Develop and test | your idea!

Present your idea to us and apply for Product Development Funding!

Do you have a great idea that you would like to test in practice? Does the lack of funding stop you from carrying out a test, building a prototype or ordering a review? The objective of the €500–€1,000 Product Development Funding is to inspire the students and staff of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, University of Jyväskylä and the GRADIA Jyväskylä Educational Consortium to invent new products and services and test them.

Instructions for applying:

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:


Assessment criteria:

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.

Apply for Product Development Funding!

For more information on applying for the Product Development Funding, please contact the contact persons of your educational institute.


Riku Ojanperä


Business idea evaluation and development, franchising and chain business, business transfers.


(Cynical) humour.

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.

Riku Ojanperä

lecturer (leadership and management), entrepreneurship coordinator, pre-incubation and incubator coach JAMK


Riikka Reitzer


Petrikki Tukiainen

Check our blog for experiences of how to apply for Product Development Funding or apply for our upcoming funding rounds.