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What is Uplift?

Uplift was a business competition organised by Cospace Finland and the city of Porvoo, which ran for two years (2018 and 2019). The competition started in April , and ended the same year in October at the grand final. The competition had two categories, business ideas and startups/companies.



The application process:


  1. Sending your application (1.4.2019 - 31.7.2019)

The competitors may apply through our website

One can apply with a business idea, or a company.

The application form includes some basic questions about the applicant and his/hers idea/company. Each applicant is asked to fill in a short description of the business idea/company. The applicant can also attach other material to the application (I.e. business plan etc.). Applications can be sent in English, Finnish or Swedish

At a later stage, each applicant will be asked to send a video of himself/herself, pitching the idea/company.


2. Qualification and selection of finalists (1.8.2019-31.8.2019)

In August 2019, The Uplift jury will choose 3 competitors/category to the grand final.

The finalists are announced on the Uplift website as well as on the Uplift Facebook and Instagram pages in the beginning of September.



The finalists are chosen on the basis of:

- Concept of business idea/company

- Market situation and potential

- How the business idea/company stands out from the crowd

- Sales Pitch/video


3. The Uplift-Final

The Grand final of Uplift 2019 is organised at Kulttuurikeskus Grand in Porvoo, on Friday 4.10.2019. At the final the top 3 competitors of each category are presenting their ideas in front of a live audience as well as the Uplift jury. The sales pitch is not allowed to be over 4 minutes long.

The jury will then as questions of their own


Winners awards

The winners from both categories recieve a price of 2.500€ in cash as well as a Cospace Gold membership and various services for one year. The services include strategic sparring,sales coaching, marketing support, legal advice, free meeting rooms, free wifi, cleaning,coffee/tea,free printing. The award is worth about 30.000€ in toltal.


Why is Uplift organised?

The main objective of Uplift is to help and inspire entrepreneurship in the Eastern-Uusimaa region.

The award is in fact a low risk opportunity to try your wings as an entrepreneur, and it can be the beginning of an amazing story.


Who can apply?

You can apply with a business idea or with a company. The age limit is 16 years. There are no restriction to which companies/business ideas can apply.


If you have additional questions, send us an email to

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