Are you passionate about education and learning? Ready to unleash your potential on making learning better? Education Bootcamp is an idea accelerator for students, researchers or budding entrepreneurs with a business idea. Join with your team and jump towards making your idea into reality!


Education Bootcamp is a month-long idea accelerator for future change makers in the fields of education and learning. It is here to boost your team’s idea, help you gain inspiration and the necessary knowledge to develop your idea into a business in an inspiring and engaging environment. Teams participating the Bootcamp get to develop their ideas in workshops organized and supported by professionals and mentors. The best teams chosen at the end of the program get to participate to xEdu Accelerator program!

We are looking for the freshest ideas in education as well as a keen and future-oriented attitude! If you are interested in making learning better and have the thrive and the idea to make it happen, apply to Bootcamp!


Education Bootcamp is for inventive and enthusiastic teams who have a business idea that would improve learning or education. Your idea can be a concept for better learning, a learning game for the classroom or anything you can imagine – sky is the limit!

Your team members can be students, researchers, professionals or entrepreneurs from any field – a keen interest in improving education and a curious mind are the only crucial requirements! The size of the team should be between two and six people. Whether your idea still needs a lot of polishing or is almost ready for business, apply to take part in the Bootcamp!


Education is probably the world’s most powerful tool for making a difference. World is in constant change and the field of education has to work hard to keep up with it. Engaging professionals from multidisciplinary backgrounds with fresh ideas to change the world is now more important than ever. We at Helsinki Think Company want to help future entrepreneurs along on their journey. 


During Education Bootcamp, your team takes concrete steps in developing your idea towards piloting and establishing a company. You will network with leading professionals in the field and enhance your skills in business development, problem-solving and team work.


Application for Education Bootcamp is open in May 2017. Chosen teams are interviewed on 5.6.2017 and selected on week 23. The intense program runs 2.8.-1.9.2017 and the final pitches are held as a part of Dare to Learn event on 6.9.2017.



Crystallizing the idea

Wed 2.8. 10-16
Thu 3.8.  10-16

From idea to concept
Tue 8.8. 16-20
Thu 10.8. 16-20

Benchmark and sell

Concept to practise

Mon 21.8. 16-20
Thu 24.8. 16-20

Where to next?

Tue 29.8. 16-20
Thu 31.8. 16-20
Showcase Fri 1.9. 17:30-20

at Dare to Learn 6.9.

Pitching at Dare to Learn
Dare to Learn brings a new kind of event to the field of education. Dare to Learn brings together learning enthusiasts around the Nordic to share, co-create and get inspired. All the teams from Education Bootcamp have the opportunity to pitch at Dare to Learn and get their idea out to the public!

xEdu Accelerator Program
Participating Education Bootcamp might be the beginning for conquering the world with your idea! At least one of the teams with an idea that has great business potential and an engaged team of devoted members will get to participate to xEdu’s Accelerator Program starting in Fall 2017.


Riina Havonen
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  • Application period is 1.5.-11.6.2017
  • Chosen teams are interviewed and selected teams informed on 19.6.
  • Bootcamp starts on 2.8. and finishes on 6.9. with Finals at Dare to Learn -learning event.
  • The programme is open to all students, researchers or budding entrepreneurs with cross-disciplinary backgrounds
  • In order to apply, you must have at least a two-member team and a tentative business idea in the field of education or learning
  • Teams are selected on the basis of a) the motivation and commitment of the team, b) the potential of the business idea c) the ability to commit to the workshop schedule and the trip
  • As a participant your team commits to attending the workshops on the dates listed this site (with preferably at least two people from the team attending each workshop), the bootcamp trip (destination to be announced soon!) on week 33, pitching at Education Bootcamp Showcase on 1.9. and Final pitching in the Dare to Learn event on 6.9. Participation also requires independent working during August and early September in addition to the workshops, so make sure you have time for that! We also expect all selected teams to pay a commitment fee of 70€ per person attending the trip in order to guarantee a place in the programme.
  • The language of the programme is English, unless the entire group is Finnish speaking. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have perfect English skills to participate!
  • Other than the commitment fee, the programme, including the bootcamp trip, is free for all participants. Snacks and plenty of coffee and tea are provided during the workshops. During the all day workshops in the beginning you will also get a simple lunch.
  • The winning teams of the Pitching competition in Dare to Learn event get to participate in xEdu Accelerator program to continue the development process.
  • Possible study credits can be negotiated with your faculty.
  • The ideas born and developed throughout the programme are entirely owned by the teams themselves.
  • Helsinki Think Company reserves the right to showcase teams and projects at their events. Photographs and video material can be taken during the programme and Think Company reserves the right to publish them in its channels.