The Startup Factory in a nutshell

The Startup Factory is an incubator where the best initial-stage business ideas are grown into successful companies in cooperation with educational institutes

*The educational institutes are the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, the University of Jyväskylä and Gradia Jyväskylä Educational Consortium. Remember to also check out the courses of the Open Universities and whether you are eligible for our coaching events. Our client companies for incubator coaching must have Jyväskylä listed as their place of operation.

What sets us apart from our competitors?

1. The Performance Program & method

At the Startup Factory, we promote both business and the entrepreneurs’ well-being.

The Startup Factory’s entrepreneur-led, multidisciplinary and experienced team creates high-performing startup companies for global markets through a new method.

2. The core of the entrepreneurship ecosystem

We are an important hub in the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of Jyväskylä; an active advocate and a platform for developing new business.

Jyväskylä is the sports capital of Finland with affordable housing and business premises costs. The local large institutes of higher education and other educational institutes provide the companies with skilled staff.

3. One step ahead

The Startup Factory is one step ahead in the world of entrepreneurship, on top of trends, together with its clients. The Startup Factory is a venue for events where entrepreneurs can develop themselves and their business.

The ‘Factory crew’ is filled with entrepreneurs and experienced business professionals who have personal expertise in entrepreneurship, international startup business and strong stakeholder operations. Some of the team members work for both the Startup Factory and outside it, in the business world. Thanks to this, we are able to provide you with experienced coaches of the business field who are also familiar with the everyday challenges entrepreneurs and businesses face.

4. Open culture

The Startup Factory has open doors and facilities. Anyone interested in entrepreneurship is welcome to the Startup Factory’s facilities. Our facilities are used by the multidisciplinary client teams, our partners and the entire network. The Startup Factory is building a startup community and creating an entrepreneurial spirit around itself.

5. Great contacts

The Startup Factory has great contactst with Finnish financers and investors. Together with Venture Development Finland, we bring the financers together in a financing panel, which means that our incubator companies do not need to spend time touring the different investors.

6. The first in Finland

Unique cooperation across different educational levels: The Startup Factory is a unique limited liability company in Finland, and the first of its kind: its owners are the  University of Jyväskylä, Gradia, JAMK and the City of Jyväskylä. Together, we want to break the stereotypes attached to public organisations.

7. You will gain experience

We offer you solid experience of entrepreneurship and access to a network of top professionals. The Startup Factory’s dream is a future where everyone is free the create their own working life. The students will receive real experience of entrepreneurship and get a view of the world of entrepreneurs.

Incubator operations have been implemented in Jyväskylä for years now by several different organisations.

Incubator operations and related services have been implemented in Jyväskylä for years now by several different organisations: Jyväskylän Teknologiakeskus, Technopolis Ventures, JYKES, JAMK Generator.
The backgrounds of these organisations and the financing structures guiding their operations have created the framework for the incubator operators. They have resulted in some fantastic growth stories over the years, such as Firstbeat, Naava, Idean Research and Paytrail.

At the moment, Jyväskylän Yritystehdas Oy is utilising these tried and tested models and has instructed services that follow the new strategy.

The beginning of the Startup Factory


The story begins


Historic years

The history of the Startup Factory dates back to 2002–2011, and the incubator operations by Teknopolis, Protomo, Jykes, CoCampus and others.


Jyväskylän Yritystehdas Oy

After several different stages, Jyväskylän Yritystehdas Oy was established in 2017.


Challenging times

The years 2017 and 2018 were challenging.

This period was preceded by a business transfer from JAMK, and we were building the first Finnish limited liability company owned by four different public bodies as well as a new strategy.


New beginnings

January 2019

New beginning and new strategy, while honouring the old. New concepts were being built, new teams recruited and more than a hundred change projects were launched.

April 2019

Opening of the new Startup Factory while continuing building new operations and even changing the board!

September 2019

All eight service units in operation, eleven new people in the team and a whole crowd of new customers.

December 2019

Clarifying the strategy of the company One more time and making corresponding changes to services. More than 50 experts building content for new concepts while serving more than a thousand business idea owners. The pace was fast, but the vision was clear.



Startup incubator & educational institute coaching in operation. The Startup Factory is 90% different from what it was in 2018. The development of a lean organisation will continue. The thanks for the work this far go to the owners, the board, our work teams and our great customers!


Even though we are all experts here, open cooperation is even more powerful. Below, you can read more about some of the many experts at your service.