GISU -competition | Sustainable Urban Development with Scientific and Technological Innovation

Credits: 1 | Identifier: | Campus: City Centre | Hervanta | TAMK/Kauppi | Period: 06.04.2020

Do you have a new idea, technology, product, business/operation model or a startup that is aiming for sustainable urban development and/or solving social problems?

Join Urban Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition organised by GISU (the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities, including Tampere University)!


A competition hosted by the Alliance of Guangzhou International Sister-City Universities​ (including Tampere University). 

Purpose is to promote Sustainable Urban Development with Scientific and Technological Innovation.

Who can compete?

Full-time students orGraduates after 2015​ (Tampere University or Tampere University of Applied Sciences) + Over 18 years old

  • Groups of at least active members
  • Commercial enterprise groups
  • Social enterprise groups

You can either participate with an existing team or assemble a team for your business idea. You don’t need to have a registered company to participate!


  1. In-School Preliminary Competition​: 6.4.-30.6.2020
    • Qualifying up to 5 teams from Tampere
  2. Online Semi-Final Competition​: August 2020
    • 12 teams will continue to the Final
  3. Ultimate Final Competition​: 26-29.10. 2020
    • Finals at Guangzhou, China
    • Travel costs of 2 participants from the final competition team to Guangzhou will be covered.
A designated council will decide which teams (up to five teams) proceed from the In-School Preliminary Competition​ to the Online Semi-final. Decisions will be made 15.-30.6. and the teams will be informed by the end of June. The novelty, impact and scalability of the idea are emphasized in the criteria of evaluation.


~ 13 000 eur

~ 6 500 eur

~ 2 500 eur

Also support available for further processing your idea / business.

How to participate?

Two ways to start:

  • participate with an existing team
  • assemble a team for your business idea

First, read the rules of the competition: GISU Competition 2020 Rules.

Evaluate your situation compared to the competition criteria. If there are areas that need developing, take advantage of Y-kampus coaching.

If you need sparring for your team, make an appointment to an online meeting with a Y-kampus coach.

Is your team ready to apply for the competition?

Fill this application form. 


By participating the competition you can also earn credits!
  • Completing the In-School Preliminary Competition: 1 ECTS credit
  • Qualifying to continue to the semi-finals or further: 2 ECTS credits
Contact Maria Ruokonen on how to get the credits.

Do you have questions?

Please contact Maria Ruokonen
phone +358 50 437 7138

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