Dream it.

Pitch it.

Win it.

Idearace 2024

The Idearace business idea competition has become one of South Karelia’s most significant events, showcasing the most innovative business ideas of students, entrepreneurs, and creative minds to a wide audience. Every year, approximately 40 brave teams step forward with their ideas, and only 12 of them are ultimately selected to reach the summit. In 2023, the final event attracted over 170 curious listeners, in front of whom the finalists presented their ideas.

Now is your moment to shine the brightest! Those selected for the final are expected to commit to a weekend-long boot camp on April 6th-7th, 2024, and present their business idea on the stage of Lappeenranta City Theatre on Thursday, April 18th, 2024.

Main prize 5000 € to developing the idea

New contacts and networks

Pitching and performance coaching

5 minutes of undivided attention at the stage

Great and energetic atmosphere

Application period 26.2.-24.3.2024

Idearace open is an industry-independent competition category for individuals and entrepreneurs in South Karelia.

Idearace student is a competition category aimed at students across Finland.

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The Idearace brings together the most promising startup companies and innovative ideas of South Karelia while facilitating networking among various stakeholders.

At the final, the winners will be rewarded with 5000 € for further development of their business idea.

Welcome to join us at the Lappeenranta City Theatre to witness the final live and to enjoy the energetic atmosphere!