Northbound Scaleups helps startups go international

Northbound Scaleups (NBSCALE), a new program aimed at helping startups scale up their business, has launched in the March of 2023. The joint initiative by Turku Science Park (Finland), Movexum (Gävle, Sweden), and Tehnopol (Tallinn, Estonia) offers international workshops and mentoring sessions, free of charge, to help participating startups gain valuable knowledge of new target markets and learn new skills from top-notch internationalisation experts.

The first program round’s sprint days are held over the course of 2023 in three cities: Turku (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia), and Gävle (Sweden). NBSCALE provides hands-on support modules for developing the most essential skills for scaling up a business, including adopting a growth mindset and knowing relevant processes, learning strategies for entering foreign target markets, planning for future investment rounds, data gathering and market analysis, and much more.

Northbound Scaleups offers personal growth mentoring for each startup. The startups can also expect discovery missions focused on relevant target markets, and getting into meetings with potential clients, investors, and other relevant players in the target ecosystems.

Scaling up great ideas

The program is open to Finnish, Estonian, and Swedish startups that have been operating for under five to seven years. The startups are expected to have already launched their products or services and gained some traction in their home country.

Interested startups can apply for the program during the specified application period, after which the organizing parties will select up to five startups per country to join the program. The selected participants will show a true interest in scaling their company’s business and in investing time for pursuing the program and the development process.

For the first group of scaleup companies, the Northbound Scaleups program consists of eight workshop days, starting in Tallinn and moving on to Turku and later Gävle. Travel and accommodation costs are covered for 1-2 participants per company for these workshop days.

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We’re now accepting applications for the next round of Northbound Scaleups! Apply by September 7th, 2023.


We had high expectations for the programme and they have been well met and even exceeded! The organizers and the participating companies have proven to be good partners for ideation. Both the content and the practical arrangements have been of high quality.
Henrik Terävä, Ai2Ai

Participating scaleups, first call of 2023


Grail Group
Mintti Siivous




Studio Tabo

Upcoming events for participating companies

November 2023 – Gävle

Past events for participating companies

August 16-17 | Gävle, Sweden

May 16-17 2023 | Turku, Finland | Target market & competitor analysis, Successful market entry

April 24-25 2023 | Tallinn, Estonia | Growth hacking, Team performance & productivity