Tampere Game Incubator

Tampere Game Incubator Batch One now online!

Ten week course to hone your pitching skills, learn game business and get help from top gaming industry mentors!

Are you a Tampere-based game team or company looking for mentoring from the best of Finland’s game industry? Together with the city of Tampere, Tomi Toikka from Catland and Joni Lappalainen from Dreamloop have made a ten week course that will feature all you need to make your game business shine. Completely free for everyone who gets picked. Spaces are limited, so act fast!

  • Get the best in business advice in hands-on sessions with veteran games industry mentors
  • Weekly crash course in all topics of game development; from idea to release
  • Learn to pitch and sell your games on any platform
  • Critique and advice from the top VCs in the industry!
  • Culminates in a public Mentor Day, where you get to pitch for both VCs and mentors!

The course runs for ten weeks,
roughly each Wednesday from 13.00 to 19.00:

25.9.2019 – 20.11.2019

Batch applications are now closed, thank you!


25.9.2019Business Opportunities in the Game Industry
Mentor: Tomi Toikka & Joni Lappalainen
2.10.2019Game Development Pipeline (gameplay, monetization, retention)
Mentor: Tomi Toikka & Joni Lappalainen
9.10.2019Pitching (Pitch Deck)
Mentor: Kalle Kaivola
16.10.2019Pitching (Stage Pitching)
Mentor: Harri Manninen
23.10.2019Marketing and Social Media
Mentor: Mikael Haveri
Mentor: Jiri Koivuniemi
7.11.2019Service sales and pricing
Mentor: Jyri Partanen
13.11.2019Public funding and cash flow planning
Mentor: Jyri Partanen
18.11.2019Pitch training and feedback
Mentor: Antti Sartanen
3.12.2019Demo Day 2019

The Tampere Game Incubator Team

The team of Tampere Game Hub runs the course with ten weekly hands-on lessons and mentoring sessions.

Tomi Toikka, Director of Tampere Game Hub

Tomi Toikka


CEO of Makea Games, experienced team leader and marketing manager with four shipped titles under his belt. Mentoring, pitching and networking busybody.

Joni Lappalainen

Joni Lappalainen

Chair of the Board

CEO of Dreamloop, networking and game production mastermind with experience across the entire game industry – from shipping games to doing B2B.

Janne Kaakinen

Janne Kaakinen

Board Member

Representing the City of Tampere, running Pelifarmi and connecting students and those wanting to learn the game development business to the industry.


A great mix of game industry veterans and gaming VCs!

Kalle Kaivola

Kalle Kaivola

Lightheart Entertainment

Kalle Kaivola is the CEO of Lightheart Entertainment. In addition to working on his own company, he has helped others build theirs as a partner in Sisu Game Ventures, an early stage game investor with a portfolio of over 40 companies.

Harri Manninen

Harri Manninen

Play Ventures, Nordic XR Startups

Not only has Harri Manninen run a games magazine and made a company exit to Disney, he is also the founder of two game industry VCs! Mentoring with funding, pitching and helping get your game company off the ground.

Jyri Partanen

Jyri Partanen

SuperScale, Sampo Games

Jyri Partanen has decades of industry experience. He has been part of Games Factory, Rovio and RedLynx and is ready to help lend a hand concerning the day-to-day running of your game business.

Jiri Koivuniemi


Jiri Koivuniemi is a marketing expert working at Visionist. A renowned veteran of the games industry, he helps and mentors game startups with PR and communications.

Antti Sartanen

Antti Sartanen

Founder, CEO Hipfire Games

Startup entrepreneur Antti Sartanen has been through both Nordic XR Startups and Techstars incubators. He has a lot of experience on working with VCs and running his own company!