Pohjat – Entrepreneurship Week of Northern Ostrobothnia

Way back in history some unknown geniuses laid their eyes on this remote and sparsely populated land and deemed it fit for living. And the ones carrying the consequences are us, the ones trying to live and prosper on this coarse soil.

That’s why we have Pohjat. The entrepreneurship week is held in order to celebrate the relentless spirit of the northern entrepreneurship. By bringing like-minded folk together, we share ideas and discussions. We learn from each other, and by doing so, gather tools that lay the road towards our goals.

The bottom line is, that talks, workshops, and networking shall serve as a solid groundwork for successful entrepreneurship. Together it forms a rock-solid basis that endures even in the conditions of this northern land.

Pohjat Festival is brought to by: Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät, OSAO, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, University of Oulu, Kaleva Media, Business Oulu and Oulu Chamber of Commerce.

Events in English

Most of the events during Pohjat are held in Finnish. These are the events in English. Some of the events require enrollment in advance. If so, remember to enroll yourself in the event intriguing you. Whether the event requires enrollment or not, it is mentioned in the event’s description.


Monday 4.9.

11.30–13.00 @ Oamk Business Corner

Pizza & Pitch

Join us for pizza and networking to meet entrepreneurial doers and students on the campus in the Business Corner. The event is open for all – we hope to see you there!

Registration required. Enroll yourself here:


13.00–15.00 @ Oamk Business Corner

Start your startup fastest by validating! Pre-event for Startup Weekend

How do you know that you are solving the right problem, building the right solution or business? For startups, validation offers important tools that helps you build something people actually want and not waste time and resources.

Join us for a validation workshop that helps you get ahead of the competition and fast-track your startup growth!

Registration required. Enroll yourself here:


15.00–17.00 @ BusinessAsema

Starting business in Finland: meet international entrepreneurs of Oulu

Dreaming of becoming an entrepreneur? Expand your peer network, discover new ideas, hear it all from the already established international entrepreneurs in Oulu and network! All happening on Monday 04.09.23 at BusinessAsema ( Hallituskatu 36 B, 90100 Oulu) from 15-00-17-00. The event is organized by Business Oulu, OSKE, IH and Startup Refugees as part of the entrepreneurship week.

Registration required. Enroll yourself here:


Wednesday 6.9.

12.30–13.30 @ Oamk Business Corner

Entrepreneurship & Employment Support for Newcomers

Want to start a business? Looking for a job? Come to meet us at the Business Corner to hear about our services and get some tips and hints of starting your own business in Finland! SIGN UP HERE: 


Thursday 7.9.

12.00–14.00 @ Oulu University Innovation Centre

Get to know the Innovation Centre

The Oulu University Innovation Centre opens its doors, and it means that both students and researchers are welcome to the Innovation Centre’s Olohuone to hear more about the Innovation Centre’s activities and to discuss, among other things, the possibilities of research-based inventions, company cooperation and business development. Coffee and snacks are provided.

The Innovation Centre is located on the Linnanmaa Campus, near the R-door. Participation does not require registration.


14.00–16.00 @ BusinessAsema, Ahjo

Business Plan 101

Are you ready to transform your business idea into a thriving reality? 

Come to the business plan workshop and master the art of creating a compelling business plan that captivates investors, partners, and stakeholders. 

Learn to outline your vision, mission, target market, competitive advantage, and financial projections./ Shefat Islam BusinessOulu 

Registration required, sign up here:


17.00–19.00 @ Startup Station

Startup Station Season Opening

Startup Station is a new startup hub by BusinessOulu that aims to offer inspiration, knowledge and networking. We are on a mission to expand the pool of innovation enthusiasts and create even more successful startups in Oulu. We bring together aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage startup teams, advisors, incubator programs, and ecosystem partners, who share a common interest and passion for growth. 

Join our season opening to:

  • Learn more about Startup Station
  • Discover and apply for Startup Express Pre-incubator Program
  • Learn about OIA startup support activities (Launch of Startup Map)
  • Network with like-minded people and the local ecosystem player


Friday 8.9.

17.00–22.00 @ Kirkkokatu 17, Oulu

Networking event Altistus

WHATEVER you want to achieve – It all happens through people.

Simplified: We are the program.

In the event, everything irrelevant has been stripped away. No speeches, puffing or presentations, just straightforward networking.

When the right people know the right people, great things start to happen. Not only mutual business, but cooperation on many fronts.

Altistus, exposure, as its name suggests, exposes people to interaction with other like-minded people.

Throughout the event, you’ll be taken care of in terms of catering and drinks, so you can focus on what’s most important, people.

In this Altistus we offer the chance to participate in the Escape Room experiences, so you can truly get to know each other through fun challenges.

Read more and get your ticket:


Oamk Business Corner

Is located in Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ Linnanmaa Campus. Adress: Yliopistokatu 9, 90570 Oulu. Wing 7A, 1st floor. More info.


Near Oulu Railway Station. Address Hallituskatu 36, 90100 Oulu. More info.

Startup Station

Near Oulu Railway Station. Address Hallituskatu 36, 90100 Oulu. More info.


Event coordinator

Anne Sorvari, Oulu University of Applied Sciences

[email protected]

+358 50 038 0947