Pre-incubator

The Aalto Digital Creatives pre-incubator programme aims to help creative industry students, researchers and practitioners on their path towards entrepreneurship.

When is the call for applications?

Next pre-incubator programme starts in October 2024. Call for applications closes on 16.9.2024.


Who can apply?

The programme is looking for applicants with a creative industry background. The business ideas could be inspired by, but are not limited to the following topics: 

  • new methods and formats for audiovisual storytelling 
  • technology enhanced art, design, and entertainment 
  • augmentation of human creativity through computational methods 
  • creation of novel interactive experiences 
  • platforms for and by the creative industries 

Applications are accepted from individuals or teams with a business idea where creativity meets digital technology. Previous business experience is not required. The selection process evaluates the business idea’s potential for further development, the solution it provides and how it shapes a sustainable future.

There will be 10 to 15 teams or a maximum of 30 people accepted into each batch.

Please note, applicants must be Finnish residents. The programme is not available in remote or hybrid mode and applicants are required to participate in weekly workshops taking place on Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland.


What are the programme contents?

With the help of Aalto Startup Center’s business advisory services, the teams develop their business ideas, connect with potential industry partners, iterate their business plans, define potential customers and plan how to attract them.

Aalto Studios provides access to technology and helps the participants to connect with creative industry experts. Find out more about equipment and services on Aalto Studios website.

The programme consists of six modules which introduce the basics of Asset Development, Solution Development and Business Development.

Each module consists of workshop days, face-to-face coaching and online sessions with the selected keynote speakers. Coaching sessions and workshops are organised at Aalto University’s campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.


What benefits does the programme offer?

  • Step-by-step guidance for validating the business idea
  • Support in defining the problem/solution fit
  • Knowledge of important elements for a successful commercialisation
  • Support for launching the idea through pitch training and video pitch
  • Possibility to utilise the unique Aalto startup ecosystem
  • Confidence to take the next step and apply to Aalto Startup Center for further support 
  • Aalto Studios’ tech with experts available
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Peer-support from colleagues tackling the same issues
  • ECTS: discuss with the responsible teacher!

Programme schedule for autumn 2024

Provisional schedule for autumn 2024.