HAVUJA #!@%&! -Accelerator

Start the growth in our marvellous program Havuja #!@%&!

Havuja #!@%&! is the top accelerator for early stage startups & promising
ideasThe four-month program provides your team with mentoring,
networking and simple recipes for product-market fit, customer acquisition,
business model, marketing, finance, team building and scaling.

Participation is free and zero-equity.

Next program starting: 1.10.2019-31.1.2020
Apply: 26.8.-25.9.2019


Startups from all industries that have

the following characteristics are invited to apply:

Teams or Individuals

Relevant diversity in the background of 
founders gives higher score. We can 
also help you to find new
team members!

Products or Services

We seek game changing products or services. They should have some level
of uniqueness and differentiation
right from the start.


Enthusiasm and commitment are a must. We seek people who want the change to happen, as people in the community have the most effect on  the culture!

Product and Service Maturity

We prefer the team and startup to have an initial version, prototype or a minimun viable product at the time of applying. We can also help with the product development.

Program Fit

People, teams and startups who have willingness for growth and building scalable solutions. Ideas with only regional focus are not primary participants of the accelerator.

If you hesitate, please contact the Havuja, or just fill in the application – every applicant will be contacted, and a personal discussion with a coach will
be arranged to help you out with your business idea!

The Program includes

Creating a sustainable future



Creating networks

Working days, workshops and creative communities

Building up quantifiable benefits and a consistent story

The Curriculum


Intimate 1-on-1 discussions with the investors, industry professionals and experienced founders. These meetings are organized throughout the program.


Coaching between the teams and individuals. Constant tracking of development.

Demo Days & Pitching

DemoDays of participants, showing the existing solutions. Pitching Training and feedback rounds from different stakeholders.

Weekly Meetings

Weekly meetings to track the progress of the team and the startup. Communal meetups to discuss development ideas! Campfire is the place to get guidance to go forward.


We will have various open workshops and events with all participants. People participating the program will get valuable feedback. Some workshops will be open for wider audiences – Allowing networking to happen!


Inspirational discussions with established entrepreneurs, possibility to show off own solutions – Pitch & Connect!

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch

Opening the possibility to hike towards our great program in the area: https://www.tahkoslp.com/.

Kuopio Goes Slush

Kuopio Goes Slush Trips – Event in  Helsinki and Common gathering.



All industries!



5  – 10 – From an early business case to an early stage startup are chosen.



Developing your Business model, Identifying your customer, Networking & mentoring


1.10.2019 – 31.1.2020

How to apply?

Apply here!


Start the Hike & ski your Startup to the next altitude! 

Next program starting: 1.10.2019 – 31.1.2020

Apply: 26.8.-25.9.2019

Our mentors

Tuija Keinonen

CEO, FaT, Honorary consul (Estonia) since 2012.
Tuija Keinonen has been the CEO at Oy Medfiles Ltd since 1999 and Medfiles Concern since 2005. She also has 25 years’ experience in international CRO-service business, asset deals and business integrations.

Teemu Huuhtanen

CEO at Next Games Oy.
Former Vice President of Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Anssi Lehikoinen

Chairman of the Board and founder of Numcore and Roscole Ltd. Deep tech board professional and entrepreneur with a strong track record from the sector. Anssi has various board positions, currently at Osuuskunta KPY, Enfo, Nostetta and VRT Finland. He has also several board positions e.g. Ownsurround and Savroc.

Kari Voutila

A serial entrepreneur and professional board member with a deep experience of media and commercializing new ideas to international market.

Mika Sutinen

Experienced CEO with a demonstrated success of making change in the wholesale and retail industry. Strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Strategic Planning and Execution, International Sales, Advertising and Account Management.

Miikka Kiiski

A business development executive at IBM Finland.
Currently responsible or running the Watson Health Center facility in Helsinki and developing IBM’s healthcare partner ecosystem. Miikka has an extensive background helping both public and private sector clients grow for over 25 years. He has been working with healthcare and governmental sector clients for several years, and was before his current position building global partnership with IBM’s clients in the industrial sector. Miikka has an M.Sc in engineering.

Jyrki Saarinen

D.Sc. (Tech.), MBA, Professor.
At UEF he is Head of the Institute of Photonics and Head of the Department if Physics and Mathematics. Jyrki teaches and lectures on various topics on applications of photonics, commercialization of high tech, entrepreneurship and business development at UEF, UEF’s executive MBA program and Aducate center, and Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

Havuja #!@%&! -Team

Matti Laitinen

Havu Thrower
+358 44 785 6333

Anu Häiväläinen

Havu Thrower
+358 44 718 2036

Tiina Arpola

 Havu Thrower
+358 44 785 6450