Ahjo accelerator 2015 teams introduced!

Ahjo accelerator 2015 is nearing it’s end. 2nd of December (Today!) is the last day of the program, and the teams are going to pitch their ideas and development in 2 minutes.

Therefore, we have 7 amazing team pitching today. These people have worked really hard and created impressive things. This blog post will a quick recap of the teams, and what they have been up to.


Here we go!




Design2B is internationally operating designer consulting service for professional freelance designers and companies to meet. Their mission is to enhance co-operation with designers and companies. Design2B´s aim is to provide a service for creative ideas and business know-how to come together. To enable development of better products, create jobs for educated designers in a more flexible way in a highly dynamic job-market


Mikkeli alet/ Best in town/Trident


Mikkeli alet has a new name, which is Best in town. Best in town is a website providing information of discounted products in Mikkeli area. It offers local discounts, which are easily available on mobile. The website helps customers to find discounts to shops in Mikkeli.




Kurki´s idea is to create mobile application with a real time chat. In the chat you can talk anonymous about the program you are watching at the moment. Team Kurki thinks that often TV-programs raises different opinions, especially because nowadays tv-programs are very entertainable, even provocative. So theyl have a solution for need to share your thoughts while watching TV.




Shekamou is a website linking cookers and eaters together. Shekamou name comes from a persian word for a person who likes to eat. Shekamou helps people to find homemade food near your location at reasonable price. The idea is that cookers can sell their cookings to other people and turn food waste into income. Shekamou has a cative facebook group, testing their idea.




Kiidä is a ride sharing mobile application, which makes it easy to share rides and also search for the rides. Kiidä will bring the intercity ride sharing in Finland to this century. Kiidä has created Facebook page and websites. Soon they will launch the mobile application, and present it also at the demoday!


Sweet Green


Sweet Green is aiming to create a bakery, selling all kinds of cakes, muffins and cupcakes. The main products are organic products with green services. The green services include recycling materials which customers gives to company and in return Sweet Green gives discount for Sweet Green´s products along with bags and holdings made from their materials.




Emit is providing an easy way for students to plan their daily schedules, focusing on mobile apps. Their idea is application for universities schedule. In the app you can create your own schedule and use it even without internet connection. Emit has created mobile application for Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, which is available for Android and IOS.


Most of the teams can be found from social media, and you can talk to them during demoday yourself! Don’t forget to ask tough questions!


All of the teams and their members have improved their ideas and skills with help of coaches. Head coaches are Petri Vilen and Eetu Kirsi. In addition to head coaches teams have gotten help from the visitor coaches: Jussi Kämäräinen, Milla Halme, Tuomas Otala, Mike Bradshaw, Karl Ots, Toni Perämäki and Antti Pajatsalo. Thank you to all the coaches!


See you in the evening :D


Ambitious teams

The program is meant for ambitious teams with international focus. The requirements for the team are following:

  • you are an ambitious and motivated team
  • you have a promising idea for a new product or a service
  • your idea is scalable and internationally focused
  • you have a will to turn your idea into profitable business
  • you need help with validating your idea and developing your business model
  • you are ready to commit to the program schedule

The language of the program is English.

How big the team should be?

There is no limit for team sizes, but it is recommended that a team consists of two to five members. The most important thing is that everyone in the team has a valuable role.

What if I already have a business?

The program is meant for new businesses. If you are running a business, but want to develop new services or products, or expand to new markets, the program is also for you.

Apply now

Application deadline is September 26th, but teams are being selected already. A limited number of teams can be selected, so apply now!


Ahjo accelerator program

Definition of the Ahjo accelerator program

Ahjo (’forge’ in English) helps you in validating and developing your business idea. If you have an idea, we make it happen together. If you don’t a team around, we help you find one. If you don’t have contacts, we help you find them. We help you also to raise funding to your idea.


Ahjo is up and running from Monday 29th of September and the Grande Finale will take place on Friday 21st of November. So we have eight weeks to go with fantastic teams and ideas.

Weekly scheduled exercises on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will light up your idea. On every Monday we have a get-together and your team has a sparring session with our Mighty Coach Petri Vilén. On every Wednesday afternoon we have star guests giving useful hints and do’s & don’ts. On every Friday we will meet each other to have the weekly pitching session (demo) and a casual after work (retro).


Week 1

29th Sep. Kick off

1st Oct. Inspiring stories by local startup entrepreneurs

3rd Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 2

6th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

8th Oct. Linda Liukas & Monty Widenius as guest stars

10th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 3

13th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

13th Oct. Fail Day in Mikkeli – Mikkelin Mokapäivä

15th Oct. Mike Bradshaw as a guest star – ”How to give a great pitch?”

17th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 4

20th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

22nd Oct. Growth story by a guest star

24th Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 5

27th Oct. Monday meeting + sparring session

29th Oct. Panel on Funding – guests from crowd funding companies, TEKES and startups. Also business angels will give some comments.

31st Oct. Demo + Retro

Week 6

3rd Nov. Monday meeting + sparring session

5th Nov. The most important legislative issues for Startups presented by representatives from law firms Fondia and Lexia.

7th Nov. Demo + Retro

Week 7

10th Nov. Monday meeting + sparring session

12th Nov. Inspiring speech by a surprise guest star

14th Nov. Demo + Retro

Week 8

17th Nov. Monday meeting

18th-19th Nov. SLUSH

21st Nov. Grande Finale