevan liiketoiminnan kehittämiseen.


Past Projects



Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs


Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries.


Opettajien yrittäjyysmittaristo


During this project, a tool for measuring entrepreneurial orientation of the teachers will be developed and tested. The project is a joint project with several universities of applied sciences in Finland.


StartUp Hub


StartUp Hub is supporting a community of entrepreneurial minded students from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences & Helsinki Business College. By creating a sustainable model, the community can keep on contributing to the social capital of future entrepreneurs for years to come. The initiative is funded with a grant from Helsinki Chamber of Commerce.




Toteemi researches and develops practical models to combine work and higher education studies. In StartUp School we develop Work & Study for Entrepreneurs -model as a part of Haaga-Helia’s Work & Study concept.




Networking for Entrepreneurship was a research program which connects students, lecturers, and professionals from different sectors of work-life. The aim of the project was to develop a study module which enhances students’ entrepreneurial competence. The module includes development of lecturers’ mentoring skills and integration of the practitioners perspectives to the studies.




Project SMARTUP is the result of a cooperation effort between higher education institutions, companies, the European Crowdfunding Network and business foundations from 9 EU countries and Stanford University. The aim of the project was to develop innovative Startup Master & Advanced Reflective Tools through cooperation, based on the idea that students need entrepreneurial competences to succeed: both hard (about management and innovation) and soft and transversal (incl. those for self-awareness and resilience).


We have also participated research and development programs such as Erasmus Knowledge Alliance, Erasmus +, and Interreg Europe.