Upstream Acceleration Program

What is it?

Upstream is Northstream’s acceleration program helping startups solve vital growth challenges through advisory and mentorship that makes real impact. As a trusted strategic advisor and growth partner to the Nordic startup community, Upstream program empowers entrepreneurs to go against the current and catalyze groundbreaking ideas into sustainable market value!

How does it work?

Upstream program consists of two parts:

  1. A project with a dedicated team to solve specific challenges, such as go-to-market strategy, partnership selection, business model validation, business plan review, etc.
  2. 3 to 6 months sounding board period with mentorship focusing on overall growth.

Why should you join Upstream?

  • Access to Northstream’s expertise and network accumulated through decades’ engagements across the global ICT ecosystem.
  • Solid challenge-solving approach and real quality delivery rather than ad-hoc help.
  • Long-term rewarding relationship through Northstream’s large global network and continuous presence through our marketing channels.

Sample engagements

  • Conducted a feasibility study for entering a specific the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Profiled the aggregated market and existing competitors as well as recommend go-to-market options.
  • Researched European mobile operators and qualified to which extent they fulfil the requirements to guarantee a successful commercial launch of client’s solution in their respective in-country market.
  • Planned market entry to a European country including competitor analysis, concept testing in the local market, proposal for best area and segmentation for market entry.
  • Mapped and evaluated domestic and international growth opportunities, e.g. potential targets for M&A, partnership or new business prospects, analyzed customer landscape and provided a roadmap in business development.


Upstream program removes the financial threshold through a different financial model (e.g. nominal low rates) for promising startups that we choose to help. We do this since we believe in the long-term value for us working with you.

Who should apply?

You have the winning idea and global ambitions; you are a startup/growth company on the ICT market and you have preferably passed the seed capital stage. If you recognize yourself in the above description, Northstream welcomes you to get in touch! We will make an assessment and through discussions with you select companies we believe could benefit the most from our services.

How to apply

To apply, please email us the following:

  • A short description of your company and business
  • Key business goals for the next 12 months
  • Contact details

Apply or ask more information about the program:

For more information: Upstream Acceleration Program

Companies we have worked with include:

  • Springworks is providing a white label SaaS to Telcos enabling them a connected car offering to car owners as well as an eco system to service providers (such as Repair, Parking, Insurance, Road Side Assistance and more)
  • Springworks Mission is ”Connecting all car owners with the service they deserve, through an infrastructure they already trust”
  • Springworks first customer is Telia Company on the Nordic and baltic markets who in 2016 launched Telia Sense on top of Springworks solution.

Floud is developing a mobile-first ticket office that is disrupting how people organize and experience events. 

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Xoanon Analytics optimizes segmentation models by bridging market research and behavior data through easy to integrate big data technology.

Equipped with Xoanon’s unique tools, that go beyond reactive business reporting, companies are able to fully monetize and operationalize their data through precise offerings and communication, as well as optimizing ROI on commercial investments.

Ukkoverkot is a wireless data operator that designs, produces and sells dedicated high quality connectivity solutions. Company maintains 4G LTE mobile data network that covers all of Finland. Ukkoverkot operates through two service and solution brands, Ukkoworks and Ukkonet. They are dedicated to serve different customer segments and needs that vary from company and critical customers to rural areas and end customers around Finland. Both solution brands utilize the unique wireless network assets, based on the modern, global LTE standard.

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Scrooge The Fair Splitting App® remembers who paid, who owes who and even reminds users about paying back their debts.

Wirepas Mesh enables wireless IoT networking at massive scale. It is a de-centralized IoT network protocol that can be used to connect, locate and identify lights, sensors, beacons, assets, machines and meters in cities, buildings, industry, logistics and energy – with unprecedented scale, density, flexibility and reliability. It can be used on any radio hardware and on any frequency band. Wirepas has its headquarters in Tampere, Finland and offices in Australia, France, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the United States.

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