Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

Do you have a new idea, technology, product, business model or a startup that is aiming for sustainable urban development and/or solving social problems? Participate with an existing team or assemble it for your idea to win monetial awards!

The competition’s theme is to promote sustainable urban development with scientific and technological innovation, focusing on science entrepreneurship.

The Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition hosted by the Alliance of
Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities (GISU) will be held from March to November 2023. Application period for in-school preliminary competition has been extended to last until 21st of May, 2023.

Based upon this year’s theme, various types of innovation and entrepreneurship-related projects are welcome. Strategic goals of each city’s economic and social development should be considered with the basic idea of promoting sustainable urban development through scientific and technological innovation. The competition’s introduction video can be seen here (opens in a new window).

Eligible applicants are full-time students over 18 years old or graduates within 5 years of graduation (graduates after 2018). HUBS is the in-school organizer of the competition in Tampere Universities.

This competition is a great opportunity to

And of course there is the possibility to win monetial awards!

Winning teams from Tampere during recent years

During the last few years, Tampere has sent incredible participants into the competition with ideas such as mental health mobile app, systemic circular economy solutions for urban design, connecting locals with immigrants, helping students to find meaningful friendships and making every day life more environmentally friendly.

In 2020, Medified, a startup based in Tampere, won the first prize in the GISU competition. Tampere has shown success in the competition with teams winning second prizes (Team ESC) and Outstanding Presentation Awards (Team As One).

Competition information

Do you have questions?

If you have some questions about the competition, do not hesitate to contact Ira, who is coordinating the competition in Tampere Universities.

The Q&A session in Zoom was held on 24th of April. See the materials here.

Contact person

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Ira Salminen

Community Coordinator


Ira is coordinating GISU Competition participations.