Business coaching

Business Center Pohjois-Savo’s business coaching services are aimed at all companies interested in business growth. We serve, among other things, in business development and the commercialization of innovations.

Personal business coaching

To whom? Regardless of the industry, for all companies operating in Pohjois Savo or expanding their operations there, with a desire to renew their business or a business idea aimed at growth and related development needs.

What? Tailored advice for the promotion of a business idea aimed at national and international growth. We use several methods and means for both individual and group guidance. Most commonly, we go through e.g. growth challenges, risk management, financing, product development processes and internationalization. The consultation is free of charge.

Why? You get new perspectives and confirmation to support the development, growth and change of your business idea and your team.

How? Contact our experts, let’s look together at your situation and your needs for guidance. First, we make an initial survey of your situation, based on which we plan the necessary follow-up measures with you.

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Marja-Leena Laitinen

Business advisor

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Maarit Manninen

Business Specialist

Clients’ experiences with Business Centers personal business coaching

Toimisto2030 enlightens companies and communities on the development of value-based responsibility through service design and future work. The vision is to promote action towards a sustainable future according to Agenda2023.

I got sparring from Matti and the Havuja program before starting my company. From the advice, I got confirmation to carry ideas about entrepreneurship forward, as well as a challenge to put into words the benefit produced for the customer.

The collaboration was important, because perhaps the biggest threshold was taking action! Entrepreneurship is learned by doing, but the courage to start requires encouragement.

Silja Huttunen


Havuja Bootcamp

To whom? The program is open to both individuals and teams. It is aimed at promising ideas and their developers. A business idea can only be at the level of thought or an already completed concept. The work takes place either in a ready-made team, in a new team or in a sparring group. In the sparring group, everyone can develop their own idea forward also in interaction with other members of the sparring group.

Why? The program gives you the confidence to develop your idea into a success story or new ideas to consider and develop. You will learn new skills and get access to tools for teamwork, presentation, and the development of ideas and their concrete planning. Either way, you’ll benefit from the skills you’ve acquired in modern working life anyway. In addition, you have the opportunity to get the right to participate in the Havuja Accelerator startup program and the Draft program pitch event.

Read more about Havuja Bootcamp here.

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Matti Laitinen

Innovation advisor

Tomi Tuovinen

Innovation advisor

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Clients’ experiences with Havuja Bootcamp

The mission of Nanoscale Oy is to develop smart ECO boards for humidity control with advanced nanotechnology. The ECO boards have the unique features of automatic control of humidity, no electricity consumption, maintenance free, formaldehyde free, zero carbon emission, a long lifetime (>30 years), and mildew-proof. ​

We attended entrepreneurship training of Bootcamp and participated Draft Program. With the 4000 € financial support, we have successfully developed the prototypes of ECO boards and registered the company of Nanoscale Oy.​

The Business Center provides very helpful entrepreneurial services. The specialists in the Center actively help start-ups to establish networks and connect various resources for business development.​

Wujun Xu


Draft Program

From Draft, you get financing and entrepreneurship coaching, which will help you build a company that looks like you and develop as a successful product and service launcher. In the first phase, the funding is 1,000 euros and in the second phase, 3,000 euros.

You can apply to the Draft Program® entrepreneurship program in Pohjois Savo if your team has at least one person who is enrolled in Kuopio or Iisalmi or is a student, staff representative or alumni of Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland or Savo Vocational College, i.e. a person who has graduated from one of these educational institutions.

In addition to yourself, your team must have at least one person with whom you develop the business idea together.

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Matti Laitinen

Innovation advisor

Harri Holopainen

Innovation advisor

Clients’ experiences with Draft

The Butterfly Brick is a patented support piece for the ice hockey goalie’s skate, which makes the butterfly save position more balanced and ergonomic. Our vision is to help goalkeepers prevent hip injuries, which are becoming increasingly common.

I got a lot of help in developing the business idea from the Draft program, which helped us finance the testing phase of prototypes and pilot research on the benefits of supporting blocks.

Business Center has also offered sparring in financial and development matters, pitching coaching, and lots of good contacts. Business Center has been a very valuable support during the initial stages of the company.

Kimmo Rautiainen

Butterfly Brick