Startup Visa

To work as an entrepreneur in Finland, you need to have the Startup Visa.
Who is an entrepreneur?

You are an entrepreneur if you are:
  • A private entrepreneur who has a so-called individually-owned business
  • A partner in a general partnership
  • A general partner in a limited partnership (not a silent partner)
  • A member of a cooperative who has unlimited liability for refinancing
  • You cannot get a residence permit only because you own a company. You must also work in the company in Finland
  • Approved Finnish Startup Visa

Why Finland?

  • An excellent testbed for innovative, ambitious startup teams and a great place to scale your business globally as Finland has one of the highest rates of investment per capita in Europe
  • A vibrant and friendly startup ecosystem with accelerators, angel investors, VCs and strong innovation support by the government
  • The capital Helsinki ranks number one in the world in local connectedness among founders, investors, and experts
  • The happiest country in the world according to the 2019 Happiness Report
  • A great array of established networking events, such as Slush, to meet with investors and pitch ideas
  • With FinlandQ you can apply for a EUR 50,000 grant

Our Team

  • One of the prerequisites to go through the startup visa process is the presence of a professional consulting team expert in the laws of the Nordic countries, specifically Finland, with full knowledge of startup science and literature.

  • Our team has designed a process based on the history of startup activities in Iran and launching several successful startups in Europe in collaboration with experienced Finnish partners.

  • In addition to designing the process, our executives will also be responsible for ensuring the process is implemented correctly and smothly.

Process at a Glance

First Meeting

A 90-min meeting with the idea evaluation & future cooperation steps; a legal advice will be followed

Documentation

A full review of the team, idea and product with Finnish-European Market alignment

Development consulting

BP, FP, Product design, MVP, website and more

Residency Documents

Legal advice on how to complete the required documentation after obtaining approval from the Business Finland

Start negotiations in Finland

If you go through all the steps and obtain a residence permit, our team will negotiate on behalf of you for the initial sum of €50k

WorkFlow

01
First Step
A 90-min meeting with the idea evaluation & future cooperation steps, a legal advice will be followed
Modify the idea and lean it through the path of approval
02
Contract
Signing the contract and executing the documentation phase
50% Prepayment
03
Documentation
Completing resumes, preparing a business plan (innovative business plan), determining shareholder status, Financial Projection …
4-6 weeks
04
Submitting application
Send documents to the organization for approval
Eligibility statement from Business Finland
05
Submitting application
Application to the Finnish immigration service
06
Negotiation
Negotiation and obtaining 50k euros
Start of negotiations in Finland & apply for Business Finland’s Tempo funding
Establish company in Finland

WorkFlow

First Step

A 90-min meeting with the idea evaluation & future cooperation steps, a legal advice will be followed

  • Idea evaluation & Potentials
  • Initial measurement of having basic international values
  • The introduction of the Finnish startup visa application
  • Business Modeling
  • Your review as an entrepreneur
  • Co-founders and expert team review
  • Legal advice by a lawyer in Finland

Modify the idea and lean it through the path of approval

Contract

Signing the contract and executing the documentation phase
  • A closer look at the idea based on the Finnish market (Market Research)
  • Resumes and team specifications according to European standards
  • Business plan according to the format and basic needs of the organization responsible for the startups in Finland (Innovative Business Plan)
  • Determine the status of shareholders and types of shares in the company
  • Financial Projection
  • Modify the existing business model if needed
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pitch Deck

Documentation

Completing resumes, preparing a business plan (innovative business plan), determining shareholder status, Financial Projection …

  • Supervision in identity design
  • Positioning
  • Products and Services
  • MVP

Submitting application

Send documents to the organization for approval

  • Legal and administrative advice on how to complete the required documentation after receiving the approval
  • Filling immigration Application forms
  • Appointments
  • Counsel on how to interview

Eligibility statement from Business Finland

Residency Documentation

Application to the Finnish immigration service

  • Negotiation with Finnish incubators
  • Negotiate with the relevant agency to receive € 50,000 grant
  • Negotiating with accelerators
  • How to enter shared Workspaces

Negotiation and obtaining 50k euros

Start of negotiations in Finland & apply for Business Finland’s Tempo funding

Establish company in Finland

Implementation Steps and Consulting Packages

Implement Stage 01 of the workflow process.

At this stage you need to go for consultation package. Details are in the following pages.

 

Implement Stage 03 of the workflow.

At this stage the consultation, accompaniment and preparation package will be applicable. Details are in the following pages.

Implementation of steps 05-06 of the workflow.

At this stage, the package of accommodation and a €50k grant will be applicable. Details are in the following pages.

Packages

Consultation package

  • Comprehensive and professional advice on the terms and conditions set by Business Finland + Tailormade counsel on your startup and business requirements and objectives
  • All questions will be answered carefully and accurately so that you clearly understand whether you are ready to apply or not for the Finnish Start-up Visa,

Consultation, Accompaniment and Preparation Package

  • If your startup or business meets the requirements of a Finnish startup visa after the first meeting
  • During these sessions, we will create, align your startup documentation exactly in accordance with Business Finland's approved methods. And we will be with you at all stages of your residence visa.

Accommodation and €50k

  • After Business Finland’s approval, you will enter the stage of residence in Finland with your family members (Spouse and children under the age of 18). The necessary arrangements for your stay in the shared workplaces will be arranged.
  • All fees payable for obtaining a Residence Visa and Registry Required will be calculated and reported separately based on the payment slips.