Aalto Venture Garage is putting together a busy two week program they call Bootcamp. Bootcamp is to be held four times a year and it’s an intensive program aimed at speeding up already existing early stage ventures. The first Bootcamp is to be run between September 17th and 30th. They are now accepting applications, but be quick – the deadline is September 8th. A mentoring program wouldn’t be anything without high profile mentors and well enough, Aalto Venture Garage has managed to secure a good lineup of Finnish startup professionals. Mind you, the program isn’t only aimed at Finnish startups – it’s open for everyone around the Baltic rim.
You’ll find a better list of the coaches on the Aalto Venture Garage website, but if I had an early stage company (not saying that ArcticStartup is past its best years – on the contrary! :)), I’d be applying to the program just to tap on their knowledge and network. Some of the mentors include Ilkka Paananen (former Sumea CEO – sold to Digital Chocolate), Ville Miettinen (one of the founders of Hybrid Graphics – sold to NVIDIA), Petteri Koponen (co-founder of Jaiku – sold to Google) and many others.
The prizes for this competition are pretty good as well – excelling in the two weeks can bring you 5000 euros as well as a free trip to Silicon Valley, Israel or China. However, I do think that the best prize is given in the form of the program itself and what you make of the coaches as well as the companies.