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Startup High School

Think critically, solve problems, become a change-maker

Startup High School provides inspirational and high quality virtual entrepreneurial studies for students aged 15 to 18. Using an online platform that students can attend and use as part of their official studies, every Finnish upper secondary and vocational school can become a ‘Startup High School’.


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August 2018
This program empowers students to be more what they are, not what they are expected to be. We help them to see all the ideas, skills and potential what they are possessing and courage them to show the beauty inside to the rest of the world.

About the innovation

What is Startup High School?

Startup High School isn’t just about starting a business. The program aims to motivate and empower students to do great things in any area that interests them. It presents the opportunity for students to learn skills and build professional networks in any field they are passionate about. The possibilities for students are limitless: from business to charity work, the sciences to journalism, event organisation to NGOs.

Startup High School offers time, support and opportunities through practical work in fields that each individual student is passionate about. Students will create networks across companies and communities. Through authentic opportunities, students will also develop strong problem solving competencies.

High quality learning materials have been curated when creating Startup High School's courses. Most lessons contain super engaging video interviews with 25 famous and inspiring Finnish entrepreneurs, influencers, thinkers, artists and media professionals, and young students who have already started to make their own ideas real while studying in their regular school.

Startup High School's priority is not to make additional school work for their students, but to be part of their regular school work. Courses are built in a way that they can be included in our national curricula. This guarantees that students in upper secondary or vocational school can use the work they produce in Startup High School to support their regular studies.

We believe all schools should offer opportunities for students to be in touch with their own innovativeness and have the possibility to create, develop, market and in some occations even sell their own ideas and products.

Implementation steps

Startup High School in Finland

Students aged 15 to 19 all over Finland can start studying Startup High School's courses as a part of their own upper secondary or vocational studies.

For students: if you want to study our courses, tell that to your own school's principal or guidance counsellor and they will instruct you more.

For schools: we offer both free of charge and paid services. If your school hasn't yet received instructions how to offer our courses to students, please contact info@highup.org.

Startup High School in other countries

Existing materials can be used only in Finland. In every country the material needs to be localized in order to be high quality, inspiring and interesting for the student in that country.

If you would like to create a Startup High School concept in our country, we are happy to co-work with you! Please visit highup.org and contact info@highup.org.

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