Incubation and Start-ups Finland & Helsinki
Digitalents Helsinki is a modern and creative youth community, in which young people learn coding, game development and new media by doing. It is funded by City of Helsinki and the incubator’s funding is for a fixed period and only for one year in advance.
Helsinki Games Factory, founded by José Jácome in 2017 and Jyri Partanen, opened in June 2018 to set a new standard for ecosystem development in the Finnish gaming industry. The 3000 m² building is the home for 25 game studios and nearly 200 gaming professionals. In addition, it has a buzzling event space where you can experience the latest and greatest of Finnish gaming. Members benefit from events, shared infrastructure, in-house services and day-to-day interactions with the community.
Games Factory’s third floor is the home for Farm League, which is a game industry specific incubator, where up-and-coming gamedev teams focus on their own projects as well as outsourcing projects for more established studios. Incubator studios also have an access to top mentors from the Finnish tech and game development scene.
NordiskVR, founded by Harri Mannine in 2017
NordiskVR Finland is a part of a company. The incubator is financed by private investors. The mission of NordiskVR is to contribute and improve the competitiveness of the Nordic VR/AR ecosystem and accelerate the growth of portfolio companies.
Even though it was only established in 2017 they have world-class mentors, ranging from entrepreneurs to investors, VR/AR technical specialists, platform holders and legal mentors. The focus is on VR and AR, so it is not purely a game incubator. The founding partners are Japanese Gumi, established in 2017 and Nordisk film, which was originally founded in 1906.