15 November 2021

Call for Applications: SAIS 2 SLP Startup Programme

Call for Applications: SAIS 2 SLP Startup Programme


The objective of the training programme is to activate participating startup to focus on selected areas of business development and internationalisation. The main elements of the training programme are:

  1. bootcamps for all participating startups
  2. roundup meetings between the bootcamps for all participating startups
  3. global market insight utilisation

The training programme helps the startup to identify their own potential and increase their maturity and business development skills as a team. It is expected that the process Increases business maturity in the following areas:

  • Clarified target market and customer selection
  • Business model clarification
  • More mature market-product fit
  • International business opportunities have been identified
  • The team's business expertise has developed
  • Go-to-market plan

Minimum requirements for applicants:

  • The applying startup is already an officially registered company in any of the SAIS 2 countries or Finland.
  • The applying startup has submitted an application (you can find a link to the form below).
  • The applying startup has an interest in and intent for internationalisation.


18.11.2021 12.00 pm (UTC +2)   Application period ends

26.11.2021   Selection of startups for the program

7.-8.12.2021    1st Online Bootcamp

10.-11.1.2022   2nd Online Bootcamp

1.-2.2.2022   3rd Bootcamp in Southern Africa (location TBA)

3.-4.2.2022   Visit to Southern African ecosystem for Finnish startups

14.-18.2.2022   Visit to Finland for Southern African startups


SAIS will cover the following costs for the startups:

  • Southern African startups: Return flights, accommodation and daily allowance for the 3rd bootcamp and for the visit to Finland.
  • Finnish startups: Return flights from Finland to Southern Africa for the 3rd bootcamp (flights to other possible destinations in Southern Africa will not be covered).

All the other possible expenses (like visas, COVID protocols, transportation in the visit locations, insurances, etc.) will be covered by the startups themselves.

Please go to the Demola website to apply and for more information.