Funding can be applied for to sums of €500–€1,000.
If you wish, you can also complete parts of Gradia’s Product Development Work special vocational degree, such as the section of ‘Working as an innovator’, during the Product Development Funding process. You can prepare for these study sections flexibly during the Product Development Funding process.
Further information: Sanna Kärkkäinen
tel. +358 (0)40 341 6303
The Product Development Funding is intended for the students, researchers and staff of the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, University of Jyväskylä and the GRADIA Jyväskylä Educational Consortium. Please note! This funding cannot be applied for by a company and the funds cannot be used to pay wages.
The Product Development Funding can be applied for four times during a school year. You can apply for the funding with a separate form and by preparing a 10-minute presentation of the company in advance, to be performed to the jury of 5–7 people consisting of the personnel of the Startup Factory and the educational institutes involved.
Get more detailed instructions for preparing the presentation by email:
The Product Development Funding jury will assess the inventions/business ideas based on such factors as their novelty, inventiveness and business opportunities. Applying does not require you to be able to pay for a share of the funding.
Check here when the future Product Development Funding jury meetings will be held and register to join.
Business idea evaluation and development, franchising and chain business, business transfers.
Riku Ojanperä is an experienced evaluator and developer of business ideas. All in all, Riku has been involved in evaluating and developing 1,500 business ideas and he has gained versatile experience and skill in different business sectors, both as a JAMK lecturer and a business advisor in the Finnish Enterprise Agency. Riku’s specialist knowledge also covers franchising, chain businesses and business transfers. Riku’s superpower is (cynical) humour.
lecturer (leadership and management), entrepreneurship coordinator, pre-incubation and incubator coach JAMK